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Medicine For Menstrual Migraine
Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more
I suffer menstrual migraine. Being put on decapeptyl injections soon for other issues but could this make my migraine worse?
Might or might not:
Headache is listed as very common (>10%) side effect of Decapeptyl, but these are not necessarily migraines.
Decapeptyl is going to change your hormonal cycles (that's why you're being put on it, I assume) which might themselves be responsible for your menstrual migraines. So you might have no change at all, might improve, or might get an additional form of headache. Good luck! ...Read more
I have a menstrual migraine that will not stop hurting, have taken advil (ibuprofen). Have some oxycodone left from my gallbladder. Can I take one? I'm hurting.
NO!: Oxycodone is a potent narcotic with serious side effects, especially when used with alcohol or other sedatives. It is not advisable to take any narcotic for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Make sure you have taken the right dose of advil, (ibuprofen) see your doctor if the pain persists, and get rid of the oxycodone pills or keep it out of view. ...Read more
My migraine always attack either before or after my menstrual. Each attacks will cause me vomiting?
Common: When you get a migraine the nerves to your stomach essentially cause your stomach to go to sleep. It stops working normally. That is what causes the nausea and vomiting. When the migraine is over the nerves turn back on, the blood supply to the body parts are normal and the nausea and vomiting goes away. I know this is a simplifies answer but otherwise it is too complicated. ...Read more
Every menstrual cycle I get a migraine. I took 2 exceedrin and it just didn't work. It says don't take more but I want to. Can I please take 2 more?
Menstrual migraines: You do not want to exceed the recommended dose of drugs containing Acetaminophen like Excedrin. You can add Ibuprofen as an alternative. There are better medications than these for those who suffer Migraines. A primary care doctor can help. If you truly have menstrual migraines then menstrual cycle suppression often helps prevent these headaches. See an Obgyn for options. ...Read more
Yes but why?: Exedrine migraine contains aspirin, acetominophen and caffeine. The asirin is an anti-inflammatory agent, good for menstral cramps while acetominophen, being also and analgesic, can help with the pain. The caffeine helps not. Pure anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen, usually helps best and is safer long term with Aspirin frequently being more caustic to the stomach. ...Read more
Every month I get an excruciating migraine right before my menstrual cycle. It lasts for 2 days or more...Are they related? What can I do to relieve the pain? Nothing seems to work.
Is maxalt (rizatriptan) ok to take while breastfeeding? I haven't had a migraine since before pregnancy. Now 3m pp, want to be ready if menstrual migraines return.
Do what's working: Continue to excercise;eat a nutritionally sound menu, take a vitamin and keep up the good work. ...Read more
I am age 20 and married. I wanted to take Norethisterone 5mg to delay my menstrual period. I am also a migraine patient. Is it okay?
Day 4 of my menstrual cycle light spotting stomach still swollen with backpain and bad migraine people say I look 6mo pregnant and I'm not? Normal?
Nausea, vomiting, migraine, longer menstrual, heavier flow, fatigue around PMS. Do I need to be seen by a doctor? Now have rib pain on left side.
Yes: I would recommend you to see your PCP first to check all basic labs then obtain a ob/gyn referral. ...Read more
I'm suffering from extremely painful menstrual cramps, blood clots, sharp pains n feet, hands, back, legs, migraine what to do?
Pain Specialist: You may need to see a pain specialist to determine whether your cramps are causing your back and leg pain or is it the blood clots? Also could you have sciatica that has gone unchecked. Same with your migraine headaches, could that be coming from your neck area? Pain is hands suggest possible neck involvement. Also you should be ruled out for a rheumatologic disorder as well. ...Read more
Related to menstruat: Migraine headaches related to menstruation are triggered by the fall off of estrogen which triggers menstruation. They can be treated like other migraines. Prevention can consist of taking prophylactic medications such as triptans, starting 2 days before expected menstruation begins and contine for two days after n=menstruation begins. ...Read more
Hormone imbalance: Most women who have menstrual migraines have too much estrogen. Ideal situation is to measure hormone levels by saliva test as it measures active hormones at the tissue level. Then work with supplements, diet, and if needed topical hormones to balance levels. A simple trial buy some topical progesterone and use a small 5mg daily dose for 1-2 days before symptoms or days 14-28 of cycle. ...Read more
It depends: There are many options for treating menstrual migraines, and not all involve hormones. The first things to try are the same as you would use for any headache - over-the-counter medications (those with caffeine seem to do a better job). Beyond that, there are prescription migraine meds which can help. Hormones like birth control pills, when used solely for migraines, are a last resort for me. ...Read more
Pain Treatment: Short term use of over the counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen taken on a schedule basis may help. Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be taken as well on a short term basis. Otherwise medication prescriptions may be required from an appropriately trained provider. ...Read more
Are there distinguishing features between menstrual migraines and migraines that occur at other times?
I get menstrual migraines, and explanation is sudden drop in estrogen. But why do only some women get these migraines if this happens to all women?
Unknown: Just like why do some people get headaches and others don't. different responses to the same stimuli ...Read more
I get about 2 migraines each menstrual cycle. One before and one after. Can I do anything to prevent these or treat?
Why are migraines more severe and harder to treat during my menstrual cycle. Triptans alone barely put a dent in it, but usually triptans helps?
I take sprintec and get menstrual migraines. Was told to take 4 sugar pills before starting a new pack. My cycle is only ~24 days though. That works?
It might: There's no exact 'cure' for this, you'd have to try and see. ...Read more
Every month a week before I start my menstrual I get bad migraines. I take Advil and Tylenol (acetaminophen). Neither one works. What can I do to help.
I get bad menstrual migraines. Nothing helps. A friend get relief from 2 Advil and 2 extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken together. Is this safe?
Should be safe: Yes, this is safe, as long as you do not use it often. If you use this three days in a row and not at all otherwise, this should be safe. Exceptions would be for people with kidney or liver disease, or for people who take other medications. ...Read more
Is frova (frovatriptan) used to treat menstrual migraines? My neurologist says it lasts longer than Imitrex so it should help. Do you agree?
Migraine: Of the triptans, Frova (frovatriptan) and Amerge (naratriptan) have a the longest half life. They have been associated with lesser incidence of a headache relapse after an initial good response. It is ideal for catamenial migraines if menses are periodic and predictable. Some report successful treatment when the medications are taken daily for 4-5 days at menstral onset or a day before onset. ...Read more
Is it harmful to take multiple OTC NSAIDS in the same day, if the maximum dose of one does not relieve the pain of migraines and menstrual cramps?
Need to look for: Cause as taking too many OTC NSAIDS can affect your kidneys. So, you don't want to have gastritis, and also possible kidney problems to take the pain of your migraines away. Look for possible dietary triggers, stress, and other factors that bring it on. Have your PCP work with a neurologist to get it under control. Stop gluten, processed foods, sugars, sodas too. Eat organics, hydrate, de-stress. ...Read more
I am currently taken Micronor (norethindrone) while on topomax, just for preventative measures. However I am still getting bad menstrual migraines/ha during my cycle.
Work with your Dr.: Topamax (topiramate) can increase the metabolism of birth control pills and lessen their effectiveness at preventing ovulation and thus preventing menstrual migraines. Ideally you wouldn't have cycles on micronor. If you're cycling, you may need to also use condoms and spermicide. Your doctor may need to increase the dose of micronor, or use depoprovera to prevent ovulation to stop menstrual migraine. ...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
Migraine preps: In general, the over the counter preparations that market themselves for migraines can be effective against ocular migraines as well. They usually combine an analgesic with a bit of caffeine which causes blood vessels to dilate, alleviating the spasm involved in migraine. ...Read more