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joanne34
Hiya, has anyone experienced the onset of migraines during re-feeding.  My daughter is 13 and slowly gaining weight, she is still at least half a stone away from her weight prior to having anorexia.  The last two days she has had a headache in the evening along with nausea.  Last night she was sick, she wasn't tonight and managed to eat her tea.   Both headaches went along with her finding it difficult to concentrate on her laptop screen and finding her vision was affected.     It feels like a migraine, my husband gets them now and then.   She has flaked out in our bed, doesn't have a temperature and her feet and hands are warm.   I've checked her body all over and there is no rash and I was able to rouse her.  I roused her five mins ago to check how she was and she said she was fine.....in a sleepy state!   Her period hasn't returned and I wondered whether it could be changes in hormone levels.

Anyway, just wondered if it was a common symptom at all.  She is also losing hair which I know is a common symptom, luckily she has a lot of hair so hopefully it will pass before it starts to look obvious.

Thanks in advance.
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Enn
No we did not have that here. 
She is 13 and gaining weight I too wonder if her periods would be on their way.  The hormonal changes with ovulation can increase the risk of migraines. 
The hair loss is common and it is called telogen effluvium.
It usually gets better with proper nutrition and time. 
If these persists I would suggest you speak with her doctor too.
When within yourself you find the road, the right road will open.  (Dejan Stojanovic)

Food+more food+time+love+good professional help+ATDT+no exercise+ state not just weight+/- the "right" medicine= healing---> recovery(--->life without ED)
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joanne34
I'm going to see how she is tomorrow and will contact the doc if she is no better.   I'll also be checking on her through the night.  Thanks for the info xx
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Foodsupport_AUS
My daughter has suffered from migraines for some time both pre ED and down the track. As Enn has mentioned there is a tendency for them to turn up when a period is due because of the hormone changes, so called menstrual migraine. Whilst very underweight my D did not get migraines, she had 18 months of no periods but once they came back so did the migraines both at the same time or without a period. She has had to learn that you eat with or without a migraine. Fortunately there are now some great medications that can be used to treat migraines, much better than when I had them (benefits of menopause). They can work quite quickly rather than taking you out for days. 
D diagnosed restrictive AN June 2010 age 13. Initially weight restored 2012. Relapse and continuously edging towards recovery. Treatment: multiple hospitalisations and individual and family therapy.
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MKR
Hi @joanne34,

As a migraine sufferer, I can say that prolonged screentime, excessive caffeine (including in chocolate) and a head cold can make it worse. My ED daughter doesn't have them, luckily, because in those 2 days while migraine runs its course I am unable to keep down even sips of water, let alone food. Good on your daughter, @Foodsupport_AUS that she has learnt to manage it and that there is medication.

I would suggest she makes breaks from screentime, to let her eyes rest. The screens are shimmery, our brain works hard to compensate for this constant micromovement and it can get tiring.
Mum's Kitchen

14-y-o "healthy living" led to AN in 2017 and WR at 16. Current muscle dysmorphia.
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joanne34
Hiya, this is one thing we are doing today.  No computers to see if the headache/nausea turns up again tonight.   She had been on her computer more than usual due to remote learning whilst off school.   I'm not ruling out a bug either.  I'm just glad she kept her tea down last night.  Thanks everyone xxx
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Torie
I realize this is unlikely in your d's situation, but I get a headache as symptom of caffeine withdrawal.  That is a common enough cause of headaches that some of the headache meds include caffeine.  xx

-Torie
"We are angels of hope, of healing, and of light. Darkness flees from us." -YP 
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MKR
Hi again,

Just a thought... can your daughter feel her headache coming? It can help as a cue to take action, like get some fresh air, a drink of water (whatever works for the person).

Yes, @Torie, that can bring it on, too.
Mum's Kitchen

14-y-o "healthy living" led to AN in 2017 and WR at 16. Current muscle dysmorphia.
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joanne34
Hiya, this is the first incidence of this kind of headache with nausea - she's normally fit and well - obviously not taking into account the ED.   She was fine today, she had a day away from the computer screen.  We'll see whether it comes back next week.  She is having to spend more time in front of a computer due to remote learning.   Next week Ill try and put more breaks in or ask her to organise her tasks for the day in a way to break up the computer based ones with Art, a walk  etc.   We are approaching the 6th month of re-feeding and apart from the headache we have seen more of 'our daughter'.  She is laughing, smiling and joking with us.  She isn't shutdown and upset like the early stages.  She even gave me a hug back today.   Now we see 'spikes' of the ED where she'll be fine and then all of a sudden her demeanour will change and the tics will be back and she won't be able to speak to us and will look angry.   She does seem to eventually move on within 5-10 mins and come back to 'normal'.  I think she is either glimpsing her body in a reflective surface e.g. glass oven door, feeling guilty after main meals or maybe feeling her tummy.  She isn't doing the hourly/daily "You're making me gain weight!" any more and I don't think she is getting the 'feeling bloated' symptoms anymore.     I really hope she will be able to move past these anxiety peaks and that the tics will go as she didn't have any of these behaviours prior to having the ED.   I worry about her so much.
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MKR
joanne34 wrote:
We are approaching the 6th month of re-feeding and apart from the headache we have seen more of 'our daughter'.  She is laughing, smiling and joking with us.  She isn't shutdown and upset like the early stages.  She even gave me a hug back today.


Wow! I am so happy for you and your daughter. 😀😀

Great news. 
Mum's Kitchen

14-y-o "healthy living" led to AN in 2017 and WR at 16. Current muscle dysmorphia.
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Bobs

I’m so pleased to hear how well your daughter is doing Joanne. We are in our 10th month of refeeding and although she hasn’t been weighed since lockdown her form is so good. She feels more normal and her personality and humour have come back. Your worry for her will hopefully lift over the next number of months. I find myself not thinking about my D’s illness as much now and the relief is tremendous!! 

Best wishes 

15 year old D. Started to feel low summer 2019. Fall out with friends October 2019. Depressed, self-harming and suicidal from January 2020. Diagnosed with AN July 2020. Slowly coming out of it and feeling hopeful for the future.
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