Hormonal Migraines? Suffer until I finish my periods totally?

Ask the Clinician Health Pro
  • Full Question:

    My question relates to hormonal migraines.  I am 48yrs old and take Naramig when I feel a migraine attack coming. I have suffered with hormonal migraines since the age of 16 but they have got worse as I have got older. I seem to be following in my mother's footsteps as she tells me she was the same until she had finished her change in life.

    However, I missed my period for 3mths and didn't have a migraine attack which was wonderful, then I started my monthly period which lasted for just over 2 weeks and along came the severe migraines for 3weeks one every day in which I had to take Naramig, the migraines did disappear after taking the tablet but the next day the migraine would come back with a vengeance.

    Add This Infographic to Your Website or Blog With This Code:


    I work full-time and find that the computer doesn't help along with fluorescent lights, I do carry on working as I am a very conscientious person but end up going home at the end of the day feeling very sick, my head in so much pain that I can't think, see properly or my body function.  All as I want to do is to collapse into bed but can't rest because of the pain.  Are there other people out there the same as me as I never hear of anybody else suffering with hormonal migraines. Could there be anything else wrong with me?  And do I carry on as I do now - just suffering until I finally finish my periods totally in life? Karen.

     
    Answer:

    Dear Karen;

     

    The hormonal fluctuations that accompany a woman's menstrual cycle are a very common Migraine trigger. You can read more about this in Role of hormones in causing (TRIGGERING) Migraines?

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

    To review other questions from our Ask the Clinician Column,
     browse the Ask the Clinician archives.

     

    If you need help finding a  Migraine and headache specialist,
     visit our listing of Patient Recommended Specialists.

     

     

    About Ask the Clinician:

    Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and  Migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and  Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert.

     

    If you have a question, please click HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. Due to the number of questions submitted, no questions will be answered privately, and questions will be accepted only when submitted via THIS FORM. Please do not submit questions via email, private message, or SharePost comments. Thank you.

     

    Please note: We cannot handle emergencies or diagnose via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis.

     

    We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.

  •  

    Add This Infographic to Your Website or Blog With This Code:

    Follow Teri on    or 

     

    Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape© Teri Robert and J.C. Krusz, 2010.
    Last updated May 9, 2010.

Published On: May 09, 2010