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Postby rhianna88 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:29 pm

Does anyone find that they get a lot of headaches no matter how much water they drink and how healthy they eat? I've been getting real bad headaches, and i used to think its a sugar withdrawal symptom but i've been getting them bad past 3 weeks, but experiencing one too many past 4 months. I have seen a doctor and they ran some tests and everything seems fine and normal inside my body. I have not had a cat scan. But i am just interested if anyone else has experienced them while loosing weight etc, and how have you fixed your headache problems.

Many advice and information provided will be very appreciated, i have had this headache for 2 days now as im writing this post. I had a migraine for the first time in over a year last week...i need it gone so i can exercise comfortably :)

Kind regards,

Rhianna
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby dearne » Tue Dec 14, 2010 3:52 pm

i get them as well, i dont know what the cause is but i would guess because of the change in diet that maybe our bodies are craving some of the bad foods that we are used to. its a theory i guess, withdrawals like what happens when you give anything up!

if you find a good way to fix it then let me know too, at the moment im solving it by either waiting it out to sleep it off or waiting it out to exercise it away in the morning.

an interesting thought though, because i thought it was just me!
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby rhianna88 » Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:15 pm

Hi Dearne,

Im glad to see its not just me! My headache has finally gone now, i had a 20 min nap (without actually falling asleep luckily- i always wake up sick from sleeping during the day) and it went away, and then i went to the gym for some light weights and light cardio (just incase it caused the headache to come back) I have been drinking a lot of water so that would have helped as well. My mum told me that doctors recommend 1 tablet of aspirin (ones that dissolve in water) drinking that, waiting 15 mins and having 2 normal panadols afterwards. Apparently they work really well with migraines and bad throbbing headaches together. So i am going to try that next time i get a bad one...but fingers crossed it wont be for a while!

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"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming." John R. Wooden

Starting weight: 123kg
Week 1: 123.8kg (+800g)
Week 2: 122.6kg (-1.2kg)
week 3: 121.3kg (-1.3kg)
Week 4: 121.6kg (+300g)
Goal weight: 70kg
Curent weight: 121.6kg!


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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:27 pm

Could be many many things.

Obviously the first ting to rule out is any obvious physical cause which your doc is doing.

There has been research showing that being overweight increases incidence of headaches.

If you suffer from migraines, especially ones with the visual aura, the pill (anything with synthetic oestrogen) can make them worse and according to the WHO are contraindicated (should be used) because they quadruple the chance of a stroke. I discovered this when I had to go to the Family Planning Clinic instead of my regular GP (LONG story).

The other thing to watch is how much pain medication you're taking. If you take pain meds regularly you can actually up regulate (make more sensitive) your pain receptors causing more pain.

Could be withdrawals from all kinds of things (eg. caffeine!)
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby dearne » Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:13 am

i think im lucky with mine, they arent pain medication related because i dont take any regularly (once a monthish i may take prescription voltaren for my back, its my best friend at those times!), and i have been off the pill now for 3 months

so i think mine would be withdrawal related from sugar! since i am trying to stop being a chocoaholic and a junk-foodaholic, and because i currently dont have the willpower to stop myself at once piece of chocolate i have cut it out until such a time that i can stop at one, which means getting myself mentally happy.

the sad thing i have rhianna is that i cant take panadol because it doesnt work! its not strong enough, and i dont really want to be taking strong stuff just for a headache, because then it would be pandeine forte!

so i like your suggestions, keep in touch with when they stop completely!
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby rhianna88 » Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:12 pm

Greetings,

I think my headache that wouldn't go away for 2 days was period pain related, or pms related. I got my periods yesterday as soon as the headache went away! lol (sorry for the fella's reading this, but if most of you men have a partner im suuuuure you get the idea of how dramatic us ladies are allowed to be :D ) however; i have had a history the past 6 months where i get them bad regardless (but not bad where they are classified as a migraine) so i have made a doctor appointment and it was already decided that i would have to get a cat scan to be sure (better safe than sorry!) i will keep you guys posted if you are interested enough!

My instinct is that its sugar and caffeine related withdrawal...i actually don't drink coffee usually but for about last month i drank it nearly every day, and diet soft drink with caffeine in it amongst lots of sugar snacks...so it could be a high chance that could be the problem...i have stopped drinking coffee and i have stopped drinking diet drinks (its crazy with the amount of toxins they put in those drinks!) the past 2 weeks..but we'll see.

And just to make a point 3 months ago i wasn't having any sugar, caffeine etc and i still kept getting headaches regardless so i will be interested to know what the doctor thinks!

Cheers,
Rhianna
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Starting weight: 123kg
Week 1: 123.8kg (+800g)
Week 2: 122.6kg (-1.2kg)
week 3: 121.3kg (-1.3kg)
Week 4: 121.6kg (+300g)
Goal weight: 70kg
Curent weight: 121.6kg!


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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby dearne » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:19 pm

good luck with the cat scans! ill be cyber-holding your hand hoping its good news!
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby rhianna88 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 5:58 pm

Hi Dearne!

Good news...NO CAT SCAN NEEDED...the specialist scanned my eyes and the disc at the back of my eyes is really clear! this means that there is no added pressure inside my head that can cause these headaches..e.g a growing tumour... PHEW! :shock: If my disc was cloudy and pink it means there is growing pressure inside my head, but theres not and we have come to the conclusion it is a stress related symptom (yes i found out you can be really stressed even if you don't realise it, even when your blood pressure is normal!) Its somehow my mind is stressed causing tension in my neck and head to create these headaches. I have made goals to de-stress my body in the following ways: take up more walking, listening to music more, working less, doing yoga once a week and getting a massage once a week.

Hopefully i will see better results! i shall let you know if it doesn't work! lol but on the good side...i have a prescription for Mersyndol plus caplets...apparently it will do a better job of getting rid of the bad headaches better than any other pain killer. Im safe feeling very comfortable with this back up plan of medication if one does arise again. I can get back on with my life in no time instead of feeling as sick.

Hope none of you are experiencing bad headaches either!

Rhianna
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Starting weight: 123kg
Week 1: 123.8kg (+800g)
Week 2: 122.6kg (-1.2kg)
week 3: 121.3kg (-1.3kg)
Week 4: 121.6kg (+300g)
Goal weight: 70kg
Curent weight: 121.6kg!


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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby dearne » Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:05 pm

thats fantastic news!!!!!!!!

it also may show a reason on why the weight might have crept on, so by knowing stress is making you ill it could also help with your weightloss emotionally... so lots of good things out of this news!
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby äirly » Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:10 pm

Glad you got the all clear from your doc :) I will add a few more things for those people who are reading this thread and perhaps get headaches themselves;

I will also add that you can get headaches if your body goes in to ketosis - basically if it starts using protein for energy rather than carbs - got a few shocking ones when i tried out aitkins (low/no card diet).

Also when my body goes through changes in diet etc I tend to get headahces. Ie new diet, quitting smoking, not drinking coffee etc. I'm not sure why I get them during these periods, however they usually go after a few days as my body adjusts and I dont worry about them.

However when i start getting a headache my first thought is, 'how much water have I drunk' as that was almost always the culprit - second is tension headaches from heat, sun, or stress environments like shopping or soemthing. I am quite concerned with my headaches, as occaionally they escalate to migraines (usually in intense stress or heat).
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Re: Headaches anyone?

Postby ClarissaM » Tue May 10, 2011 3:23 am

If I skip a meal like lunch, I sometimes get headaches in the afternoon. I always think of them as hunger headaches because they usually go away as soon as I eat something. I also get headaches when I don't drink enough water. It's good to hear that you don't need a CAT scan.
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