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Dairy as headache trigger: HOW?

Commented on December 24, 2013
Created November 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I keep seeing "DAIRY" listed as a potential headache trigger, which seems like a very general term. whey protein powder and ghee are both dairy, but ghee has no protein. Is cream the same as butter as a trigger food?

I have the impression that when people are "allergic" to to a food, they are reacting to the protein. Perhaps that's not the same thing when it comes to triggering "tension headache".

So, by what mechanism might "dairy" trigger tension headaches?

Thanks,

Mike

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on December 24, 2013
at 12:25 AM

There are substances other than proteins that can cause migraines. E.G. citrus can release histamine.

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on November 20, 2013
at 03:43 AM

I agree to focus on the headache since it's triggering the other things. Good luck! And breathe deep. :)

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on November 20, 2013
at 02:32 AM

When I get the crushing contracting scalp and neck muscles, and head hurting, my eyes actually hurt. What really threw me off is they are sometimes accompanied with cramping in hands and feet, and sometimes swelling of ankles. This made me go down the electrolytes route. However, my doctor suggested I focus on the most predominate feature which is the headache and pursue that, so that's what I'm doing. I can't wait to see if no-dairy is helpful.

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on November 20, 2013
at 12:29 AM

chronic tension headaches? Story of my life. I've actually had to drop my sugar *and* dairy intake (mostly down to only butter and every-so-often-kefir) for that to get better. I get them still sometimes, but I'm 'treating' them with deep breaths to reoxiginate my blood and paying some serious attention to my neck with my hands to encourage blood flow. No chemical painkillers for me anymore. So far, for the past 3 headaches, that has actually helped quite a bit.

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on November 19, 2013
at 11:30 PM

Asking Robb is a good idea. It is kinda of the theoretical nature. BTW, I recently read a whole book on raw milk, and was having it lots. I'm going to review some of it again - I think there was discussion about how denatured milk proteins are harder to deal with than raw milk. I'm going to try 30 days of solid dairy free to see if it helps with the chronic tension headaches.

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:01 PM

Oranges trigger migraines for me but contain less than a gram of dietary protein. I'm curious if there are proteins in the orange that trigger the migraine? Is there a difference between dietary protein and the cellular proteins your body responds to?

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on December 24, 2013
at 12:25 AM

There are substances other than proteins that can cause migraines. E.G. citrus can release histamine.

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on November 19, 2013
at 10:08 PM

this sounds like a question for the robb wolf or chris kresser podcast ;). My best guess is something to do with casein being an allergen and messing with the gut-brain axis. could also be the inflammatory effect from casein, or even just lack of digestion of lactose that could be putting stress on the sympathetic nervous system... it depends on the person, i actually tend to get a headache if i eat a LOT of dairy that's not butter/ghee. i tried a little googling.. may want to do some deeper research and ask questions on some of the podcast guys

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on November 19, 2013
at 11:30 PM

Asking Robb is a good idea. It is kinda of the theoretical nature. BTW, I recently read a whole book on raw milk, and was having it lots. I'm going to review some of it again - I think there was discussion about how denatured milk proteins are harder to deal with than raw milk. I'm going to try 30 days of solid dairy free to see if it helps with the chronic tension headaches.

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