What is a Migraine Headache?
According to the website The Migraine Trust, “migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms. For many people the main feature is a painful headache. Other symptoms include disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting.”
What is the Relationship between Celiac Disease and Migraines?
Let’s start with the good news! Celiacs who suffer from migraines show improvement when they are on a strictly gluten-free diet, so if you haven’t started your gluten-free diet yet, there is still hope!
The cause of migraines in people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity is unknown, but a study published in the Headache journal by Dr. Peter Green shows some relevant numbers on the topic.
The study included 502 people, 188 with celiac disease, 111 with inflammatory bowel disease, 25 with gluten sensitivity, and 178 who didn’t have any of the conditions. The researchers included clinical, demographic, and dietary information on the people in their survey, as well as questions about headache type and frequency.
Results show that chronic headaches were reported by 30% of the people with celiac disease, 56% of those who were gluten sensitive, 23% of those with inflammatory bowel disease, and 14% of those without the conditions.
(We could not have access to the original study. This info was found on the website Pretty Little Celiac)
As you can see, migraines affect more people with gluten sensitivity than those with celiac disease. There is no scientific explanation for that, but we wonder if it could be because celiacs follow a stricter diet and that way they have less symptoms.
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