wierd food craving

Nebula Community Member March 02, 2009
  • During the on set of a migraine I get the weirdest food cravings. I always want something sugary and sweet, or salami, or tons of bread. Actually I get really hungry for all of these things. I feel like most of them are cravings for migraine triggers - so that is weird! 

     

    Does this happen to anyone else?

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  • Anonymous
    headofthegame
    May. 14, 2012

    I get that strange craving too but it happens before and during the migraie. My cravings increase as my headache gets worse. I always crave salami, cheese, bread, crackers, white rice, and especially soda pop or candy. At a certain point I cave in to it and eat something but i notice if I eat white bread or crackers my migraine pain will lessen or...

    RHMLucky777

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    I get that strange craving too but it happens before and during the migraie. My cravings increase as my headache gets worse. I always crave salami, cheese, bread, crackers, white rice, and especially soda pop or candy. At a certain point I cave in to it and eat something but i notice if I eat white bread or crackers my migraine pain will lessen or sub-side. It's not my blood sugar levels since I got tested for diabeties and I'm clear of that. For now since there is little known about migraines we just got to toughen up and get through it. I've had migraines since I was 8.

  • sky73
    Feb. 01, 2012

    I have food brfore but mostly after the headed is over. I crave any thing sweet. Most of the time I can fight off food cravings but after a migraine I can't.

  • Anonymous
    MissMo
    Jun. 07, 2010

    I'm 23, I've had migraines for 3 years, about 1-3 times a week. I crave cheese, chocolate, and salty foods. I try to stay away from fast food and junk food in general (I'm big on organic fruit & veggies), but all I want when I have a migraine is a big hamburger and fries.

  • Anonymous
    Lynne
    Apr. 02, 2009

    You betcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have chronic daily migraines. Started in my late 50's I am 63 now. Am also a type 2 diabetic and the carbs send my sugars thru' the roof. BUT.the carb cravings are uncontrollable and definitely can bring down the migraine along with massive doses of imitrex. I will need to get back to my endocrinologist very soon because the...

    RHMLucky777

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    You betcha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have chronic daily migraines. Started in my late 50's I am 63 now. Am also a type 2 diabetic and the carbs send my sugars thru' the roof. BUT.the carb cravings are uncontrollable and definitely can bring down the migraine along with massive doses of imitrex. I will need to get back to my endocrinologist very soon because the two illnesses are in direct conflict. My neurologist calls them treatment resistant migraines and occipital nerve implant surgery is a new but cost prohibitive treatment. I feel for you

  • Anonymous
    Melanie
    Mar. 03, 2009

    Yes, I get this too and for all my "trigger" foods as well. I try to stick with complex carbs (whole wheat bread or trail mix) and talk myself out of the greek olives or chocolate.

     

     

  • Lynne
    Mar. 03, 2009

    Yes!  I get this too, and have come to recognize it as an early warning signal that I have a migraine coming on. This hits before the aura and other symptoms appear. I've been trying hard to avoid these foods because, as you mention, we sometimes end up eating trigger foods.  A big one for me is chocolate, or anything sugary sweet. Just in the past...

    RHMLucky777

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    Yes!  I get this too, and have come to recognize it as an early warning signal that I have a migraine coming on. This hits before the aura and other symptoms appear. I've been trying hard to avoid these foods because, as you mention, we sometimes end up eating trigger foods.  A big one for me is chocolate, or anything sugary sweet. Just in the past couple of weeks when this craving hits me I've tried starting with a couple of glasses of water, and then eating protein instead, like turkey or dried almonds. This hasn't stopped the migraine, but does seem to weaken its intensity since I have "added" more triggers to an oncoming migraine. It may also help to have something more substantial in my system, because once the migraine arrives, I often have nausea and food aversion, so at least I will have eaten something earlier that is not going to spike, then crash, my blood sugar levels. What out for salami - it may have preservatives or food additives that would trigger/further intensify your migraine.  

    • Lynne
      Mar. 03, 2009

      Oops!  Excuse me - I meant to write the following in the above paragraph. Embarassed

       

      This hasn't stopped the migraine, but does seem to weaken its intensity since I have not "added" more triggers to an oncoming migraine. 

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