FeaturesAug/Sep 2014 Issue

Gluten & Migraine

Gluten & Migraine

Can the gluten-free diet help?

Karen Schmucker knows when a migraine is coming. Flashing specs of white light suddenly appear, gradually crowding her entire field of vision. This light show—known as an aura—ends after 15 minutes. Then the pain hits. “It feels like someone is slowly pulling on a nerve inside my head,” says Schmucker, a graphic designer from Bellevue, Washington. “It’s not the worst pain in terms of intensity but I feel like I’m going to lose my mind if I can’t stop it. And then there’s the nausea.” Smells, light and noise exacerbate the pain and nausea, forcing her to ride it out in a dark room with an ice pack pressed to her head.

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