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Weight Gain and Migraine..connection?

  • By Kasey

    Has anyone noticed weight gain with migraine? Specifically, even if you are not on a preventative med that causes weight gain.

    Is it caused by having to be down so much and unable to be physically active?

    Is there anything we can do to counter these effects??

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  • By Tim Banish

    Not a problem I’ve had, but your thought of being less active is right on the money. On days you feel better maybe try to be more active? To counter these effects check your eating habits, lots of fresh veges and fruit is good. Avoid anything fried or fast food. Salt is something that can cause weight gain too, and it’s found in many pre-prepared meals like frozen dinners as well as many snack foods. As humans we tend to get into certain eating habits, but when we are less active we don’t need all the calories we normally consume.

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  • By AmyBabee

    Eating healthy is a wise advice when you are not physically active. I have not had any problems with weight due to this illness; on the other hand I found that if you are taking magnesium, the ‘leaky gut’ helps you shed a few pounds – as I experienced first hand :).

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Amy2013 – Oops, that’s not so good. Taking mag will give you diarrhea, but you shouldn’t be taking it at a level that you are having problems. Usually doctors tell patients to find the dosage that gives you diarrhea, then back off. The body gets used to it over time, and you can often increase it again later, but you shouldn’t have loose stools. Taking magnesium blood levels is really a good idea if you’re using it too 🙂

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  • By Maggie

    I found I gained weight because of food cravings. I would crave salty foods and chocolate all the time, and next day would have a migraine. When I am not premigraine, neither foods appeal to me at all.
    Since I have been having almost daily migraines for about 2 years now I have noticed I have put one weight. Partly because when I do exercise it makes my head throb.
    Maggiea

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Maggie – the whole food cravings thing is frustrating, as is the exercise problems we often have. There are lots of ways to exercise though. Let me give you a link that might be helpful: https://migraine.com/blog/exercise-and-migraine-part-1-what-it-is-and-what-it-isnt/

    And just for good measure, a whole thread on food cravings that’s actually really interesting! https://migraine.com/topic/food-cravings/

    ~Ellen

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