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Headaches In Celiac Patients


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#1 jebus

 
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:23 PM

Hi everyone, since I'm new here, can anyone tell me if headaches are a common symptom? I've been treated for migraines and tension headaches for years and was diagnosed with Celiac disease on September 1st. Thanks for the input.

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 10:47 PM

Headaches are a common symptom. I suffered from them for years. They were the type where you just wanted to curl into a ball and squeeze your head because it hurt so bad you couldn't do anything. Now, when I'm glutened I get a headache that starts about a day after the glutening and lasts for up to 24 hours.

I went to a chiropractor before (after trying all sorts of things) and he could get rid of the headaches. He called them liver headaches and would push near my liver and it would start gurgling and the headache would go away - it was a little more complicated than that. I haven't tried this since being gluten-free since they only last for a day and I would have to be worked in right away. I guess it makes sense if our bodies are being poisoned and the liver clears toxins from the body.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 12:23 AM

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 05:44 AM

I was at my wit's end trying to find a trigger for my migraines when I went gluten free as a last resort.
While it only cut my headaches back a little bit, I realized that my stomach felt great!

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Originally from WI, I am still in denial over my newfound casein intolerance. I fear I will not be allowed back into the state if I can no longer eat cheese and drink milk. This could pose some trouble over holidays when I wish to visit my family. It also poses a problem involving the severe rage I feel when I have to throw away somebody's unfinished cheese sticks. That is so wrong.

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:18 PM

hi jebus,

before going gluten free, i would get headaches EVERYDAY. it was some kind of hell...but now, i am o.k. :) as far as headaches go except for terrible sinus problems. but, to help with it you may want to consider taking calcium and/or magnesium. i also had to detox my liver with silymarin. your liver can get toxic from so much time of bad digestion and detoxing it will help a lot. i am willing to bet that gluten free living will help you, but additional treatments can really help repair the damage giving you the problems. a good nutritional balancer or holistic doctor might be able to help you even more to figure out what areas you specifically may need to address.
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 07:43 PM

WOW :blink: I am impressed ! Do you mean my 30 years of DAILY headaches could be a Gluten symptom ? And the migraine I had yesterday could be related to the gluten I had 4 days ago ????

My migraines started about 15 years ago. I used to get about 3 or 4 attacks a year of those plus the daily headaches.

How long does it take to be gluten free to be rid of the headaches.?
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 04:30 PM

Hi-
I'm going on 6 weeks gluten free and am still having migraines. Last spring when I went off gluten the first time, my migraines were awful in the first two weeks but by about 8 weeks I started feeling better. I did go back on gluten over the summer for the blood work which came back positive. I'm hopeful that my migraines are caused by gluten, I'd give up just about anything to make them go away.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 05:01 PM

ahh, i'm not sure exactly when the headaches started to go away, because i had both tension -migraine headches and sinus headaches that remained after i got rid of the other kind. but, i've been gluten free since the spring...by the summer i had gotten rid of all but the sinus. it will vary from person to person, but i bet a few months would make a difference. i also noticed that i start getting headaches again when i stop taking calcium and magnesium.

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 10:05 PM

I am completely on the same page as everyone..i was diagnosed with migraines when i was about 15 but previously always had headaches....and lately they have been outrageous... same with back in the spring the summer was more hear and there but im not sure how i was eating...

anyways I was recently diagnosed with Celiac and so now I am curious if all this time instead of being on imitrex..bc most doctors fix everything with pills...i should have been watchin my diet all along....its amazing how you connect the puzzle pieces after the fact....we will see how long mine last im hoping not much longer :) take care everyone
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 08:00 AM

Its amazing how the puzzle pieces fit, I just last week found out about celiac disease so I just stopped eating Gluten this week. I am 98% I have thes without even going to the doctor, because I have almost all symptoms everyone talks about here, and I've always thought it was food related.

I suffer from Migraines as well and take Imitrex injections which work most of the time, if the migraine is really bad it might not work. About two weeks ago I went to the doctor because when I get migraines I vomit, and i always thought it was drainage from sinus problems. I had sinus surgery which cleared most of my sinus issues. And I still vomit with a headache, I had the thought that my vomitting was not drainage but bile. My doctor agreed. Now...if your liver cleanses toxins from your body, this makes even more sense.

My doctor said that it was normal for migraines to vomit bile, I thought it maybe normal for migraines but its not normal for humans. :blink: There has to be something causing it.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:23 AM

i have migraines as well, and also before was having daily headaches. after about 2-3 weeks gluten lite the headaches were still the same, but when i went gluten free- they tapered down after about the first week. i am only two weeks gluten free so this week has been my first without headaches (the daily there just enough to put you in pain, but you can still function, not a migraine) it feels so great. also this week it seems my thinking is sharper. i am quicker to say what i am thinking and less forgetful. 'stress' on -less- forgetful....


i haven't had a migraine yet. i was having those about once every other month or so, i am not quite that long since my last...


best wishes!!
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 06:50 AM

Thankfully, I don't get migraines. But I used to wake up every morning with a headache that started at the base of my skull. It caused me to be nauseous, and often woke me up.

When I went gluten-free, those headaches went away. I've only had a couple since, and it's been almost a year and a half. I don't know exactly what they were, but I'm so glad they're gone!
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 08:41 AM

I get terrible headaches as well. I think they may be classified as migraines, but they connect to tension in my neck and shoulders. They seem to worsen with cold weather and other things that would change the size of my bloos vessels like wine or caffeine.

I too hoped they would go away with the gluten-free diet, but it has been over a year, and I still get them, sorry to tell you. I suspect it may be a separate autoimmune problem - I also get reynauds - so my blood vessels seem to overreact to stimuli.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:19 PM

Hi Julie - have you talked to your doc about your hormones? I get migraines from gluten - but I also get virtually identical migraines when my hormones do the wacky once a month (and not necessarily at that time). . .my doc put me on hormone supplements which has pretty much eliminated the migraines (although it took a while to work out the right dose), though I still get one occasionally when I accidentally get glutened, or when I forget to eat the whole day and my blood sugar crashes.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 06:55 PM

I suffered from migraines and other headaches from the time I was 13 until I went gluten-free in June of 2002. It was several weeks after going gluten-free and I realized that I had not had a headache. I usually had 2-3 headaches a week. I can even eat the things that triggered migraines before such as wine, cheese, chocolate! I am 60 now and suffered a lot of years with those headaches!!!!! Occasionally I will get a headache but I don't even need to take an aspirin now because the pain is NOTHING compared to the headaches I used to have! Lots of great things happen when you go gluten-free! ... plus you don't have to know where the bathroom is every time you go out!!!
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