I've gotten migraines since I was 11 (I'm 29 now), but throughout most of my 20s they were infrequent - a few times a month at most. I went mostly paleo (80/20) about a year ago, and saw a dramatic improvement in my migraines - I could go for months at a time without one - but about 4 or 5 weeks ago, I started getting daily migraines, and they've been getting progressively worse. I'd say that when they started, my diet had deteriorated a bit, but about a week after they started I went very strict paleo and have been keeping my carbs down. I feel fantastic in all aspects, except the migraines are not getting any better. I know that since it's only been about 4 weeks, I might just still need time to heal, but I'm also wondering if caffeine is the real culprit.
I've been a caffeine addict for about as long as I've gotten migraines, and I get horrible withdrawal symptoms from even just reducing my caffeine intake. I currently have about a 14 oz mug of coffee in the morning, but the amount has varied over the years from 3-4 cups per day, to just having tea in the morning. But, I've never gone totally caffeine free because of how awful I feel whenever I try. Even just cutting back to tea for several weeks leaves me feeling like I want to sleep all day, and I begin falling behind at work, so I have yet to be brave enough to try completely eliminating it.
Has anyone completely eliminated caffeine from their diet and saw a dramatic improvement in their migraines? Does anyone think they have cured any other nagging health issue by completely dropping all caffeine?
Update: I tried a fast today (it is 5pm, and I haven't eaten since around 8pm yesterday), and it is the first day I have not had a migraine in many, many weeks!! I think this bout of headaches was either an insulin or inflammation issue. I'll probably continue experimenting with intermittent fasting to control migraines for now. Needless to say, I have not given up my coffee :) Thanks everyone for your responses!