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heav
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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been dealing with my headaches for about three years now, they come and go on a monthly basis. they usually start a week before my monthly cycle, and continue through the week of my monthly cycle and one week afterwards, so lasting about three weeks at a time. this past month it lasted all four weeks. usually the headaches are mostly on the left side of my head, and or behind my eyes. the past month it was everywhere. they get so bad i can barely get out of bed. i cry from the pain, it hurts so bad. i have been to the doctors, one said it's a caffeine headache, he told me to wein myself from caffeine, and i did and it did not work or help me. then i went to a gyno. and she claims it's stress related, she also sent me to have blood work done to see if i had a hormone imbalance, and everything came back normal. i have tried several over the counter medications and nothing comes close to touching the pain. so i am at a loss. if anyone knows anything about this or has experienced these headaches please let me know. thank you for your time!! 

~Liz
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   Posted 3/23/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Heav,
 
Welcome to HealingWell.  Have your doctors prescribed any meds to you?  Ever tried anything like birth control?  Have you tried seeing a headache specialist?  Headaches related to your monthly cycle are pretty common, a headache specialist would know of things that could be more helpful than over the counter meds.
 
I hope things get better for you soon,
~Liz
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
PRN meds: Tylonal #3 and Tramadol


Annuk
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   Posted 3/24/2008 6:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heav,

Sorry to hear that you are suffering so much. I can only echo what Liz has said and recommend that you get yourself referred to a Neurologist who is a Headache Specialist as soon as possible.

In the mean time talk to your Doc about Frovatriptan as it was originally developed for menstrual migraine. (please see my thread on Triptans)

Let us know how you get on, take care

Ann
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CompGirl
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   Posted 3/24/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   

I understand your pain.  The majority of my migraines are cycle related.  Unfortunatly I have a messed up cyle so I can end up wtih headaches every day all month.

My current neuro listened to me and agreed that they are cycle related and wrote a letter to my gyno strongly suggesting he do something to stop my cycle.

Because I also have issues with bleeding my gyno is a little more concerned about that but the first thing we tried is an IUD which if it works will take care of both issues.

Keep your chin up, it may take a while to find what works for you but finding the right doctor is a big step.  A headache specialist or real good neuro is the way to go, most GP's just don't know enough to be a help.


Razzle
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   Posted 3/25/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I had menstrually related Migraines on the left side over and behind the left eye, starting a couple days before my cycle, and ending in the middle of the week somewhere, only to re-occur for a few days at the end of my cycle. Going on a gluten-free diet has completely relieved these headaches (and the day of bad cramps) completely, now I don't get these migraines anymore. I had to be gluten-free for about 8 weeks before the headaches completely disappeared. So it might be good to consider food sensitivities as a potential cause.

Good luck,
-Razzle
Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication Allergies, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD (Lupus?), Osteoporosis, Anemia, T- & B-Cell Lymphopenia, malabsorption/malnutrition, ?Lyme Disease (Igenex Lab IgM WesternBlot positive), etc.
Meds:  Pulmicort, Injectable Vitamin B12, Herbs, Nutritional Supplements, Homeopathy.


goodsister
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   Posted 3/25/2008 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered from migraines for years and finally discovered the gluten-intolerance too. I highly recommend trying a gluten-free diet and see if it helps.

heav
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   Posted 3/27/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
what exactly is a gluten free diet?
goodsister said...
I suffered from migraines for years and finally discovered the gluten-intolerance too. I highly recommend trying a gluten-free diet and see if it helps.

~Liz
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   Posted 3/27/2008 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Heav,
Gluten is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley.  A glueten free diet will avoid all of these foods.  Health food stores are good places to find foods without gluten in them.  You can replace regular flour with rice flour, corn flour, and a few others I believe.  I was on the gluten-free diet for a while and, if you're interested, this site was very helpful with good recipes without gluten:  http://www.csaceliacs.org/recipes.php 
 
Best wishes,
~Liz
Dx: Chronic Daily Migraines & Chronic Depression
 
PRN meds: Tylonal #3 and Tramadol

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