Sorry to hear you have to put up with this every month. I can't speak much to the migraine issue, but I know what it's like to have pain every month, and to know that there was nothing I could do about it, and that it would continue every month until menopause. It was menstrual pain, not a migraine, but it was 10 on the 10 point scale, every month, for 3 to 5 days. I can't tell you how destructive that was to my life. I was by some great grace, granted menopause at the age of 45, but it was far too late to try to build a life at that point. (I'm 47 now.) By having such uncontrolled pain, for so long, my body became unable to handle any pain of any kind. Now, even though the monthly pains are over, I have constant pain throughout my entire body. So you can see that I really, really, know how badly you want some relief. I'm just glad that you can prevent the full blown migraine. And, based on my experience, I would say that you will definitely stop having them when you reach menopause. Do you ever have them when you're not in your moon? If they are caused by the shifting hormone levels, there must be some types of birth control pills that will prevent the fluctuations. You know that birth control pills don't all work the same way, don't you? Well, I don't remember the details, but some of them prevent pregnancy by preventing the drop in hormone levels that follow ovulation. Some of them work by preventing the rise in hormones to begin with, (thus preventing pregnancy--no egg, no preg!!) and others have other ways of working. I imagine they each come with their own risk factors, but you would have to discuss that with a Dr. Have you ever consulted a pain management specialist? Some of them specialize in headaches. I could post links to some websites of organizations that support patients, and research, etc. of headaches of all kinds. Also, I would think that a knowledgeable gyno could offer an opinion on whether birth control pills might help. They have some really low dose ones these days. It's not like it was when you and I were coming of age, the pills had such an outrageous dose that you probably remember the early stories of how they were thought to cause cancer? It's not like that any more. They work with much lower doses now. And you never hear the cancer-causing stories any more. Anyway, I guess that's about all I can say. I think you have a good chance with the pills, though. Let me know if you want me to post those links. Good luck.
brynn, Moderator for Chronic Pain forum
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