Need advice with hormone related migraines.....they last three days!

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   Posted 10/30/2013 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I have suffered with migraines all my life….differing severities and frequencies.

In the last year, I have been dealing with menstraul migraines. They come on three days before or three days after my period starts. These migraines last for THREE days. All the classic migraine symptoms occur…including constant vomiting from the pain. I am a stay at home mom…and this has become these headaches have truly started to create depression and anxiety. I have to miss out on many things with family during this time and I have to revolve my life around this time each month.

I have discussed this with my regular doctor and gone around and around with no effective answers. I am currently taking 800mg of Motrin and Tylenol 3 with codeine for treatment….which does not touch the pain during a severe migraine. I was also given immitrex for treatment but then found out that people who also take Zoloft should caution taking immitrex due to serotonin syndrome, which can be deadly. Ugh!!!

I then talked to my OB/GYN to ask if birth control would work. She put me on LoEstrin 24. Was excited to try it….only to find out that they just discontinued it and replaced it with chewable Minastrin. Read up on Minastrin only to find a majority of bad reviews saying that it is nothing like LoEstrin 24 and that the side effects are horrible.

I feel helpless and alone. No one seems to have answers. They now want me to go to neurology….basically I think because my doctor has no other answers. Will a neurologist know anything about hormone headaches caused by menstraul cycles?

Does anyone have any advice?

Thanks. Jessica

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   Posted 10/30/2013 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jessica and welcome to HW. I dont normally post here but in the chronic pain forum. Saw your plea and thought maybe I can help. I dont post here because I suffered hormonal migraines my entire child bearing years but went untreated for most of them. Im now post-menopausal and nolonger have them, just more proof that they were due to hormones.

After my last child was born at 41 I had a partial hysterectomy and started on prem-pro and that's a HRT that contains both estrogen and progesterone which has been proven to both be necessary to prevent migraines.

Your best bet is to find a Dr that knows what they're doing, codeine causes rebound headache so tylenol 3 isn't a good choice of pain meds.

If you live near a University or Teaching hospital you should be able to find a Women's clinic or fertility clinics as they're better at treatment in hormonal changes and imbalances. Neurologists are going to treat the headache but not the cause.

Prevention is the best recourse here. Stopping them before they happen by treating the causes.

Good luck.

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   Posted 1/27/2014 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jessica,
I have suffered as well. I found it best to stay away from manufactured hormones. Please know that is just my opinion but at 45 and having gone through 26 years of migraines and endless treatments I have finally found a great deal of relief from bio-identical progesterone treatment. I was told by my doctor that manufactured hormones are exactly the same so I gave them a try only to suffer from a week of migraines. That answered that. My progesterone is compounded in a specialty pharmacy, easily found online. I'd be happy to help if I can. Good luck.
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