rya - as i mentioned in my post above yours, i went undiagnosed for around 20 years. In that time i saw about 20 different doctors and specialists (i lost count somewhere around 1
. I've had every diagnosis under the sun... depression, bi-polar, chronic fatigue, SAD, MS, hypoglycemia, glaucoma, vertigo, fibromyalgia (although this one turned out to be true, just not as severe as diagnosed), whiplash, thyroid condition, high blood pressure (which is hilarious, i have very low bp!), anemia (pick one) etc...
Here is how i got my diagnosis...
Suspecting that i had migraines of some sort...
1. i first listed every symptom / ill feeling that i had.
2. talked to all the people i knew who had migraines to understand what their symptoms were. I paid attention to when my friends were getting migraines to see if there was a correlation to me (ie, one friend had a lot of problems with weather induced migraines... the days she was sick, so was i).
3. I tracked my episodes and what may have brought it one (ie the weather, stress, lack of sleep etc)
4. i called all of my family and quizzed them on whether or not they have ever had a migraine... i described the symptoms of auras, etc. Turns out that neither of my parents had a migraine condition, but paternal grandfather had rather severe migraines, as did a great aunt on my birth mother's side.
5. Tried to recount in writing my medical history / dr's visits and diagnosis
6. I took all of this in to the new doctor in my town and talked, showed him everything and asked him what this could possibly be. He took one look at everything i had written down and said... you have migraines, rather severe ones in fact.
I found out that in cases of "silent" migraine, they do use family history as a means of verification, so it is important to question everyone. My grandfather and great aunt's history was enough to show that there was family history.
The best treatment for me... at first, i willingly took the meds because i was so sick i had been unable to work for several months and i needed to get back on my feet so to speak. However, i actively started researching food and supplements, etc. I managed to figure out some of my triggers quite quickly, some took longer. But even then i was still getting more than 8 a month.
After i started following BTD they got somewhat better, but since i switched to SWAMI last august and did a liver cleanse (also august), i have had only 1.
l-arginine is really good for Bs... you need it! it helped me a lot. So did Vitamin D. Find out about your blood pressure... low bp can be a migraine problem, you may need to add sea salt to your diet. And visulization... Bs a re super good at visualizing and it works.