Posted 6/20/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)
Nvr you reminded me of headaches I developed as I was going through perimenopause. I never had migraines before but in my early 50's started getting them associated with my periods (then becoming super-heavy for a few years due to fibroids, which are, of course, related to high estrogen) and after doing some of my own research found they were caled "menstrual migraines" and that sometimes women who had them all their life stopped getting them during perimenopause and after menopause. And women (like me) who never had them started getting them as hormone levels began changing. As soon as I finally reached menopause - several years for me! - they stopped. And since FSH & LH are associated with a woman's menstrual cycle, I have to wonder, sickkid, what the hormone issues mean for you.
I'd follow nvr's advice and keep researching this. It may sound odd for you, as we seem to be talking only about females, but women have testosterone in our bodies, too, but lower levels than men. So the FSH & LH would be at lower levels for men, but they still can all be important. When a woman's testosterone level is too high or low she experiences problems, too, and there are some women with low testosterone levels who take it to increase libido (sex drive) to a normal level. Anyway, I think hormones could be playing a significant role for you, and you may be able to get some relief from at least some symptoms by an individualized hormone replacement therapy plan. I know it may sound strange, but perhaps reading some books generally meant for women could help you learn more about hormonal issues. Christianne Northrop, MD, is a good source. And I know some celebrities have written books on what are called bioidentical hormones, which are natural as opposed to synthetic formulations.
Keep searching for your answers!