What is Migraine Sugar Craving and How Do I Stop It?
The relationship between sugar and migraine is complex and can vary from person to person. While sugar itself is not a direct cause of migraine, it may contribute to triggering attacks in some individuals through various mechanisms. Migraine sugar cravings may also be related to migraine symptoms. Sugar cravings can be both a trigger and a symptom in the context of migraine. The role can vary from person to person. Migraine sugar cravings may be associated with migraine triggers, prodrome symptoms, hormonal influence, and blood sugar fluctuations. It’s essential to recognize that triggers and symptoms can be unique to each individual. While sugar is a common trigger for some, others may not experience any correlation between sugar consumption and migraine attacks.
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Does Chocolate Trigger a Migraine Attack?
I have a sugar addiction. Sugar seems to be a trigger, but the more I have documented my cravings, the more I realize the cravings are a symptom of my migraine. I crave chocolate before a migraine. Cravings for sugar and eating distract my mind from the impending doom….migraine hell. I used to eat dessert, then woke up with a migraine attack thinking the chocolate was my trigger. The more research I’ve done, the more I have come to find out that cravings before a migraine are not the trigger but the symptom of what is coming. Everyone is different, and these are all lessons I’ve learned over my long relationship with migraine. For some individuals, consuming certain foods, including those high in sugar, can trigger migraine attacks. If you consistently experience migraine attacks after consuming sugary foods, sugar can be considered a trigger for you.
What is a Sugar Withdrawal Headache?
Although sugar doesn’t seem to be a direct trigger, sugar withdrawal headache is. Because of my sugar addiction, I get sugar withdrawal headaches, making it difficult to quit. A drop in blood sugar or sudden rise usually triggers a migraine attack for me. I need to be cautious not to drink too much coffee or overeat sugar to keep my body consistent. Significant increases, drops, or changes in blood sugar give me a headache. By gradually reducing my sugar consumption, I hope to lessen migraine symptoms.
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Sarah tells stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. Her kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate her to make a difference in the Migraine World.