From Binghamton, New York, USA:
My 10 year old daughter, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago, has just recently been diagnosed with migraines and tension-type headaches. While the general consensus is that there is no connection between diabetes and headaches, her headaches seem to be much worse when there is a big fluctuation in her sugar levels. Is there any information regarding migraines, headaches and diabetes?
You have just stated what we already know. Diabetes does not cause headaches specifically and certainly not tension headaches or migraines. However, when glucose control is not optimum or when there are large swings, some people experience headaches or worsening of their pre-existing headaches. This is a great reason to improve glucose control and may be a reason for using an insulin pump or a basal/bolus insulin regimen to minimize glycemic excursions on a day to day basis.
You should discuss these specific issues with your daughter's diabetes team since they know her best.
Original posting 24 Mar 2002
Posted to Other Illnesses
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:31
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