Oh my gosh... beets and worst headache of my life!!!

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  1. therunbunch

    therunbunch MomOf5inTX Supporter

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    Can beets really cause migraines???

    I stopped at my favorite little vegetable stand today and picked up some beets for the first time. Came home, boiled 2 of them.. then ate them for lunch. Less than 20 minutes later I have THE worst headache I've ever had. I've been in nearly unbearable pain for over an hour. What can I do?????? I was reading online about beets causing headaches but TWO?? They were small!!! I took an Exedrin Migrain and I'm praying it helps. It hurts SO BAD!:stars::(:censored:
     
  2. chickenista

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    I know that I cannot eat beets at all.
    Thry don't cause a headache, but they make me vomit.
    They taste so wonderful, but my body rejects all that sugar.
    I am sorry about your head..
    Drink lots and lots of water and eat some cinnamon as well to maybe level out your blood sugar, if that is what is causing your migraine.
     

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    Thank you.. going now. Oh my word.. I may never touch another beet again :(
     
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    Never had a headache from beets- but different people can have different triggers. I do know that my worst headaches, I can't even keep meds down, much less post online. I have injectable migraine meds for those. (too many ER or Urgent Care trips)

    Did the weather suddenly change? If this is really unusual, you may want to contact the doctor, it might not be related to the beets.
     
  5. Shamrock

    Shamrock Hi, nice to meet you.

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    You know, it's really hard to prove cause and efect. It might just be a coincidence.

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  6. jessepona

    jessepona Food Not Lawns :p

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    It might be the beets, or it might be something else entirely. You might try beets just once more and see if you get a headache. If you do, you can be more certain there is a causal effect between beets and headaches for you.

    LOL this reminds me of a quote from Mark Twain-
    “The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.”

    You might end up avoiding beets for you whole life for no reason... but if you do test the beets again, you might end up with an awful headache. I guess the question is... how much do you want to eat beets?
     
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    That's a new one. For me it's mold, which leads to asthma and/or allergy attack and if I don't nip it in the bud then I sometimes end up with a migraine.
     
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    My family has eaten lots of beets - they are so easy to grow here. We have never suffered any ill effects other than maybe a stained shirt. Jessepona is right - you're going to have to test them again a time or two to be certain.
     
  9. therunbunch

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    I think I will test them MAYBE once more. But let me ask this... I only ate 2.. and they weren't super huge.. like the size of clementines... but (TMI ALERT!!!!) my urine is red as koolaid. That's why I'm relating them to the headaches. The headaches started very soon after ingesting them and was completely out of control. I drank a LOT of water, took the excedrin migraine, and then ate (about an hour or so after the beets) again (leftover baked stuffed zucchini). I also rested in bed for about 45 minutes. All that seemed to lull the headache some. My head still hurts and my urine is still red. So stinkin' odd!!! I MIGHT try the beets again (LOVE the canned/jarred versions) but definitely not anytime soon. :/
     
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    I'm so lucky; I discovered about 15 years ago the chocolate gives me headaches. Beets, no.
     
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    Chocolate??? Oh my word. That's definitely a worse situation than mine! lol
     
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    You may have a particular sensitivity to beets for them to cause the headache...or it was just time for a migraine?

    Either way, they will do that to your urine :p
     
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    Very normal. And your poop will be magenta too. It should happen with the canned versions too. if you have no problems with the canned ones, I doubt the beets caused the headache. It probably was just time for a bad migraine as others have said.
     
  14. motdaugrnds

    motdaugrnds II Corinthians 5:7

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    I think I would ask the man at the vege stand if he had sprayed insecticide on his garden....
     
  15. Barleychown

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    For me, if beets cause colored urine I know I'm not producing enough stomach acid. I'm not saying this is true for everyone, but you may want to read about others who use beets as a stomach acid test.

    They've never been a migraine trigger for me. Most often, its either MSG or the weather.

    Hope you are feeling better soon!
     
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    Chocolate causes migraines for me with blidness and projectile vomiting. If the beets were not grown organically there is a chance you are reacting to an insecticide, fungicide, chemical- heck maybe even sulfites, which are used to keep produce looking nice and fresh. If I were you- but I'm not- if the beets tasted good going down I would wait a month a month and try 1 slice of a CANNED beet. Cooking changes food chemstry, a canned beet has been cooked at a higher temp and under higher pressures than your homecooking can aspire to. If 1 slice of CANNED beet is followed by a headache, yep, you're allergic.
    Don't forget that caffiene is good for migraines.
    Definition of a migraine- a headache that is so bad you feel like you might die, and you're afraid you won't.
    Good luck with it.
     
  17. checkitnice

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    Beets have nitrates in them, nitrates are a huge trigger for migraines. There is a large correlation there.

    I'm sorry. Migraines are no fun at all!
     
  18. mommathea

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    This is true. I am deathly allergic to raw pineapple. If I even touch the outside of a whole one, or the juices/meat, and sometimes just being near one will set me into a horrible allergic reaction with the last time I should have gone to the ER.
    But I can touch, handle and even eat it if it is canned. Doesn't bother me a bit.
     
  19. Sumer

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    Worst migraine I ever had was from smelling something. I never did identify it... was checking out the condition of a recently vacated apartment that had not been cleaned yet... so it could have been anything that set it off and I was the only one affected by it.

    It had me laying down ready to vomit within an hour & all we could dig up for aspirin was cold medicine but it did take it away pretty quickly.

    I just never knew that smell would trigger migraines.
     
  20. Cashs Cowgirl

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    My son does the same with peaches, nectarines and cherries. He can eat them canned or cooked, but raw...nope. Makes his face itch where he's had contact and his throat itch.

    I'd try them again canned...then a month or so later cooked yourself. Just eat a small portion though. If you're allergic, you'll know it after you eat a little of it.