January 26, 2012

Gluten Intolerance and Migraines – Is There a Connection?

 

Migraine sufferers commonly visit a doctor and walk away without answers as to the origin of their headache.  Instead, they receive a medication to control the pain.  The problem is, these medicines can have horrendous side effects, can be addictive, don’t actually solve the cause of the headache.  (See the Prescription Pain Trap for more on this…)

Hailey’s story is another example of how traditional medicine has failed so many. Her migraines, fatigue, blurry vision, and other symptoms were not resolved with prescription medications. However; going TRUE gluten free along with nutritional supplementation led to complete remission of her symptoms. Thank you Hailey for allowing Gluten Free Society to share your story!

IF You Have Migraine Headaches, Do This First

  • Stop eating gluten.
  • Rule out additional food triggers for the headache -  Common triggers are chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, cheese and other dairy products, wine, processed lunch meats and artificial sweeteners like Nutrasweet (aspartame).  You can find this information out by having your doctor run a delayed hypersensitivity food allergy test.  (More on this here <<<)
  • Get tested for vitamin and mineral deficiencies – Vitamin B2, B-12, magnesium, and CoQ10 are a few nutrients that when deficient can trigger migraine headaches.
  • Avoid the use of perfumes and scented soaps – many of the chemicals in these items can trigger migraines directly.
  • Visit a chiropractor - Many headaches begin with structural problems in the spine as well as muscular dysfunction.  A reputable chiropractor should be able to help you determine these types of problems.

If you are eating a traditional gluten free diet and not responding, or if you just need help with navigating the maze of the diet, check out the Glutenology Health Matrix Membership here…

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12 Responses to “Gluten Intolerance and Migraines – Is There a Connection?”

  • Ingrid says:

    I have been gluten free as of september last year. I have Crohns disease. I had a few, but not pleasant symptoms left after being on low dose naltrexone for several years. My diarrhea, bloating, some pain and gas are gone, thanks to being on the gluten free diet. LDN has helped me a lot, the gluten free diet did the rest. Now I am able to eat my vegetables and sallads witout being troubled with diarrhea and too much gas. Now I am hoping to get better hair again, because I have lost too much. I am so happy that dr. Oz is willing to discuss this on his famous show. I love to watch this show and have learned so much about how to get a better health. Thanks a lot for the good work you’re doing. Greetings from Norway, Scandinava.

  • Ellen says:

    While I do not have celiac disease, cutting out gluten grains made a tremendous difference in my health — no more fibromyalgia, no more depression, no more IBS, asthma and eczema almost gone. I look forward to gluten-sensitive people getting accurate health information, instead of being told that gluten-free eating is a “fad.”

  • I have a question I am celiac and have some other food allergies. I took a vitamin and mineral deficiency test but havent gotten the results. I took a niacin and had a flush. Now I notice my feet havent been cold and I seem to feel differently. I do think I will need B12 it seems that most celiacs need these to help heal. Wondered what you thought about the niacin and what type of b12 work best for celiacs?

  • Sharron says:

    I’ve had coeliac disease for over a year now, I’ve recently been tested for vitamin d deficancy but still waiting 4 weeks later as there is a delay I have osteo arthritis in knees and hip, but it started in my fingers and been tested for rheumatoid but was negative fingers lock so there still not ruling it out as it don’t show in blood straight away, but this week I’ve been really I’ll it’s attacking my shoulders back knees more than usual fingers feet and hands and eyes, I’m back off the drs later is there another test for rheumatoid or is it like my physio said the hands is to do with the vitamin d deficancy I get fatigue too?.

  • Yes vitamin D can play a role in soft tissue problems. You should consider a TRUE gluten free diet if you are still eating substitute grains.
    All the best,
    Dr. O

  • Brian Jury says:

    Is sunflower oil safe for Celiac’s?

    Is it safe for Celiac’s to eat beef from cows
    that are on a grain diet?

  • Sunflower is safe. Don’t recommend beef from cows eating grain.

  • Patti Brower says:

    I get more headaches from having Celiac Disease than before, sometimes they’re severe but that’s very rare. Most of the time they’re tolerable since going wheat free and gluen free.But from my experience they Celiac related.

  • Patti Brower says:

    Not to change the subject but for those of us who have leg seizure from Celiac Disease, other than a gluten free diet, what else can be done to control the seizures, do they every go away, I”m tired of taking ativan for this problem. I run out at times and I’m harshly withdrawling and I always feel like I”m going to die with the harshness of anxieties on top of that. Any suggestions on something natural other than Cal/Mag? I feel like the next attack will take my life and doing everything I can do avoid it.

    Any advise would help. Thank you

  • Martin Lass says:

    For me, YES there is an ABSOLUTE connection between gluten and migraines. After nearly 40 years of migraines, it was only when I went completely gluten free and dairy free that I am now migraine free. (I also avoid coffee, alcohol, refined sugars, and processed fruit juices. Dehydration is a major factor in migraines, too, so I keep up my fluids–water, coconut water, herbal teas, etc.)

  • Krisann Mangino says:

    The neurologist couldn’t find evidence of a TIA or a stroke after my first( and only I hope) episode of Transient Global Amnesia last month. Mayo Clinic site says some with migraines have a slightly higher risk of having a TGA. After reading your column and the responses, it looks like I’d better join my Celiac husband in eating gluten free foods and (giving up my small dark chocolate grudgingly.)

  • Nick says:

    After a lifetime of severe migraines, I am now migraine free after giving up bread and pasta. I’m not gluten free, but just staying away from wheat flour based foods has made a huge impact in my life.

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