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brake
05-15-2005, 08:41 AM
hey bro's, i've been having constant headaches for the last 2 weeks everyday. I've been to the doctor and am going to physio in 2 days and maybe a have cat scan. one doctor reckons its tension headaches and another wants to wait till i get back from physio.

anyways what i want to know is if u guys know of nutritional deficiencies that might cause constant headaches. i've heard that a deficiency in EFA's can lead to constant headaches. reps given. thanks.

VialsAndMore
05-15-2005, 09:34 AM
Or it could be something as simple as not drinking enough water. Have you quit drinking sodas here lately, could be having withdraw headaches. But yes it is a good idea to go see a doc, I hope all turns out well

rockstarsar
05-15-2005, 09:55 AM
How much mercury have you been ingesting through food? Headaches are also a symptom of mercury poisoning.

brake
05-15-2005, 09:56 AM
Or it could be something as simple as not drinking enough water. Have you quit drinking sodas here lately, could be having withdraw headaches. But yes it is a good idea to go see a doc, I hope all turns out well

i upped my water to 2-3 litres a day. and yes i have stopped drinking soda's (pepsi max, i used to drink so much of that) because i thought that it was causing the headaches. i might start drinking it again, these headaches are debilitating. ugh... thanks.

brake
05-15-2005, 09:58 AM
How much mercury have you been ingesting through food? Headaches are also a symptom of mercury poisoning.

ummm, i've been eating more tuna that normal. still only about 1 or 2 small (185g) cans a day, other than that more wheat than normal.

what other foods are mercury rich?

ChplHillGymGirl
05-16-2005, 05:29 AM
you'd have to be eating an awful lot of foods with mercury to get mercury poisoning.

brake
05-17-2005, 12:51 PM
anyone else have any ideas? this is driving me crazy :(

melon
05-17-2005, 12:59 PM
A friend of mine got these. Turned out he had pulled something inside his skull (i think) due to a sudden muscular exertion, such as lifting a heavy weight. He had constant headaches.

He was told to do nothing strenuous for 3 months to let it heal. He was pretty bummed about that. But he did get better, so all is well.

brake
05-17-2005, 01:04 PM
A friend of mine got these. Turned out he had pulled something inside his skull (i think) due to a sudden muscular exertion, such as lifting a heavy weight. He had constant headaches.

He was told to do nothing strenuous for 3 months to let it heal. He was pretty bummed about that. But he did get better, so all is well.

ok, so how did he get diagnosed with that? by a physiotherapist? or a GP?

v TeK
05-17-2005, 02:38 PM
since you are trying to narrow it down to something in your nutrition vs. something like stress/injury causing the headache...

about two years ago when i lived in my college's dorms, i had the exact same thing happen to me as you... i mean terrible headaches for almost a month. i couldn't sleep and was going crazy.

eventually it was figured out that my school had one of the worst water supplies in the nation, the tap water i was drinking was so polluted and basically shi* and it was messing with my system.

also my diet was that pretty much of a college student, it was alcohol and fast food... glad i wised up and am eating right now. started buying bottled water, taking vitamins, eating healthy, and the headaches faded away.

melon
05-18-2005, 06:09 AM
ok, so how did he get diagnosed with that? by a physiotherapist? or a GP?

Yeah he went to his GP, who referred him to a Neurologist. They did lots of brain scans and there is nothing noticeably wrong with anything that shows up on the scan, so they said it must be muscular. A case as severe as he had it is pretty rare though. But go get your head checked out by a neurologist anyway.

2BShredded
05-18-2005, 06:19 AM
How much sleep are you getting? Could you have a sinus infection? These two things cause me to have bad headaches for lengthy periods and don't go away with tylenol or advil.

brake
05-18-2005, 06:47 AM
since you are trying to narrow it down to something in your nutrition vs. something like stress/injury causing the headache...

about two years ago when i lived in my college's dorms, i had the exact same thing happen to me as you... i mean terrible headaches for almost a month. i couldn't sleep and was going crazy.

eventually it was figured out that my school had one of the worst water supplies in the nation, the tap water i was drinking was so polluted and basically shi* and it was messing with my system.

also my diet was that pretty much of a college student, it was alcohol and fast food... glad i wised up and am eating right now. started buying bottled water, taking vitamins, eating healthy, and the headaches faded away.

yeah i'm just exploring the possibilties of a nutrition deficeincy of some sort, i always drink bottled or filtered water, diet isnt perfect but could be a whole lot better. do u think maybe because i dont eat much anymore (another set of problems i had) and went basically from 3500 - 4000 calories a day to around 1000 - 1500 calories a day has anything to do with it? now that im eating so less my body is catching up and needing more nutrients? i doubt it because its been so long since i stopped (like 5 months) 1 drink alcohol once a week at the most.

an idea myself had and my doctor agreed, was to stop taking all over the counter medictation/vitamins until the headaches go away and then slowly introduce them 1 by 1.

brake
05-18-2005, 06:49 AM
Yeah he went to his GP, who referred him to a Neurologist. They did lots of brain scans and there is nothing noticeably wrong with anything that shows up on the scan, so they said it must be muscular. A case as severe as he had it is pretty rare though. But go get your head checked out by a neurologist anyway.

yep im gonna get some scans done hopefully very soon, my GP wanted me to go to physio first to see if that helped, which it didnt, i have DOMS in my traps though :D

brake
05-18-2005, 07:00 AM
How much sleep are you getting? Could you have a sinus infection? These two things cause me to have bad headaches for lengthy periods and don't go away with tylenol or advil.

i get plenty of sleep at least 8-10 hours a night. i DO have sinus problems that have gotten worse lately (aswell as ears and throats) i have been told by another GP thats its just allergies but i dont think so, all the antihistermines(sp) never ever work on me (im gonna go to a specialist about that aswell)

if u keep getting reocurring sinus problems u might have a structual abnormality in your sinus, might be worth getting it checked out, i know i will be soon.

the only other thing i can think of is something dental related, i have pretty bad teeth. there's a disorder of the mandibles (lower jaw) called TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) where basicaly an incorrect bite/teeth alignment can lead to problems, one of the symptoms being constant headaches.

at least this thread is here if anyone else needs it... lol....

P01Shooter
05-18-2005, 08:37 AM
Are you using any artificial sweeteners? I was on a Splenda kick for a while but my knees started killing me on leg day. I quit the Splenda and the knees have improved quite a bit. Some people can use them with no problem while for some of us it can cause problems.

http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/articles-submit/jane-oelke/pain-from-additives.htm

The FDA approved Splenda in 1988 as a sucralose sweetener that tastes just like sugar. But the sugar flavor is artificial, since Splenda is about 600 times sweeter than natural sugar, so the sugar flavor is forced out of the partial sugar molecule. And our body cannot use the sugar in Splenda as fuel for our brains. It does not turn into the glucose we need for brain function and energy production. Early studies show many of the same side effects, such as headaches and chronic pain, as found with aspartame.

brake
05-18-2005, 09:05 AM
Are you using any artificial sweeteners? I was on a Splenda kick for a while but my knees started killing me on leg day. I quit the Splenda and the knees have improved quite a bit. Some people can use them with no problem while for some of us it can cause problems.

http://www.bodybuildingforyou.com/articles-submit/jane-oelke/pain-from-additives.htm

The FDA approved Splenda in 1988 as a sucralose sweetener that tastes just like sugar. But the sugar flavor is artificial, since Splenda is about 600 times sweeter than natural sugar, so the sugar flavor is forced out of the partial sugar molecule. And our body cannot use the sugar in Splenda as fuel for our brains. It does not turn into the glucose we need for brain function and energy production. Early studies show many of the same side effects, such as headaches and chronic pain, as found with aspartame.

i use splenda yeah, instead of real sugar (might switch it to honey or brown sugar) i got some nutrasweet (aspartme) today. i've never had a problem with artificial sweetners that i know of, thanks for the link

1968
05-18-2005, 09:43 AM
Bro, have you been to a chiropractor before? I had the same problems but with added neck soreness and they adjusted me and got rid og both problems. I go 1 time a month now for a total adjustment.

brake
05-18-2005, 10:03 AM
Bro, have you been to a chiropractor before? I had the same problems but with added neck soreness and they adjusted me and got rid og both problems. I go 1 time a month now for a total adjustment.

yeah? cause i have a feeling of strain/soreness in my neck aswell. i havnt been to a chiropractor, it never really ocurred to me to do so, i went to physio though..... time to look for a chiropractor, thanx :D

spjets
05-18-2005, 10:45 AM
have you had your eyes checked????
my brother had the same thing and he ended up gettin glasses..he was straining them and didnt realize it...

possum
05-18-2005, 10:51 AM
all the best man i hope you get better bro.

skinnyboy
05-18-2005, 10:55 AM
Two questions:
1) Do you drink a lot of caffeine or other stimulants? (or have you recently cut back)?
2) How much cardio do you do?

I get headaches when I don't do enough cardio. I'm guessing it has to do with the stress reduction.

Also I get headaches when I go from a period of high caffeine consumption and then try to cut back. Bad withdrawl headaches.

TravisLehr
05-18-2005, 11:00 AM
do u think maybe because i dont eat much anymore (another set of problems i had) and went basically from 3500 - 4000 calories a day to around 1000 - 1500 calories a day has anything to do with it? now that im eating so less my body is catching up and needing more nutrients?

yeah, this is what its from. i just did the same thing, except not quite as extreme. you arent eating anywhere close to enough food. you are starving yourself and this is your body's way of telling you to eat more. take your body weight times 12 to get the amount of calories you need if you are trying to lose a bit of fat.

anyway, what im saying is that 1000-1500 calories a day is insane. eat more or keep the headaches. its up to you.

brake
05-18-2005, 11:17 AM
have you had your eyes checked????
my brother had the same thing and he ended up gettin glasses..he was straining them and didnt realize it...

my eyesight is fine, not blurry at all, i shall add getting my eyes checked to the list of this to do, thanks :D

brake
05-18-2005, 11:20 AM
Two questions:
1) Do you drink a lot of caffeine or other stimulants? (or have you recently cut back)?
2) How much cardio do you do?

I get headaches when I don't do enough cardio. I'm guessing it has to do with the stress reduction.

Also I get headaches when I go from a period of high caffeine consumption and then try to cut back. Bad withdrawl headaches.

1) i used to drink a **** load of pepsi max, and coffee everynow and then, and i stopped them both recently, i cant remember if its when my headaches started or not.

2) i do 1-4 hours cardio a week (kickboxing, boxing)

brake
05-18-2005, 11:23 AM
yeah, this is what its from. i just did the same thing, except not quite as extreme. you arent eating anywhere close to enough food. you are starving yourself and this is your body's way of telling you to eat more. take your body weight times 12 to get the amount of calories you need if you are trying to lose a bit of fat.

anyway, what im saying is that 1000-1500 calories a day is insane. eat more or keep the headaches. its up to you.

i think its more sinister than low calories. 1500 is a real bad day, i eat when im hungry, still around 3-5 times a day. i've never had headaches from eating low calories before in my life even before i started BB'ing (1-2 meals a day)

i will try to eat more though, more vegies especially

skinnyboy
05-18-2005, 11:31 AM
I'm almost positive you are going through caffeine withdrawl.

Try drinking a caffeinated beverage and see if the headache goes away in half hour or so.

kotar
05-18-2005, 11:33 AM
i think its mercury poisoning man. i was getting really really painful headaches where i couldn't even move. i was eating like 3 cans of tuna for like 6 months then i cut the tuna out of my diet and haven't gotten any headaches for the psast month and a half. i was eating chunky light which has minimal mercury. i didn't change anything else i just took out tuna and replaced it with whey/milk and chicken. good luck

brake
05-18-2005, 11:34 AM
I'm almost positive you are going through caffeine withdrawl.

Try drinking a caffeinated beverage and see if the headache goes away in half hour or so.

ok im drinking a 300ml diet coke as i type this

TravisLehr
05-18-2005, 12:11 PM
how much do you weigh? 1000-1500 calories is enough for someone who weighs 100 pounds and its trying to lose weight.

brake
05-18-2005, 01:27 PM
i weigh around 147 lbs....

btw the caffeine didnt stop the headaches

TravisLehr
05-18-2005, 01:47 PM
you should be eating roughly 1700 calories on a cutting diet, 2000 on maintenance diet, and 2400 on a bulking diet. if you are a really skinny guy with high metabolism, maybe a bit more. if you have average or slow metabolism, those numbers are what you need. if you are any less than that, that is why you are feeling the way you do.

unclejesse
05-18-2005, 01:54 PM
holy ****, i have been having the same exact problem! My headaches started about a week ago and they havent gone away. I dont think it's my diet either, because i havent changed anything (On a side note ive actually been trying to cut down on my tuna the last couple weeks) I dont drink any soda either. It isnt always a constant pain. It really kills when i bend down or turn quickly. The SHARP UNBAREABLE pain usually lasts about five seconds then it goes back to sort of dizziness/intoxicated ache.
I actually think i may have gotten a concussion. Last week, a day i beleive before the aches started, i was jogging into a grocery store when i smashed my head of a thick pipe that was sticking off the back of a pick-up truck (no one saw :D ). The next day my head killed and my eyesight was so ****ed up. It felt like i was wearing those drunk glasses. (LOL i have an un-related eye appointment tomorrow, and there is no way i am reading little tiny letters, they are gonna make me get glasses! :( )

brake
05-18-2005, 02:25 PM
holy ****, i have been having the same exact problem! My headaches started about a week ago and they havent gone away. I dont think it's my diet either, because i havent changed anything (On a side note ive actually been trying to cut down on my tuna the last couple weeks) I dont drink any soda either. It isnt always a constant pain. It really kills when i bend down or turn quickly. The SHARP UNBAREABLE pain usually lasts about five seconds then it goes back to sort of dizziness/intoxicated ache.
I actually think i may have gotten a concussion. Last week, a day i beleive before the aches started, i was jogging into a grocery store when i smashed my head of a thick pipe that was sticking off the back of a pick-up truck (no one saw :D ). The next day my head killed and my eyesight was so ****ed up. It felt like i was wearing those drunk glasses. (LOL i have an un-related eye appointment tomorrow, and there is no way i am reading little tiny letters, they are gonna make me get glasses! :( )

it sucks doesnt it, u need to go see a doctor man....