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Do migraines ever improve post-op? Do migraines ever improve post-op?

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Unread 12-19-2005, 12:55 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

Please put this where it goes if it doesn't go here. I apologize if it's in the wrong place.

I was diagnosed with adenomyosis last week and I am just waitng for my insurance to say the word so that I can schedule my hysterectomy. Yesterday I got an unbelieveable, unbearable migraine with the start of my period. I often get one as my period starts. So far, migraine meds just seem to make me sick.

I am wondering if anyone ever experiences relief from migraines that seem hormone-related after they have a hysterectomy.

I also have epilepsy. Even though my epilepsy isn't catamenial (entirely or mostly related to my menstrual cycle), I think it is affected to some extent by my hormones. If I feel lousy and worn out because of PMS I tend to have a lower seizure threshhold, for example.

How has having a hysterectomy affected others who have hormone-related health problems? Women with epilepsy sometimes report improvemnet after menopause, so I'm optimistic.

Your thoughts are appreciated.
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Unread 12-19-2005, 03:34 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

Topamax is used for epilepsy and has recently been approved for migraine prevention as well. You may want to ask your doc about that. Maxalt is also good when the migraines first start, though it's expensive. (My brother is allergic to both Imitrex and Maxalt.) I have noticed I've had less (only one) since the surgery 9 weeks ago. I'm taking HRT, but this way the hormone levels are not fluctuating wildly. Overall I feel WAAAAY better and everyone says I look better. (Makes me wonder how bad I looked before!)
Good luck!
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Unread 12-19-2005, 04:22 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

My migraines basically went away after the Hysterectomy. I do take magnesium supplements and that helps as well.
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Unread 12-19-2005, 04:42 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

Knock on wood! I haven't had a migraine since my hyst. YEAH! I, too, got them at the start of each period, which would be two or three times a month. And I would experience them several times while I was bleeding. I posted the same thing on hear before my surg and heard positive thoughts that it does get better. Every person is different but I hope that the surg helps with the migraines also! GOOD LUCK!
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Unread 12-19-2005, 07:26 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

Thanks for the magnesium reminder. I keep going to the drug store, staring at the supplements... and my brain WILL NOT GO. This time I had a sticky note handy.
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Unread 12-19-2005, 07:52 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

No headaches of any kind since hyst, thank you God! I hope they stay away for ever! I tend to get them so bad I have to visit the ER often for a shot of Demerol/Fenagrin (sp). Then I am loopy all the day!
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Unread 12-19-2005, 08:09 PM
Do migraines ever improve post-op?

Thank you everyone!
I have hope!
It would be so fantastic and wonderful if having this done would improve my migraines, too.
I have heard of topomax, but I am not sure if it's used for the kind of seizure disorder that I have. I should ask my neurologist or people on the epilepsy forums. I do take zonegran for my seizures and I have heard that mentioned as a migraine med as well.

Oh, I just want to feel better!

Thanks for the info and for giving me some hope.
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