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Old 01-25-2009, 08:06 AM   #1
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Hello : I am new to this board and I am searching for any help for my monthly migraines that are menstrual related. I believe that I am in perimenopause- I have many of the symptoms and the most debilitating have been monthly migraines 2 days before my period and during as well. I also get them mid-way during my cycle too. I am 42 yrs. old and just started with these symptoms about 10 months ago. I had a MRI/CT scan and other bloodwork to rule out other conditions. I also have fibromyalgia and take nortriptyline during the day and desyrel to sleep.
Has anyone had luck with natural supplements? Or the Women-to-Women Personal Program and their supplements.
Any info would be greatly appreciated...I can't believe that we women have to suffer every month like this!

Thank you for listening!

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Old 01-25-2009, 05:05 PM   #2
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

I would get your hormone levels checked. You can see your obgyn for blood work or order hormone saliva tests. I get hormonal migraines when my progesterone is off. I'm on the pill and also have to supplement a few days with progesterone (progon b) from my naturopathic chiropractor. I've had this for years but only started treating it with hormones for the last 5 or so. Makes all the difference!

 
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

I also get migranes and i am in premenapaue. I get at least 3 to 4 migraines a month and have since i have been 12. i am 43 now. i asked my doctor on estrogen theropy and becasue i have magraines i cannot have it. it has really bad side effects. Have you found your "trigger" that causes your migraines yet? if you could find out what is triggering them that will help. it could be as easy as something you eat. i am in the process of fnding out what "triggers" mine. all i know for sure its stress. i have also read on line about menapause and migraines. google menapause and migraines and see if anything comes up. I am writting everything down that i eat and drink to see if there is a connection. if you havent tried this i hope it works for you. let me know :-)

 
Old 02-03-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

You might want to try Magnesium supplements, if you suspect your migraines might be hormonal. If you do, make certain the Magnesium is magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate, magesium lactate, or magnesium malate - these are more easily absorbed. Do not take magnesium and calcium together, as they compete with each other. Be certain to drink a full glass of water with magnesium, and they should be taken in small doses throughout the day. The amount depends on you, really. You should be able to safely take up to 400 miligrams of magnesium, and if the migraines are caused from a drop in magnesium, this dose should help.

There are certain medications that magnesium supplements may interfere with. Those can include: antibiotics, blood pressure meds, diabetic meds, digoxin, diuretics, HRT, Levothyroxine, Penicillamine, Tiludronate and Alendronate. If you are taking any of these and want to begin taken magnesium supplements, please speak to your doctor first.

 
Old 02-03-2009, 02:19 PM   #5
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You might want to try Magnesium supplements, if you suspect your migraines might be hormonal. If you do, make certain the Magnesium is magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate, magesium lactate, or magnesium malate - these are more easily absorbed. Do not take magnesium and calcium together, as they compete with each other. Be certain to drink a full glass of water with magnesium, and they should be taken in small doses throughout the day. The amount depends on you, really. You should be able to safely take up to 400 miligrams of magnesium, and if the migraines are caused from a drop in magnesium, this dose should help.

There are certain medications that magnesium supplements may interfere with. Those can include: antibiotics, blood pressure meds, diabetic meds, digoxin, diuretics, HRT, Levothyroxine, Penicillamine, Tiludronate and Alendronate. If you are taking any of these and want to begin taken magnesium supplements, please speak to your doctor first.
Thank you for the info. I will talk to my doctor first. I will let you know if it helps

 
Old 02-03-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

I hope it might. I'm 48 and have suffered with hormonal migraines since my 20s. I personally by accident stumbled onto a link between magnesium and migraines, and when it seemingly worked for me, I started doing research. It seems this link I thought I had so miraculously "discovered" has been known in natural medicine for a long time! If only I'd found this out 15 - 20 years ago!

Good luck!

 
Old 02-11-2009, 04:08 PM   #7
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I have hormonal migraines and have tried everything . on topamax right now but at period time have to take pain med to relieve pain. Am on magnesium now, has helped only slight. have now went to doc, specializing in bio identical hormones. Found out my culprit. my estrogen is to high, big time. my other two are slightly out. but, if anyone is having hormonal migraines or any migraines, I would suggest getting tested. I'm so excited to find an answer.

 
Old 02-20-2009, 03:21 PM   #8
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

Hey Guys this is one of the reasons I am going to gyno next week. My estrogen has went from 400 to 50 in a month so I am a wreck. Not sure what saliva test will show this will be my first one. This tiredness, headaches and heartbeat problems have got to stop. I'm 38 ovaries only. I will let yall know what happens. I have about 4 days out of a mth with no headache.

 
Old 02-23-2009, 12:37 PM   #9
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Good afternoon, thanks for all the response. I recently went to my family doctor with a big list of problems i have. The first thing on my list, of course, was my headaches.She went through all of the normal questions and i mentioned to her that when i was about 4 1/2 years old umm 38 years ago, i got hit by a car on my face. (the door handle is what I hit). She asked if i had ever had a CT or MRI done. not that i know of. I checked with my mom and called the hospitals and they dont have any info. The records get distroyed after 25 years. but anyway. MRI didnt come in the heath scene till the 90's. So my doctor said that is the first thing that we have to do. i do today at 5 pm for my CT scan i am also going to a Headache Clinic in March. I will first be going to a seminar to find out more about these stupid things then i go and see a specialist. I cant wait. i hope they find out why i get these. at this point i have no idea why i get them. I have to write everything that i eat and drink down so we can find out what is causing them. Hopefully on the CT they will find out too. i will let you know

 
Old 08-12-2010, 09:35 AM   #10
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

Have you tried soy powder? If not it's worth a shot. As I moved into perimenopause at age 43 last year, I began having overwhelmingly bad headaches. Like yours, they lasted a few days. It was hell. I had read about soy protein and thought that it would be useful; it's natural and I had tried hormones with a very bad result so I was not going down that route. I now take 25 grams of it a day, mixed with liquid to drink (experiment with different juices, etc.--you can find the way you like it.) I have had maybe one or two minor headaches since I started, but no more. It has really helped me get my life back.

 
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

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Hello : I am new to this board and I am searching for any help for my monthly migraines that are menstrual related. I believe that I am in perimenopause- I have many of the symptoms and the most debilitating have been monthly migraines 2 days before my period and during as well. I also get them mid-way during my cycle too. I am 42 yrs. old and just started with these symptoms about 10 months ago. I had a MRI/CT scan and other bloodwork to rule out other conditions. I also have fibromyalgia and take nortriptyline during the day and desyrel to sleep.
Has anyone had luck with natural supplements? Or the Women-to-Women Personal Program and their supplements.
Any info would be greatly appreciated...I can't believe that we women have to suffer every month like this!

Thank you for listening!

 
Old 08-13-2010, 04:04 AM   #12
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Re: please help - headaches and perimenopause

Hi ,I was having the same problem, went to a bio-identical hormone doc and what was causing my migraines was my estrogen was to high. Got some Indol-3, I take 2 a day and it has cut mine down alot. DO NOT take these if you are on birth control because it gets rid of the extra estrogen in your body.

 
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Hey Guys this is one of the reasons I am going to gyno next week. My estrogen has went from 400 to 50 in a month so I am a wreck. Not sure what saliva test will show this will be my first one. This tiredness, headaches and heartbeat problems have got to stop. I'm 38 ovaries only. I will let yall know what happens. I have about 4 days out of a mth with no headache.
Look up estrogen foods. Don't eat them if possible. Stay away from soy products or keep them at a minimum. Get some Indole-3 400 two day or more at first to dump out the excess. Sam-e also keeps the excess estrogen from being re-absorbed into your liver. Look all these things up. Do NOT take Indole-3 if you are on birth control because it will get rid of the excess estrogen and may cause your pills not to work.

 
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