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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I think by now we all know there is a correlation with hormones, mentrual cycle and lyme symptoms, but does anyone else get menstral migraines? I used to blame them on LD, but now I am not so sure as they come on day 2 of my cycle every month and they are a killer. But just curious if I am the only one because my focus maybe should be on the hormonal migraines.

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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jeminij.  A good friend of mine who has Lyme had these migraines for several months, but they seem to have stopped now.

I know they are very intense.  How long do they last?

I hope they let up soon.

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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to get menstrual migraines & cramps until I stopped eating gluten (wheat, rye, barley) and corn. Now, the only time I get a menstrual migraine is if I accidentally ingest or inhale something containing gluten.
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   Posted 3/30/2009 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you on any type of hormone birth control? I was on the Patch and that gave me god-awful migraines- also like clockwork on Day 2.
I ended up having to come off of that b/c they pain was horrendous.

Now I just get the happy Lyme hormone menstrual mix. scool
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   Posted 3/30/2009 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I am not on any birth control. I stopped them long ago due to migraines. I have had them for years and they last about 3 full days, but they are on schedule every month to a tee so I don't think at this point they are lyme related. I think I just blamed them on lyme becuase I wasn't sure what else would be causing them. I am sure there is a link. I had them bad when I had lyme really bad, but when I get well, they went away for almost 3 years. Seems like since having my baby last year, they are back every month. Too much to figure out I swear.

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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Jeminij,

I would very much like to hear what kind of results you will come up with for the migraine headaces during your cycle, I get high blood pressure for 2 days the day before and the first day of my cycle,I think I was thinking Lyme Disease for a too long time, I did do some adrenal testing but not sure I did the right tests, and just like you I sure do wonder what is causing this, please let us know if you come up with an answer

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   Posted 3/30/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Menstrual migraines are typically caused by plunging estradiol levels and are common during perimenopause- what age are you? Lyme disease taxes the adrenals and can cause hormone deficiencies. Lyme also interferes with estrogen metabolism in the liver ......You can measure estradiol by a blood test around day 2 or day of your symptoms- if it is below 60 pg/ml you will benefit from a little transdermal estradiol compounded skin cream around the first week of your period. Also check an RBC magnesium level- it should be >4.8 nmol/L - low Mg is common in Lyme and can cause migraine -- but because yours are day 2, suspect estradiol deficiency.
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