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Please help! Headaches relieved by eating?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 6, 2007
  • 06:14 PM

I have these really debilitating headaches, right in my forehead area accompoinied by dizziness, stabbing pain in my ears and a sore throat. But once I eat something I'll feel better almost instantly. This feeling will last for about a half hour before the same headache comes back. I'm not hypoglycemic, so what else could this be? It's my senior year at a boarding school, and my mom had to come pick me up and bring me home since these headaches are so bad! I went to a neurologist and they think they are migraines, but what about the food relieving it? I do not understand that, because when I do eat the symptoms briefly seem to just disappear. Please Help!

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  • it might be helpful to get a second neuro opinion. your migraines do not sound typical and there are a lot of neuroendocrine and/or metabolic diseases out there that may offer an explanation.good luck to you!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 11:03 AM
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  • I just read in some migraine "tips", that you should eat 6 small meals a day. Try that to see if it helps. Find someone who can loan you a blood/sugar analyzer (like diabetics use) and check your blood sugar when you get a migraine and after you eat. How do you know that you don't have hypoglycemia? Or, you could have an infected frontal sinus which could give you dizziness, sore throat and the painful throat. I think I would see an ENT doc first. Does the pain go away if you chew gum? I would think then it's something around your eastachian tube, and by chewing, it mechanically opens it up and relieves the pressure.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 11:57 AM
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  • Are you possibly dehydrated? Are you drinking enough water? If I dont drink enough plain water - I get terrible head aches. Eating may be providing you with some hydration, but not suffecient, as if you were to consume 64 OZ's of water per day, as recommended.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 8, 2007
    • 04:56 PM
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  • I've have had a sinus scan and they said they were clear, could this still be a problem? I have pain in my sinus areas (in between my eyes, ear, cheek and throat pain) so I thought it had to be sinuses but after visiting an ent they said I was fine.. I got my blood sugar tested and they said it was at normal levels. I do not chew gum, but I do know its when ever I eat anything, it could be really small. Or a heavier drink like milk or decaf-coffee, I seem to feel better. I constantly try to keep myself hydrated with water but it still doesn't seem to help like regular food.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2007
    • 01:26 AM
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  • Did you have a FASTING blood sugar test? or Glucose tolerance test?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 11:46 AM
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  • Or could it be trigeminal nerve pain or TMJ?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 11:48 AM
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  • Also, how are your teeth? An abscessed tooth can cause all sorts of pain in your head.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 11:50 AM
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  • I have the same thing, but I have never figured out what it is, but I have been able to get some relief. I also saw the food connection.I have noticed that mine will typically last 3 horrible days and then will subside, so I just knew they were migraines. I have also noticed that if I massage my head I will have tender spots, and that if I massage those tender spots out, the headache will lessen and then go away. Some of these spots turn out to be very painful.However, I also sometimes think it's my sinuses. The last time I had a sinus infection, the headache was in the same place. So I bought a Neti Pot and irrigated my sinuses and Voila! the headache went away. So the next time I started getting a headache I used the Neti Pot and I never got the headache full force and the next day it was entirely gone. I'm 51 and I have had headaches since my 20's.If I were you, I would try the Neti Pot first and see if it helps. Esp since you have the other symptoms which point to sinuses. I would also do a food diary to see if certain things bring it on. I no longer eat out at fast food places, esp dairy queen, because the next day my sinuses would be stuffy.
    hayley3 11 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 00:40 PM
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  • I have these really debilitating headaches, right in my forehead area accompoinied by dizziness, stabbing pain in my ears and a sore throat. But once I eat something I'll feel better almost instantly. This feeling will last for about a half hour before the same headache comes back. I'm not hypoglycemic, so what else could this be? It's my senior year at a boarding school, and my mom had to come pick me up and bring me home since these headaches are so bad! I went to a neurologist and they think they are migraines, but what about the food relieving it? I do not understand that, because when I do eat the symptoms briefly seem to just disappear. Please Help! Perhaps the chewing of food relieves tension in your jaw which alleviates the headache. I get migraines from TMJ and an apple a day is just the trick.
    flowerchild286 6 Replies
    • November 10, 2007
    • 03:54 PM
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  • Did you find the answer? I have the same exact experience. It's none of the above. I'm looking into lymes disease
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  • Hemicrania continua
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