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What is the treatment for menstrual migraine?

What is the treatment for menstrual migraine?

Hormone balancing: Menstrual migraines are caused from changes in hormone levels. Evaluating the levels and prescribing the appropriate hormones may stop the headaches. ...Read more

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Menstrual (Definition)

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


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Is frova (frovatriptan) used to treat menstrual migraines? My neurologist says it lasts longer than Imitrex so it should help. Do you agree?

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

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Managing Menstrual Cramps (Checklist)

Track your periods
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Rate your pain
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Tell your gyn what works for your pain
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Try taking NSAIDs the day before your period starts, if you can take them
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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

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What is the treatment for menstrual migraine?

Hormone balancing: Menstrual migraines are caused from changes in hormone levels. Evaluating the levels and prescribing the appropriate hormones may stop the headaches. ...Read more

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Managing Migraines (Checklist)

Keep diary of when you get the migraine
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Keep track of migraines' duration and severity, plus other symptoms
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Consider that a TMJ/TMD issue may be causing migraines
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Watch for grinding of the teeth (bruxism) and clenching during day
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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.

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

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Treating Headaches (Checklist)

Identify events that trigger headaches
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See your doctor and bring a diary of when headaches occurred
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Watch for food reactions
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See a dentist about your headaches
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My migraine always attack either before or after my menstrual. Each attacks will cause me vomiting?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Yes, related: Menstrual migraines are caused by dropping hormonal levels before menstruaton. There are several treatment options and may include forms of hormonal contraception, pain medication, and other techniques, the options should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does this exedrin migraine work for period/menstrual pain?

Does this exedrin migraine work for period/menstrual pain?

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

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I'm experiencing a migraine headache and menstrual cramps how can I treat them?

I'm experiencing  a  migraine  headache  and menstrual  cramps  how can I treat them?

Naprosyn (naproxen) or treximet: Naprosyn, as in Alleve, is very commonly used for cramps and for migraine. Treximet is a combination of Imitrex (sumatriptan) and naprosyn in the same pill and is great for menstrual migraine and cramps! ...Read more

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I'm suffering from extremely painful menstrual cramps, blood clots, sharp pains n feet, hands, back, legs, migraine what to do?

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

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The signs and symptoms of menstrural migraine?

The signs and symptoms of menstrural migraine?

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

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more