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Migraines and digestive issues

  • By PennyP

    Hello there
    I know migraines can cause you to have nausea vomiting etc, but can issues with digestion cause migraines instead?
    Whenever my friend takes a bowel movement, or is about to have one or just eats or drinks anything the migraine headaches start.
    Headache affects burping to, so a need to burp is required.

    Basically it’s been going on like this for weeks every single day.

    Please can someone guide us!!!
    Thank you

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi PennyP,

    Thanks for your question. Digestive issues can be part of and trigger a migraine attack, which you can read more about here; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/gastric-stasis-migraine/.

    If you haven’t contacted the doctor yet, that may be a good idea. Anytime we have new and/or different symptoms it’s always a good idea to discuss them with the doctor so he can rule out anything more serious.

    Best wishes,
    Nancy

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  • By PennyP

    Thank you so much

    How comes her migraines last every single day! Even with medication
    And when she tries to look into the mirror or at a screen the head starts throbbing.
    Staring causes head pain.
    It’s been like this weeks, any experience or insight please!?!?
    Thanks you

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  • By GardensatNight

    Hmm… so she’s been to a headache specialist or neurologist? Do they have her taking some sort of preventative medication? If you haven’t been to a doctor that specializes in headaches, you need to go. Having a headache every day is miserable, as I’m sure you both know.

    The pain with looking into a screen could be due to light sensitivity. Most people with migraine are more sensitive to light than average people who do not have migraine disease, and if your friend is having a migraine every day, she’s probably very sensitive and looking into a screen, which emits either fluorescent or LED light, and flickers (two things which are irritating to migraine brains in general) would be painful. I would suggest avoiding screens until this passes. They make special screens that are less irritating, but at the moment, it’s probably best to try to get her stabilized before you see what she’ll need going forward.

    Another issue some with migraine encounter is eyestrain. I’m not sure if that would be the staring in the mirror issue, but I definitely cannot use my eyes when I’m having a migraine. Like I can’t read or do anything that requires my eyes to focus without intense pain. Staring definitely causes pain. It’s a known migraine symptom. You just have to rest your eyes until the migraine passes. So that may be what your friend is experiencing. That would be a good question for the doctor.

    Has your friend looked up the information on the site about diet to see if she could be unknowingly eating foods that are common migraine triggers? When I first got sick, I didn’t realize that most of my (former) favorite foods were bad migraine triggers and I was filling my body with things that would trigger a headache every time I ate. Is her sleep schedule regular? If she’s light sensitive, what kind of light bulbs are in the house? If she’s having daily migraines, I would make sure to get her to a doctor.

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    • By PennyP

      Hello
      Thank you
      She has not been to headache specialidt or neurologist yet. We will have to find this out so thanks for telling.
      We have 100w ones in the house. And yes eyestrain is big issue.

      Nothing has worked for her when it comes to medication including sumatriptanb unfortunately😖

      Can i ask please, how come even drinking some water gives her migraine?
      It’s like whatever she eats or drinks, it causes throbbing and stays everyday. Headaches just don’t subside. She has literally been disabled and can’t do anything.

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  • By PennyP

    Really love this site! What a helpful place! Thank you to all replying

    I have a question, can burping be linked to migraines? Like before a burp the feeling is like food is stuck and head hurts more?

    And will answer questions in a very few moments thank you

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi PennyP,

    Thank you for your kind words!

    YES! It’s possible burping can be part of a migraine attack, especially since you mentioned she has digestive issues. Gastroparesis, when the stomach doesn’t empty properly can be a complication of migraine disease. Take a look at this when you get a moment;
    https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-gastroparesis-nausea-vomiting-and-diarrhea/.

    Has she discussed all this with the doctor?

    Nancy

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