Can a hysterectomy help with a migraine?

Marsha Community Member February 15, 2012
  • 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.

2 Comments
  • Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    Feb. 22, 2012

    Hi, Marsha,

     

    If you want to see some hard numbers on this question, take a look at Hysterectomy for Migraine? The Numbers Say No.

     

    Thought it might be helpful for you to see some statistics as you struggle with this decision.

     

    Teri

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Feb. 16, 2012

    Hello, and welcome to HealthCentral's Migraine Community!

    I really wish I could tell you that getting a hysterectomy was the answer to reducing our Migraine frequency and severity. But it just isn't true. Some women will find they have fewer Migraines after menopause, while others will have no change at all. Some even have an increase. To read more...

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    Hello, and welcome to HealthCentral's Migraine Community!

    I really wish I could tell you that getting a hysterectomy was the answer to reducing our Migraine frequency and severity. But it just isn't true. Some women will find they have fewer Migraines after menopause, while others will have no change at all. Some even have an increase. To read more about this, continue on with Migraine Diseae, Menstrual Migraines and Hysterectomy. Then you may want to take a look at our Ask the Clinician section where this  topci is discussed: Role of Hormones Causing Migraines.


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