Unable to control blood sugar - contributing to Migraines and headaches?

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    Approximately 5 years ago I had a total hysterectomy. One week later I had a pulmonary embolism in my right lung. Since this I have been having either a severe (debilitating) headache or some type of headache at least 3 to 4 times within the week. Within the last year or so I was told I have Type II Diabetes, which I manage with Levolog 70/30 pen and insulin shots daily. I am currently seeing a neurologist, who has admitted me to the hospital twice in the past 24 months for DHE45 treatment. The first treatment seemed to last for about 12 months however the last treatment was last week and now I still have a headache, not a migraine but a headache that won't go away.

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    With the diabetes I am unable to control my sugar levels with the levolog 70/30 pen (twice daily) and I am requiring additional humulin injections daily as well because I am not able to maintain my sugar levels below 250 even after fasting. Could the diabetes be contributing to the migraines and the headaches? Should I request a referral from my doctors to a teaching hospital that can focus on all aspects and any other underlying conditions that may be resulting in these continuous headaches? Sandi.


    Dear Sandi;

    Unfortunately, both low and high sugar are triggers for headaches and Migraines, as are many other endocrine or hormonal disorders. If your headache specialist can work alongside the endocrinologist, your headaches may very well get better. Finding one person interested in treating both areas is extremely difficult. So, get your specialists to communicate although each may not speak a part of the other's language.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: December 06, 2009