Is it common to develop migraine headaches in pregnancy?

Unfortunately, yes. The hormonal shifts in pregnancy commonly lead to changes in migraine, and can make headaches better or worse. While there are not many treatments available that approved for use in pregnancy, a neurologist can help you manage your symptoms until delivery, at which time they will hopefully improve.

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Is it possible to develop migraine headaches in pregnancy? I'm seeing stars.

Yes. Some women experience migraines during their pregnancy due to hormonal changes. It is ironic that some women who have migraines report that the migraines decrease or cease while they are pregnant. I also see these issues with women who are taking various forms of birth control pills. The pills help migraines in some and worsen them in others. Read more...
Yes, unfortunately. The hormonal shifts in pregnancy commonly lead to changes in migraine, and can make headaches better or worse. While there are not many treatments available that approved for use in pregnancy, a neurologist can help you manage your symptoms until delivery, at which time they will hopefully improve. Read more...
Yes - exclude PIH! The hormonal extremes of pregnancy can trigger migraines in someone without prior history and those should resolve after 6 weeks postpartum, as a general rule. Of course, any headache that has associated neurological deficit(s) has to be evaluated asap by a neurologist and/or mfm to exclude stroke, preeclampsia, pseudotumor cerebri, other severe pathologies. Tylenol (acetaminophen) (+/- codeine) and Reglan help! Read more...

Are migraine headaches more common in younger women?

Yes. Women have a higher incidence than men, and migraines typically start when we are younger (20s-30s), sometimes even younger... Read more...
Yes. Many migraines are hormonally related. Once women go thru' menopause they tend to go away. In the meantime, google "cryotron migraine" to find out about a treatment that works especially well for hormonally related migraines. Read more...

Are migraine headaches more common in women than men?

Yes. About 75% of migraineurs (people who have migraine headaches) are women. That means 3 out of 4 migraineurs are women. Before puberty, more boys than girls get migraine headaches. After puberty, more girls have migraines than boys do. Read more...

What would be the most common causes and best remedies for migraine headaches?

Who knows. That's the billion dollar question--whoever comes up with a universal answer will be a billionaire. Unfortunately, causes and types of migraine are so varied there is no simple, common treatment that works for everyone (or for even a majority). You need to discover what causes your migraines and eliminate those causes from your life if possible to even begin to figure out the answer for you. Read more...
Migrane? Is a complex condition, and the best way to treat is prevention and there are medication for that now. Read more...
Consider Surgery. Surgery for migraines is very promising. I perform 1-2 per week and have had incredible results. Patients frequency and duration of migraines are significantly diminished. I perform minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Many patients are able to stop prescription medications. Patients need to know their are other options other than taking prescription medications that are very effective. Read more...

How do TCAs actually work to control non-migraine headaches? SSRIs aren't common for this, so is it the norepinephrine that is the agent helping?

Great question. Great question! Norepinephrine is definitely involved in the interpretation of pain signals in various areas of the brain. However, serotonin definitely has a role to play (eg, the triptan drugs for migraine work on a specific subtype of serotonin). So, in theory, it's thought that these components together synergistically act to alleviate headache. Hope that helps! Read more...

I get frequent migraine headaches. Many times the following day I wake up and my feet heart. Is this a common side effect of a migraine?

No. I do not believe migraines cause foot pain, although many very unlikely things are still possible. I'm more concerned that you have frequent migraines. Have you seen your doctor? Have triggers for your headaches been investigated so that they can be avoided? Have medicines to prevent migraines been prescribed for you? If not, you might want to see a specialist. Read more...

Can children get migraine headaches?

Yes. Prevalence of migraine is 2.5% under the age of 7, 5% from age 7 to puberty, and 10% in postpubertal girls. Migraine without aura is twice more common than the one with aura in school-age children. Read more...
Absolutely. There are many potential causes of pediatric migraines. The could be due to bite problems, but medical consult is the starting point to manage their cause. Read more...
Yes. children develop migraine headaches often. Boys develop migraine at an earlier age than girls. Children who have a family history of migraine headaches are at most risk. Read more...

What can one do for migraine headaches?

Medications, etc... There are a variety of medications that can stop a migraine after it has started, as well as help to prevent migraines from occurring in the first place. See the doctor to find what is best for you. Also, it is important to keep a headache diary to determine when you get headaches and possible triggers (chocolate, caffeine, menstruation, etc). That way you can avoid these triggers in the future. Read more...
See dr. . Most headaches not serious. However, first your doctor will determine what type of headache you have. Headaches have many causes i suggest you see your physician and discuss a plan to determine the cause. Your doctor might order imaging of brain and optic nerve exam to rule out serious conditions. Read more...