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    Ok, so I recently lowered my carb intake (after eating PB since about March) to under 40 carbs a day and have noticed my body cutting the fat already.

    But Wow! pounding headaches, which I am assuming is low carb flu. So in order to try to make this go away I pounded some veggies (Kale and sugar snap peas). Didn't help. After searching around for a while on this forum I tried taking some additional magnesium citrate, which helped a bit and went to sleep.

    This morning, same issue - pounding headache. Took a teaspoon of Carlson's fish oil and WOW! Instant relief!

    Makes perfect sense, as fish oil is an antinflammatory, but I just didn't add 2 + 2.

    Just wanted to post in case anyone else has this problem, maybe it will work for you!

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    That is awesome to hear Jade! I'm going to pop a couple of the fish oil pills I have in my desk now

    Would you mind me keeping this thread going with a general "help my headache" direction?

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    oh... just realized this might be why I have a headache...I was thinking I was dehydrated...but maybe its carb flu... especially since I've been keeping my carbs to fresh veggies, 1 fruit/day & either a primal pumpkin browine, or potatoes and some goats milk, which I'm in the process of cutting back on my coffee... Hoping to be fully off the goats milk by December (I'm slowly decreasing the amt of milk and my sweetener every day)

    my headache feels like its going to become a migraine.... but as of yet hasn't... its been lingering on/off for about a week now & I've been to the chiropractor and I'm in alignment. (although we did have a low pressure roll in yesterday and that could be the problem too - though I doubt it.)

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    I've had a killer headache for the last week too, and didn't even think of this... my carbs are def lower as I haven't been eating nearly as much fruit as I nearly do... just been pounding back the coffee. lol!

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    Guess I'll throw my current ongoing predicament in here to see if anyone can go "oh yeah, I had that...here's what I did!"

    I've had a literally constant "headache" for years now. Most of the time it's just barely an awareness, not a pain. Like someone's lightly resting their hand on my head. It's something like a feeling that my scalp is too tight, or my skull is too large, generally on the top, back and left areas of my head. Most times it's so insignificant that I don't notice it, but notice it if I stop to think about it. Sometimes it's pretty uncomfortable and distracting. I used to have more severe onsets of a stabbing pain on the left side of my head but that hasn't happened for a while (primal benefit? no idea).

    It's nagging enough that three years ago I was seeing a neurologist and a physical therapist. I've done stretches, I've had an MRI (or was it a CAT?). I did a sleep study. All fine. I've been on a pile of different medications by the neurologist, from stuff for arthritis to stuff for muscle pain to stuff for depression. I'm not on any prescriptions now. Lots of things made it somewhat better but nothing has made it *pop* go away. I think maybe twice in the last six years (seriously) I have felt this great gentle *pop* of inexpressible relief, like my head just got replaced. Once was right after a nap.

    Any ideas? I am not aware of any allergies but I have ditched grains and dairy when going primal anyway. I should cut back on alcohol consumption too and ought to give up coffee for a while just to see if either are factors.

    I had an ear infection about six years ago too, on the left side of my head. It was treated with antibiotics but sometimes it still feels "off". I don't know how that could affect the top of my head but I am thinking of going to an ENT specialist just to see what they think.

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    carlh: First of all - would be honored for you to keep this thread as a "helpful how to" thread. Thanks for asking!

    Secondly - I quit drinking coffee about three years ago, but noticed while I was drinking it, I would get almost daily headaches. I thought these might be from stress, eye strain, etc. When I quit the coffee I had six days (6 days!!) of HORRIBLE headache each day getting a little bit better. Then the 7th day I felt better than ever. Also, I recently quit eating chocolate (I was only eating about 1 ounce per day) and suffered a two day headache.

    I suggest looking at the caffeine in your diet and maybe give them up for a couple of weeks and see how you feel?? It's worth trying.

    Shijin13: My husband IS a chiropractor, thank g-d! He adjusts me when I have a headache - but for the low carb flu, or coming off of caffeine.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlh View Post
    I've had a literally constant "headache" for years now. Most of the time it's just barely an awareness, not a pain. Like someone's lightly resting their hand on my head. It's something like a feeling that my scalp is too tight, or my skull is too large, generally on the top, back and left areas of my head. Most times it's so insignificant that I don't notice it, but notice it if I stop to think about it. Sometimes it's pretty uncomfortable and distracting. I used to have more severe onsets of a stabbing pain on the left side of my head but that hasn't happened for a while (primal benefit? no idea).

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    I had an ear infection about six years ago too, on the left side of my head. It was treated with antibiotics but sometimes it still feels "off". I don't know how that could affect the top of my head but I am thinking of going to an ENT specialist just to see what they think.
    That's scary. I'm going on three months with a very similar headache. It's a dull, constant headache on the top and occaisionally the back of my head. I've seen a couple doctors and have been seeing a chiropractor for the past six weeks but nothing has helped. I'm holding off on getting an MRI until I can switch my insurance, which will be in about another month or so.

    It's odd that you mention an ear infection. My headache started when I went skydiving. I had a sore ear for a few weeks afterward so I thought it might have been some sort of odd pressure-related problem. My ear is back to normal, just not my head. I can't imagine this lasting for years. I go to bed every night hoping that I wake up feeling normal.

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    I came to the PB for headache reasons, and it has cured them. I am fairly certain wheat was my problem. Carlh, not to pry, but just curious whether you have 100% given up grains? If you still eat them occasionally, they could be keeping you inflamed enough that the headaches won't resolve...?

    If that's not it, the only other relief I found other than grain removal, was yoga. I would always do the heated-room yoga since my muscles tend to be stiff. Headaches were only minor when I was a yoga regular.

    Oh, I hope you find relief. Dealing with chronic headaches is the worst.

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    carl-ear, dairy, headache... sounds like allergies, but possibly not food allergies. If a front makes it worse, and it feels more like pressure than anything else, it's possible it could be a sinus infection or respiratory allergy. I get that same headache if I go outside without gratuitous quantities of benadryl, allergy meds, and 5 other antihistamines when a certain tree is in bloom around here or we have a dust storm kick up.
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    Thanks for all the thoughts everyone!

    Jadebb1 - I will definitely try quitting coffee for a while too. I just put both (!) of my coffee mugs in the bottom of my desk drawer and got a water glass. Most of the time I just get up to get some coffee for an excuse to get away from the desk.

    No problem jazmin - I certainly don't mind providing more info! I have gone completely grain, legume, dairy and sugar free. I have some almonds now and then but other than that it's just a ton of vegetables and meat. Um, and coffee. I had to cheat a bit this weekend at a birthday party but other than that I've been pretty disciplined.

    bluepelican - that is very very interesting about the skydiving connection...exactly the reason I posted...I should make an appointment.

    naiadknight - I know I do get some sinus stuffyness every Autumn but I don't know that it's related to the rest of the headache as that's an all-year thing.
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