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Headaches from vaping

Discussion in 'Health, Safety and Vaping' started by Fugacity, Mar 15, 2012.

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  1. Fugacity

    Fugacity Full Member

    Mar 2, 2012
    I started vaping just over three weeks ago after purchasing the eGo-T kit and 40ml of e-liquid in 4 flavors (18-24mg) from a supplier in Vancouver, Canada. After vaping less than two hours, I had what I would describe as a low grade but constant headache, which continued for 5 days unabated. It was kind of a dull pain throughout the top of my head; there was no throbbing but I did feel excessively tired and sleepy.

    Determined to make the vaping thing work out, I sought out another supplier, which are hard to find where I live. I eventually found a supplier and purchased 50ml of e-liquid in 5 flavors, all 18mg. After switching, the headache was gone, although I wasn't impressed with the e-liquid as it produced less vapor, had no throat hit and was bland in taste.

    After a good week my supply was starting to dwindle, so I switched back to the original e-liquid, and within an hour, the headache was back. I knew it was time to find a third supplier, which was complicated by the fact that my wife would kill me if I had e-liquid arriving in the mail. I was resigned to find suppliers who would do business face to face.

    After a couple days, I made arrangements to meet the third supplier who only had unflavored e-liquid, and with his order seized by customs, he anticipated a wait of a couple weeks before getting more e-liquid. I didn't care about the flavor as I was getting desparate to get a supply of e-liquid, so I met him and bought 90ml of 24mg flavorless.

    After getting in the car, I loaded the tank and took a good vape. Wow, I was peeling my throat off the dashboard and tons of vapor! After vaping a couple tanks over 5 hours, I had a pleasant nic buzz going and no headaches:)

    In fact, I find the flavorless a much better vape than any of the other e-liquids I have tried. Of course I will eventually try some flavors from the same supplier when he gets some stock, this will do quite nicely for the next few weeks.

    I don't think the headaches were caused by PG or VG or since the e-liquids came in a variety of ratios from 20:80 to 70:30. I doubt the headaches were caused by excess nicotine or withdrawl since I have a pretty good idea of how much nic I'm getting from years of experience with smoking/gum/patches. Lastly, I doubt it was a reaction to the flavoring, since it didn't seem to matter which of the four flavors of the original batch I was vaping.

    I'm wondering if there is any other additives commonly used in e-liquid which would account for the headaches?

    For anyone reading this forum, I thought I should share my experience, since for me, it was just a matter of finding the right e-liquid from the right supplier.

    After a pack+ a day for 27 years, I have been smoke free for over three weeks. I love my PV and have no desire to ever smoke again.
  2. GotSigs

    GotSigs Full Member Verified Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Northern VA
    I've had the same thing happen.... a particular juice gives me the worst headache. No real problems with other flavors from the same vendor or other vendors. I'm trying to figure out what ingredient is causing the headaches so that I can avoid certain juices. It's freakin me out a bit to try out new juices.
  3. Seabrook

    Seabrook Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Mar 17, 2010
    Oceanside, CA
    When I first started vaping, I also got low-grade headaches. As I continued and replaced the liquids with lower mg's of nicotine, I didn't get any more headaches.

    Some people are very touchy to dyes, especially children. I wonder if that be be a key contributor to your headaches.
  4. ByeByeCoffinNails

    ByeByeCoffinNails Senior Member ECF Veteran

    My husband and I are also getting these headaches. They are of the crippling got to take Panadol sort. We have been trying a lot of juices lately with fruit-based flavours that tinge the juice pink and this seems to be the common thread. Clove, cinnamon and mint seem okay.

    The jury is still out on chocolate flavours.
  5. nansc

    nansc Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 11, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I got the headaches too and I found it was from the nicotine.The nic amount was low but my theory is that I was vaping a lot more than I had been smoking.I found that if I alternated no nic and low nic the headaches went away.:2c:
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