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Food and headache attacks. A comparison of patients with migraine and tension-type headache.
Panminerva Med. 2002 Mar; 44(1):27-31.PM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

The role of foods as headache precipitants is still matter of debate. Several studies reported that dietary constituents may precipitate migraine attacks. Some authors reported that also tension type headache attacks may be provoked by foods. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of foods as headache triggers in both groups of patients.

METHODS

We compared the role of foods as headache trigger in patients with migraine and tension type headache. Three hundred and nine patients were involved in the study and divided into six groups: 1) migraine without aura, 2) migraine with aura, 3) episodic tension type headache, 4) chronic tension type headache, 5) migraine without aura associated with episodic tension type headache, 6) migraine without aura associated with chronic tension type headache.

RESULTS

Approximately one third of the patients reported susceptibility to certain foods. The percentage of food sensitivity was not significantly different between patients with migraine or tension type headache. The foods more commonly reported as headache triggers were alcoholic drinks, chocolate and cheese. No difference in specific food sensitivity between groups was found. The comparison of food-sensitive with food non-sensitive patients showed no significant difference in the clinical features.

CONCLUSIONS

Our study suggests that foods may trigger not only migraine but also tension type headache attacks.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Neurology III, Headache Center, Department of Neuroscience, University of Turin, Turin, Italy. lsavi@molinette.piemonte.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

11887088

Citation

Savi, L, et al. "Food and Headache Attacks. a Comparison of Patients With Migraine and Tension-type Headache." Panminerva Medica, vol. 44, no. 1, 2002, pp. 27-31.
Savi L, Rainero I, Valfrè W, et al. Food and headache attacks. A comparison of patients with migraine and tension-type headache. Panminerva Med. 2002;44(1):27-31.
Savi, L., Rainero, I., Valfrè, W., Gentile, S., Lo Giudice, R., & Pinessi, L. (2002). Food and headache attacks. A comparison of patients with migraine and tension-type headache. Panminerva Medica, 44(1), 27-31.
Savi L, et al. Food and Headache Attacks. a Comparison of Patients With Migraine and Tension-type Headache. Panminerva Med. 2002;44(1):27-31. PubMed PMID: 11887088.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Food and headache attacks. A comparison of patients with migraine and tension-type headache. AU - Savi,L, AU - Rainero,I, AU - Valfrè,W, AU - Gentile,S, AU - Lo Giudice,R, AU - Pinessi,L, PY - 2002/3/12/pubmed PY - 2002/6/20/medline PY - 2002/3/12/entrez SP - 27 EP - 31 JF - Panminerva medica JO - Panminerva Med VL - 44 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: The role of foods as headache precipitants is still matter of debate. Several studies reported that dietary constituents may precipitate migraine attacks. Some authors reported that also tension type headache attacks may be provoked by foods. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of foods as headache triggers in both groups of patients. METHODS: We compared the role of foods as headache trigger in patients with migraine and tension type headache. Three hundred and nine patients were involved in the study and divided into six groups: 1) migraine without aura, 2) migraine with aura, 3) episodic tension type headache, 4) chronic tension type headache, 5) migraine without aura associated with episodic tension type headache, 6) migraine without aura associated with chronic tension type headache. RESULTS: Approximately one third of the patients reported susceptibility to certain foods. The percentage of food sensitivity was not significantly different between patients with migraine or tension type headache. The foods more commonly reported as headache triggers were alcoholic drinks, chocolate and cheese. No difference in specific food sensitivity between groups was found. The comparison of food-sensitive with food non-sensitive patients showed no significant difference in the clinical features. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that foods may trigger not only migraine but also tension type headache attacks. SN - 0031-0808 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/11887088/Food_and_headache_attacks__A_comparison_of_patients_with_migraine_and_tension_type_headache_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/4811 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -