10/22/07 #5 - Experience with Lupron for post hysterectomy Migraine?

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    I have been disabled with Migraines for 7 years. My severe attacks are at least twice a week and I have a headache almost every day. I am 27 years old. I have two kids, and was a successful IT technician. 8 weeks ago I had a total abdominal hysterectomy due to a stage 2 carcinoma. For 3 weeks after the surgery I had neither migraines nor daily headaches. They came back when my ovaries “woke up”. My OB is considering using Depot Lupron injections to induce menopause. I read a medical study in which this treatment was successful but the final result is removal of the ovaries. Have you had any experience with this treatment and to what level of success? I would do anything to stop this madness, even risking bone loss. I just would like to know that I am barking up the right tree. Heather.

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    Dear Heather;

     

    I do not consider myself an endocrinologist, by any means, but my experience with Lupron is that it, too, can cause Migraines and headaches in ladies who previously had fewer or none. I have certainly had patient alter their Migraine patterns after some kind of surgery, so that aspect is not a total surprise. Lupron will cause a form of hormonally-induced “menopause”, but again, I hear about the increased Migraines after this treatment and less so the opposite. Perhaps seeking a reproductive endocrinologist in your area might be helpful to answer your excellent questions.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: October 22, 2007