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Basically, I've always known that I am super-sensitive to caffeine. Coffee and pop are big mistakes, and even tiny bits of chocolate give me terrible headaches. I've been getting these headaches lately, but I don't think I've been consuming caffeine! Is it lurking in some weird places that I don't know about?

My normal diet consists of hash-brown potato things (I don't really know how to describe them... basically chopped up potatoes cooked with vegetable oil!) for breakfast, maybe some toast and peanut butter, usually pasta, a salad, or bean nachos w/o the cheese for lunch, and rice, pasta (depending on what I ate at lunch), bean stuff, salsa, etc... for dinner. I drink only water and tea, and on occasion, milk (does bad things to my skin, so I don't drink it often). Is there caffeine lurking here? Or is it possibly somewhere else I'm not noticing? Does anyone else in the world have this problem?
 

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Basically, I've always known that I am super-sensitive to caffeine. Coffee and pop are big mistakes, and even tiny bits of chocolate give me terrible headaches. I've been getting these headaches lately, but I don't think I've been consuming caffeine! Is it lurking in some weird places that I don't know about?

My normal diet consists of hash-brown potato things (I don't really know how to describe them... basically chopped up potatoes cooked with vegetable oil!) for breakfast, maybe some toast and peanut butter, usually pasta, a salad, or bean nachos w/o the cheese for lunch, and rice, pasta (depending on what I ate at lunch), bean stuff, salsa, etc... for dinner. I drink only water and tea, and on occasion, milk (does bad things to my skin, so I don't drink it often). Is there caffeine lurking here? Or is it possibly somewhere else I'm not noticing? Does anyone else in the world have this problem?
Tea? what kind? only likely suspect on your list...
 

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All my tea is decaf... Yeah, kinda dumb for me not to state that, huh? No likely suspects? That's what I thought. Can anyone give me reasons that I might be getting these headaches lately? My eczema is going crazy too, which might be a result of the change in seasons, could that be causing my headaches?
 

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Stop drinking milk and consuming dairy products. That should clear up your eczema. Ever since giving up dairy products, I have been eczema-free. I also advice you to google "headache food triggers" to determine foods you can temporarily eliminate from your diet to get rid of the headaches. Most people don't realize that your diet plays a big part in getting headaches. Try caffeine-free tea.
 

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I think SOFgirl is vegan, so there shouldn't be any dairy issues.

Are you staying hydrated enough? Dehydration (even mild) could work as a trigger for both the headaches and the eczema.

Is there anything new in your diet? It could be a food allergy/intolerance, but it's unlikely that one would show up in this stage of life.

And, of course there's always stress. It's on the top 10 list of triggers for both headaches and eczema. Are you feeling wiped?
 

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I'm not a big fan of decaf teas.... the process they use can introduce other chemicals that your head might not like. Maybe switch to herbal, or none at all.

I agree with IAmJen, I would wonder if you are hydrated enough. Also, I would wonder if you have a possible gluten trigger - a friend of mine gets MASSIVE headaches from gluten. Also, check the ingredients of the foods you are eating for MSG, another common headache trigger. Related to the water thing - if you are getting too much sodium and not enough water, you could get headaches too.

Try using a cold pack on your head to get rid of the headaches. Mine during pregnancy are occasionally so bad I have to use two at once (one on top of head, other at back), but it does seem to work pretty well!!!!

On a side note.... and NOT to scare you, cause of course the chance of it is extremely small... but persistent headaches and any other symptoms like blurred vision could indicate other problems, if they continue and you can't find a cause, see a doctor right away.
 

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I think SOFgirl is vegan, so there shouldn't be any dairy issues.

Are you staying hydrated enough? Dehydration (even mild) could work as a trigger for both the headaches and the eczema.

Is there anything new in your diet? It could be a food allergy/intolerance, but it's unlikely that one would show up in this stage of life.

And, of course there's always stress. It's on the top 10 list of triggers for both headaches and eczema. Are you feeling wiped?
She said she drinks milk sometimes, unless she meant soy milk.

That could be the problem. A relative of mine recently cut out dairy (they're not veg*n) and stopped getting headaches. But that could be a coincidence, I don't know.
 

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She said she drinks milk sometimes, unless she meant soy milk.

That could be the problem. A relative of mine recently cut out dairy (they're not veg*n) and stopped getting headaches. But that could be a coincidence, I don't know.
I didn't catch that the first time around.


Cutting out dairy (well, fluid milk) eliminated most of my migraine troubles, and all of my sinus issues (which caused headaches themselves).

Maybe try keeping a food diary for a couple of weeks to see any pattern?
 
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