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7/15/13 4:31 P

It's very common, and if yours are like mine, hard to get rid of. I quit sugar (again) 14 days ago, and I had a low-grade headache for 5 days. Nothing got rid of it - just time!

Hang in there - hope you feel better soon!

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7/15/13 1:29 P

It is funny when we stop eating something that is bad for you (coffee, sugar, processed foods) and your body reacts so badly (I quit all at the same time and thought my head was going to blow off). They go away in a couple of days, but I remember the pain and it helps me to not go back to those types of food.
Good for you for quitting.

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7/15/13 9:01 A

Well, the headaches only lasted two days for me. PHEW!

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7/12/13 12:07 P

Emaverick....your last line made me laugh. emoticon

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7/12/13 12:29 A

Coffee does that to me too. Then there's stress. Then there's hormones . . . I've never had the sugar version, but that is because I get too much guilt from my dentist to go there.

Haagen-Dazs is advertising on the left side of my screen . . .

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7/11/13 3:14 P

Absolutely! Sugar is like crack cocaine for me and I'd been consuming way too much of it myself lately (wouldn't exactly call it a bender, but more than I would normally eat) - I stopped cold turkey on Monday and by Wednesday I had a pretty good headache and had very little energy during my workout yesterday morning. The headache is gone but the cravings are not and the basket of candy sitting on my desk is screaming at me today! I guess that should tell us something - sugar is nasty, nasty stuff and should only be eaten occasionally and in moderation! Good luck - it will get better. Drink lots of water and eat lots of fresh real food to help flush that junk from your system!

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7/11/13 12:40 P

Yes, absolutely. Especially if you're stopping cold turkey.

Have you eaten well otherwise today? I get bad headaches sometimes and find that a good way to temper them is taking in some fat and sugar - like a small glass of chocolate milk. If you can find something reasonably healthy like that, it might help a lot.

Edited by: NHELENE at: 7/11/2013 (12:45)

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7/11/13 11:40 A

I've been on a bender lately with sugar...huge amounts, no stopping myself, practically binging at times. The other day, I decided I'd had enough and I was putting on the brakes with my bad eating and no exercising. I've been off the wagon for several months, but I've been REALLY bad lately.

So, I've been almost sugar free (refined sugar) for the last 36 hours or so and I have the most massive, splitting headache. Very similar to caffeine withdrawal headache, but I've still been drinking coffee.

Are sugar withdrawal headaches common? If so, do they come on in such a short time frame?

Edited by: MIRV22 at: 7/11/2013 (12:59)

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