Q: migraine and hysterectomy
I have heard from 4 women who have had migraines and had a hysterectomy no longer suffer from migraines. Any information confirming this?
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I see you've had responses from several people. My own experience was that a hysterectomy made no difference in my Migraines whatsoever.
Migraine specialists would tell you NOT to have a hysterectomy in hopes of reducing your Migraines because it could help, make no difference, or even make things worse.
I hope the feedback here has been helpful.
I don't have an answer for this, but I too have heard the same thing. My doctor says there is no connection, but doesn't someone know their own body best? Curious to hear the answers.
I had a hysterectomy and the removal of one ovary and a huge amount of endometriosis ... initially my migraines were reduced considerably as they were impacted by my cycle. Some endometriosis was left and over time I think it has built up again and the migraines are creeping up in frequency and intensity. I'd love to know what would happen if my other ovary was removed and my hormones settled down completely, I have a hunch that my migraines would be reduced even more.
I think it depends on the person. I had a hysterectomy 6 years ago and still get migraines, so that is not true for all people.
I had severe debilitating migraine for about 8 years. I tried everything. Literally. I began a detailed chart of my migraines to see if I could find a pattern. I already felt they were totally caused by the fluctuation of hormones in my body-notably estrogen-but I wanted data. I kept this daily log for over 3 months and it became blatantly clear that my migraines arose totally from these fluctuations. Two to three weeks out of every month I was in extreme pain. And the other two were not so great either. I took this information to several neurologists and each told me the same thing-no guarantee that a hysterectomy will work; they wouldn't consider it. "Its my own body!" I wanted to shout! But it is true that for many women, migraine can become more severe after a hysterectomy. I was otherwise very healthy, except for the nasty side effects of all the preventative meds I was taking. SO, I went to my gynecologist. He suggested we try to Lupron injections for 3 months to see how my body reacted before we did any kind of surgery. Its kinda like a medicinal menopause. (not a doctor here--layman terms) My migraines impoved drastically. They didn't go away but they were better. This did NOT work when I took birth control pills--I even took the kind where you have a period 4 times a year. I just had terrible migraines--being hospitablized with DHE treatments--during those mentrual cycles. FINALLY, my gynecologist--a brave man--consented to the hysterectomy and I can tell you that I have NOT HAD A SINGLE MIGRAINE SINCE I CAME OUT OF SURGERY. When I was in recovery I did have a migraine, but it passed and now when I have a headache I take two ibuprofen and it goes away. That used to be like taking 2 M & M's. I can't tell you how liberating--I got my life back. My daughters got their mom back--and my husband no longer worries during the day at work that I will call him from the ER or from the DHE clinic. I basically take allergy medicine and vitamins now. I urge you to have the converstation with your doctors and to document your migraines along with the other aspects of your cycles. I also urge you to listen to your gut. I feel there is instinctive knowledge about ourselves and our health that we suppress--in general. Get into the mind body zone and listen to the cues. I am also on HRT in the form of a patch that I change once a week--this keeps those hormones nice and steady. I excercise regularly too--running several times a week. (couldn't do that before!) I wish you the best--don't lose faith. Keep pushing through--there is a beautiful life waiting.
I had continual, chronic migraines for over 25 years. They magically reduced in frequency during perimenopause and are now almost completely gone now that I am in menopause. Unlike women who complain about menopause symptoms - I feel better than I have in 30 years. I am loosing weight, I have plenty of energy, I am happier and pain free. I definately think that some hormonal imbalance was the root of my health issues. I tell all women who mention they are having migraine issues to have their hormone levels checked.
NO!!!!! This is not a good idea. I had menstrual migraines, they put me on Lupron to shut my hormones off for 6 months, which made me headache free, but suffered from severe dizziness which they call vestibular migraines. Then they decided to give me a full hysterectomy to eliminate my migraines, or so I was told...I was headache free for a year, but still suffered with vestibular migraines. Then, my migraines came back with a vengence, and now I only have 10 days out of each month where I am not suffering from severe, dibilatating migraines. So for me, it did NOT help at all, as it made my migraines WORSE!
My mother said that her migraines went completely after menopause. I'm wondering if part of why migraines reduce or go at hysterectomy is due to removal of the ovaries at the same time which does the same as menopause - reducing certain hormones but suddenly rather than gradually. Did these 4 women have their ovaries removed. However I've also heard (but never asked a medical source) that the uterus itself secretes hormones.
I'm 48 and having chemotherapy treatment which affects the ovaries, puts you into almost sudden menopause which is permanent for 90% of women in my age group. In younger women the ovaries can recover and they'll come out of menopause but in some they remain infertile. My periods have stopped (last one late Dec 09) and from a home menopausing testing kit my follicle hormone levels are up indicating the brain is trying to flog the ovaries to work and hence sign of perimenopause.
I've noticed that my migraines have greatly reduced in frequency and even more in severity. However the first month I had a few days with a migraine which was pretty awful. I'm still on inderal for now and will stay on it until I see where this all goes as it could be an accelerated rather than sudden menopause as it could be that each dose is further impacting on the ovaries. The oncologist will test at the end of treatment which will be May 2010. I'll ask if mine is accelerated or sudden. The inderal had reduced the severity and duration.
I was told years ago by family planning who prescribe the pill etc that my migraines were progesteron driven. However I had glandular fever in 2000 which greatly increased them so they are partially post viral.
Will be interesting to see where this goes.
When I needed a hysterectomy I was looking forward to a reduction in migraines. Unfortunately, my migraines got worse instead of better. When I expressed my disappointment to my neurologist he just shook his head. He then told me that with my chronic migraines there was only a 2% chance of them getting better! As he predicted mine actually got worse! I certainly would not recommend undergoing a hysterectomy in hopes of alleviating migraines.
I had migraines for a couple of days a month for years. I had a hysterectomy and removal of my ovaries for medical reasons and then I had a migraine every day for months. After several years the mirgraines settled down to about one a week. The surgery only made my migraines worse and unbearable for several years.
I HAVE ALSO HAD A HYSTERECTOMY ALMOST 5 YEARS AGO, AND I STILL GET MIGRAINS. IN FACT I GET THEM MORE NOW THEN I DID BEFORE. THE HYSTERECTOMY DID NOT I REPEAT TAKE AWAY MY MIGRAINES. I WISH IT DID. RIGHT NOW I AM ON MY 4TH DAY OF A MIGRAINE
I HAD A COMPLETE HYSTERECTOMY ALMOST 5 YEARS AGO, AND I STILL GET MIGRAINES. IT DIN'T STOP MY MIGRAINES. AS A MATTER OF FACT I GET THEM MORE OFTEN THEN BEFORE. AS OF RIGHT NOW I AM ON THE 4TH DAY OF A MIGRAINE. I WISH IT DID STOP THEM BUT IT DIN'T WORK FOR ME.
I had a hysterectomy in 2003 and my migraines are worst now than what they have ever been
I get very upset when doctors say there is no connection because so many women have had hysterectomys and have been cured from their migraines.Not everyone gets menstral migraines,but a lot do.I also get upset because the doctors should know these things.I don't understand why they ignore these results that women have had.Does it mean nothing when a woman reports to their doctor that they are cured,isn't it the responsability of a doctor to let this be known to help future awareness?I am waiting for the day when I get my hysterectomy to show it does work and do what I can to spread the word and get it known in the medical field that it can work if they are menstral migraines.
Hi! First off--so sorry you are having migraines. My situation was a little unique in that I had them nonstop--back to back--one right after another for over 2 years. Unfortunatly, there is not one single thing I did that I can say made them magically disappear (although if it had not been for prayer, I would have given up!)--I had a hysterectomy because we thought the migraines were due to hormone-craziness. They did not disappear right away--in fact they got worse for a few months (pain intensity got worse). Then I found a HEADACHE SPECIALIST (NOT JUST a neurologist)--long story short: I went off some meds and on a couple of new ones and THE MIGRAINES ARE GONE--haven't had one in over 4 years. I do believe the hysterectomy leveled out my hormones making my body respond better to the medication. Hope this helps!! HANG IN THERE!
Hello! I heard the same thing before I decided to have a hysterectomy. I was having migraine headaches nonstop-one-right after the other-for over 2 years. I was truly going insane from the constant pain (prayer kept me going!). We thought my hormones were to blame because they became so frequent when I was pregnant. So I had the surgery --it was not a magic cure, unfortunately. My headaches got even worse after the hysterectomy (pain intensified) for a couple of months. Then I found a headache specialist (more than just a neurologist)--long story short, I went on some meds and off others THEN they finally went away---I haven't had one in over 4 years. I believe the hysterectomy leveled out my hormones so that the meds could do their job. **NOTE You may want to ask your doc if a different procedure might do the same thing--I think it is called "carterizing (sp?) the uterus??--it has a much easier recovery. Wish I had done that instead. GOOD LUCK and hang in there!
I would like to know the same thing.My doctor says that not enough studies have been done.
I had a total Hysterectomy, where everything is gone inside(tubes, uterus,and had my cervis removed-Feb.2007). I started getting Bad Migraines in 2008 and have them today. But, before Feb.2007, I would have mild Headaches. They
seem like there getting worse and more frequent.(Since last Spring till now) Last winter(2010) I hardly had a Migraine at all, till March 2010. I guess everyone is different.
hi, i had a hysterctomy in november 2010 last year,for realy heavy periods & horrible migraines at least 4 or 5 each month it was taking over my life where i could not function properly 2 weeks out of every month i was really sick tried a lot of different medications but they made me feel very nauseas so i still had to go & lie on the bed,so not much help at all,3 months since my hysterectomy i havent had a migraine its been great, can live again it wasnt any easy recovery but was worth all that pain as it was my last option.
I am so glad to know that I am not the only one with constant migraines brought on by hormonal fluctiations. THANK YOU ALL FOR POSTING! I only wish my primary care doctor (pcp), neurologist and gynocologist knew what to do with me. My migraines start 4 days prior to my period, then last another 14 days. With my periods starting 25 days from start to start, that gives me only 7 days a month of relief. To make matters worse my neuro and pcp want to get me off of the only medication which is working that allows me to function/work (without going on disability) - and have offered no other to replace it. I am trying to come up with some possitive words other than "you're fired" for my pcp appointment this Friday.
I can assure you, without reservation, that there was a direct link between my hysterectomy and the ceasing of my headaches. I had headaches on an average of 6 times a month from the age of 12 until age 50. Nausea with vomiting was a routine occurrence. If I had any idea that I would live migraine free I would have had the hysterectomy after my last pregnancy. My sister, who is 4 years younger , also had a hysterectomy and her migraines stopped!!!!! I am so glad I have the opportunity to share this information... IT NEEDS TO BE STUDIED!!!!! These past 8 years have been my healthiest...........
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