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Massive Headache

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2011 at 10:38 PM

I've been doing Paleo for a few weeks, maybe a month, with no problems. Then this week I got slammed w/ the worst headache I've ever had in my life, of short duration but leaving me recovering for several days afterward.

I know little about Paleo, but I have a few hypotheses as to the cause:

1.) Some sort of vitamin deficiency is hurting my neural functions.

2.) I cheated by eating a massive sub-sandwich midweek, and my body has punished me severely.

Any advice from you guys is welcome. Either I'm doing something wrong w/ my diet I need to fix, or I need to push through and things will get better.

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on November 06, 2011
at 12:45 AM

I would not e surprised if, in addition to a reaction to the wheat, there are likey to be a lot of "dough conditioners" in the dough, which stores receive pre-made in 5 gallon buckets. The most common dough conditioners are sodium stearoyl 2 lactylate, calcium stearoyl lactate, barley malt, ethoxylated and succinylated monoglycerides, and polysorbate 60. Nom!

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on October 19, 2011
at 09:36 PM

massive sub sandwich = bread + processed meats?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Appreciate the link, and I'll check it out but the question wasn't critical only looking for some elaboration. Interested in some headache stuff myself.

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:46 AM

Here ya go Jay.....read this and the cites. http://jackkruse.com/msg-your-gut-and-your-brain-post-trauma/

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 16, 2011
at 02:40 AM

hey Jay before you criticize how about you read my very in depth blog on this very subject. Let me drop some knowledge on you.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Quilt...do you arrive at that from the "left me recovering for several days" part?

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

NP...gave ya +1 and just added on.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Thank you for the clarification, Jay.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Most headaches are in the primary category and don't need further testing, but here is a list of some red flags related to "secondary headaches"....http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/Headaches?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&clicked=true.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:03 AM

And it did not have to happen right before the headache. It can be 4 days prior.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:03 AM

my bet is you ate something with a large amount of aspartame or MSG in it that caused it.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 15, 2011
at 11:04 PM

Did you eat anything during the headache? Early on in my Paleo journey (and was very low carb), I'd get killer headaches that would only resolve if I ate a banana or something else starchy/sweet.

If the headache recurs, I'd get it checked out; an MRI isn't out of order for sudden, unexplained intense brain-pain. It's easy to chalk up all new and unusual symptoms to a change in diet -- and very often they may be -- but as a just-in-case it wouldn't hurt to ask a doc.

(And, welcome, from another newbie.)

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 01:21 AM

NP...gave ya +1 and just added on.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:11 AM

Most headaches are in the primary category and don't need further testing, but here is a list of some red flags related to "secondary headaches"....http://www.myoptumhealth.com/portal/Information/item/Headaches?archiveChannel=Home%2FArticle&clicked=true.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:22 AM

Thank you for the clarification, Jay.

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on October 19, 2011
at 08:04 PM

A number of people have reported weAther related migraines brought on by changes in barometric pressure recently.

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on October 15, 2011
at 11:26 PM

Don't forget the possibility of a tooth abscess. I only say that because of your reference to "worst ever". That was my worst ever. The infection got into the sinus cavity and oh boy, it was murder. And yes it did come and go in short-duration sessions.

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