Constipation and Migrains?

Valorie Community Member February 18, 2008
  • Is there a connection between constipation and migrains?
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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
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    Feb. 19, 2008

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    There have been some studies trying to see if the "gut" is tied in to Migraine disease. This LINK may provide you with some information.

     

    A Migraine attack has four phases. The first phase is called prodrome where some Migraineurs can experience constipation. Anatomy of a Migraine epxlains...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    There have been some studies trying to see if the "gut" is tied in to Migraine disease. This LINK may provide you with some information.

     

    A Migraine attack has four phases. The first phase is called prodrome where some Migraineurs can experience constipation. Anatomy of a Migraine epxlains this in great detail.

     

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    • Anonymous
      Leah Moulton
      Mar. 24, 2009

      THANKS!!!!    I  had  severe migrains  and doctors  tell me  that  in my case are "mini-strokes"   I  know that   when I  am constipated   I  have  my  vision  afected and  stars halo   began to appear  leaving later a  head ache ...

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      THANKS!!!!    I  had  severe migrains  and doctors  tell me  that  in my case are "mini-strokes"   I  know that   when I  am constipated   I  have  my  vision  afected and  stars halo   began to appear  leaving later a  head ache  and total  disconfort.

      I went to  a  gastroenterologist  and  he prescribed Xifaxan  BUT  that is medication for  diaharrea  and  what I  have is  constipation.

         I am glad to know  that  someone  else   knows about  the link  between  constipation and diaharrea  so  I inmediatelly  will  consult  with another  gastroenterologist.  I do appreciate tis info.

    • hayley3
      Oct. 29, 2010

      This is interesting as I notice when I am constipated really bad, if I don't take action and take my magnesium I get a whopper of a migraine.   Sometimes I don't remember until my forehead gets hot like a fever.  Also once I get diarrhea the migraine will stop..I attributed it to the magnesium, but reading someone else's post makes me wonder. ...

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      This is interesting as I notice when I am constipated really bad, if I don't take action and take my magnesium I get a whopper of a migraine.   Sometimes I don't remember until my forehead gets hot like a fever.  Also once I get diarrhea the migraine will stop..I attributed it to the magnesium, but reading someone else's post makes me wonder.  Also, normally, I will have foul-smelling diarrhea.

       

      So this tells me it's definitely stomach related in some way.  I have never been able to associate mine with a particular food.  For a while I thought it was dehydration and still could be because if you are dehydrated your colon will move slower...but the foul smelling stool has me puzzled.  I have been dx'd with IBS.

       

      My migraines only last one day (one horrid day) if I take my powdered magnesium from Peter Gilham.

    • Anonymous
      Leah
      Oct. 29, 2010

      Finally, I  got a conextion  with my  migrain,  and after that,  I  had no  problem  for   almost now  10 months.

      This is what i did:  I manage to eat  three meals a day,  very balanced.

                                 (...

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      Finally, I  got a conextion  with my  migrain,  and after that,  I  had no  problem  for   almost now  10 months.

      This is what i did:  I manage to eat  three meals a day,  very balanced.

                                 ( The meals on time.)

                                 No snacks unless I am with hunger pain between meals. 

                                  Lots of  fruit,

                                  67 ounces of water a day

                                  Lactaid milk.

                             I am allergic to shelll fish so, avoid what  you are allergic to.

                                 

      The main thing is  to ask  the  gastroenterologist to help  with  the

      intestines to be in working condition.

      I take, when the constipation starts,  the Sena Sirupe, one small teaspoon,  works  wonders. 

      Once  you visit the bathroom with the # 2  in daily order,  the Migrain  will slow down and stop.

      I  hope this help someone.  Tell your  gastroenterologist  exactly your conextion  with the intestinal  problem, and  see how   he will help. The awful smell is a

      result of the bad bacteria and the Dr  should prescribe to you the antibiotic.

      Me  doctor did that.  Then, after  few months,  he  prescirbed : " ALIGN "  can get it from the counter and is a  $ 24 good bacteria .

       

       

    • hayley3
      Oct. 29, 2010

      Thanks Leah...I didn't think about the bad bacteria causing that.  Laughing

      But I only have the bad odor during the migraine.

       

      I was just reading too how important it is to eat right, take a probiotic, and digestive enzymes, kind of what you are doing. 

       

      But I also notice that if I get overheated I get migraines.  Actually my first migraine...

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      Thanks Leah...I didn't think about the bad bacteria causing that.  Laughing

      But I only have the bad odor during the migraine.

       

      I was just reading too how important it is to eat right, take a probiotic, and digestive enzymes, kind of what you are doing. 

       

      But I also notice that if I get overheated I get migraines.  Actually my first migraine ever was when I realized I wasn't sweating, so I must've been dehydrated.  So now I'm gonna research the causes of dehydration related to the stomach...malabsorption maybe?

       

      Cheryl

    • Leah
      Oct. 30, 2010

      In my experience, the migrain is triggered  by  my  por digestion that leads to  constipation. All the  bad bacteria gets rotten inside  and if it is not evacuated  i guess  it piles up  and get ( in my case) to the  optic nerve.

       

       Once or twice I had such a head ache  i felt  my  head ...

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      In my experience, the migrain is triggered  by  my  por digestion that leads to  constipation. All the  bad bacteria gets rotten inside  and if it is not evacuated  i guess  it piles up  and get ( in my case) to the  optic nerve.

       

       Once or twice I had such a head ache  i felt  my  head  ache was such as  braking in two pieces, and my   right eye  with the halo and  was  not able to feel  my arms or my fingers. My speech  became impared.  (  I  was  12  years old  when I  had  that  first awful experience....many..many years ago.)  For a long time  I was free of it, until  my stomach  began to cause  the problem again. Stress causes me the  irritated  colon syndrome  and naturally the constipation , and of course,  there goes  the migrain.  My main care now days is:  to keep my  intestine in  working conditions  every day,  to became  regular.

       

      Especially  not to be dehadrated ever.  I keep a visit  to my  gastroenterologist every three months .(  She told me the migrain are dangerous mini-strokes)

    • Anonymous
      Elsa
      Mar. 20, 2013
      I have a similar story above. :)
  • GWP
    GWP
    Feb. 18, 2008

    I don't know whether there's ever been a study on this question. You might submit a question to Ask the Clinician. Click on Find in the toolbar at the top of the page, and scroll down to click on the link. There you'll find the form for asking a qquestion.

     

    Personally, I don't think constipation is a trigger for me. It triggers a headache...

    RHMLucky777

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    I don't know whether there's ever been a study on this question. You might submit a question to Ask the Clinician. Click on Find in the toolbar at the top of the page, and scroll down to click on the link. There you'll find the form for asking a qquestion.

     

    Personally, I don't think constipation is a trigger for me. It triggers a headache in my husband, but he doesn't have migraines. Verapamil made me very constipated. I'm having the same problem now, and I haven't figured out why.

     

    Gretchen 

    • Valorie
      Feb. 18, 2008

      Thank you so much for your letter. This is my first day on this site.

       

       My 17 year old daughter has had migrains for 7 years. She has had 5 in the last 17 days. We have worked with the doctors. I have read so much on the subject and I am more confused than ever. My other two children grew out of them in a couple of years. I will continue to study till...

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      Thank you so much for your letter. This is my first day on this site.

       

       My 17 year old daughter has had migrains for 7 years. She has had 5 in the last 17 days. We have worked with the doctors. I have read so much on the subject and I am more confused than ever. My other two children grew out of them in a couple of years. I will continue to study till I come up with something that helps.

       

      Thanks again, Valorie

    • Valorie
      Sep. 01, 2010

      This post is from Valorie

      It is now 2010 and my daughter is 20. She hadly ever gets migrains any more. When she starts to get any kind of a headache she does a flush of your system buy driniking a mixture of vitamin C power, orange juice, Pedilyte and Benefiber. It work almost always within the hour.

  • Valorie
    Feb. 18, 2008
    If there a connection between constipation and migrains
    • Anonymous
      KnockaroundGuyM
      Nov. 20, 2008

      I have asked that question many times, to many different physicians.  So far, only one has believed that constipation can and, in some cases, does cause migraines.  Personally, I have absolutely no doubt that constipation causes severe migraines - at least in my case.

       

      I am on fiber therapy, three times per day, due to a multitude of bowel problems. ...

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      I have asked that question many times, to many different physicians.  So far, only one has believed that constipation can and, in some cases, does cause migraines.  Personally, I have absolutely no doubt that constipation causes severe migraines - at least in my case.

       

      I am on fiber therapy, three times per day, due to a multitude of bowel problems.  As I am writing this, I am just now recovering from a severe migraine because I missed my mid-day dose of fiber (yeah, it's that bad!). 

       

      I do not presently know what the link is and/or why and how there is a link at all.  All I know is that once I can finally go to the bathroom after being constipated, the migraine eases dramatically the more I can go.  In fact, I cannot ever remember getting a migraine at all without constipation being the culprit.

       

      I hope this helps whoever is wondering about this issue.  Over 25 years of experience of battling migraines and constipation has taught me well that there is a definite link between the two.  If you are having regular bouts of constipation, and migraines because of them, see your physician as soon as possible.  Whatever they prescribe to ease your constipation, do it - your migraine will ease almost the minute you are finished using the restroom!  Also, I personally recommend getting some form of fiber, OTC, and taking it daily.  Whatever fiber regimen I'm on, I take the maximum amount that the directions will allow.  Of course, you should always consult your physician before starting any regimen.

       

      One other thing: if you are in a constipation and/or migraine "crisis" and need relief ASAP, I recommend the active ingredient in Ex-Lax...Senna.  This is a natural "herb" that does one thing and does it WELL: relieve constipation!

       

      I hope this helps  :)

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jul. 23, 2009

      Thank you so much. You're comments really helped me. I thought I was crazy for thinking that the two were linked! I'm going straight to my doctor in the morning to sort out my problem. I've suffered from both constipation and migraines for years, I hope they can both be cured!

    • Anonymous
      KnockaroundGuyM
      Jul. 23, 2009

      You are quite welcome, and I'm glad that my comments helped you out so much!  Since my last post, I have suffered another skull-splitter.  Of course, this was because I missed another dose of my fiber therapy.  Despite how it sounds, I do not miss many doses; however, even one missed dose almost certainly brings on a migraine!

       

      Another...

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      You are quite welcome, and I'm glad that my comments helped you out so much!  Since my last post, I have suffered another skull-splitter.  Of course, this was because I missed another dose of my fiber therapy.  Despite how it sounds, I do not miss many doses; however, even one missed dose almost certainly brings on a migraine!

       

      Another thing to discuss with your physician is getting a script for a migraine medicine.  My Mom has a prescription for some, and I am working on getting my doc to give a script to me, too.  I have used my Mom's medicine during a couple of migraines and it has worked very well.  It didn't take the pain and nausea completely away, but it did take the edge <b>way</b> off.  Depending upon the level of severity of your migraines, the medicine might make your symptoms disappear completely.  A warning, though: even if the medicine makes you feel better, I urge you to talk to your doctor and begin and keep a fiber therapy regimen going full-time.  If you have serious gastrointestional problems, this is pretty much a must.  Talk to your doctor - they will tailor a plan of battle for you.

       

      Thank you very much for your reply.  It makes me happy to know that there are those out there who benefit from my ramblings.  :o)

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Aug. 25, 2009

      I have suffered from migraines for about 25 years and have noticed that sometimes when I get constipated, I get a migraine and then relief once it "passes".  I have many triggers, unfortunately, and I'm sure constipation is one of them.  I'm sorry for all who suffer from this but am relieved to know "its not just me".

    • Anonymous
      gnus
      Nov. 24, 2009

      I'facing to the issue. Serious migrain and I think there is a link. Contrary to you, I usually have fibers at breakfast but I have a desease which is (colopathie) i don't know the name in english since sevral year, it could be the cause.

    • Anonymous
      bestmom
      Jul. 30, 2011

      My migraines happen when I have skipped my morning coffee. If I do not have coffee one day, the very next morning the 3 day migraine begins.

       

    • Anonymous
      Aziza
      Sep. 14, 2011

      Thank you!! I noticed as well, that everytime I have a migraine, I'm also constipated accompanied with nausia. I almost feel as though my body is sick when I go through these bouts (probably due to the build-up of toxins in my body). This really helps and I certainly intend to bring it to my doctor's attention.

    • Raju Vaze
      Jul. 29, 2012

      Hi,

       

      Mee too have the same problem, and what I have noticed is:

       

      Due to constipation you have problems passing flatulent gases, constipated stool blocks the wind. As the more and more pressure builts in the colon, the nervs sends this signal to the brain and when these signals are strong, you get migraine.

      Once you manage to release all trapped...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi,

       

      Mee too have the same problem, and what I have noticed is:

       

      Due to constipation you have problems passing flatulent gases, constipated stool blocks the wind. As the more and more pressure builts in the colon, the nervs sends this signal to the brain and when these signals are strong, you get migraine.

      Once you manage to release all trapped wind, migraine will eases in 20-30 minutes.

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Elsa
      Mar. 20, 2013
      At some point about 10 years ago I noticed a connection between "regularity" and migraine events for me. I noticed that I would never ever have diarrhea and a migraine at the same time, so I began to consume copious amounts of fiber. Last thing before bed, I would down a few bowls of Bran Buds and milk. It had the highest fiber content I could find and if I...
      RHMLucky777
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      At some point about 10 years ago I noticed a connection between "regularity" and migraine events for me. I noticed that I would never ever have diarrhea and a migraine at the same time, so I began to consume copious amounts of fiber. Last thing before bed, I would down a few bowls of Bran Buds and milk. It had the highest fiber content I could find and if I ate my fiber I would not have a migraine the next day. I also used senna regularly, and even stock-piled a little because it was grown in Egypt alone, and Middle East stability did not seem like something I should depend on. But things changed for me in a big way. About 3 years ago, my dear sister-in-law, developed severe troubles with both her large and small intestines. I suspected that she abused laxatives and I had to admit that I did not really know if I was doing the right thing with all this fiber and irritating senna. I knew no one else was eating this much fiber. I was also worried about the migraine connection to strokes and I wanted to find a solution before my three daughters started getting migraines, as well. :( I began to do a lot of research. I found that many health issues can be brought on by magnesium deficiency. Magnesium can relax the colon, and the neck/shoulder, and other muscles, so that my body can function well without all that fiber. I read that the fiber levels I was ingesting could have actually been building a new sort of damage to my colon and my gut, in general. Please do a search on magnesium. Dr. Carolyn Dean, Dr. Joseph Mercola, GreenMedInfo.com, and others will give you lots of information and direct you to the best supplement forms of magnesium and the ways it will help you. When you get too much magnesium, you will experience loose stools. (Too much vitamin C also results in loose stools.) These two can be very safe supplements. I now take Carlson's Chelated magnesium. It contains magnesium glycinate chelate at 200mg per tablet, 3-4 each day, more, if needed.
    • Anonymous
      Elsa
      Mar. 20, 2013
      Sorry for the above dense paragraph; my formatting somehow got lost when posted. :)
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Aug. 03, 2009

      i too have experienced migraines , verytime i have constipation which is very common because i do not drink enough fluids... i am positively 1000% sure that it causes migraine and fatigue for me

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 29, 2009

      I too believe they have something in common.  I have had migraines for nearly 30 years and never figured it out.  Every one said it was the Ice Cream or Nuts or Candy or Dairy or too much caffeine or looking at my computer monitors.  Everybody had their opinions. 

       

      Even now I am not sure that constipation is the trigger every time. ...

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      I too believe they have something in common.  I have had migraines for nearly 30 years and never figured it out.  Every one said it was the Ice Cream or Nuts or Candy or Dairy or too much caffeine or looking at my computer monitors.  Everybody had their opinions. 

       

      Even now I am not sure that constipation is the trigger every time.  However I asked my wife to start asking me when ever I have a migraine if I have am having bowel trouble.  I know that may sound funny but when I get a migraine I can't think about much of anything.  So far in the past couple months nearly every time I have a migraine there is something going on with my bowels.  Occasionally I also get IBS and I "think" this all might go hand in hand.  I don't want to gross anyone out but I have noticed that the worse Migraines seemed to be constipation followed by very loose stool or even diarrhea.  How you could have diarrhea and constipation at the same time?  I have no idea but it can happen.

       

      Anyway seeing that there are other people that are seeing the link I think there might be something to this.  I can't imagine how many Advil-Tylenol with Coca Cola caffeine cocktails I have taken in the past 20 years or so trying to break migraines.  All this time I should have been doing fiber therapy.  Why didn't my doctor say something?

       

       

    • Anonymous
      kowgirl
      Mar. 29, 2011

      i always wonder the same thing.. my migraines have become increasingly bad over the last 6 months, but i also suffer from what my doctors says is ibs, but im not sure that this is all that is wrong...

       

      i am always confused as to how one can feel constipated then suddenly have diarhea... i dont get it.. and once i can finally go, my head is no where near...

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      i always wonder the same thing.. my migraines have become increasingly bad over the last 6 months, but i also suffer from what my doctors says is ibs, but im not sure that this is all that is wrong...

       

      i am always confused as to how one can feel constipated then suddenly have diarhea... i dont get it.. and once i can finally go, my head is no where near as bad, it never alieviates my migraines completely but it sure seems to help alot...

       

      well hear is to more research and finding a correlation and fixing these issues

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Nov. 10, 2009

      I have to agree with the migraine/constipation link.I too suffer from IBS and migraine.

      I have also found that I must stick to a routine in order to fend off the attacks,these include.........

      Getting up at the same time everyday(not easy at weekends)...as a sleep in will trigger a migraine.

      Eating meals at the same time everyday helps to keep restroom breaks on...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have to agree with the migraine/constipation link.I too suffer from IBS and migraine.

      I have also found that I must stick to a routine in order to fend off the attacks,these include.........

      Getting up at the same time everyday(not easy at weekends)...as a sleep in will trigger a migraine.

      Eating meals at the same time everyday helps to keep restroom breaks on the same timetable.

      I prefer to eat bran and fruit rather than medication...but,each to their own...and I must drink lots of water,as this helps digestion.

      I have found that if I have too much sleep...eg,a sleep on on Saturday...I will undoubtedly have a migraine,but not usually during the week.

       

      Hope this can be of help to someone,as it has taken me a lot of years to find my causes and symptoms.

    • staci
      Sep. 01, 2010

      I have a 13 year old who was hospitalized with severe constipation and a few years after that she was hospitalized for 7 days for a migraine that did not end until 180 days later.  I definitely see a link between these two.  She is now taking flaxseed in her oatmeal in the morning and lots of water.  If it gets bad we give her dulcolax, for a...

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      I have a 13 year old who was hospitalized with severe constipation and a few years after that she was hospitalized for 7 days for a migraine that did not end until 180 days later.  I definitely see a link between these two.  She is now taking flaxseed in her oatmeal in the morning and lots of water.  If it gets bad we give her dulcolax, for a quick relief then start back on strict diet regimen.  When the constipation is relieved, then the migraines are less. Go figure!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 13, 2010

      I have suffered from constant moderate to severe light-sensitive migraines since I was a teen. Not so much that I needed special medication and what not, but bad enough that I always carry strong headache medicine, and all I can do is lay down and cover my face. I am now 34. Only recently, maybe in the the past year, have I really noticed the connection; hence,...

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      I have suffered from constant moderate to severe light-sensitive migraines since I was a teen. Not so much that I needed special medication and what not, but bad enough that I always carry strong headache medicine, and all I can do is lay down and cover my face. I am now 34. Only recently, maybe in the the past year, have I really noticed the connection; hence, my search for the subject. Now that I've read a few of the postings, I too believe it might be a "fluids" thing in my case. 

       

      It's on my mind now because I've had a migraine since noon today. After about 6 hours of suffering, everything has seemed to "pass" and my headache is almost gone.

       

      I always tell the doctors, or mark it whenever I do a med history survey, but it seems like no one takes migraines seriously enough.

       

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who was thinking this.

       

       

       

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