Can migraines be related to your menstrual cycle?

Yes. Migraines can be associated with fluctuations in hormone. On a calendar, mark the first day of one's menstrual cycle. Mark down the days one has a headache. Over the ensuing months see if there is a pattern. If there is, then what one has is probably migraines associated w/ fluctuations in hormone. Treat w/ advil, excedrin, meds such as Imitrex (sumatriptan) or maxalt, or herbal supp. Such as migravent.

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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?

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...

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...
Likely related. Likely hormonally related. Try to avoid stress, sugars, caffeine, chocolate, red wine around that time of the month. Anything that could cause muscle tightness. Also, taking natural mellowing agents like 5-hydroxytryptophane, chamomile, passion flower, skullcap, and valerian can help to sleep at night or to relax at day's end. Also could try a massage the day before you might expect symptoms. Read more...