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Dr. Thomas Lyons
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Perimenopause (Definition)

Period of time when your estrogen levels start to decline, your periods become irregular, symptoms such as hot flashes may begin, along with mood swings and other ...Read more


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What is a good migraine preventative med for someone in menopause and with migraines and migrainal vertigo and low blood pressure?

What is a good migraine preventative med for someone in menopause and with migraines and migrainal vertigo and low blood pressure?

Why not OTC prep: If you want safety and efficacy, several alternative approaches that work as well or better than prescription items, check out riboflavin, co-q10, butterbur or feverfew. ...Read more

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Migraine with menstruation?

Migraine with menstruation?

Menstrural Migraines: This is not uncommon. There are medications to help with this. Get in to your pcp, gyn or neurologist or other headache specialist and get a proper exam and diagnosis and hopefully you can be helped. ...Read more

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Headache, nausea, hot and cold flashes, stomach pains, dizziness, mood swings, vaginal discharge and smell, have a mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Headache, nausea, hot and cold flashes, stomach pains, dizziness, mood swings, vaginal discharge and smell, have a mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the mood swings in menopause and PMS be prevented?

Probably not however: exercise can help. In addition, knowing what causes the mood swings can help cope with them better. Knowing PMS will pass makes it more tolerable. Menopause passes as well with time. ...Read more

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44yo new onset migraines with aura. Inbetween migraines, having palinopsia, photophobia and vertigo spells. Vestibular migraines or something else?

Possible: Migraines can cause virtually any neurological symptoms. The rule out thumb is, rule out more serious causes first, so if you have not sought an evaluation yet, please do so. ...Read more

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What are the preheadache, headache, and postheadache symptoms of migraine. Can you have a migraine without nausea and aura?

Migraine is variable: Migraine headache may be associated with a prodrome ( symptoms that precede the headache by 48 hours or so), and / or an aura ( a focal neurologic symptom- often visual- sparkly jagged lines, etc.) that heralds the headache. Not all migraines cause nausea and many do not have an aura, in fact some migraines have an aura but no headache! postheadache symptoms often include fatigue. ...Read more

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How come women have mood swings during PMS and menopause?

The mood swings: That may occur are related to hormonal changes in the woman's body. ...Read more

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Terrible head aches. How is regular headaches and migraines different?

Terrible head aches. How is regular headaches and migraines different?

Very: There are many different types of headaches, but the majority are either musculoskeletal or vascular in origin. The first type of headache is referred to as a tension type headache and usually secondary to degenerative changes in the upper cervical spine. Migraine headaches occur because of blood flow changes to specific cranial nerves in the brain. Treatments are very different. ...Read more

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What causes irritability, nausea, waves of hot flashes, and lightheadedness before onset of menstrual cycle?

What causes irritability, nausea, waves of hot flashes, and lightheadedness before onset of menstrual cycle?

Pieces of PMS: The coming and going and variation of amounts of hormones can have impacts in all sorts of body systems - especially in some. Also, some are more aware of and sensitive to the feelings. When you think about it, the process of preparation for, duration of and elimination of fertility is a pretty big deal. It's the "miracle" of life! (even if you are not pregnant). ...Read more

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Can micronor (norethindrone) cause headaches and migraines ?

Can micronor (norethindrone) cause headaches and migraines ?

Yes: Micronor (norethindrone progestin -only medication) common sides effects include headaches, dizziness, nausea, breast tenderness. If headaches persist see your doctor for re-evaluation and possible use of a different medication.Some studies report increased headaches in users of progestin-only oral contraceptives. Always remember to practice safe sex, . Use condoms. Take care. ...Read more

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I'm 40 an suffer from severe migraines +anxiety + heavy periods with lots of pain. Moods/migraines are getting worse with every cycle. Best treatment?

I'm 40 an suffer from severe migraines +anxiety + heavy periods with lots of pain. Moods/migraines are getting worse with every cycle. Best treatment?

Go see your doctor: Tell him/her what's bothering you. Check out options i've listed at http://alvinblin.Com/2012/04/evidence-based-migraine-prevention.Html. Some are otc while others require prescription. But all are evidence-based. Also consider oral contraception to keep from cycling. No menses, no migraines. Voila! of course, this assumes you don't want any more children. ...Read more

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Why are my migraines worse in the winter? My migraines are more frequent and more severe during the cold weather months. Are migraines seasonal? .

Varies: People have very different migraine patterns and triggers, for some it can be neck pain, others allergies, others associated with menstrual cycles, stress, some have daily or yearly patterns. Tracking the trends or changes can sometimes give better clues. ...Read more

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Can migraines be linked to high blood pressure? I get occasional migraines along with optical migraines frequently.

Can migraines be linked to high blood pressure? I get occasional migraines along with optical migraines frequently.

No: High BP can give headaches but these are not migraines. Migraines however can raise blood pressure as any pain through increased adrenergic state. ...Read more

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Migraines.. symptoms: aura lightheaded pressure and dull achy and sometimes burning throbbing.. difficulty sleepingsumatriptan 50 doesn't help anymore?

Migraines.. symptoms: aura lightheaded pressure and dull achy and sometimes burning throbbing.. difficulty sleepingsumatriptan 50 doesn't help anymore?

Neurologist?: if you have the diagnosis of migraines, and have been taking Imitrex, then I assume you have seen a neurologist. You should consult with that doctor with this question, since they know your history and the way you are taking the medication. They can then create a responsive treatment plan to help you with the situation you are currently facing. ...Read more

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A seven year old suffers from monthly migraines and severe headaches everyday.Do these symptoms sound like any familiar condition?

A seven year old suffers from monthly migraines and severe headaches everyday.Do these symptoms sound like any familiar condition?

Migraine: Migraine headaches are sometimes triggered by exposure to certain items on your diet like chocolate, nitrates, citric drinks or fruits, nuts derivatives, onion, yeast products like donuts or pretzels, cheese (cheddar), pizza among others. Tend to run in families. Check with his physician for adequate diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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Took BP after Migraine Aura(with no headache)after lunch165/81.Can migraine with an Aura only cause spike in BP?Have normal BP even with Migraine Aura

Took BP after Migraine Aura(with no headache)after lunch165/81.Can migraine with an Aura only cause spike in BP?Have normal BP even with Migraine Aura

It could: ...just the anxiety about possibly getting a migraine if you have bad ones. However, you have a rather complicated history and are on some things which should help control your blood pressure. Keep checking it, and if it is staying up (or going up) probably should be seen given your history. By the way, you can always take more Magnesium, bisglycinate better than citrate. Helps both concerns. ...Read more

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