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  • By Karen Curry

    One of the major migraine triggers for me is sugar or any form of it, such as honey, maple syrup, high fructose corn syrup,etc. Just a drop on my tongue and immediate migraine. Does anyone else suffer from this type of migraine trigger, I can’t be the only one! I have to eat artificial sweeteners, I don’t have a choice.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Karen,

    I’m so sorry it has taken us so long to respond to your question. Please accept our apologies. Let’s see what I can do to try and help you.

    I’m sure you are not the only one who has an issue with sugar. It is more common however, for migraines to be triggered by artificial sweeteners. Are you by chance aware of any of your other triggers? There may be other things contributing to your attacks. Keeping a detailed migraine journal is a great way to find out what patterns our migraines have and what triggers we encounter. Let me share a bit of information with you on a journal and triggers, OK? Here is a link for the Migraine.com Migraine Meter; https://migraine.com/migraine-meter/ and links on triggers; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-trigger-management/ and https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-management-essential-4-preventive-treatment/.

    I hope this is helpful and others come in and share their sugar experiences with you!

    Nancy

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Karen Curry,

    I too have issues with sugar. However, it’s not the sugar that is the issue. Sugar is an integral part of our bodies and how our metabolism works. We can’t survive without it. That said, it is usually the fluctuations in blood sugar that eating sugar causes, that is the trigger. If artificial sweeteners aren’t a problem for you, then maybe sticking with what works is the best thing to do for now.

    That said, if your body is fluctuating greatly when you eat sugar, you could have the start of blood sugar problems. These can be helped by a good doctor and conscientious management. The idea in controlling my own personal blood sugar issues, is to try to keep things on an even keel. This means nibbling throughout the day, as this keeps my blood sugar on a more even level. Never eat sugar on an empty stomach or after I haven’t eaten for a while. I always start eating with a fiber, or protein. Anything but sugar.

    Have you seen a doctor and asked about potential blood sugar fluctuations??

    ~Ellen

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