Hysterectomy as a cure for menstrually triggered Migraines?

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    I have a history of migraine headache starting at the age of 12 and I am now 40. I feel that my headaches are related to my menstrual cycle. I have tried many drugs, exercise and diets. Has there been  research on hysterectomy as cure? Stephanie.




    Dear Stephanie;


    Don't do it! There is no "cure" for any type of Migraine. There are effective treatments, but no cure.


    Hormone fluctuations are a common Migraine trigger for women, but a hysterectomy is a huge gamble. It could make things better, make things worse, or make no difference at all. The same thing is true of oral contraceptives and other hormonal treatments.

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: October 07, 2008