Hormone Balancing

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/31/2006 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, me again!
Has anyone heard of Hormone Balancing to treat Migraine disease? 
In my own research so far, I've found that one type of Migraine I get is from hormone imbalances.  But have not found information on treating hormone imbalances naturally (ie, through diet and suppliments) to treat migraine. So I decided to be my own guiniepig. 
Early last year I began taking: Evening Primrose Oil, Borage oil, and Flaxseed oil, Calcium, Magnesium, a good multi vitamin & Ester C.
Luckily my doc gets amused at my idea's and helped me organize my trial.  It worked pretty good.  That's when I realized I was having other types of migraine as well.  Lucky me!  I became totally disappointed and instead of doing more research to see if I needed to add something or remove something from my repitoir I just stopped all together.  Had a holiday from taking 3 meals worth of suppliments each day. :)
But now, I'm back on my band wagon and ready to commit myself to being as healthy as I can be.  I just refuse to accept that I have to live like this forever.  The pain, the auras and everything that goes with it.  But please don't misunderstand.  I'm not being stupid about anything.  I take a lot of time to research everything I'm thinking of trying and then run it past my hubby and my doc.
It's worth it to note that I'm still taking my prescription medications: Zomig (rapimelt, nasal spray and regular tablets) as needed, Amitriptyline (sp?) daily, Celexa daily.  Occasionaly I go in to my doc for a shot of demerol and gravol.  I'm allergic to whatever they give me via IV in the ER.
I also use Tylenol Ultra, Excederin, and Advil (liquigels and cold and sinus). 
I stopped taking anything with codiene.  Gave me more headaches even with just one dose.
Anyway, I know I posted this before.  But when the thread was removed I hadn't yet copied down the few replies that were there.  (Oddly enough because I was in migraine agony)
So any of you who replied before, could you kindly repost your reply.

Thanks to you all,
'the train of thought has left the station'

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/14/2006 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Vicky,
I have the same question about this.  Did you experiment with this?  Please share the outcome.  Thanks.

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 10/15/2006 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi K,
I have started my regime of suppliments.  Kinda feels like I'm taking a couple meals worth of suppliments each day.  I've been doing this for 5 full weeks now.
So far I have noticed:
The frequency of my migraines has decreased...only minimally so far. 
However, the intensity of my migraines has significantly reduced.
My prescription migraine medications - Zomig and Amitriptyline a lot are more effective.
My emotional outbursts (that often go along with migraines) are getting better constantly.  Which is good for me and everyone in my family.
As far as menstral problems, i'm having hardly any problems now.  My last period I didn't even know it was on the way because I had no pms.  And my usual migraine that happens a day or so before finally arrived on the last day of my cycle. 
Now that I am starting to see some improvements I am going to slowly start my excercise program.  Because I often get movement associated migraines I am starting with yoga.  I tried pilates and it was too fast just yet.  Same with power walking.
I'm not having the amazing results I was hoping for.  But I've seen some improvement.  I'll take anythign I can get.  My doctor seems to think it could take a longer period of up to a year to see the full effects of my efforts.  Fingers crossed.
I am going to be seeing an herbalist this week.  The local pharmacy has hired one who is available for free consultations.
I'll keep you posted.

Nicky (coquitlam55)
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   Posted 10/15/2006 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Vicky,

I am seeing a naturopath who is helping me balance my hormones and that has been somewhat helpful with my migraines. I recommend looking for one who has a lot of experience because migraines can be very complicated to treat by a naturopath.

I noted that you take Tylenol Ultra and Excedrin and mentioned you didn't take codeine, I assume because of rebound headaches. I mention this because Tylenol Ultra and Excedrin both have caffeine in them which can also cause rebound headaches. Caffeine can be a nightmare for me with my migraines. It speeds up how fast the medication gets in your system but it is addictive just like codeine. Advil Liquidgels are great, but again be careful of the sinus medications they can cause rebound headaches as well.

My doctor recommended taking a combination of pain reliever and muscle relaxant or anti inflamatory. I use Toradol, T3s, and Ativan with Gravol. If I use over the counter medications I use Tylenol, Aleve, and Gravol and it is almost as effective.

I hope this is helpful. I don't mean to lecture about rebound headaches but I've had such a bad time with them and they can make your headaches worse.

Good luck.

"Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present."
I'm working everyday to overcome the pain and depression that comes from my chronic migraines.

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