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Wheat Withdrawal Headache?


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#1 Mayflowers

 
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Posted 28 July 2006 - 05:36 PM

Hi,
My sister decided to give up wheat and she has had a headache that's lasting days with associated neck pain. The pain is on the top of her head and over one eye. Has anyone had symptoms like this when giving up wheat? I only had cravings and some irritability.

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 06:28 PM

Yes that is possible to have a withdrawal headache. If she has a fever, headache worsens or does not go away, or is sensitive to light she should seek medical attention at an emergency room.
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PS I just noticed you said it has been days she should seek medical advice.
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 02:12 AM

I used to get headaches like this all the time. I went to many many doctors and finally a chiropractor got rid of them. He said they are liver headache. Since your liver processes toxins sometimes it gets overloaded. It would make sense if we are eating things that we can't tolerate. My headaches went away completely after going gluten-free. Now, when I'm glutened I get one about a day after and it lasts for about 24 hours.

When I went gluten-free it took me a few weeks to feel better. Hopefully they will stop when all the wheat gets out of her system.
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 02:07 PM

When I went off gluten I got "nail in my brain" headaches for a few weeks. I still occasionally get them (maybe once a month) but the longer I am gluten free the less they happen.
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 08:32 PM

My cousin has a wheat allergy and says she puts up with the allergy symptoms because the withdrawal from wheat was driving her batty!
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 08:35 PM

Yep, I have had a stiff neck and not a constant headache but an occassional one. My eyes almost always hurt, or are blurry. Weird things are happening to me too, hang in there.
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Posted 31 August 2006 - 09:38 AM

Here's another possible reason why one might get wheat withdrawal headaches. Take away a pain medication (opoids from gluten) and pain blocked by this effect might show up.

Ok, I've heard of Peptides before, but being curious I looked it up on wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia....iki/Polypeptide

While reading it I came across this bit of info:

Digested peptides
Are the result of nonspecific proteolysis as part of the digestive cycle. It has also been documented that, when certain food proteins such as gluten, casein, egg protein and spinach protein are broken down, opioid peptides are formed. These peptides mimic the effects of morphine, and those individuals that are unable to break them down will experience mental illness. These peptides are quite short and are given names such as casomorphine, gluten exorphine and dermorphine. Ultimately digested peptides are ribosomal peptides, although they aren't made on the ribosome of the organism that contains them.


Opioid peptides, now that sounds interesting what is that?
http://en.wikipedia....Opioid_peptides

Brain opioid peptide systems are known to play an important role in motivation, emotion, attachment behaviour, the response to stress and pain, and the control of food intake.


Wow, no wonder it's so hard for some folks to give up breads and dairy. Since a lot of us have issues with gluten, lets take a look at one.
http://en.wikipedia....Gluten_exorphin

The Gluten exorphines are a group of opioid peptides which are formed during digestion of the gluten protein. They are usually broken down into amino acids by digestion enzymes, but in some individuals they are not. They are then accumulated in the body over time and can lead to a peptide poisoning. This is particularly often reported in patients with ADHD, autism and schizophrenia. Gluten exorphines mimick the effects of opiates and therefore influence the mind. This is partly the basis for the Gluten-free, casein-free diet. Withdrawal symptoms are reported in severe cases.


Wow.


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Posted 20 July 2007 - 11:13 AM

I'm am currently withdrawing from wheat and gluten. Today is my fifth day on a gluten-free diet and I've had nausea and a headache on and off (mostly on, though) for the past several days. The headache feels a lot like what you've described your sister having--pain all over the top of my head and then sometimes centering around my eye too. On the bright side, I've had no cravings. Good luck to your sister!
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:55 PM

I know this post is ancient news but it came up at the top of the search engines so I had to revive it.

I've been having anxiety attacks and gerd for years...... I've been to doctors and specialists and none can find anything wrong. It's only though research and boards like this I've found the answer to the problem. Diet related! Why don't doctor's suggest things like this? They just like giving you pills and sending you on your way.

Anyways, I've been off gluten for 10 days (and I am a serious bread, pizza, pasta addict) and I have been getting all the same symptoms described here. Headaches, blurry vision in the morning, sore eyes...something is definitely happening in my system and I'm sure its for the good. No Nexium required for the first time in YEARS!!

I just can't wait to get over that hump and feel better.

Thanks to all of you who have made the answers easier to find.
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Posted 08 September 2008 - 02:03 PM

I know this post is ancient news but it came up at the top of the search engines so I had to revive it.

I've been having anxiety attacks and gerd for years...... I've been to doctors and specialists and none can find anything wrong. It's only though research and boards like this I've found the answer to the problem. Diet related! Why don't doctor's suggest things like this? They just like giving you pills and sending you on your way.

Anyways, I've been off gluten for 10 days (and I am a serious bread, pizza, pasta addict) and I have been getting all the same symptoms described here. Headaches, blurry vision in the morning, sore eyes...something is definitely happening in my system and I'm sure its for the good. No Nexium required for the first time in YEARS!!

I just can't wait to get over that hump and feel better.

Thanks to all of you who have made the answers easier to find.


Welcome to the board. Isn't it great when that knawing pain in the gut goes away? Without a pill!!!!!!! :)
I am sure you will continue to improve although it is a bit of an adjustment in the beginning. Ask any questions you need and feel free to vent. I hope your soon over the hump and feeling great.
One thing though, if the headaches and blurry vision become more severe or continue after what seems like most of the withdrawl is over be sure to check things out.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 06:05 PM

Today is day 3 of my gluten free life and I had a "spell" this evening. Fuzziness around my left eye and now a headache from temporal over the top of my head, down my neck. It's dull, achy. Anyone have thoughts about this? Withdrawal symptoms? The eye thing went away after I took a bite of gluten pita bread. I was lightheaded twice today as well...
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:09 AM

This thread had been a real eye opener for me. I have had a headache since Sunday. I thought maybe it was soy. Every day it gets better but it is still there. On Saturday I decided to give up dairy since my stomach hurt after my morning coffee. The headache I am experiencing is probably casein withdrawl! OMG. Guess dairy will be off my list permantely now.
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:42 PM

I am 5 days in and have had a blinding headache exactly as you described until about 2 hours ago. I wake up and feel ok, then after an hour or so terrible for the rest of the day. My friends on FB who are gluten free are encouraging me to drink lots of water and keep telling me that it will pass. :D
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Posted 16 April 2012 - 12:49 PM

I am 5 days in and have had a blinding headache exactly as you described until about 2 hours ago. I wake up and feel ok, then after an hour or so terrible for the rest of the day. My friends on FB who are gluten free are encouraging me to drink lots of water and keep telling me that it will pass. :D


Get some dark Chocolate. I ate Dove. It is supposed to help the same part of your brain that wheat affects. Not sure if it's true, but it seemed to help me. Make sure you are eating, too.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:51 AM

After realizing that a component of Type2 diabetes was due to progressive deterioration of L-cells in the intestine, I read Dr. William Davis' Wheatbelly, and I decided to try to eat wheat-free. He voices some very scary claims against wheat. Eating wheat-free has had very positive effects on my Type2 fasting blood sugars, instantly lowering them at least 10 pts, and no, not due to reduced carbs as I have found quite acceptable rice cakes, breads and crackers. The only dietary change I have made is to eliminate wheat.
I am writing though because eating wheat-free caused me to have a nearly disabling foggy, migrainey headache for over 3 weeks, worse it seemed the more stringently I ate wheat-free, meaning avoiding anything without the label gluten free (mayonnaise, salad dressings, hummus, etc). One afternoon recently I decided I needed to throw caution to the wind, gave in to the office table of holiday goodies, and ate a single Whitman's chocolate nut cluster. Instantly my headache was gone and for 3 days now it has not returned. I have not eaten anymore chocolate and have continued to avoid wheat. I have researched the presence of opioids in chocolate and found that opioids are in many foods, but the studies I have discovered re chocolate do not indicate dramatic withdrawal nor mood improvements from abstaining nor eating. Dr. Davis contributes our societal need for wheat and dairy to their opioids, among other things.
I am writing to share my headache story and confusion and also to ask if anyone has any scholarly references re food addiction, withdrawal and control of food-addictive behavior, as I am still seeking a late afternoon-early evening fix of "opioids" (a decades-long snackathon) in any form other than wheat.
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