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Old 10-12-2011, 12:16 PM   #1
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Hormonal Migraine Headaches

I am new to this website and I am posting two new threads today in hoping that someone out there has a solution or at least answers to improve my condition. I was diagnosed a couple of years ago with "hormonal migraines" due to taking birth control pills for an extended time. According to my OBGYN doctor there's nothing to be done for it except treat it with pain meds..my family doctor has tried putting me on daily migraine medications and Imitrix on an as needed bases. When I have these headaches they stop me from living everyday life and function. I'm sure diet would help and I already exercise on a regular basis and truly believe that helps. But I'm tired of having headaches every other week for several days at a time. I have other issues going on that I think may be contribuing but Any suggestions?

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

like you said certain foods can be the cause of migraine headaches
(like chocolate)
in any event
excedrin migraine works better then imitrex believe it or not

also note: when taking imitrex constantly it will not work as good as it did in the beginning the body gets used to it

thanks

 
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:44 PM   #3
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

I've had migraines since I was 7. I am now 33. They started out with food triggers...chocolate, oranges, caffeine, cheese, nuts. After I had my 1st child in 02, they now also come with the weather changes, chinooks are really bad, bad wind storms, pressure changes. After the birth of my 2nd child in 06, I now also get them exactly 2 days before my period. So, I now have 3 major TRIGGERS.

I cannot take migraine meds, I get very sick from them and I don't like the way they make me feel. So, I have my own demoral pills at home, so I don't have to go to the hosp for shots all the time.

If I am able to catch them early enough, I also take a simple 'med cocktail' which consists of 2 advil, 2 tylenol and gravol. Works well, if caught soon enough.

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

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like you said certain foods can be the cause of migraine headaches
(like chocolate)
in any event
excedrin migraine works better then imitrex believe it or not

also note: when taking imitrex constantly it will not work as good as it did in the beginning the body gets used to it

thanks
Thanks! I'll try excedrin and see if that helps especially for the more mild ones.

and yes, i've noticed over time that the imitrex isn't working as well as when i first started.

Thanks again for responding back.

 
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I've had migraines since I was 7. I am now 33. They started out with food triggers...chocolate, oranges, caffeine, cheese, nuts. After I had my 1st child in 02, they now also come with the weather changes, chinooks are really bad, bad wind storms, pressure changes. After the birth of my 2nd child in 06, I now also get them exactly 2 days before my period. So, I now have 3 major TRIGGERS.

I cannot take migraine meds, I get very sick from them and I don't like the way they make me feel. So, I have my own demoral pills at home, so I don't have to go to the hosp for shots all the time.

If I am able to catch them early enough, I also take a simple 'med cocktail' which consists of 2 advil, 2 tylenol and gravol. Works well, if caught soon enough.
I myself do not like the way the medications make me feel. The following day I generally feel tired and spacey, and usually have to take the multi nights before the headache is completely gone. I usually try to take them at night so I can sleep through the worst of it.

Per my doctor I've been tracking my headaches since my last physical and cannot not seem to pinpoint any one thing that are related to mine, such as food, exercise and/or lack of, my period, etc. I went off my birth control a year ago this past June and my periods have been completely out of wack, I actually havent had one since April....but my hormones are still crazy and that's when the headaches occur. Sometimes I think people think i'm crazy hahaha anyway, thanks for your comments and i may sure enough try the "med cocktail"

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

Hi. I have been suffering from hormone-induced migraines for the past 12 years. I'm 52 right now. First of all, NO EXCEDRIN!! You will develop rebounds from it big time. You need to get yourself to a neurologist who specializes in migraines, pronto. A headache center would also do. You need headache/migraine specialist to get you on prevention meds THAT WORK. I am now taking 100 mg. of Topamax (yes, I had some side effects at first but I stuck it out and let my body adjust to it) and 75 mg. of Elavil each day. I take 40 Mg. of Relpax and a powder called Cambia, 50 mg., one right after the other, to knock the migraine out the MOMENT I feel the migraine coming along and it totally knocks it out. You can't wait at all when you feel a breakthrough migraine coming along before you take something. When it hits, it hits hard and the "rescue" meds don't do the trick as well. There is no reason a person with migraines these days should be spending any time in bed incapicitated. There are so many preventatives out there and so many rescue meds that this should not happen. You need to be aware of your migraines and know what to do if you feel one coming on. You also need a specialist to follow you, not an OB GYN or a general doctor. Hope this helps somewhat.

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

Thanks so much for your reply and think I will take your advice!

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

Good luck! I reread my message and it sounded a little harsh...I am not that way and didn't mean it that way. I hope you find a treatment path that works well for you. Migraines suck! I also forgot to mention Botox has just been added to my mix. I am taking shots every three months and am still figuring out if they are working. I believe so but still need more time to decide. Take care.

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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

I am sorry that you are going through this! Unfortunately I also get menstrual migraines and they are the worst of all of my migraines.

I went to a headache institute and can honestly say I wish I never went. BUT, of course this is just one place and I'm sure there are many good ones out there. I have good insurance, but the $40 copays added up quickly from my frequent visits and I wasted at least $1,000 doing things that didn't help me. You can definitely look into a place like that, but if you feel that it isn't working, don't feel like you need to keep going. I should have stopped after a while, but now it's done and over with, and time to look into something else! The place I went to talked about how most headaches stem from neck problems, which I can believe, but they didn't really help out with those caused by hormone issues. If you can find a place that looks at that too, that would be fantastic!

What helped me the most is just working on getting LESS menstrual migraines. I'm also on the pill and for years I didn't have menstrual migraines, so I had no idea it could be the long term use that causes them! Anyway, my pill now helps me because I take the active pills continuously for three months to get less periods, which means less migraines! This has been such a lifesaver. Even if my pill could have caused all of this, I do need birth control since I'm not ready for kids and also for period troubles. Before being on the pill, I would get very sick during my periods. I wouldn't be able to eat or drink much since I'd just throw it all up. I'd take that over the migraines, but it still involves missing too many work days, and would be every month!

I really wanted to try Topomax but saw that it makes birth control less reliable. I took Fioricet, which also interacts with the pill, and the interaction was not good for me. My hormones got a little thrown off and I got a period when I wasn't due for one and got my menstrual migraine early. I wasn't happy about that at all... plus, my birth control wasn't reliable. I worried that this could possibly happen to me too, but it sounds like it could be a good option if you are willing to try a different kind of birth control. Sure there are side effects, but they sound far better than nasty migraines!

Frova is sometimes prescribed for menstrual migraines and it didn't work at all for me! Bummer. I also tried nortriptyline as a preventive, but it gave me heart palpitations that prevented me from sleeping.. and lack of sleep is a migraine trigger for me. Another bummer. Unfortunately it's a lot of trial and error and just seeing what works for you. The heart palpitations are not common on nortriptyline, so that just shows that it wasn't a good match for me.

Maxalt MLT works sometimes for me, but I usually have a tough time with pills and migraines because of the vomiting. I just can't keep them down for at least a few hours. I like the melting tablets since they are so easy to take, but I would like to try other medications out there too!

Although I stopped going to the headache institute, they did say that muscles in the neck tend to get very stressed during that time of the month, and that taking either a muscle relaxer or anti-anxiety medication can help. I decided to try taking my Xanax (low dosage) twice per day for a few days and surprisingly, I think it might be helping me. I've also been taking advil, excedrin migraine, plenty of caffeine, and even a few alcoholic beverages in the evening. I know all of this together is hard on the body though, so I'm at a loss. It's helping me and it would only been done about every few months.. otherwise I can't function at all and can't keep missing work. I've spent so many hours and plenty of money seeing my neurologist and the headache institute. This is the first time ever that I have been able to prevent a migraine migraine! I had a slight throbbing headache that was more mild-moderate where I could still function but had to rest a bit, but it was nothing compared to what usually goes on.

I do recommend considering a rheumatologist, which is on my to-do list. Perhaps they can look into your hormones and see what your options are for getting things leveled. Have you also had blood work done recently? There are so many conditions that can make migraines more likely, so I'd look into this too.

Busymommy, it sounds like you have a lot of experience and knowledge about this! I hope things get better for you as well and that the Botox helps you. I've heard mixed things about the Botox. I'm actually doing at-home trigger point therapy and do notice a slight improvement with some of my symptoms. I know it will take time to notice a big difference, but I never considered that I might have muscle issues.

 
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Re: Hormonal Migraine Headaches

I've suffered with migraines since I had my first period. It took years before I put 2 and 2 together. Always got them on the left side, day 1 or 2 of my period. Typically lasted 3 days.

About ten years ago, I discovered Depo Provera. With Depo, I stopped getting my periods. No period, no headache. I do, however, sometimes get one when I'm due for another shot (1 shot every 3 months). This shot has changed my life. I tried Topamax, but it made me nauseas. I take Zomig if I start getting one and it usually works pretty well. They're pretty expensive, so I get the 5mg tablets and cut them in half. My pharmacy charges $85 for 3 pills.

 
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