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Unread 05-04-2008, 06:57 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

Hi ladies. Would love to chat with others who have had a hyterectomy (me, April 3rd, TAH BSO) in hopes of helping hormonal migraines. I've had a few migraines since the surgery but overall, better than before. I have been plagued by these horrible things since age15 and I'm now 48...blahhh. Usually the onset was the 13 days around my period...but now no period...I'm happy about that! I tried everything and these horrible things still came about 8 times a month!

I'm wondering if some of you ladies have experienced the strange looks from people who think you are absolutely crazy for having a hysterectomy for migraines. And now if I tell someone that you've had a migraine, they shake their head in disappointment and seem to think...See, you shouldn't have done it. I know that I shouldn't worry about what others think, but I feel that I take everyone on a migraine ride with me and now it's not just me who is disappointed that a migraine has come, but all my other well-wishers.

I don't know if I'm making sense or not...just feel kind of like an island. Hoping to hear some stories of encouragement.
Luvvv to all.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 07:49 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

I kind of know what you mean about 'other people.' I did not have a hysterectomy for migranes but I did stop telling people why I had it. When asked I just replied 'chronic long-term female problems.' That shuts them up. Besides, it is none of their business.

I have always wondered what triggers migranes. Sometimes I wonder if it is a sodium or other blood chemistry imbalance, Whatever the cause, good luck.
Unread 05-04-2008, 09:07 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

Hey! I, too, have had migraines for some time...they started after the birth of my first child and have gotten worse over time....they are definitely hormonal coming on about a week before my period and during times of stress...I was having about 1-3 a week for the past 2 years or so...no one understands unless you have been there...the whole throbbing pain, nausea/vomiting, have to retreat from the world thing...I had a hysterectomy on 4/14 with the removal of uterus, cervix, and my right ovary...since the surgery I have not had a migraine!!!!!!!!!!!!It's the longest I have ever gone without one!!!!!!! Its not the pain meds either....up until my hyst. I was eating motrin like crazy and only existed with Imitrex...I did not know this could be a side effect of the hyst...if i would have known that, I might have done it sooner...heck...if they said removing half my internal organs and a limb or two, I would have done it...I was in that much pain...so, your hyst was definitely worth it, just for that...also, its nobody's business...people won't get the migraine/hormone thing so just tell them whatever you want and good luck..,let us know how you are doing.
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Unread 05-04-2008, 10:11 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

I don't think anyone should ever look at you that way, your having a hysterectomy is for your own personal reasons and health we are all different and for whatever reason we all have the hysterectomy in common. I didn't have mine for migraines, but I also suffer from these and if you were getting them that bad and this was one way to help I SAY good for you hon!
Unread 05-04-2008, 06:40 PM
migraine help via hysterectomy

I also had migraines before my surgery, and they were a part of why I had the surgery to begin with. I also had other problems, but the migraines were the worst. My surgery was in February and I have not had a migraine since. I was afraid that because I kept one ovary, the hormones would trigger it, but they did not.
Unread 05-05-2008, 09:49 PM
migraine help via hysterectomy

I still get migraines but not as often or as bad as before. I kept my ovaries, and they seem to be working fine. My migrianes started after the birth of my second child and had gotten more frequent and more painful until my surgery.
Unread 05-06-2008, 04:05 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

I didn't have my hysterrectomy due to migranes, but I also have them really bad not real often, about one or two a month and I sure can relate to the pain, nausea, and not being able to tolerate any noise or light.
I have two different migrane meds to take, and when they are extremely bad I have to go to doc and get a shot for the pain and nausea.

And yeah, it is none of other peoples business why you had to have the hysteretomy, I also just say due to many female problems and I didn't need them any more anyway, through menopause already and tubes tied no more children.
Unread 05-08-2008, 04:18 AM
migraine help via hysterectomy

Thanks for all your responses. I felt loved on. No migraines in about a week. I'm feeling more hopeful. I'm in England and I've seen the sun for a few days...another reason for additonal hope!

I'm wondering as well as to whether the few migraines I have had since the surgery could be from lack of sleep. I used to sleep so well, but now I wake up every few hours. Lack of sleep had always seemed to be a possible trigger in the past. I'll see my doc in early June and ask about HRT...not sure what to do. I hope he will know....but I guess there is no harm in trying it out.

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