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A version of this post appears online at https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/features/cm/blame-sourdough-for-migraines Gluten: a family of proteins found in grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Celiac Disease: an autoimmune condition that can cause damage to the intestines if gluten is not eliminated from the diet. Gluten sensitivity: may cause digestive symptoms similar to those of celiac disease but does not cause intestinal damage or trigger the production of antibodies to gluten. Can celiac disease or gluten sensitivity trigger migraine? I have a lot of patients who ask about gluten and its impact on migraine. There have been various studies examining the relationship between celiac disease, migraine, and the effect...

Treatment, Prevention, and Triggers A version of this article first appeared Nov. 22, 2021 on TheHealthy.com. 1.     What is migraine? Do we know why it happens?  Migraine is a chronic neurologic disease characterized by attacks lasting from 4 to 72 hours, usually located on one side of the head, associated with moderate to severe pain intensity, throbbing in quality, made worse with activity and associated with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or sound.  We think that migraine is hereditary and one inherits a vulnerability /lowered threshold to migraine. Whether one actually gets migraine headaches is based on internal (stress, anxiety, illness) or environmental...

1. Regular caffeine consumers can get caffeine withdrawal headaches when they cut it out due to the abrupt cessation of the caffeine.  The body gets used to the effects of caffeine that, when it’s not consumed, there is withdrawal.  Headache is just one of the symptoms.  Withdrawal headache can happen with regular caffeine consumption even as little as a cup of coffee per day.  However, there seems to be a dose-dependent relationship and we think that the less caffeine consumed and the less frequently it is consumed, the less likely a person is to have a withdrawal headache. The threshold...

How does pregnancy impact migraines? About 3-6% of women can experience their first migraine during pregnancy. In this setting, migraine typically occurs during the first trimester and is most often migraine with aura. Migraine typically improve during the second and third trimesters. Increasing levels of estrogen are credited with providing improvement beginning towards the end of the first trimester and continuing during the second and third trimesters. ...