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Drinking and Headaches

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 22, 2007
  • 03:43 AM

Every where I look, the only answer I get is a hangover, but I know that's not it. My symptom is only a headache. About four or five times a week I get a slight headache (3 on a scale of 10). But every time I have just a couple of beers, after the second, I get an incredibly painful migraine that does not subside for several hours. I used to drink heavily in college, and never had this problem. Anyone have any ideas?

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  • as you get older your liver does not metabolize as quickly, or you have been drinking to long and it has affected your brain, i just placed my mother in a nursing home she has wernikie-kos oh i can't spell it check it out.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 05:08 AM
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  • Some headaches can be triggered by alcohol for some people. Something called cluster headache very commonly is worsened or triggered by drinking, but plain old migraine can be, too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 01:56 PM
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  • I get the same problem. I used to drink a lot in college every night. Now on nights when I have a drink it's only 1 or 2 and I'll get a headache. I do not drink much water. During the day I'll drink pop and at night a couple beers. Maybe I'm just always dehydrated.
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  • I have almost the same thing happen to me. My magic number is 8-10 drinks spread over a good long evening into the night. I get a unrelenting, one-sided, vomiting migraine the next day. Relpax was prescribed recently and helps a good bit, but I still lose 1/2 to 3/4's of the day to recovery. I used to drink 10-15 drinks on party nights in college and only got slight hangovers. Lots of shots and/or 15+ drinks was a classic hangover...but never migraines like I currently have gotten over the last 1.5 years (I'm 26.5).
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  • Just like the above poster I'm 26.5 and used to drink heavily, examples of my symptoms follow:3 Cans of Cider - Splitting headache, had to go and sleep3/4 Bottle of White Wine: Slight left side headache and needed to drink water excessively1/2 Bottle of Vodka and 7 Beers: Severe headache which limited me to the sofa, apart from the odd vomiting session.Any ways to avoid this, such as staying well hydrated?If it's any help; the symptoms only started after I'd had a four month break from drinking.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 06:14 PM
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  • My headaches also started after I had nothing to drink for almost 2 years.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 06:08 AM
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  • I'm 30 and I've recently noticed headaches minutes after drinking 2 or more glasses of certain red wine and certain champagne...I haven't identified exactly which varieties. I don't have this problem with beer or hard liquor...and I drink scotch almost daily...some of which is greater than 50% alcohol.The pain is in the top back of my head down to the back of my neck. I'm no doctor so the following is just the facts and my personal interpretation. I read somewhere that dehydration slightly separates the brain from the back of the skull. When I tilt my head back, the pain subsides a lot. I don't drink a lot of water...in fact, very little. I also noticed that taking a hot shower somewhat alleviates the pain too. Drinking water after showering pretty much eliminates the pain entirely. So, my conclusion is that I'm either dehydrated prior to drinking...or there's something in certain red wines and champagnes that promotes a headache that is eliminated by drinking water afterwards.Hope this helps others.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2010
    • 08:02 AM
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