Headache When Fasting

  • Publish date:01/08/2010
  • Section:Health Q/A
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Question:

I constantly suffer from a headache, especially when I fast. What could be causing this?
Answer:
Assalaamu ‘Alaykum respected brother Alam.
There are many things that could be causing this constant headache. Migraine or stress could be causes of this. Secondary headaches result from organic problems, like sinuses, teeth problems, eye problems, high blood pressure or a bad nervous system.
Migraine is the type of headache that increases when you fast. The reason for this is that when one fasts, his sugar level drops, which increases the severity of the headache. Physical exhaustion and mental stress also contribute to the problem. Additionally, some perfumes and food, and staying up late at night also add to the problem, as well as many other reasons.
However, to properly diagnose the problem, you must consult a physician who could advise you to adhere to certain preventive measures that could stop the recurrence of the headache, or at least reduce its severity. After treatment, you may resume fasting.

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