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Old 08-02-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Why do I crave salt after a migraine?

I always seem to crave saltine crackers after a migraine. Granted they are severe and usually I do throw up at least once before the world is right again.... just wondering why I would crave salt?

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Old 08-02-2011, 12:57 PM   #2
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As I understand the research, many migraines are accompanied by, if not caused by, vaso-dilation. A dilation of blood vessels. Your body tries to counteract this by releasing more salt into your bloodstream to try to cause the vessels to contract.

When the migraine is over, your electrolyte balance is out of whack and some people crave extra salt to replenish the supply that was released into the bloodstream during the migraine. I would bet that's the source of your salt craving

Vaso-constriction is also why many migraine meds contain caffeine and some sufferers can head off a migraine by drinking caffeine sodas.

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Old 08-02-2011, 01:16 PM   #3
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wow! that is awesome information! thanks! totally makes sense. My stomach is usually a little shaky so I thought maybe that was it but your way makes much more sense
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I always crave spicy food before my migraine starts. Anything really hot like jalepeno peppers, Mexican, pizza, Indian.... etc. I've always wondered if there was something that spicy foods did to the dialation/not dialation of blood vessels that I was subconsciously trying to set right?

Now, if I feel myself craving pepper, hot sauce... things like that - I get really suspicious that a headache is coming on.
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Usually spicy foods are considered a migraine trigger, not a precursor, but anything is possible. If you get migraines if you give into the craving and not when you crave them but don't eat them, I'd be suspicious that the spicy foods are triggers. If most cravings, fulfilled or not, signal an oncoming migraine, you may have a type of aura that is taste related.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:24 AM   #6
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Cravings b4 a migraine are usually due to lowered serotonin levels. I get very crabby for no reason and eat-always searching for the perfect food I can't find.
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