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I'm suffering horrilby from HG and hardly have the energy partake in our forum which I love.

But I need some advice for my nearly constant headaches. They are crushing! Can I have a deficientcy (I can't even spell!)?

Tia!
 

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are you able to keep down enough liquids or is the HG possibly making you dehydrated? if you are dehydrated and you cant drink water... I suggest calling your doctor/midwife to go to the hospital and put on an IV... not for long just enough to rehydrate you. You may have to do this a few times... but if thats whats wrong... it will help a ton.
 

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I get terrible headaches sometimes, and I agree that hydration is useful in many cases (like two or three big glasses of water, always the first thing I try), iron might help and eating (and keeping the food down) could help. Ice packs on my neck helps sometimes, and sometimes a coffee will do it. I have resorted to tylenol or ibuprofen a handful of times, usually taking half the recommended dose, but only after exhausting everything else. And really I think I have ended up taking 4 tylenol and 4 ibuprofen over the course of 24 weeks of pregnancy. My headaches seem to come and go, no headache for a few weeks then non stop for a week or so...
 

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I'm assuming you mean hypoglycemia??

Headache is a common symptom of one's blood sugar getting too low, or falling too fast. Of course, diet is a huge factor in this...try to avoid simple carbs and try to get more of your caloric intake from proteins and fats instead. Remember that something as simple as sleeping a bit later in the morning can drastically affect a hypoglycemics day. Have 5 or 6 smaller meals a day instead of just 3 larger meals.

I hope you feel better!!
 

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Originally Posted by AnneCordelia View Post
I'm assuming you mean hypoglycemia??

Headache is a common symptom of one's blood sugar getting too low, or falling too fast. Of course, diet is a huge factor in this...try to avoid simple carbs and try to get more of your caloric intake from proteins and fats instead. Remember that something as simple as sleeping a bit later in the morning can drastically affect a hypoglycemics day. Have 5 or 6 smaller meals a day instead of just 3 larger meals.

I hope you feel better!!
I was assuming she meant hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness)
 

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I was assuming she meant hyperemesis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness)
I'm confused too, because I've seen the acronym HR and HG used...and HG is also used for hypoglycemia, which can become exagerated with pregnancy too.

Could the OP, when she's feeling up to it, clarify which it is?
 

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The HG I have is hyperemesis, but I think that the diet info suits my case b/c protein helps with headaches as well staying in bed a little longer (a luxury I don't often have).
I appreciate all the info. Luckily I'm only throwing up in the mornings now (just feel like it the rest of the time), so I think I'm hydrated. I'll try to drink even more water. My midwife says to take paracetamol. That works for a bit but I hate taking medicine. It's enough with the anti-nausea meds.

I feel a little better just getting some advice from you all. Thank you!
 

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Are you on any other HG meds? Im on a Zofran pump and one of the side effects is a headache (but you get them with dehydration as well). There are so many reasons we get headaches in pregnancy, but when HG is involved there are even more. Has your midwife checked you for ketones in your urine to see if you are dehydrated and if so how badly?
Hope you get to feeling better soon. I know it can be miserable.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts and ideas. I cut back on my meds (reglan and lergigan - can't find the name of that one in the US) and my headaches did subside some. I think time is the key. I'm week 15 now and doing generally better but still not "glowing". Hopefully soon!
 
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