Chronic Tension Headaches Suddenly Relieved During Pregnancy?

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   Posted 8/11/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had daily headaches for as long as I can remember.  I have been tested for allergies (dx with seasonal allergies... last year round).  I have had CT scans done of my sinuses (to rule out sinusitis) and brain/skull structures (to look for any abnormalities)... nothing found.  We have tried every allergy medicine out there, in different combinations, magnesium, muscle relaxants, antidepressants that are also used for migraines, etc.  Finally my doc decided that I simply have chronic tension headaches of an unexplained cause and basically told me I have to live with them.
Ok... well I'm currently 9 months pregnant and my husband and I were talking about it the other day -- I almost NEVER get headaches when I'm pregnant.  I have been taking birth control pills for the last 10 years of my life (except while pregnant obviously) and noticed no changes whatsoever in my daily headaches.  It seems that my headaches are relieved by some kind of pregnancy hormones. 
With perpetual pregnancy not being an option, does anyone have any idea which hormone(s) would be related to my headache relief and if it's possible to do some kind of hormone replacement therapy post pregnancy to relieve them?  Also, would it be worth going in to have blood drawn now to see what my hormone levels are before I deliver (within next 5 days lol)?  Thanks in advance

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   Posted 8/12/2011 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
hi :)
This is something I've always wondered too.  I have been plagued by migraines and daily headaches since I was 17 getting worse as I got older.  The ONLY time I've had permanent relief is through pregnancy.  In both my pregnancies I had one bad migraine in the first weeks of pregnancy followed by months of blissful relief only for them to return shortly after I gave birth. 
I have talked to my doctor about it, she is of the opinion that my migraines are caused by the fluctuating hormone levels during my menstrual cycle.  I have a bad headache all through my period every single month.  My last period I was in bed in agony for 5 days :(  I also often get a bad migraine during my ovulation. In between these episodes I am never truly free of pain. I always have a headache of some degree or another.
Birth control pills make me worse so they are not an option.  I did some research and I think its something to do with the higher levels or estrogen in your body during pregnancy, which would make sense as estrogen levels fluctuate a lot during a womans menstrual cycle and not so much in pregnancy (especially in later stages).
I have even asked my doctor if I could have a hysterectomy as I am sooooo tired of it and at 39 not likely to have more children.  She refused saying in the UK they would not perform the operation just for migraine as otherwise I'm perfectly healthy.
Also most of the women in my family suffer with headaches and all over 50 have said there headaches finally stopped after menopause so there is no doubt in my mind there is a link there :)
Hope this helps :)

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   Posted 8/14/2011 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello. Glad to hear that you are going to have a baby soon! I don't know that this will help but...I have Lupus. My symptoms flare when I take the pill due to hormone changes. I have found that while on the Mirena I did not have a flare at all. If you are not familiar with the Mirena, look it up because I think that it might help with your headaches. There are no fluctuations in hormones and most women don't have their monthly while having the Mirena. Just something that you maybe could look into. Hope all turns out okay with the baby and that you get some relief from the migraines afterwards.

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   Posted 8/22/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hey. I've had almost daily migraines for 15 years now.
the ONLY time I do not have them is when I'm pregnant.
I miscarried twice, and I actually KNEW before the bleeding
started, because I got a migraine each time.

enjoy your 9 months of being HA free :-)
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