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Hormonal Migraine In Children
There are several hypotheses to the cause of migraine and it is likely that migraine is a sex-conditioned inherited disorder (autosomal dominant in females and autosomal recessive in males). This is most likely to be so in the "typical" migraine- the mostly youth-onset, the provocation by
birth control, induction by menstruation and self limitation after menopause. Thus a pos. Fam history is key. ...Read more
Can hormonal fluctuations be causing my migraines? Is it possible for monthly fluctuations in hormones to cause migraines? .
Yes and no: Your periods are controlled by mechanisms in the lower brain that gives you a 28 day cycle via hormone messengers. Migraines are caused by loss of efficient control through the autonomic (automatic) nervous system. Commonest cause is poor diet, especially all the sweet sugary stuff. Beat the chocolate (maybe salt also) craving pre period and see to your diet. ...Read more
Usually get hormonal migraines on 3rd period day, today I didn't get a severe one, just mild. Can these ever just go away and not affect you anymore?
See a specialist: Managing menstrual migraine is difficult; most patients with menstrual migraine will not respond to traditional migraine therapy and even avoidance of the more conventional migraine triggers may not prevent an attack. See Orofacial Pain specialist or Headache specialist for evaluation and migraine management. ...Read more
I get hormonal migraines with aura every so often. My Dr prescribed me deblitane (minipill) will this help to prevent them?
Only you and the doctor can decide whether or not Debiltane is an effective treatment most of the time but there may come a time when this is not good enough.
If debilitane is not as helpful as needed you MUST discuss this with your doctor.
Please keep me informed. ...Read more
I get constant hormonal migraines aroundy period. I'm currently on a three month bc pill cycle and it helps. What I can do to stop them?
I don't think my migraines are hormonal I have Mirena (levonorgestrel) no probs for years. Could anything else cause increase in severity/frequency suddenly?
YES: Many things can contribute to worsening or new headaches. Since you say the increase was sudden, you definitely need to be seen soon to rule out more serious causes and perhaps change your medicine. ...Read more
Severe migraines every month around "that time". After many tests coming up as nothing wrong, it was figured it must be hormonal. Any cures?
My migraines are hormonal and difficult to treat. What would you suggest for these. I use to get them once a month and over the last four years daily.
See HA specialist: Once a diagnosis of hormonal migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See an orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and professional management. ...Read more
What's the difference between an ablasion vs historectomy if I wanted ablasion will I still have periods I get hormonal migraines will those go away?
Very different: Ablation is a hysteroscopic procedure where the lining of the uterus is burned. This shrinks the endometrium and diminishes menstrual flow. There are no scars from this procedure and recovery is very fast. Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. You will never have a period again after this surgery, but the recovery is longer. Neither procedure will affect your hormones. ...Read more
Head feels swollen an back stiffness an achy an off balance is this hormonal migraines as this makes more sense than anxiety?
I would strongly recommend that you present these complaints to your doctor but it seems equally important to have at least one visit to a Psychologist.
Please let me know what develops ...Read more
Migraines becoming more frequent and intense over last few months. Doctor said it's hormonal, 2nd opinion said there's a problem. Need MRI or other?
With out: More details its hard to give you a 3rd opinion. It would be helpful to know when you get headaches alleviating and aggravating factors etc. Sorry I cant give you an answer ...Read more
Can hormonal imbalances cause migraines and severe moodiness? And is birth control the best way to help?
Migraines & Hormones: I have had many cases over the years where patients link hormonal imbalances, menstruation episodes, and other hormonal conditions to their migraines; as well as moodiness. Regarding medication, you may want to ask your PCP about birth control and other potential medications for your headaches. ...Read more
Breast milk started drying up 3 years after weaning? Pituitary gland is normal. Will this cause hormonal changes and visual migraines?
No: I'm not entirely sure what you're asking here, as breast milk will usually go away after you're done breastfeeding. For it to go on 3 years after weaning is a bit unusual, but i'd be glad it did. If the pituitary is normal, then no, unless you're prone to migraines anyways you should be fine. ...Read more
Right after my 30th best, I started having several issues (seemingly hormonal). Mood swings, crazy period, zits. Yr 1/2 later, migraines, weight loss?
Hormones: Definitely hormonal, but how many? You definitely need a thorough physical examination and probably endocrinology consultation. ...Read more
Hi I'm 26 yrs old, have 3 children age 3.5yrs, 2 & 6 months & for the last 2 weeks I've been experiencing sharp stomach pain on occasion & almost constant abdominal pain, migraine like headaches, hot & cold flashes and dizziness. I've also experienced ra
Difficult: We always think of gall bladder issues in women of child-bearing age. But it could be your appendix (2 weeks sounds unlikely, though), severe reflux, an ulcer, a gastroenteritis (infection -- viral vs bacterial), etc... Numerous possibilities including female organs too. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
I have expired IUD and have had acne, dull hair, brittle nails, mood swings, and cramping, worsened migraines, horomonal imbalance or thyroid issue?
Need blood tests: I doubt that any of your symptoms have to do with your expired IUD but still it would be good to get it out. You definitely need to see your physician to get some blood tests to see if you have a thyroid or other problem causing your symptoms. ...Read more
Should I return to the e.R.? I have been suffering from a migraine since thursday. I went to the e.R. Both thursday and friday, and I'm still in severe pain even with the meds they gave me. Should I return to the hospital, or tough it out until monday to
Your choice: Your choice. You definitely need to see an md for neurological testing first, before anything else is done. Obviously the meds are just not enough to cover up the symptoms. You need to find out the cause first before moving forward. ...Read more
The best drug: Pharmacological management of migraine involves abortive therapy for the acute, occasional migraine attack, and prophylactic therapy for the more chronic and disabling attacks. Some migraine patients are prone to medication overuse headaches. There are multiple drug options for migraine management. Therefore, you should see your physician for evaluation and choosing the best drug for your migraine. ...Read more
Migraine management: The goals of migraine therapy are relief from pain and associated symptoms and the restoration of normal function and quality of life. Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective management of migraine involves three specific strategies: 1) patient education, 2) nonpharmacological management, and 3) pharmacological (medical) management. See OFP or headache specialist. ...Read more
Two approaches: I think it best to prevent if these are frequent, and prescription meds include beta blockers, topirimate, depakote, and perhaps naproxen. To abort headache initially, might use a triptan, or an ergot, or even cambia. Botox, acupuncture, greater occipital nerve blocks offer additional interventions. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
Some meds help: These really are hard to prevent. There are multiple meds, a bad sign that none are really effective. Tops ax, inderal, some calcium channel blockers and even NSAIDs especially in teens. Abortive treatment with onset of symptoms, like Imitrex (sumatriptan) type meds. There is a whole new class of meds to prevent that are in trials now. They seem effective in close to 80% in prevention. ...Read more
Headaches: If you are still getting headaches and they resemble your migraine headaches, then you still have it. At time migraine can go away if you find and resolve the triggers (often it is red wine, chocolate, cheeses etc). But it can come back if triggered again. Rarely migraine disappears completely, but it does happen occasionally. ...Read more
It is treatable:
Once a diagnosis of migraine has been made, effective involves three specific strategies:
1) patient education. (find and remove the triggering factors).
2) nonpharmacological management. (change your life-style)
3) pharmacological/medical management.
See headache or orofacial pain specialist to improve your condition). ...Read more