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Food Headache Question

April 4th, 2008 at 07:36 am

I managed not to eat my usual late night snack this evening which is great except it has left me with a terrible headache. I know it's because of not eating and not something else.

I have had this terrible snacking problem for a long time. I'm not really hungry, but I get a headache if I don't eat something. My question is if I suck it up and suffer through it the next week, will it go away?

I'd love to quit late night snacking, but not if I feel like this every night.

9 Responses to “Food Headache Question”

  1. sillyoleme Says:

    Hmmm, I have no idea, other than it is probably something like caffeine headaches, which go away after a while of being off caffeine (not that I would know, haha).

    In the meantime, is there any way you could gradually quit the snacking and save yourself some pain? Like maybe eating celery/carrot sticks, just so it's SOMETHING?

    Good luck!

  2. nance Says:

    What do you eat at night? If it is full of caffeine, that could be the problem.
    I used to be "addicted" to cola drinks, and when I quit, cold turkey, I had a raging headache for five days.

  3. food Says:

    I don't think it's that. I did quit cola a few days ago, but it's not the same. The two nights before when I ate the peanut butter sandwiches, I was fine, but when I skipped it last night, definitely not fine. I feel a little better this morning. Fingers crossed it doesn't come back.

  4. cheshirecat Says:

    Could you take two advil or something else just before the headache usually starts for a week or two,,, just to get you over the hump.

  5. miclason Says:

    Don't skip the snack! you need that snack!...I'm a migraine sufferer, believe me, you have to watch what you eat!...and, I've discovered that, for me, one of the things that triggers migraines is a drop in blood sugar (I need to either have a snack at 10 am OR make sure I have lunch AT or BEFORE 1:00pm...if I wait until 1:10, I get myself a killer headache - not worth it!)
    Try to have dinner a bit later or, have a glass of milk or a small piece of fruit.
    Good luck!

  6. Ami S Says:


    Oh my! I would say that you are either suffering from a migraine and/or hypoglycemia. (LOW blood sugar) Me thinks a trip to the doctor is a must.

  7. gruntina Says:

    I would take a run to the doctor for a blood test to see if any form of diabeties (hypoglycemia) just to be sure as half the people who have it don't realize it.

    Try having a water bottle around during your snacking time and replace it with the snacks you used to have. If it does not help the headache after a week or so, I would go back to eating sacks but a small amount and work your way up to when you know it is helping the headache.

    If the headache is the cause of low sugar, drinking a small glass of milk will help definetly and it might even tie you over till the next meal.

  8. gruntina Says:

    Shoot! accidently hit the submit button before I could check spelling.

    I would take a run to the doctor for a blood test to see if any form of diabetes (hypoglycemia) just to be sure as half the people who have it don't realize it.

    Try having a water bottle around during your snacking time and replace it with the snacks you used to have. If it does not help the headache after a week or so, I would go back to eating sacks but a small amount and work your way up to when you know it is helping the headache.

    If the headache is the cause of low sugar, drinking a small glass of milk will help definitely and it might even tie you over till the next meal.



    If the headache is the cause of low sugar, drinking a small glass of milk will help definetly and it might even tie you over till the next meal.

  9. baselle Says:

    Water would help - perhaps having half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich instead of the full one.

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