Hello, I am a 40 year old female with chronic worsening migraine. In my 20's it seemed that the migraine attacks were limited to my cycle. 1 before,1 after and 1 during ovulation. As I got older, the migraine became more frequent with longer duration and intensity. I had an emergency hysterectomy (partial) after my 2nd son was born in 2006 and I am currently under preventative management including: cymbalta 90mg daily, lisinopril/HCTZ daily with 6mg imitrex shot rescue and Botox every 90 days (max dose). My cycles usually last for days now instead of hours and I frequently use medrol to break a cycle. I also receive infusions of benadryl,torodol and thorazine when the medrol does not work. I now have been diagnosed with complex cysts on both ovaries in addition to simple cysts and follicular cysts. I understand the treatment for that is birth control pills however, the last time I used that, the migraines went through the roof! Is it true that women who are menopausal suffer less headaches because of the lack of hormone? I ask because I want to know if I should ask my GYN to finish the job and take the ovaries. Rationale: If birth control will stop the ovulation to prevent the cyst growth, why do I need the ovaries? I can not have more children anyway and do not want to take more meds to stop the function of the organs.
Published On: February 15, 2012