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Ask Dr. Gott 3/24

B-2 cures reader's migraines

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Posted: March 23, 2007 4:44 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2007 5:00 a.m.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I have suffered for more than 60 years with headaches, and nothing I have tried, until now, has helped me. Years ago, I was told by a doctor that my headaches were true migraines. Later, a neurologist told me after more tests were done (which included a brainwave, brain scan and more), that my headaches were vascular.
    While visiting a doctor in West Virginia, he told me about a conference held on migraines at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. When the group was asked the best treatment for migraines, the answer was vitamin B-2 (riboflavin). I decided to try it, and I can honestly say that something as simple as a vitamin, with no other treatment added, has almost completely stopped my headaches. I take one 100-milligram tablet each day with a meal, and while I occasionally have very small headaches, they're nothing like I experienced before.
    For people like me who have suffered most of their lives with bad headaches, I hope they will try this. They've nothing to lose but their headaches.
    DEAR READER: Thanks for the tip, which is safe and inexpensive.
To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Headaches." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092-0167. Be sure to mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: First off, let me say a big thank you for your column. Although I don't always agree with you, I find you most helpful and comforting.
    That being said, you have certainly answered a big question for me when you told the lady who was having trouble with sweating at night of the possibility of chronic lung infection being one of the causes. I have had this problem for a long time and attributed it to menopause, even though I am 68. I never thought to say anything to my doctor about it, and I have been self-doctoring for a chronic bronchitis infection for many months now.     This has been going on since last Thanksgiving, and nothing was getting better. It just kept coming back and getting worse each time. I sing in a professional choir, and this condition even cost me our spring concert, since not only could I not sing. I couldn't even talk loudly enough to be heard.
    My doctor sent me to a lung specialist, and after still some more tests and a long conversation with him, the diagnosis is that I have asthma and have most probably had it the better part of my life. He is treating it as such, and the improvement in my quality of life is wonderful. I'm hoping to be able to rejoin the choir when we start up again in the fall.
    I thank you very much. Your explanation fits and was one of the last pieces of the puzzle.
    DEAR READER: Asthma in adults can be difficult to diagnose. Thanks for sharing your experience. Breathe easier!
 Doctor Gott is a practicing physician and the author of the new book "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet," available at most chain and independent bookstores.
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