6/23/08 - First migraine due to ceasing breastfeeding?

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    Never had a migraine before.  My mom used to get them and suffered a brain aneurysm 15 years ago at 45.  She passed away.  My sister got migraines throughout her life and had a CT scan to ensure no aneurysm.  I had never had one until 2 weeks ago. I am 33 and I was having trouble speaking and couldn't read. Then I felt my arm and face go tingly prior to having a headache on the left side.  Went and had a CT scan, talked to my doctor and a neurologist who said the brain scan was normal and there was no sign of a stroke or aneurysm.  I started feeding my baby solid food about 5 weeks ago and have noticed that my milk is not coming in as much.  I am trying to continue to breastfeed but have definitely noticed a difference.  Could this cause a migraine?  My doctor has put me on 10mg of Celexa to deal with the anxiety and depression.  thanks, Karolyn.

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    Dear Karolyn;


    The hormonal changes resulting from cessation of breastfeeding could trigger a Migraine. We now know that Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, and you have a family history of Migraine, so it wouldn't be surprising. Did your neurologist give you a diagnosis? If you have another such episode, call your doctor or neurologist. Diagnosis and treatment is important for Migraineurs.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: June 17, 2008