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KathyHaste 12-03-2008 07:29 PM

Sinus Headache and Soy
Hi, I have been suffering from sinus headaches for years and have just realized after keeping a food log that it might be caused by soy and or MSG. The only thing that helps is taking sudafed and I am tired of living on advil cold and sinus. I think that might be what causes me propblems sleeping at night. This is good news and bad. Now I think I know what is causing the headaches but the bad news is everything I pick up to eat has MSG or soy in it. Has anyone else experience with these kind of headaches? They are located in the area between my eyes. My next step is to eliminate dairy. I was allergic to milk as a child.

krlsgrl 01-03-2009 04:30 AM

Re: Sinus Headache and Soy
Hi, I also have headache problems. I was taking Sudafed for years, until I read that taking it frequently can cause rebound headaches.

Eventually I got diagnosed with thyroid disease. I think the headaches are fewer now that I am on meds for my thyroid.

What I usually take for headaches now is excedrin migraine generic; have recently read that it can also cause rebound headaches. :-( :eek:

beth67 01-04-2009 12:13 AM

Re: Sinus Headache and Soy
I found the same to be true for me as well. I am very sensitive to msg and soy that is overprocessed since processing a food can release natural msg. I don't know if you have read my other rants on other threads but I can't help but keep promoting the book Heal Your Headache by Dr. David Buchholz. Msg can be disguised in many forms. It doesn't have to say msg on the food label to have msg in it. I'll list the potential sources of msg he lists in the book.

hydrolyzed protein(including vegetable/soy/plant/rice protein)
yeast extract and autolyzed yeast
natural flavors/flavorings
broth, stock or bouillon unless it says no msg
soy protein concentrate/isolate
textured protein
whey protein
protein-fortified items
malt extract
malted barley
kombu(seaweed extract)
sodium or calcium caseinate
glutamic acid
fermented or cultured items
ultra-pasteurized items
enzyme-modified items

I was also on the sudafed rollercoaster and finally realized I was rebounding. I take it occasionally but if I find I'm taking a few extra doses I just stop immediatly because I know I'm probably rebounding. Anyways, good luck to you.


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