New to message board, new to migraines, caffiene question.

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larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings.
 
I am a new member and have a question. I have recently developed migraines in what my Dr. thinks may be due to being perimenopausal.
She recommends avoiding caffiene. Does this work for anyone?
 
Thanks
 
larkspur

gizmogirl
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   Posted 8/22/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, if you have migraines often enough and severe enough to be disabling, you should be seeing a headache specialist, or neurologist with alot of experience or specialty in headaches.

Hormonal fluctuations can set off migraines, but why didn't they during monthly fluctuations if you have real migraines? Caffeine will constrict capillaries, and, at the wrong point in the migraine cycle (constiriction then dialation,inflammation, and spasming) will make it worse, although in the later stages helps some people.

How do you know you have migraines? Just because triptans (so-called migraine rescue drugs that constrict cerebral blood vessels) are a really targeted antiinflammatory doesn't diagnose anything, for example -- I have TMD, diagnosed as migraines for years of wasted life (see my post of 8/17/08 "TNJ- botox for TMJ, tmd, or jaw clenching not enough - need to stop the activity).

Keep a headache diary, study up on migraines yourself, and get a doctor who has diagnosed them correcctly before and knows how to try preventatives (rarely but sometimes HRT after all other possibilities ruled out), as well as how to give you the latest, lowest side effect migraine treating drugs.
Good luck

larkspur
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   Posted 8/22/2008 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Gizmogirl

Thank you for your response.

I have had migraines in the past just before my period but they were not severe and didn't last. The last three months they increased to being frequent and severe. I am becoming perimenopausal.

This last week the headaches got so bad that I went to see my Dr. She DX them as migraines and has scheduled a MRI for this coming Monday just to be sure that nothing else is going on.

She recommended leaving off caffeine and that is why I thought that I would like the opinion of others with some knowledge of this.


larkspur

larkspur
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   Posted 8/24/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Wednesday

Thank you so very much for your reply. It is very helpful to hear all that you had to share.

What you have described sounds a good deal like what I am dealing with right now.

I will remember what you have shared.

Thanks

larkspur :-)


Fibromyalgia...endometriosis...migraine stew.. with a touch of dislexia on the side for fun. Woo hoo....makes my kooky head even kookier!

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