I'm 46. Menopause started with my periods being just irregular and having a lot of backaches. This went on for at least 6 months and when my seizures started to get worse... I knew something was lurking around that wasn't good. My twin sister hasn't gone thru menopause yet. (She doesn't have E - double lucky). My mother died of lupus at age 46 and didn't go thru menopause.
Yes, That's right about menopause being a pattern in women in a family. I can just tell you that with all the women that I've talked to about menopause, it's a wonder that anybody recognizes it in the first place because it never looks the same in anybody until most people get hot flashes. Some women are lucky not to get even that! A good friend of mine went thru menopause at age 32 if you can believe that. My neuro told me if I went on hormones it would probably help me with seizure control because mine were so sensitive to the onset of menses, but unfortunately, I feel that the consequences of the additive effects of my anticonvulsants and hormones are contributing to this ever present headache problem.
If you are presented with the issue of taking hormones, then make sure you know about possible side effects too. I wish my body wasn't so sensitive to these drugs. It's taken me over a year to just get over the nausea and lethargy with lamictal and now I am starting to feel that zonegran is the same story. Sometimes I'm a little desperate when I have a bad headache for 4 days straight. That's the time when I want to get rid of the drugs one by one. I've often wanted to try to do without the hormones to see how I would feel- but would the seizures be worse? Heck if I know. But like anything, there are two sides to every coin- on the days when I don't have a headache, I feel thankful that I ONLY have 2-3 seizures/month instead of 12. Glenda