Migraine Sugar Craving: Prodrome

migraine cravings

One of my biggest signs that a migraine is coming my migraine sugar craving. I have a lot of good habits that I follow every day  to address my migraines.  If I ignore the things I do to prevent them, I would probably be bedridden permanently.  So the list goes on and changes constantly but I’m diligent and try really hard.  With all the good things I do there is one bad habit that I CAN NOT break.  It is my addiction to sugar.  I’ve read how bad it is, I know how fat it makes me but I just don’t care.  Anyone who knows me, knows this about me.

My father in law has bought me shirts that say, “I’m embarrassed at what I did for a Klondike bar” and “I run because I really, really, like dessert.”   He’s also gotten me “Mama needs a cocktail.”  All of the above are migraine triggers but we all need to pick and choose our battles, right?   It’s the truth.  Although I can’t run much anymore due to my migraines, I work out, partly, because I know my day will end with massive amounts of sugar.  I know for a fact that M&Ms  give me more frequent migraine attacks but it does not stop me.

Migraine Sugar Cravings

I have had more than one passionate conversation about how much I love M&Ms, the different types, and how a diet coke with them is like euphoria for me.  I look forward to each holiday so I can have the seasonal types.  Recently, the radio that M&Ms are the second most addictive food.  I don’t remember what the first one was because they had me at M&Ms.   M&Ms are only the beginning of my problem though.  Chewy candy and I go way back.

I remember for my 15th birthday my friend gave me a balloon with like 3 pounds of chewy candy weighing it down.  I had an ex boyfriend challenge me to a Sour Patch eating contest.  We never had the competition, but let’s get real….I would have won.  I eat fairly healthy and if I cut out sugar I would lose weight and eliminate a trigger for myself but I just can’t.  This is because I would love to sit down and have a drink at the end of a stressful day but it just makes me feel miserable at this point.  I don’t smoke, I don’t eat fast food, I don’t gamble and I don’t shop for myself.  How do I relax at the end of a day…I eat candy.

Prodrome Migraine

I’m triggered by soooooo many things and eliminating my one vice just isn’t a priority to me.  So what happens when I don’t have dessert and the next day I wake up with a migraine because of the weather change?  Forget that.  Give me my candy.  If that’s the worst thing I’ve done today, I’d say I’m doing pretty good.  All of this is not mentioning the cravings migraines give me.  My husband and I were sure I would be a craving lunatic when I was pregnant but I wasn’t.

I crave sugar pre migraine way more than any craving I’ve ever had.  So my cravings and my bad habit are all in the same.  Sugar!  I have tried to stop but it just gives me a headache.  Like I said, one day I’ll get there, but it’s not a battle I’m fighting right now.  What’s your bad habit or craving?  I can’t be the only one!

Why do I Crave Sugar Before a Migraine Attack?

Understanding the phases of migraine before during and after is important to understand in order to get a handle of migraine disease. It’s complicated and way more than most people understand. My favorite graphic explains how long a migraine attack and symptoms may occur.

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How do I give up sugar and not feel the emotional roller coaster of cravings & emotional withdraw?

Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. I'm a mom, wife, teacher, and chronic migraine sufferer. I tell my stories and advocate in my life searching for health in a positive honest way.

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9 Comments

  1. Debbie on April 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Great post – made me laugh – my craving – the grandkids!!!

    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Carol on May 14, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Wow I could have written this. Sugar is my vice too. I know it will trigger migraine and have weaned myself off several times to come to a holiday or birthday saying I can I one piece and guess what.. yep



  3. mymigrainelife on May 14, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    It’s a daily struggle for me!



  4. omydaisy on January 21, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I love sugar! I never connected migraines with sugar, but now I will definitely be paying attention! I am addicted to sugary coffee…it’s a problem. Or Cheese danishes.



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