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Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Clumpy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:14 am UTC

It's recently occurred to me that ramen noodles give me an itchy feeling and a headache about 20 minutes or so after I eat them. I'm sure it's just the MSG, but does anybody else experience the same thing? Is there any other food else that messes you up (not just "makes you queasy")?

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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby mochafairy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:17 am UTC

I can't have any chai tea. it gives me migraines. :( It's sad because chai tea is so yummy...
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby notallama » Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:28 am UTC

milk gives me breathing difficulties.

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Postby someguy » Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:10 am UTC

There's always the asparagus thing, I suppose
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby semicharmed » Sat Jan 31, 2009 11:27 pm UTC

Occasionally, Thanksgiving ham/other pork will make me flush bright red and start giving off heat like a furnace. It's really bizarre, doesn't happen everytime, and can be really uncomfortable, depending on where I am.

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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Chai Kovsky » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:20 am UTC

Every so often the lox, bagels, and cream cheese I so love will give me a wicked headache. The headaches occur about 20% of the time I eat it, without any rhyme or reason.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Zohar » Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:46 am UTC

Melted cheese. I don't have problems with cheese on a pizza or in a lasagna, but if I put too much cheese in an omelette, I get a headache.

Oh, and of course ice-cream headaches.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby SirHoundalot » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:17 pm UTC

Milk or cream WILL send me to sleep within half an hour of eating it. If I make a superhuman effort I can just about keep my eyes open for a littlw longer, but resistance is ultimately futile. I have absolutely no problem with cheese though, which is inexplicable but most fortunate.

I can't eat avocado because it makes my throat swell up and I lose my voice. A shame because it's one of the most delicious foods out there.

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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:32 pm UTC

If I eat something sweet and sugary first thing in the morning, I get a major headache later in the day. Especially if I eat a bowl of sugary cereal, or a couple of doughnuts.

I have off and on lactose intolerance. I think it depends greatly on what type of dairy foods I consume, and how much. There's a threshold, I just can't put my finger on it.

I definitely can't eat a single thing at IHOP. I don't know if it's the oils they use for cooking most of their foods, or if there's something in their food, but I can't eat anything at any IHOP without ending up in the bathroom for at least 30 minutes. One time I tried drinking just a glass of tea. What could possibly go wrong? Even the tea made me react the same way.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby podbaydoor » Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:06 pm UTC

I'm mildly lactose intolerant, so drinking large quantities of milk or consuming large quantities of ice cream will have an effect about 30 minutes later. I used to spend first period in high school in the bathroom.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby cerbie » Sun Feb 01, 2009 8:01 pm UTC

Most wheat 'beers' make me feel hung over. Just one beer, and either within an hour, or the next morning. Barley is good.

Many raw tomatoes. I'm sure exactly what it is, though, since there are a few restaurants I can always eat them at ('cause a gyro or falafel sandwich without tomatoes is just wrong). It could range from a mild headache to washed-out/dimmed vision and Benadryl-like lethargy.

Cantaloupe. I can't do more than taste one. I don't know what would happen if I ate some, because I reflexively spit it out, start making a bunch of saliva, and can't swallow for awhile (IE, have to spit it all out) when I try.
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Postby Dimetrodon » Sun Feb 01, 2009 9:40 pm UTC

Especially acidic fruit juices, early in the morning. I can hardly swallow them.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby blue_eyedspacemonkey » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:22 pm UTC

I appear to be unable to drink tea on an empty stomach (before/with breakfast) as I feel nauseous afterwards until I eat. No other drink does this.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby peter-lebt » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:43 pm UTC

Can't eat shellfish:
makes my stomach hurt ...
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby asad137 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 12:09 am UTC

peter-lebt wrote:Can't eat shellfish:
makes my stomach hurt ...


Maybe you're actually mildly allergic? I had a friend who was, but he ate shellfish anyway because he liked the taste too much.

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Postby Decker » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:33 am UTC

Popcorn gives me...uh...noisy gastro-intestinal difficulties.
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Postby Zohar » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:25 am UTC

Also, the reason I don't like eggplants is because they give me a sort of tingly sensation in my throat, it's hard to describe. Almost like heartburn or something, I think. Maybe I'm slightly allergic to them or something.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby PatrickRsGhost » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:04 am UTC

Whenever I eat pizza from Papa John's, my throat would get very irritated and scratchy. I would have to drink a lot of milk to help soothe it. I think I'm allergic to some spice that's in their sauce and not in Domino's, Pizza Hut (although it's been years since I've last had Pizza Hut), or any local pizzeria pizza, or frozen pizza.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby AntonGarou » Mon Feb 02, 2009 8:20 pm UTC

Most coffee makes me nauseous, usually for at least half a day.Probably acidity issues, since I can drink low acidity coffee 2-3 times a week without ill effect.

PS.Yes I could add milk, but it ruins the coffee for me.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Miro » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:08 pm UTC

I cant eat curry, it always gives me a really bad stomach ache.

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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Moo » Mon Feb 02, 2009 9:58 pm UTC

I guess I'm allergic to sulphites and MSG, both of which are in far too much stuff. Random foods either make my nose itch like mad (which I can handle, and think is MSG) or it gives me a glowing hot red rash all over my face and neck (sulphites; I have to avoid red wine in public which makes me sad).

And oh boy, how many times have I given myself a cheese headache. Some cheese is fine but I looove it and overdo it too often.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby semicharmed » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:14 pm UTC

Moo wrote:...it gives me a glowing hot red rash all over my face and neck...


That is a very apt description of my sometimes reaction to pork products. But oddly enough, never bacon. Or straight-up roast pork or porkchops. And sometimes, Thanksgiving turkey. And once, even more oddly, to sausage from Whole Foods. But not red wine, so I don't think it's the sulfites. It also, depending on the length of the reaction, will spread down my torso.
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Postby Moo » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:18 pm UTC

Hmmm, any link between *smoked* pork products and the reaction?
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Bakemaster » Tue Feb 03, 2009 6:04 pm UTC

PatrickRsGhost wrote:I have off and on lactose intolerance. I think it depends greatly on what type of dairy foods I consume, and how much. There's a threshold, I just can't put my finger on it.

I seem to recall reading about a study that showed humans generally have an easier time digesting dairy products in the morning shortly after they wake up, though I can't remember where and I have no idea why that would be.
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Postby PatrickRsGhost » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:02 am UTC

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PatrickRsGhost wrote:I have off and on lactose intolerance. I think it depends greatly on what type of dairy foods I consume, and how much. There's a threshold, I just can't put my finger on it.

I seem to recall reading about a study that showed humans generally have an easier time digesting dairy products in the morning shortly after they wake up, though I can't remember where and I have no idea why that would be.


I usually don't consume dairy products when I first wake up. Hell, I don't even eat breakfast until at least two hours after I've been up - I stop at Chick-Fil-A on the way to work and get a chicken biscuit and some tea. The only dairy would be found in the biscuit, and in the butter on said biscuit. Once in a while I might get a bacon-egg-cheese biscuit, but it's usually chicken.

On the weekends I'll go to Cracker Barrel and I will get scrambled eggs, maybe some pancakes or french toast, as well as bacon.

It's usually lunch or supper that finds me eating anything dairy. Like I said, there's a threshold, but I can't quite figure it out. I think my body has a tendency to decide when it will be lactose intolerant. One day I'll eat a cheeseburger from a certain restaurant, and be fine, then a couple of days later I'll order the same thing from the very same restaurant, and end up not doing so well afterward.
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Postby semicharmed » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:05 am UTC

Moo wrote:Hmmm, any link between *smoked* pork products and the reaction?


Nope. And actually, thinking about it, the last time it happened was two years ago, after eating lasagna with meat sauce. The meat in question being un-cased sausage from Whole Food, which is all-natural and just ground pork & spices.
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Re: Food that gives you headaches or other reactions. . .

Postby Rinsaikeru » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

Red wine gives me a headache nearly instantaneously--but it tastes better to me than white--so usually I go for mixed drinks or straight liquor.

I'm coeliac and react to gluten (wheat, rye, barley).

If I get glutened I'm lactose intolerant for a few days. It sucks. :P As you might imagine.
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Postby Kizyr » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:29 pm UTC

Lamb brain. The smell and taste of it almost instantly make me nauseous. It's probably the same with other brains, but lamb brain is the only one I have experience with. Fortunately, I very rarely ever encounter that specific a meat--although I've noticed very, very mild nausea rarely when I eat lamb. (It doesn't stop me, though--lamb's also my favorite meat.)

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makes my stomach hurt ...

Maybe you're actually mildly allergic? I had a friend who was, but he ate shellfish anyway because he liked the taste too much.

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Postby Rinsaikeru » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:35 pm UTC

This weekend a friend of mine had an allergic reaction--we think we've narrowed down the culprit to a particular brand of fish sauce. It is very difficult to convince some people things like "we really need to go get you benadryl NOW."
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Postby ArchangelShrike » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:52 pm UTC

Coffee. Even a sip of it will instantly start bad headaches for at least the next 15 minutes, so none for me. I'm pretty sure it's the caffeine, but teas of various shapes and sizes don't start the headaches right away - maybe it's because my coffee is usually brewed stronger than my tea, but who knows.

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Postby Surgery » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:24 pm UTC

Lamb chops have always given me horrible horrible headaches. Fortunately I'm not much of a fan of their flavor either, so it hasn't come up in a long time.

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Postby qos » Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:03 am UTC

If I eat sushi/nigiri that has preserved salmon, I have nightmares about the end of the world. I ended up testing this very rigorously, because the correlation seemed so bizarre. Really fresh salmon, no effect. Other kinds of sushi, same place, no effect. Freaky.
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Postby wisnij » Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:02 am UTC

I think I may be mildly allergic to clams. Whenever I eat clam chowder or fried clams, I get this pain in my side for about half an hour afterwards. It feels kind of like the stitch in your side that happens when you're running and out of breath. No other shellfish bother me, though, and I haven't got any other food allergies.
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Postby eternal luna » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:04 am UTC

Red onions cause migraines in me, and I'm on-and-off allergic to chocolate. Quite frequently I get an itchy rash around my mouth and swelling shortly after eating it, especially the cheaper stuff.
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Postby Meowgan » Sun Feb 15, 2009 2:37 pm UTC

I get headaches from poor quality chocolate. Especially the teensy Easter eggs.
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Postby That_one_guy » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:46 pm UTC

For some reason, if I have pork, cheese, and chocolate within a certain range of each other, I'm almost gauranteed to get a migraine.

Oh, and I can't drink milk (plain or chocolate) without getting a massive stomachache.
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Postby <nyssa> » Thu Mar 05, 2009 8:58 am UTC

Fruit chutney gives me a stomach upset, and a feeling not dissimilar to indigestion :? . Also I got headache-y today after eating Chinese food for lunch. It wasn't very good Chinese food. Tea cures my headaches :D

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Postby vers » Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:19 pm UTC

Drinking cheerwine soda somehow makes me bite my tongue 100x more often than normal.

Also, it makes it hurt more.

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Postby Magic Smoothie » Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:19 am UTC

Any simple carbohydrates (potatoes, pasta, most breads) or excessive sugar makes me ridiculously shaky, dizzy, nauseous, pissy, anxious, etc. due to reactivehypoglycemiabloodsugarfaildeath. Most stuff does that anyways, but sugar etc. make it worse.
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Postby folkhero » Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:30 am UTC

Chocolate makes me sneeze, the darker the chocolate, the more likely I am to sneeze. It has no other effects though (aside from being yummy). Is anyone aware of other cases of food allergies that think they're pollen allergies?
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