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Could dieting be exacerbating my headaches?

I have a toddler and an infant (who doesn't sleep through the night yet), so fatigue has been catching up with me lately and causing some headaches.

I started dieting a few days ago (I am not breastfeeding) and have been careful to consume more than the minimum recommended calories for my size/lifestyle. I also strive to eat a well-balanced diet. But since I started dieting, the headaches have escalated into severe migraines with visual disturbances. Do you think this is coincidence, or could my calorie-counting be affecting it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on Jan. 19, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • I'm not really sure, but this also happens to me when I diet. Are you drinking enough fluids? Headaches can be caused by dehydration.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:44 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • Are you consuming any sugar substitutes or more than usual? I know I do now that I am dieting. This is known to cause headaches.

    Answer by good2me at 4:45 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • I probably am consuming more sugar substitutes than normal, yeah. I didn't even think about that. I noticed that Splenda-sweetened yogurts tend to give me a sore throat. It stands to reason that the same sweetener could give me headaches too!

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:48 PM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • How about caffeine? If you're drinking more water or just more healthy in general where you used to drink caffeinated all day, it could be caffeine withdrawal.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:27 AM on Jan. 20, 2009

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