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Medicine For Hormonal Migraine
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
Depends on patient: Some meds abort migraine if taken early (ex. Ergotamine, Imitrex), others are preventive (ex. Inderal).Some are for pain relief (ex. Opiates).In my experience, though, many headaches (HA) are misdiagnosed as 'migraines' just because the pain is severe. Cause for these incl. occipital neuralgia, cervicogenic HA, occipital ligament inj, etc. A good history & phys. Incl osteopathic hands-on exam may help ...Read more
That depends: It really depends on multiple factors, and it can vary from person to person. In addition to medications, it is important to try to identify any potential headache triggers. The best way to do that is to maintain a headache diary. ...Read more