but now I think that menopause is here. I used to get migraines alot but now I seem to get them like this.. 1 week-1 migraine, next week 2-3 migraines, then back to 1st week- 1 migraine. Last time I got 5 migraines out of 8 days. Does anyone else have this in menopause. I'm in my late 40s now. Thanks for your answers friends in advance.
I'm in post menopause, but I'll never forget the headaches I had before my hysterectomy. They were like yours. The terrible thing is that at that time the only thing I could take was an opiate. I was taken to ER so many times that the staff knew me, and, what I was there for. It sounds like you have a lot more down time than up time. And that's exactly what happened to me. That's not really living, do you think? I was 37 when I had my surgery and the doctors told me my body was filled with endometriosis. Now, I may get a headache once or twice a month, yet, I believe that their caused by sinuses. When I take a sinus med, the headaches go away. After 25 years of not knowing what to do, I was prescribed MIDRIN
(isometheptene mucate.) What a miracle! After all these years with headaches, we (my Dr. and I) found a med that worked and wasn't an opiate. I pray that you receive many answers to your question. Headaches, as often as you get them, reduce the quality of your life. You deserve better.
With much hope,
I am in perimenopause as well and have been getting migraines on and off for about 5 years. Most recently, however, I was getting them every day since my periods stopped in Jun 2010. My neurologist had me on Topamax, (which had too many side effects) and switched me to Pamelor (Nortryptiline). I am now taking 40 mgs at night and sleep fairly well.
Because migraines can come on suddenly around menopause, I discussed this with my gynocologist. Her suggestion was to combat the cause with some light hormone therapy. This was a major change as it also relieved the "hot" or "migraine flashes" in my case as well as the heart palpitations. I started using progestin cream externally on my skin as well as estradiol cream. I alternate them every other day and skip Sundays. The creams are supposedly much safer than the pills, that could also effect the liver.
In addition to this, I started taking Petadolex, which is "butterbur" in its cleanest pharmaceutical form. It helps to calm the blood vessels in the brain and taking 75mg twice a day has helped significantly.
I believe it's truly the combination of the above items that have reduced the headaches to once a week now or only if I decide to have a glass of wine. I virtually don't drink alcohol any more, so when I do, I always have my sumatriptan handy.
Hope this helps anyone who suffers from these horrible migraines!!
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