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Old 01-21-2003, 12:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy Headaches when menstruating!!!

I am a 23 yr old Female,a single mom.
I used to always get a lot of headaches,and often,most of the time they were painfull enough to be recognized as migraines,and at times-frequent they were less painfull,and more frustraing,because I felt them,but didn't I feel a weird preasure,not to painfull,more like a linger,and mainly top of head,and around temple/eyes...Now,this doesnt happen as often as it used to--now I noticed they tend to show up,more when I get my period!Does anyone why this happens,and if I should ask to have my head,checked?!..Can someone help,please?!

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Old 03-29-2003, 02:18 PM   #2
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I am going through the same thing I am also a 23 yr female my doctor told me that because of my bleeding, and sort of bad eating habits, my body has been seriously deprived of iron making me anemic. I started an iron supplement and that seems to help a little but the headaches make me feel out of it and dizzy. Once my body gets used tohaveing the iron again it should go away. But she said also that I should be eating more meat YUCK and vegetables that have natural iron because natural is always better.

Old 04-01-2003, 03:09 AM   #3
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I had those EVERY month for the past 5+ years!! They are menstrual migraines.....caused by our changing hormones pre-menstruation cycle. Mine lasted 2-3 days each.....nausea, dull, aching head, light sensitivity....

Talk to your gynecologist or family doctor...there's meds out there that will help with this. Mine put me on Amerge. I took it BEFORE my migraines started, which wasn't hard for me, because I would get little gold flashes in my left eye 2 days before EVERY migraine...My doctor told me to start taking it about 2 days after the flashes in my eyes started....before my migraine would start....
You can also take it during....I've done that and it does help! Would shoot the migraine right out of me within an hour.

Since then, I've had a hysterectomy, and have not suffered any more migraines.

Good luck to you...hope you feel better!


Old 05-23-2003, 09:20 PM   #4
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I got those for years also, and only during the week I was on my period, although I didn't really figure that out until I went on birth control pills... With me it's hormones during that one week of the month. My Gyn put me on Mircette which is a low dosage bcp, but you actually take for 28 days instead of 21 then a week of sugar pills. This has worked wonders for me... So if you aren't against bcp's, you might give it a try... It took a few months (2-3) for me to start noticing a difference, so don't expect overnight results. Good Luck!!

Old 05-24-2003, 03:31 PM   #5
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Yes you are getting menstral migraines. This is common. You are not going crazy. I would get lots of headaches around my period before I got my hysterectomy. Now I don't get as many migraines but I still do get a couple a month not related to my period.

Old 05-29-2003, 04:43 PM   #6
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i usually get migraine before or during my dunno ...i use excedrine migraine

Old 05-30-2003, 11:36 PM   #7
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I would get terrible Migraine headaches every month about a week before my period-I was on a high progesterone bcp and this was adding to the problem. My doctor gives me Reglan for the nausea and Micquin for the pain. I am on a new pill that has less progesterone so I am hopeful that this will help.

Old 05-31-2003, 02:25 AM   #8
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It is not unusual to get headaches/migraines before a period and it is do with the hormonal imbalance that occurs beforehand.

However, rather than taking tablets to treat the symptoms of the headaches/migraines, you should really be treating the cause itself. If you treat the cause of a problem rather than the symptoms themselves, then you have a chance of cure.

Basically, you need to balance out your hormones to be able to solve this problem. Yes, the BCP is one way of doing this, but this also interferes with your hormones too and can cause more problems. However, there are the natural alternatives too and Agnus Castus (Vitex) is very good for balancing out hormones.

Evening Primrose Oil is very good and taking Feverfew Tablets is extremely good for avoiding headaches/migraines. Feverfew was designed to help and prevent migraines.

Homepathy is also very good at helping with this problem and can help to rebalance you generally, thus helping with the headaches/migraines. Lots of women take Agnus Castus to help re-balance hormones whilst waiting for the homeopathic remedies to kick in and there is good success with this.

Also, just in case you are confused, don't throw herbal and homeopathy into one basket and think they are the same. They are not with homeopathy being totally different from herbal medicine and using completely different prescribing principles.

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