My daughter is about to turn 18 and suffers terribly from migraines. We have been through the course of treatments from Maxalt, Zomig, Imitrex, Imitrex injections etc. She is currently on Axert and birth control pills with hopes that having her period only 5 times a year will offer some relief. When she gets her period she is using estrogen (the patch, dot) twice a week with hopes that this will help. When she does get her period or is about to she gets debilitating headaches. The scary part is that she ALWAYS experiences them in the left temple by her eye. The pain causes the blood vessels to rupture in her eye. CT scans, MRI's have been done to rule out a tumor. Can you offer some advice or help? I was thinking of taking her to a chiropractor we are desperate for this is making life unbearable for her. Thanks for your help.
Dear Concerned Mom;
A chiropractor is unlikely to be able to help your daughter as her trigger is hormonal. We would suggest that you take her to a Migraine specialist with an established track record instead. It may well be that a Migraine specialist can help find a preventive regimen that will reduce the frequency AND impact of her Migraines. At the age of 18, she has many years ahead of her during which she will be living with this disease. Getting established with a Migraine specialist now will give her a head start. There's a link below to our directory of patient recommended specialists.
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Published On: September 03, 2007