Fibroids And Migraines

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Asked by Laurajeanne

Fibroids And Migraines

For 10 years (ever since I hit menopause) I started having daily chronic migraines. My migrianes were always hormonal so I thought they would go away, instead the got worse. The year before I had very few and was running every day. They hit me out of nowhere and Imitrex no longer worked.I also have some weird pelvic pains which I never had before. When some Ct scan was done they noticed what they thought was some fibroids. Could they be the cause. I am almost thinking about going on hormone replacemtn therapy at age 60. Do I have too little estrogen? I have also tried botok (one treatment) but it did ot work. I am going to try another. I cannot live like this anymore!

Answer

Hi Laura,

Migraine is genetic neurological disease thought to be caused by overactive neurons and genetics, so if indeed you do have an issuse with fibroids, they probably don't cause your Migraines.

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.

Trigger identification and management is an important part of Migraine management and preventing Migraines. Migraines can be triggered by many things including certain foods, changes in barometric weather, sleep pattern interruptions and dehydration. 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.

If your doctor isn't able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

Anyone who has three or more Migraines a month needs to be talking with their doctor about 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.

I hope this helps,

Nancy

Answered by Nancy Harris Bonk