Andrea Henson, of Lincolnshire, England, had been suffering from migraines for over twenty years.
“My episodes were always unpredictable, they could come on quickly and affect my vision or be a slow starter, lasting anywhere between one to three days,” she said, reported the Daily Mail.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, the ailment affects a stunning 1 billion people worldwide. Like many of them, Henson took prescription migraine medication and experienced the vexing problem of always having to rely on it, without taking too much of it.
As she explained: “The tablets were very strong so I was only able to take a limited dose -- around four tablets a month. This was difficult to manage because the migraines were so regular; although I needed the relief, I had to try and reserve the medication for when I really needed it, or risk not being able to have any at all and really suffering later.”
Eventually, Henson sought help from YorkTest Laboratories -- one of many companies that test for food allergies and sensitivities.
According to the company website, “YorkTest Laboratories have over 30 years of excellence in laboratory diagnostic testing, and are Europe’s leading provider of food and drink specific IgG antibody testing programs.”
The tests show that Henson has intolerances to corn and cow’s milk, which were allegedly contributing to her decades-long migraine problem. “I had no idea that a food intolerance could be causing my migraines at that point,” she recalled.
After eliminating those “trigger” foods from her diet, she went from having weekly migraines to them completely disappearing after six weeks.
Summing up her experience, she explains: "It was a huge relief to take the medication out of my handbag and be confident that I don’t need it anymore. Migraines used to be a normal part of my life. Now I finally feel I am normal for not having them. The whole process has been life-changing for us all and overcoming my 25-year migraine hell is the icing on the cake."