Migraines trigger-tea??

Migraines trigger-tea??

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Arlene

United States

#1 Apr 26, 2007
I suffered from migraines since I was in my 20's after my first child was born. As I entered perimenopause they became overwhelming and frequent. Fortunately imitrex came on the market and the drug worked. I assumed that when I got through menopause the headache would go away but they did not. I could expect at least one per week and became a weekly imitrex user.

At about age 56 I developed a bladder prolapse and went to physical therapy for bio-feedback. During that time the therapist had me keep a diary of what fluids I consumed during the day and when she looked at it she was amazed at how much tea I drank. She said the caffeine in the tea was a bladder irritant and I should avoid it. I switched totally to herb teas and I have not had a migraine since. It's been about 3 months and I've been migraine free. Could something in the tea have been a trigger for my migraines? I know stress, high heat and humidity and other things trigger mine also but living migraine free for these past months has been nothing short of amazing.

Any thoughts?

Arlene
Gianne

North Hollywood, CA

#2 Jul 6, 2007
OMG! What kind of herbal tea have you been drinking? Is green tea considered herbal? I've been drinking this green tea (in bags of dried leaves) every time my migraine attacks. It's called "The Vert". I bought a box from an Asian supermarket. It's sooo effective! Whenever I drink it at the first sign of my migraine, the pain goes away in 20 minutes! However, since I don't want to get used to drinking it everytime cause I'm aware of tea being a bladder irritant, sometimes I wait awhile and see if my migraine will go away by taking a nap. Naps don't help that much we all know that. It's just too painful for me most of the time to move around, heat up some water for my tea and all that...but once I drink it, the pain dramatically goes away within an hour. It's amazing! Now I'm confused as to why they say caffeine triggers migraine when tea itself has caffeine and it relieves the pain???
Gianne

North Hollywood, CA

#3 Jul 6, 2007
OMG! What kind of herbal tea have you been drinking? Is green tea considered herbal? I've been drinking this green tea (in bags of dried leaves) every time my migraine attacks. It's called "The Vert". I bought a box from an Asian supermarket. It's sooo effective! Whenever I drink it at the first sign of my migraine, the pain goes away in 20 minutes! However, since I don't want to get used to drinking it everytime cause I'm aware of tea being a bladder irritant, sometimes I wait awhile and see if my migraine will go away by taking a nap. Naps don't help that much we all know that. It's just too painful for me most of the time to move around, heat up some water for my tea and all that...but once I drink it, the pain dramatically goes away within an hour. It's amazing! Now I'm confused as to why they say caffeine triggers migraine when tea itself has caffeine and it relieves the pain???
Barry Spencer

Concord, CA

#4 Dec 7, 2007
Two chemicals in tea are demonstrated causes of headache: caffeine and theophylline. The two are similar to each other in their molecular structure; both are methylxanthines. Caffeine and theophylline are neuroactive drugs that are addictive. Withdrawal symptoms often include severe headache and nausea/vomiting.

No person bothered by headaches should ingest caffeine or theophylline, for obvious reason.

Arline, tea didn't trigger your migraines; rather, the caffeine and theophylline in tea CAUSED your migraines. That's why when you quit tea your headaches ceased.

Astoundingly, migraine has never been demonstrated to occur absent caffeine use! That means it's possible caffeine (and possibly other methylxanthines including theophylline and theobromine) causes the entire phenomenon of primary headache including migraine.
Barry Spencer

Concord, CA

#5 Dec 7, 2007
Gianne, the seeming paradox, that caffeine both causes and relieves migraine, is resolved by the mechanism of drug addiction and withdrawal. Caffeine causes migraine by rendering the body susceptible to caffeine withdrawal symptoms including severe headache and nausea/vomiting. Caffeine relieves those symptoms by reversing caffeine withdrawal.
anon

Bennington, VT

#6 Jun 18, 2008
This is ridiculous. I have been completely caffeine free for years and still get frequent migraine headaches. Obviously caffeine can be a trigger for some, but to say that migraine has never been demonstrated to occur absent caffeine use if pure balderdash.
Kell Brigan

Sacramento, CA

#8 Jul 2, 2008
Soooo, Hildegard of Bigham (or however it's spelt) was tossing back vente mochas on a regular basis? Give me a break... What anon in VT said.
Elizabeth Arlen

Dedham, MA

#9 Aug 1, 2008
Barry Spencer wrote:
Two chemicals in tea are demonstrated causes of headache: caffeine and theophylline. The two are similar to each other in their molecular structure; both are methylxanthines. Caffeine and theophylline are neuroactive drugs that are addictive. Withdrawal symptoms often include severe headache and nausea/vomiting.
No person bothered by headaches should ingest caffeine or theophylline, for obvious reason.
Arline, tea didn't trigger your migraines; rather, the caffeine and theophylline in tea CAUSED your migraines. That's why when you quit tea your headaches ceased.
Astoundingly, migraine has never been demonstrated to occur absent caffeine use! That means it's possible caffeine (and possibly other methylxanthines including theophylline and theobromine) causes the entire phenomenon of primary headache including migraine.
I haven't touched caffeine in 3 years and still get regular migraines. I avoid tea, coffee, chocolate, etc. Avoiding caffeinde ha helped but has not done the trick.
Tracy

United States

#10 Aug 16, 2008
I have a personal theory on the tea/migraine connection. I actually ran across this site trying to do some research. I understand that some migraine research shows that migraines can be the result of vasodilation of blood vessels in the head. I know green and black teas cause vasodilation. So, that's it. That's my hypothesis. The vasodilation that results from drinking these teas also causes those of us who are prone to those kinds of migraines to suffer. Does that make sense? Now I'm off to try to find out if others have made this connection.
stafford va

Nokesville, VA

#11 Sep 26, 2008
I have also been caffeine free for years. I get about 14 migraines a month. Yes vaso-dilation does cause a number of migraines but it actually starts with artery vaso-constriction that causes the other vessels to dilate which causes the headache. Hormones in women have been known to be a trigger but no can explain why. I also use Imitrex it works well most of the time. My doctors are working to try to figure out why my headaches have increased since my last child 19 months ago. I'm sure they will come back with the hormone connection again. I am sick of Dr's throwing antidepressants at everyone as a fix all. And no I'm not in denial. I'm just not depressed so why take an antidepressant and cause my body hell from it's side effects. I will continue with the Imitrex for now.
Arabella

United States

#12 Nov 23, 2008
Give it up, Spencer. People are way smarter than you give them credit for. You're going to have to prove your theory. And before you say it's everyone else's responsibility to DISprove it, as you say on your web site, that's crap. You want to promote your theory and play with the big boys? Then get to work and do something productive.
Pia

Central District, Hong Kong

#13 Apr 25, 2009
I've been having migrainesfor the past 13 years and the last ten years it's been more like quite bad.But I'm very hopeful of getting a more normal life soon.As stafford has experienced,pretty much most of my doctors too have prescribed plenty of anti-depressants while I hardly experience depression.Any trouble I've had has been only an outcome of the debilitating pain upsetting life.I'd never make things worse with antidep side-effects.
Pauline

South Africa

#14 May 12, 2009
I suffered from migraines almost all day everyday for six and a half years.
I had the problems arteries above my scalp cauterised and now I no longer have any migraines.
Life is now great.
Irma

Belden, MS

#15 Oct 3, 2009
I have very bad migranies since my last child 7 years ago. Now I drink Thai Tea when the migranie starts and the pain goes away within 10 to 20 minutes. Very happy not to take pills :)
Jeannette

Calgary, Canada

#16 Feb 13, 2010
I haven't had many migraines for the last few years. However, I decide to quit coffee and start drinking tea. I really don't know it that's the connection but I sure am having a lot of migraines lately. I'm going to quit the tea for a while and see if they go away.

I also found this site by doing a search on migraines and tea because I suspected the tea but know how much coffee I drink so didn't think it was the caffeine.
vinod chopra

Ratlam, India

#17 Feb 20, 2010
Gianne wrote:
OMG! What kind of herbal tea have you been drinking? Is green tea considered herbal? I've been drinking this green tea (in bags of dried leaves) every time my migraine attacks. It's called "The Vert". I bought a box from an Asian supermarket. It's sooo effective! Whenever I drink it at the first sign of my migraine, the pain goes away in 20 minutes! However, since I don't want to get used to drinking it everytime cause I'm aware of tea being a bladder irritant, sometimes I wait awhile and see if my migraine will go away by taking a nap. Naps don't help that much we all know that. It's just too painful for me most of the time to move around, heat up some water for my tea and all that...but once I drink it, the pain dramatically goes away within an hour. It's amazing! Now I'm confused as to why they say caffeine triggers migraine when tea itself has caffeine and it relieves the pain???
if some one drink black tea or tea with milk regularly and try to discontinue it it causes severe migraine like headacehe. it is very common in india where every one out of three person gets headache is do not get tea in time. i do not know that it is due ti tennin or caffaine.
vinod chopra

Ratlam, India

#18 Feb 20, 2010
Tracy wrote:
I have a personal theory on the tea/migraine connection. I actually ran across this site trying to do some research. I understand that some migraine research shows that migraines can be the result of vasodilation of blood vessels in the head. I know green and black teas cause vasodilation. So, that's it. That's my hypothesis. The vasodilation that results from drinking these teas also causes those of us who are prone to those kinds of migraines to suffer. Does that make sense? Now I'm off to try to find out if others have made this connection.
i know at least a thousnd who gets headaches if they do not drink tea in time.this is also true that tea relieves pain so i can say it is cause of pain and it is a remedy too.
vinod chopra

Ratlam, India

#19 Feb 20, 2010
if i do not drink tea in time i get a severe headache.why?
suelang

Hull, UK

#20 Mar 22, 2010
Arlene, my migraines have followed a pattern very similar to yours. I have suffered since I was 26 (after the birth of my first child)and they have become progressively worse with time. I was suffering debilitating headaches and sickness 6-8 times per month. After reading your post, I decided to give up drinking tea for a while. The first week was horrendous (caffeine withdrawal, I assume) but I have been headache free now for two weeks. I can't believe that something so simple (5-6 small cups of tea per day) was really causing the problem but so far, so good.
Beverly

Madison, IN

#21 Apr 27, 2010
I came to this site searching for a connection to my headaches after trying rooibos tea. I have been migraine free since removing MSG from my diet over a year ago. About two weeks ago I decided to try loose leaf teas instead of bagged teas and did fine with the first one I tried. Then came the rooibos version from Fine Country Gourmet. I drank a cup a day for four days and had a headache within an hour of drinking it. There is a connection to migraines and certain kinds of teas. I'm just wondering why only certain ones cause headaches and not others.

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