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Coffee & Tea

Migraines: Coffee vs. Coke?

legsdiamond12 | Mar 30, 201405:49 AM     50

A brief discussion I had on another post regarding the efficacy of caffeine as a "treatment" for migraine headaches got me to thinking, and I was interested in what other migraine sufferers had to say about it. I've suffered from migraines for most of my life. Some years ago, I was at work when a migraine developed, and I had heard that caffeine could be helpful, so I ordered a large cup of black coffee and started drinking. And as I continued drinking, the sicker I became, until I was deathly ill. My boss, on learning of my situation, said, "Are you kidding? Coffee is the worst thing you can drink with a migraine." As an alternative, I will sometimes drink a Coca Cola (which I otherwise never drink) at the start of a migraine, and find it can help somewhat, offering at least some relief to both my head and stomach. Coke and coffee both contain caffeine, so I'm not sure what the difference is. Sugar? Am wondering if this is universal among migraine sufferers, or is it different for some people. I drink coffee regularly when I'm not ill, and have no problems with it under normal circumstances. But when I'm ill with a migraine, coffee is the last thing I'll partake of. And Coke, which I avoid like poison normally, I'll seek out with alacrity when I'm ill. Anyone have a different experience?

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