Last week the book Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain had me rethink the root cause of my headaches. It made a strong case that the roots of my headache were migraine. So I decided to read up more on migraines. I selected the new book The Migraine Solution: A Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management. Now I am really confused.
This book contradicts almost every major point from the book Heal You Headaches. Both are written by doctors and both are well reviewed.
|Heal Your Headache||Migraine Solution|
|Are My Headaches Migraine?||YES||NO|
|Create headache Diary||NO||YES|
|Importance of Food Triggers||HIGH||LOW|
The Migraine Solution doesn’t discount food triggers, but makes a case that unless you can find obvious links, one shouldn’t drive themselves crazy trying to connect dietary triggers with headaches. Regarding the benefit of food restrictive migraine diets, The Migrain Solutions says:
…headache clinics like ours often recognize that for many patients, the considerable effort involved to start and maintain one of these diets is not worth the typically meager results. Furthermore, good-quality research studies often fail to back up specific claims of benefit from these diets.
Heal Your Headaches makes the opposite case which is a highly restrictive diet one must follow for 4 months before reintroducing trigger foods.
Who is right? I have no clue. If I knew that my headaches were migraine in nature, I’d likely pursue the more aggressive Heal You Headaches program. However, I’m not convinced they are. The Migraine Solution lists the POUND acronym as a way to determine if a headache is migraine.
- P – Pulsating pain
- O – one-day duration
- U – unilateral (one-sided) pain
- N – nausea and vomiting
- D – disabling intensity