Diet, Triggers

Soy Sauce as Migraine Treatment?

Soy sauce is one of the foods I’ve long avoided. Even though legumes are a problem for me, it’s not the soy that I’m worried about, but the fermentation.

It was with trepidation that I tried a new Thai restaurant this weekend. While I love Thai food, it’s always a little stressful for me to eat it. I’m convinced that curry is one of my triggers (this may be a false association, but I’m not willing to test it), and most other dishes have either soy sauce or legumes.

Phad Thai sans peanuts is my fallback, but this restaurant’s version was overflowing with legumes. So I threw caution to the wind and got noodles dripping with soy sauce.

Amazingly enough, I felt fine afterward. Perfectly fine! To top it off, that was the first night in weeks that I didn’t had a migraine in the night. I was so cheery when I woke up yesterday morning. I can’t believe what a difference it makes to not have a migraine every night.

Alas, the effects didn’t hold. I had a short migraine yesterday afternoon and am still battling one that came on last night.

Calling it a treatment is tounge-in-cheek of course, but I’m amused by
the coincidence. Knowing that soy sauce isn’t an
absolute trigger for me has let me daydream about all the dishes I’ve wanted to make but nixed because of this one ingredient.

1 thought on “Soy Sauce as Migraine Treatment?”

  1. There are SO many kinds of soy sauces, I’m sure there is something or some process that my very well be a culprit. My feeling also is that it isn’t any one food or trigger, but some kind of cumulative effect that pushes us over the threshold.

    I agree that it’s a cumulative effect. But it’s nice to know that I’m not always pushed over the edge!


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