Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

Headache
0

10 posts in this topic

I was diagnosed with celiac November 15. Earlier that week, my OBGYN tested my iron and it was 5.4. After a few days of going gluten free, I could tell a huge difference. My stomach issues and headaches went away immediately. My energy level slowly started coming up. However right before Christmas I started getting headaches again. I thought my iron was dropping due to some female issues. However when I got it checked it had gone up to 10.5, and less than a week later 11. So that is not the cause of these headaches. I have had a headache for two weeks straight now. Medication only provides temporary relieve. Any ideas, suggestions, or similar experiences?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I was diagnosed with celiac November 15. Earlier that week, my OBGYN tested my iron and it was 5.4. After a few days of going gluten free, I could tell a huge difference. My stomach issues and headaches went away immediately. My energy level slowly started coming up. However right before Christmas I started getting headaches again. I thought my iron was dropping due to some female issues. However when I got it checked it had gone up to 10.5, and less than a week later 11. So that is not the cause of these headaches. I have had a headache for two weeks straight now. Medication only provides temporary relieve. Any ideas, suggestions, or similar experiences?

Are you 100% sure that you've been gluten free? For me the headache is the first sign that I've been glutened. I would suggest taking another look at everything -- your kitchen prep stuff (cutting boards, knives, etc.), toaster, toaster oven, foods you might not have thought of such as regular Rice Crispies which clearly have no wheat in them but are sweetened with barley malt. Stuff like that. Good luck. :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ditto on looking over everything and everywhere you eat for gluten.

I get headaches when I eat too much tyramine. It's high in cured meats, nuts, aged cheese and pickles and probably a few more things. Some people here follow a very strict low tyramine diet; I don't but my headaches have improved a fair bit and I know I should avoid eating all those foods in one day.

Either low zinc or magnesium can be a cause of headaches, (I forget and I learned about this from when I looked up why pms causes headaches and I remember those 2 minerals being involved) and if you're supplementing with iron your body might be absorbing more iron instead of either of those elements because apparently that's how metal absorption works, all of them using the same method of absorption or something.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Besides stuttering and word slurring, headaches are the first indicator for me that I ate gluten. Tonight, in fact, I came home from the gym with such a headache, I had to lay down. Then the nausea.My husband kept asking me what did you eat? I said, just because I have a headache doesn't mean it's gluten! I ate good today ( I am still fairly newly diagnosed and have a bad day maybe once a month, hopefully never again though) I had yogurt and a banana, and then some gluten free chicken tenders and sweet potato fries. He was like well, maybe the chicken tenders are not really gluten-free. SO, to indulge him, I looked..well, they were certified gluten-free..but...I looked at the bag of sweet potato fries...Ore Ida..and there in the ingredients COntains; WHEAT! DOH!! I really feel stupid. I am so used to eating regular frozen fries with no problem, I just grabbed the sweet ones thinking they would be fine. I am so mad at my stupidity. I threw them right in the trash,because no one else will eat them, and here I sit achy, and sick :( SO, it could be non gluten related, or there could be traces you have not thought about :(

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think it's from gluten. I can think of three occasions where I was glutened and all three times I had tummy troubles from it, not a headache. My husband made gluten free brownies using butter he had double dipped in to.make toast. It took the second time of eating them and getting sick to realize the mistake. The third time I got careless when we had hamburgers and hot dogs. I think some crumbs from everyone else's buns got on my plate somehow. I did eat some tastefully simple garlic 3 weeks ago. I realized after the fact that it was tastefully simple. None of their products are safe. It did not cause tummy troubles, but would it cause a headache to last 3 weeks?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




My headaches were caused by muscle tension due to poor head posture. Chiropractic, massage, and a lot of work re-aligning my posture is the only thing that made them go away on a permanent basis. (These were chronic, debilitating migraines.)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You live in shared house and eat shared meals. Residual gluten could be more diffuse than you think. From what I've read of people's stories here, many people experience full-out attacks when they've eaten enough gluten beyond some sort of personal threshold, but will feel just a little of before that.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't think it's from gluten. I can think of three occasions where I was glutened and all three times I had tummy troubles from it, not a headache. My husband made gluten free brownies using butter he had double dipped in to.make toast. It took the second time of eating them and getting sick to realize the mistake. The third time I got careless when we had hamburgers and hot dogs. I think some crumbs from everyone else's buns got on my plate somehow. I did eat some tastefully simple garlic 3 weeks ago. I realized after the fact that it was tastefully simple. None of their products are safe. It did not cause tummy troubles, but would it cause a headache to last 3 weeks?

My biggest symptoms of glutening are headaches, which usually turn into full-on migraines. I get dizzy, and I start to stutter and slur my words. Then, I get nauseous, and then have stomach distress usually the next day.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MyYoung, I don't know if this can help. If drugs don't do much, they might be tension headaches. Tension should ease goin gluten free, but there are relaxation tecniques that can help anyway. I mention this because I was really scared after one continuous month of headaches, and I felt much relieved when my dentist showed me where it was coming from.

Is your headache mounting up from your neck, or is it around your eyes or one of your eyes, or around the temples or on the forehead? In all these cases it might come from tension in your jaws. Try touching the point on your cheeks where the lower and superior jaws meet, and press with your fingers. Aching?

(I don't have headaches any more now but my jaws are still aching if I press them like this).

alesusy

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

MyYoung, I don't know if this can help. If drugs don't do much, they might be tension headaches. Tension should ease goin gluten free, but there are relaxation tecniques that can help anyway. I mention this because I was really scared after one continuous month of headaches, and I felt much relieved when my dentist showed me where it was coming from.

Is your headache mounting up from your neck, or is it around your eyes or one of your eyes, or around the temples or on the forehead? In all these cases it might come from tension in your jaws. Try touching the point on your cheeks where the lower and superior jaws meet, and press with your fingers. Aching?

(I don't have headaches any more now but my jaws are still aching if I press them like this).

alesusy

It is difficult to describe. When I first wake up or when it first starts later in the day, my head feels fuzzy inside. It starts out as a minor annoyance. If I do net take something it gradually turns into a very painful headache. It hurts on top of my head and my forehead. Medicine does give temporary relieve.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,365
    • Total Posts
      920,553
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Just a quick one to say I got a diagnosis of celiac disease today. I know in the past it's been helpful for me to know the outcome for other folk, so thought I would update. The moral of this story is even with a VERY borderline blood test it's worth persisting. thanks for all the help Sue 
    • Well, I am stressed to the max. I just spent 3 days in the hospital with D and stomach pain, dizziness, chest pain, generally unwell. Then another trip to the ER on top of that. My protein was low and my RBC and hemoglobin dropped below normal in 3 days. Not terribly low, but below normal. I also had metabolic acidosis which still confuses me. I usually eat every 2-3 hours despite it causing pain to keep my energy up and was unable to eat that frequently in the hospital. I usually carry protein with me and had been taking liquid iron which I stopped a few weeks ago because my new endo is not a fan of iron supplements. As soon as I got home from the hospital I started with my protein drinks and blackstrap molasses for iron.  I now have bilateral mild pleural effusions and a nodule on my left lung, which hopefully is nothing, but was not there on a CT back in March. In addition, my left adrenal gland, which also appeared normal in March, is calcified and the report indicates this is most likely due to a previous bleed or infection. My colon appears tortuous (whatever that means) and we are waiting on colon/endo biopsies. I have been gluten-free since March except for cc so expect the biopsies to again be negative.  My primary care is useless. I am in the process of getting a new one I will see on the 7th but need the current one to fill out FMLA paperwork because I both physically and mentally need time to recover. I will have to go off of payroll for 2 weeks but I think I need to. I called the primary's office today to discuss the hospital tests which she does NOT have yet and to ask if we should/could start a low dose of prednisone because my body is attacking itself. My thyroid on ultrasound is also abnormal though my bloodwork thus far is normal. But it hurts on that side. The only reason the ultrasound was ordered is because I asked for it in the first place. The only reason I have started seeing an endocrinologist is because I found one myself. Anyway...I broke down in tears on the phone eith her today and she told me I was having a "manic episode". I have no history of mania. I only recently started taking xanax to help me cope with the stress of being sick. I was not sick until I did this stupid gluten challenge over the winter. My mother was in town and spoke with the doctor on the phone as well who was trying to get my mom to take me to a psych hospital. She also threatened to send the police to check on me. My mother assured her I was in no danger and we hung up the phone in complete shock. Admittedly, I was in tears when I called her and probably sounded like a fucking mess. But I believe I referenced the dropping iron, protein, fluid near lungs, enlarged thyroid and attacked adrenal gland then literally said "my body is attacking itself and I need help" to which she said, "I think you are manic". Lovely. If I was a mess before that phone call it was 10x worse when we hung up.  Anyway, this is the first night it has been extremely difficult to sleep. I admit my thoughts about my odd symptoms keep me up often recently. I mean, who the hell bleeds from or gets an infected adrenal gland?! I am sure it was another time I begged my primary for help. On a side not, the NP at the ER told me the primary should be putting these pieces together and communicating with my other doctors better. He then stated that he used to go to the same practice but left because the practice got too big and like a business. So I got some validation from that chat.  A melatonin or a .25 xanax usually does the trick for me to sleep but I am so disturbed about my interaction today, stressed at my health, stressed that my ex has our son so much because I am always sick (bless him for coming through), stressed that I have to go back to this awful doctor because I will need the FMLA paperwork before I see the new doc on the 7th.  8 months ago, I took a multivitamin when I remembered it and that was it.  End rant. Maybe now that it is off my chest I can finally sleep. 
    • Hi DKH0614, I use aspirin, Pepto Bismol, and peppermint tea or Altoids peppermints.  Pepto Bismol has a soothing effect on the gut.  Pepto Bismol also has aspirin in it.  Peppermint is helpful for relaxing smooth muscle tissue and getting gas out of the stomach. As per KarenG, you may be reacting to dairy.  Dairy has a sugar called lactose in it that some people with celiac have a hard time digesting.  You could try avoiding dairy for a few weeks to see if that helps.  Or try taking lactaid type pills when you eat dairy. It doesn't take very much gluten to cause an immune system reaction.  So it is important to avoid even traces of gluten if possible.  The stuff is hard to avoid sometimes if people around you don't understand how much a small amount of it can affect your body. Let us know if we can help with any  more questions, or if you have concerns we haven't addressed. And welcome to the forum! Also, if you subscribe to the thread (notify me of replies) you'll get an email when people respond to your thread.    
    • After a year and half, if you are eating gluten-free, you shouldn't be having pain from Celiac.  Perhaps you need to find out what is really causing your issues?  Dairy/ lactose is an obvious first place to look.
    • Hi! I am 15 and have been diagnosed with celiac disease for about a year and a half now and I am woundering what do some of y'all use to relive some of the abdominal pains that come along with celiac/gluten allergies?  ( Ibuprofen,  Tylenol, etc.) 
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,439
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    DKH0614
    Joined