Top 75 Migraine and Headache Questions, #45

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    I am a 45 year old woman that has been experiencing migraines since I was 13 years. I have had an increase in migraines over the past couple of years. But I am most aware of the increase the last 6 months. I thought they were stress related given my workload and an illness in the family. Things have improved and I don't feel stressed anymore but the headaches still persist. I have logged the last 3 months and realize I am taking medication (Zomig or Advil migraine) most days but have noticed my migraines become severe once I have stopped birth control pills. I also have Botox injections every 3 months however recently I cannot say they are helping. I have recently tried Topamax but I had severe side effects and stopped. Typically the weather has triggered my migraines. Could lower estrogen levels be contributing to my migraines? Kerri.
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    Dear Kerri;

    The short answer is yes. Estrogen, like other sex hormones can cut two ways and lowering the estrogen levels somewhat can allow increased migraine/headache patterns. You could answer that question easily by talking to your physician.

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 08, 2007