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Depakote For Food Intolerance Migraines

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Has anyone tried Depakote for their migraines? I want to know about the side effects.

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Colleen

I was given depakote for a seizure disorder that turned out to be gluten related, as were my migraines. My experience was not good. I trembled very badly, my hair fell out, my fingernails became extremely curved and ridged, I walked around in a cloud and my liver enzymes were eventually effected. It did get rid of my seizures but it was for me not worth it. The generic form also gave me severe D and stomach cramps but the name brand didn't. The generic had gluten of course. If you are newly gluten free you may want to try and wait for a couple of weeks to see if the diet gets rid of the migraines without meds. I haven't had one since a couple weeks after I went gluten-free, unless I get glutened, and I think there are others who have had the same effect. Good luck and I hope you are migraine free soon.

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I took depakote for migraines that were not food related (or so we think) and was put on two additional anti-depressants at the same time to treat the migraines. I had no side effects at all. It did not however help my migraines.

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I was given depakote for a seizure disorder that turned out to be gluten related, as were my migraines. My experience was not good. I trembled very badly, my hair fell out, my fingernails became extremely curved and ridged, I walked around in a cloud and my liver enzymes were eventually effected. It did get rid of my seizures but it was for me not worth it. The generic form also gave me severe D and stomach cramps but the name brand didn't. The generic had gluten of course. If you are newly gluten free you may want to try and wait for a couple of weeks to see if the diet gets rid of the migraines without meds. I haven't had one since a couple weeks after I went gluten-free, unless I get glutened, and I think there are others who have had the same effect. Good luck and I hope you are migraine free soon.

Wow! I noticed when I went gluten-free they got much better. However I still get bad ones around my menstrual cycle. I have pcos and my blood sugars are erratic during these times. I had migraines for a whole week last week. I take Pamelor (an antidepressant) but I don't know what else to do.

Thanks for your reply.

Colleen

I took depakote for migraines that were not food related (or so we think) and was put on two additional anti-depressants at the same time to treat the migraines. I had no side effects at all. It did not however help my migraines.

did you find anything that did help them? I know mine are hormonal/blood sugar/food related.

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I took depakote ER as a daily preventative for headaches for nearly 2 years prior to trying all this gluten-free/food intolerance dieting... I started out on a small dosage and eventually went up to 1000 or 1500 mg each night.... I didn't notice much difference in the years taking it in terms of reducing headaches but maybe there was some small reduction at first...

however, I had negative experiences with depakote as well... when I bumped up the dosage past 500 I got very fatigued and didn't feel well (don't remember many specifics besides the fatigue)... I switched off of it after the 2 years and don't personally recommend it although everyone's body is different

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I feel like I stumbled onto something. Ursula's links to Lectins is worth a read for everyone who has commented here.

Just 6 weeks ago I was really sick. Erratic blood sugars, flushing, muscle pain, migrane headaches.

Long story short, I think the corn caused the migranes. I looked back and found I was always hungry before my period and ate cornmeal mush. I thought the migranes were hormonal, but I am sure it is the corn (maize).

By chance I cut out soy too. My rice intake increased and my muscle pain did too. I read about Lectin classes. A person having trouble with the lectin associated with all grains can cause many symptoms. I have been off rice and all other grains since Friday. I cannot believe how much more energy I have, how my mental abilities are improving, and my appetite has improved.

I decided to stop using Legumes (peanuts included) for 6 months. Then I will test their toxicity. They are a different Lectin class that could be causing problems. I really never got into eating legumes, even as a vegetarian for 30 years. I am using instinct eliminating this one.

I am eating limited dairy. Another Lectin Class. Bloating, gas

There is also a Lectin type in Nightshade vegetables. I eliminated them a long time ago. I have tried to add them back on occassion. I continue to react to them quite immediately. Flushing, rashes

Oh yeah, the blood sugar leveled out as soon as I started taking digestive enzymes about 6 weeks ago. I take l-glutamine powder (powder not capsule was important) and probiotics with (FOS). I can get all the stuff at the local coop and health food stores. I plan to discuss other digestive enzymes available with my doctor in Dec.

I discovered a sensitivity to salycalates. They are a ripen agent in fruits and vegetables. Ursula has a link to rate foods by their levels. I have restricted my intake to foods on the safe, very little, little, and limited amounts of foods on the medium list.

I made a data base to figure out what I should eat. I thought it was ironic that all of the foods on my list were the foods I like the very best. I am having a great time making things to eat.

Last but not least my skin. I had terrible skin sores. I did not heal correctly. Thick skin formed over the sores. Very painful. Unsightly. I used make up to cover them. It finally dawned on me how important it was to get gluten free makeup. I had gone gluten free in all other personal care products long before. I found that Bobbi Brown and Clinique are the most helpful. I made the change a week ago. The healing improved the second day. I have been on the road to healing for a week now and can hardly recognize myself in the mirror. The skin is smoother, the sores are now flat red tender skin areas that I am sure will dissapear soon without scarring.

I am on cloud nine. I wonder how I could have been a diagnosed celiac 6 years ago. Begging for help, and not one person/ doctor every mentioned the words lectin or salyclate.

Oh well, this is working. I am not seriously ill. I am just reacting to foods. WHew!

Ravenwood. I read your signature. You can probably help me. Sounds like you already have been through this. I am just getting started.

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