8/13/07 #7 - Migraines because because I'm too high strung?

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    I'm am a women of 44 years. I had a hysterectomy 1 year ago. My doctor has me on Elavil 100 mg. a day. Recently I've been getting migraines every 2 weeks. My doctor says it's because I'm too high strung. I was wondering if these could be caused by menopause, since they kept my ovaries. They said I was just at the beginning of menopause. I usually get a shot of Vistaril and Demerol, but now my family doctor is beginning to think I'm a drug addict. I can't take allot of things because of family history of Glaucoma or I'm really intolerant of them and they make me sicker. Is their anything I can do to let my doctor believe me. I'm tired of taking pills.

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    Hello;


    In short, your doctor is "full of it." He sounds like a bit of a dinosaur, someone of the old (and we had hoped, extinct) school who used to think of Migraine as a "woman's thing" to be endured.

    Elavil is a primitive drug; there are far better medications available. Yes, the hormonal fluctuations of menopause could be triggering some of your Migraines. Find yourself a new doctor, one of this century.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: August 13, 2007