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Migraines and Headaches

Headaches are a significant symptom in about 60% of ME patients and at least 18% of Long-COVID patients.  Some patients suffer from these headaches daily, but here are some dietary adjustments that may help:

  • Common food triggers for migraine that you might try eliminating (one at a time) to see if it helps, include: aged cheeses, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and foods containing nitrates or MSG. Keeping a food diary can help identify personal triggers.

  • Skipping meals or fasting can trigger migraines for some people, so regular mealtimes are important. There are other reasons for ME/CFS and Long-COVID patients to consider smaller, more regular meals as well.

  • Dehydration can trigger headaches, so it’s crucial to drink enough water throughout the day. If you also have orthostatic issues (such as POTS), hydration is extra important.

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