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March 15, 2012 1:31 PM
I increased my protein I have a headache that won't go away. Is there a correlation?
March 15, 2012 1:32 PM
I'm far from a doctor, but that's not anything I've heard of before. If you were limiting it, or ridding of carbs sure, this I haven't heard of.
March 15, 2012 1:34 PM
I think dehyation can cause headaches, are you drinking enough water?
March 15, 2012 1:35 PM
I don't know much about it either. I have had days hitting 110-140g without issue. How much did you go over?
March 15, 2012 1:35 PM
too much beer can...This i know!! As for protein, never had an issue here
March 15, 2012 1:35 PM
I'm not limiting carbs.
March 15, 2012 1:35 PM
Have you tried ruling out every other possible reason for the headache, for example over-exertion or stress?
March 15, 2012 1:35 PM
Could it be that you've drastically reduced your carb intake while upping your protein? Carb withdrawal will cause headaches for some people, but after four to five days it'll clear up.
March 15, 2012 1:36 PM
I've never heard of this before and I'm a frequent migraine go-er...
March 15, 2012 1:36 PM
I wouldn't say that "too" much protein causes a headache, but what it usually is for me is 'lack of calorie' or a, 'lack of caffeine' headache. Cutting back on calories can bring on what's otherwise known as 'starvation mode', which is where the body says, "uh oh", I'm not eating as much as I used to and goes into strict storage mode -- e.g. taking in what you do eat and stores as fat. If prolonged, this can bring on constipation, lethargy, etc. The headache can be a tell-tale sign this is happening.

The key is exercise calories and exercising enough to where you don't have to "starve yourself" to meet your daily calorie allowance. If and when you can't exercise, it's wise to even go over on calories, vs. going into starvation mode with all of its negative side effects.
March 15, 2012 1:36 PM
Try drinking more water. I have noticed on days I get more protein I also am extra thirsty. For some reason all that protein dries me out! In fact, I'm thirsty now... bigsmile
March 15, 2012 1:37 PM
I doubt eating more protein today then you are used to has caused your headache, however if it persists go see your doctor because you might (and i say might it's very rare) have ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency.

Don't worry about it though, I highly doubt protein gave you a headache, just take some aspirin and don't stare at the computer screen.
March 15, 2012 1:40 PM
I know it can cause Kidney Stones, so be careful, That was a worse pain than childbirth for me , as for headaches have you cut caffene or sugar alot suddenly , if so that will do it:(
March 15, 2012 1:40 PM
i get headaches when i go too long without eating or if i've had a really low protein day. not sure about too much. anything else change today? caffeine? etc?
March 15, 2012 1:43 PM
It definitely does for me. Google it, and you'll see it has that effect on lots of people!
March 15, 2012 1:43 PM
Answers to a few questions:
I am not starving myself...I have drank 10 cups ( 5 bottles) of water so far today...that's about where I normally am this time of day...I have not over exerted headache won't go away so I can exercise...I said it earlier...but I am not limiting mg carbs...and no I haven't had any beer!
March 15, 2012 1:44 PM
I have never heard of this before! I always get headaches and its defo not from too much protein laugh (i hardly have proteins) I think its more to do with fluids.. Less water = headachesssss, more water = no headache smile
March 15, 2012 1:45 PM
have you lowered your caffine intake? Hard cheeses can cause migrains in some. There are lots of triggers, maybe try and change the protein you are eating, not necessarily the amount you are eating. And like others have said, make sure you drink plenty of water
April 11, 2014 11:37 AM
Too much protien (as a ratio to fat and carbs) can cause headaches. Research "rabbit starvation" and Ketogenic diets for more information on how to balance protein with fat.
April 11, 2014 11:42 AM

I think dehyation can cause headaches, are you drinking enough water?

^^^^ this
April 11, 2014 11:46 AM
It's probably not related, unless you notice the same thing happening consistently. How much did you increase your protein, and from what sources? Just from personal experience, sometimes soy products give me wicked headaches.
April 11, 2014 11:52 AM
Just putting this out there... While you may not be purposely limiting your carbs, if you're using the same daily calorie goal but eating more protein than usual, there has to be a shift in the macro balance so either you're eating less carbs or less fats in order to get more protein in. So just maybe today you've eaten less carbs than usual and your body is responding to the decrease.

It might help if we could see your diary to browse back through a few days and see if we can spot the differences...

ETA: one more thought - seasonal allergies or weather changes? I know I had a wicked sinus headache the other day and wasn't completely sure if it was the trees budding or the high air pressure system rolling through our area - or even a combo of the two.
Edited by MinnieInMaine On April 11, 2014 11:53 AM


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