migraine and menopause?

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healthynow
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   Posted 3/30/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there a connection between migraine and menopause?

Due to my age (50) a friend suggested that I have my hormone levels checked to see if I am in menopause. At the beginning of March I had vertigo, but no headache, kept me in bed for 5 days. I experienced extreme fatigue in addition to dizziness. The ENT sent me to a neurologist, who is thinking this is a painless migraine with the vertigo as my aura. I took imitrex, which stopped the dizziness, but my balance is still off...turning my head left-right-up-down, makes me feel icky. I have been having slight headaches. I take one excedrine and this sometimes helps. I notice that I feel better in the late afternoon/evening. Also, I have noticed that drinking diet coke makes me feel better too.

I don't care what it is or what it is called. I just want to feel better and normal again!

Thanks for any advice/help.

Emma

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   Posted 3/30/2011 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Maybe it's just an inner ear problem?? I get that sometimes with all the bells and whistles, ie: dizziness, nausea etc. I have to just lay down. I had it once for 2 weeks, doc gave me Meclizine which dries up the fluid in your inner ear canal. I have found I get this way sometimes so I just take some Benedryl and lay down til I feel better. I fell off the bed once I was so dizzy. shocked

healthynow
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   Posted 3/30/2011 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Not an ear thing...been through all those tests. ENT sent me to neuro. Calling it migraine.

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 3/30/2011 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Emma,

Yep, if you have migraine without headache with aura (aka painless or acephalgic migraine), vertigo can most certainly be your aura (aka vertiginous migraine or MAV).

Most women find that, post-menopause, their migraines diminish. A minority find the opposite to be true. I'm not too familiar with migraine and the period just prior to menopause. You may want to seek out and consult a headache specialist (a neurology subspecialty). Who knows, maybe hormone replacement therapy would be an option???

That's very interesting that diet coke makes you feel better. The vast majority of people have the exact opposite reaction. It contains a bunch of triggers, including aspartame (neuro-excitatory molecule). But if it works for you... more power to you.

Now I've always heard that soda is bad for the bones. It chelates out calcium. If this is true... and you are extremely sensitive to calcium fluctuations I could see how diet soda may help. A lot of us migrainuers find that taking supplemental magnesium (citrate or malate), helps with the migraines. You should ask your neuro or GP about this (we usually start off taking 400 mg and build up to b/w 800mg and 1.2g / day). It may take upto a 3 months to notice a difference.

Best of luck!

healthynow
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   Posted 3/30/2011 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you EF. your kind responses helped me so much a few weeks ago when i was experiencing the worst of the vertigo. i was thinking that the caffeine in the diet coke may have been what was helping me. i had not heard of the diet sodas chelating calcium. wanting to keep strong bones...that's a reason to stop the diet sodas! can you point me in the direction of web resources that would address food connections/triggers to migraines?

thanks again,
emma

EvilFluorescents
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   Posted 3/30/2011 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Emma,

You are very welcome and you're probably right. It's likely the caffeine (completely forgot about that.... woops) is helping. The chelation occurs pretty slowly (many, many years of drinking soda daily to normally be an issue... slow, but insidious), so you would have to be VERY sensitive.

As far as food triggers go, there is a lot of information out there (plug "migraine elimination diet" into google and you will get more information than you will know what to do with). Here is a link to a site that gives a good basic outline:

http://www.neurologychannel.com/migraine/elimination-challenge.shtml

(add alcohol to that list)

It's estimated between 25 and 50% of people with migraine have at least some food related trigger. Dr. Buchholz (at John Hopkins) is a strong proponent of the connection between migraine and food triggers. If you want to persue the migraine diet, you may want to read one of his books.

Best of luck!
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