Daily headaches after birth of child. Migraines?

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    I am 27 and have been experiencing headaches that happen almost everyday. After the birth of my first child I had my first episode I was 25.I would get blurred vision, followed by numbness and tingling in my hand and sometimes my face. The headaches stopped for about a year and have started again after the birth of my 2nd child. My doctor thinks they are migraines but do migraines happen so often? I am worried it may be something more serious. Thank you, Heather.



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    Dear Heather;


    It is possible to have daily Migraines. The hormone fluctuations of pregnancy and childbirth can make your body more susceptible to Migraine triggers, or the hormone fluctuations can be triggers themselves.

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    Trigger identification and management is an important part of Migraine management and preventing Migraines. You may have some triggers that you can avoid, thus preventing Migraines brought on by those triggers. Do you know what any of your triggers are? When working to identify triggers one of the best tools is a good Migraine diary. You can read more about this and download a free diary workbook in our article Your Migraine and Headache Diary.


    How many days a week do you take something to relieve these headaches? Taking Migraine abortive meds such as the triptans or ergotamines or any kind of pain medication -- prescription or over-the-counter -- more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.


    Anyone who has more than three Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about Migraine prevention. There's growing evidence that Migraine is a progressive brain disease. A recent study showed that Migraines can cause brain damage, and that people with three or more Migraines a month are more susceptible to this damage. For more information, see Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease? and Yes, Migraines Can Cause Brain Damage.


    If you doubt your doctor's diagnosis, get a second opinion. Keep in mind that there's no diagnostic test to confirm a diagnosis of Migraine. The diagnosis is made by reviewing your medical history, discussing your symptoms, and ruling out other causes of your symptoms.


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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert


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Published On: August 24, 2009