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Unread 10-12-2005, 12:10 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I had a hysterectomy on 9/6/05. I had adenomyosis, as well as fibroids. The doctor hoped to leave one of the ovaries, but had to take both ovaries since one was stuck to the uterus and the other had cystic patches on it. After 3-4 weeks I was actually feeling better (started going on walks, holding my toddler in my lap). However, on the 4th week I started having horrible headaches. They controlled me. They got so bad all I could do was cry. I have a 3 year old boy and an 11 year old boy, and am a single mother. It became harder and harder to function. I've just been released from the hospital (2 hospitals in one week). I've had MRI's, MRA's, CT scans, spinal tap, EEG, and bloodwork galore (I don't think there's anymore blood left!). Anyway, they believe I've got migraines related to hormone loss. My medicaly history doesn't allow for HRT. I had a stroke 18 years ago, brain surgery 17 years ago to remove an AVM (alterior veneous malformation) on the brain (so I have scar tissue & metal clips that hold the skull in place), plus I have a seizure disorder because of the scar tissue. So, basically a very messed up brain (oh well, who wants to be normal - it takes all the fun out of life). Has anyone else had to deal with migraines related to hormone loss, or ever experienced anything like what I'm going through (surely I can't be the only one)? I've got followups with doctors next week, and want some good questions to ask on how to tackle this problem. I welcome any suggestions anyone has.

Thanks - TC
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Unread 10-12-2005, 12:34 PM
Hormones and Migraines

wow- I am just wondering if reg migraine meds would help? Imitrex is the one i use ( funny i've had 2 mirgraines since the day wonder about a connection now) Any way the imitrex did great -just a very expensive drug. Good luck/God bless!
Unread 10-12-2005, 03:31 PM
Hormones and Migraines

Thanks for the response. One of the doctors at Toledo MCO suggested Imitrex. But, another doctor said I couldn't take it because of my seizures. It gets so frustrating - one doctor comes up with a suggestion, and then another doctor will nix it for some other reason. There's got to be something out there that will help. I'll certainly ask my own neurologist about Imitrex and get his opinion. I'll be sure to let you know what they say. Thanks for the feedback
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Unread 10-12-2005, 04:28 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I know that when I used up my hormone reserves I suddenly got a huge migraine. My doctor put me on the Viville Dot and I've been good ever since. I'd say that a hormone imbalance is certainly possible. I'd also ask the doc if he/she does think it's hormones, what he/she can do to help relieve the symptoms.
Unread 10-12-2005, 05:25 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I have hormone-related migraines. Fortunately I'm not menopausal yet (31 yr old, still have left ovary). One of the reasons for not trying meds to control the cyst on the right ovary was because of the link between hormones & my migraines. The migraine alone my doctor was not so concerned about. But one of these migraines turned into a mini-stroke a couple years ago. I couldn't think of certain words, and I was disoriented. I always get the aura & loss of vision with the migraine, usually that is more disturbing than the actual headache.

I hope you find something that helps. It is frustrating that there isn't a simple cure for complicated medical problems.
Unread 10-12-2005, 07:29 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I just had a TAH?Tummy Tuck done on 9/27. I had my ovaries removed because I have always had terrible migraines. So far they seem to be much better. I also take Topomax every day to help prevent my migraines. It is a seizure med. Maybe if you are taking a different siezure med you can ask about switching to that because it can kill 2 birds w/one stone. I also take Imitrex when I do get migraines. But, the Topomax helps to reduce the frequency of them.
Unread 10-12-2005, 09:45 PM
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Thanks so much to all of you - I feel for your issues, but am relieved to know others know what I'm going through. Thanks again for the suggestions, I will mention all of them.
Unread 10-12-2005, 09:50 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I suffered migraines and my GP always felt they were hormonally based. I know someone else who has migraines and a specialist put them on low-dose anti-depressant to treat them. Anti-depressants can also be used to treat hot flashes and night sweats. One does not have to be "depressed" to benefit from one. They also use them to treat IBS. Mabye this is something you could discuss with your doctor.
good luck!
Unread 10-12-2005, 09:55 PM
Hormones and Migraines

i also get migranes (didnt have my TAH yet) but im allergic to imitrex ...(my chest tightens up) and also allergic to a newer one but cant remember the name of it (same side effect) i take 2 regular advils and for some reason that the only thing that takes it away...wow i hope i dont get the migranes after my surgery they are unbearable ...so i can imagine how u feel and my heart goes out to u...i would definitly talk to your doctor asap...a miggrain and the pain from the surgery WOW...good luck and hope u feel better!!
Unread 10-13-2005, 12:10 PM
Hormones and Migraines

I get hormonal migranes and was on imitrex, but that didn't work. I didn't want to be on preventative meds because I didn't get them often enough to feel I needed to medicate daily. What works for me is two Excedrin and an ice pack on my head. I had my TAH RS0 on 9/27 and I'm wondering if I'll still get them since I still have my left ovary. I usually would get the migrane a day or two before my period, but now with no longer having periods , I'm not sure what to expect. With your medical history, I'd be afraid to just take the "sister's" suggestions. Please check with your doctor.

Good luck and God bless,

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