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Kristin Chenoweth's debilitating health issue that threatened her career

Kristin thought she might have to retire

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Melanie Macleod
Wellness Editor
October 31, 2022
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Glee actress Kristin Chenoweth has had a sparkling career to date, and has just finished shooting Apple TV's Schmigadoon, but there was a time she feared she wouldn't be able to continue with her passion.

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Kristin shared that when she was 25, she suffered with such bad migraines she had to crawl off-stage during a performance. "I was crawling off the stage and thought I would have to retire," she told The Healthy.

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The star's migraines were likely set off by the bright lights on stage, with Kristin sharing: "I would get kaleidoscope eyes and that brain freeze you get when eating ice cream—but it never passed—and nausea."

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The 54-year-old said that stress was also a trigger for her agonising headaches, explaining that she manages stress through prayer and meditation. She also avoids alcohol and eats a low salt diet in order to minimise migraines.

When stress does kick in, Kristin said walking helps clear her head.

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Being on stage triggered Kristin Chenoweth's migraines

"I will go on a walk in Los Angeles and notice this cute snail or see a hummingbird. Be in the moment, and live your life," she says.

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The star also has Botox for her migraines, explaining: "It's not a cure, but I saw a difference."

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Kristin Chenoweth said Botox helped with her migraines

Botox reportedly helps stop migraines by blocking chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain.

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