hormone changes causing migraines?

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   Posted 10/14/2006 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had migraines since thirty (that I know of) and am now 42.  My migraines have become worse and more frequent (near daily).  Does anybody have a possible explanation for this?  I'm wondering if fluctuating levels of estrogen (perimenopause) can be triggering migraines.  I ran this by my MD, Neuro and OBGYN and unless they can perform some test that screams menopause is coming, they disregard my concerns.  Has anybody tried bioidentical hormones?  Has anybody seen a reduction in migraines with hormone therapy?  Thanks.

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   Posted 10/16/2006 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   


I am 39 and I never had migraines until 2 years ago. I also never had that many headaches until about 5 years ago. about 5 years ago (as best that I remember my headaches became more and more frequent. and after my son was born (he is 3 now) I started experincing migrines mostly around my period. Now I suffer from migraines/headaches daily.

I have tried almost everything. beta blockers, calcium blockers, anti depressants, botox, topomax, physical therapy, chaning my birth conrtrol pill, skipping my periond by continuing the pill, and taking me off the pill, and nothing has worked.

I also do have a brain tumor and have conflicking opinons weather or not the tumors is causing the migraines. But I do know that homrmones are a huge trigger for me.






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   Posted 10/16/2006 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, hormones can effect migraines. Mine do. I'm on hormone replacement and when I was on a dose that was too much for me, I had migraines that were worse than they usually are. Once we fixed my estradiol and thyroid meds, they decreased in intensity.

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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kate,
What were the botox injections like?  I waiting for authorization to have nerve blocks done.  Kinda scarey - but us migrainers will try anything! 
I think hormones have a lot ot do with migraines.  Like you, mine used to be around my period and sometimes when the weather changed or I was under a huge amount of stress but now they are everyday.  I just wish I understood my triggers.  Don't you?  I am so frustrated with this disease.  I also suffer from depression and anxiety and I think that plays a big role in things too. 
Have you heard of bio-identical hormones?  I wish someone one here would say that they tried it and let us know if it had a profound effect on their migraines.  If I could find someone who balanced their hormones and got better, I would be more encourgaged to go down that road.
I'm so sorry about your brain tumor.  It seems logical to me that would be a major trigger.  What do they tell you about that?  Also, their is a woman on here who is convinced that she has a brain tumor.  Perhaps you could help her.

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   Posted 10/16/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Chelle, I have told my neuros to look into the hormone triggers and they just poo-poo the idea. How did you get their attention?
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