Risk Factors Gender About 75% of all migraine sufferers are women. Although the incidence of migraine is similar for boys and girls during childhood, it increases in girls after puberty. Migraine most commonly affects women between the ages of 20 - 45. Fluctuations of female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, appear to increase the risk for migraines and their severity in some women. About half of women with migraines report headaches associated with their menstrual cycle. For some women, migraines also tend to be worse during the first trimester of pregnancy, but improve during the last trimester. Age Migraine headaches typically affect people between the ages of 15 - 55. However, migraine also affects about 5 - 10% of all children. Unlike migraine in adults, migraines in children occur equally in boys and girls. Studies indicate that many children with migraine eventually stop having attacks when they reach adulthood or transition to less severe tension-type headaches. Children...
Full Question: I am 40 years old and have been pretty much headache free my entire life. I started using statin drugs about 2 years ago and switched to Lovastatin about a year ago. Since those times I have had some intense headaches when I work out really hard. I recently have had my dosage of Lovastatin upped to 40 mg and it seems like I have constant headaches. I spoke to my doctor about the headaches but he did not seem concerned or interested in them. In looking at the internet, it appears headaches are a possible side effect with Lovastatin. Have you found this to be the case? Would you assume the headaches are more than likely caused by Lovastatin? Thank you in advance for your assistance, Del. Answer: Dear Del; I have heard of this on exactly one occasion. But, it was in a headache patient whose headaches increased after being put on a statin. I don't remember which one. Ask your doctor to change within the family of statins; perhaps that'll do th...
There has been a lot of news lately about medication overuse headaches (MOH) that may be linked to those of us who have chronic headaches each month. Do you think taking a 50mg tablet of Tramadol daily (for fibromyalgia) could be enough to cause MOH? Peggy.
Some patients can take tramadol daily without getting into a medication overuse headache. For others, that 50mg a day could cause MOH. If the tramadol IS causing you MOH, it should be relieved when you take the tramadol.
This is a rock-and-a-hard-place problem for people who have both headache and pain issues. Sadly, there's no good solution for it.
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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