Headaches -> vomit?
August 3, 2007 10:40 PM Subscribe
Why do I throw up every time I get a headache?
posted by showbiz_liz to Health & Fitness (25 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(I'm going to see a real doctor, but I was wondering if anyone had any insight or personal experience.)
Occasionally, just like everyone else, I'll get a headache, usually from something like heat or mild dehydration. I don't think they're more frequent than other people's headaches, but they bother me much more than they seem to bother most people. I can tell, objectively, that these aren't especially painful headaches, but for some reason, I can't bear them. I never have been able to. I find it impossible to concentrate on anything else but the pain, no matter how mild it is.
Almost every time this happens, it plays out like this: I develop a mild headache, I can't stop thinking about it, and it gradually gets worse. I then become nauseous, and eventually I throw up. Afterwards, the pain almost always seems lessened, and than it usually goes away fairly quickly. It doesn't seem to matter what I've eaten, and I don't think the food has anything to do with it. The nausea never shows up until the headache is well-established.
Could it be, as I suspect, just a psychological thing, where I'm convincing myself that if I do a mildly unpleasant thing (vomiting), I can end my extremely unpleasant headache? I think I may have gotten that idea somewhere as a child, and it just got ingrained in me. Is that even plausible? If not, what could possibly be causing this? And how can I stop it from happening?