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Unread 03-29-2011, 02:44 PM
Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

Is there a certain HRT that is better than others to prevent migraines? Anyone have any opinions? Thanks :-)
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Unread 03-29-2011, 08:45 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

I think if you can find one that provides an even source of estrogen without ups and downs, that would help somewhat.

Many find the evenness better with a patch or ring vs an oral tablet or something you have to apply more frequently (spray, gel, etc).
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Unread 03-30-2011, 10:31 AM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

Estrogen fluctuations are often the trigger for migraines, as those of us in the migraine club know all too well.

I am post-op (LAVH+BSOO) on HRT, and had the same question pre-op. My research (two doctors, including a migraine specialist, plus a lot of reading) indicates what the post above says: it's about maintaining the most even levels.

I also was uncertain about the ovaries, and decided based partially on headache issues that they had to go. My headache specialist said that 1/3 of women do better (headache frequency-wise) after BSOO; 1/3 stay the same; and 1/3 get worse. She said it's about adjusting the hormone therapy over time.

I'm doing a spray-on topical mist. One week post-op, I have not had a headache yet, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Good luck with your decision.
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Unread 03-31-2011, 12:18 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

Hey Madge.

I had my LAVH+BSOO (thanks, I wasn't sure of the nomenclature but think that means LAProscopic Hys, remmoval of ovaries and cervix??).
The good news is that I didn't have a migraine for almost two months after the KILLER migraine I had after surgery (guess it was caused by anaethesia) . I usually get more than one a week. I have been so thrilled BUT just this last week I've been battling them again. I'm on pellets and usually start getting migraines when my doses get low towards the end of the third month (on pellets) but I'm less than two months into my pellets.

I jumped on this wonderful site (much more informative than my dr. throughout the process) to see if anyone thought there was a difference post-op with their pellets.

I was dancing in the streets
thinking I was one of the 1/3..... but may not be.

GOOD LUCK!
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Unread 06-06-2011, 08:31 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

I have used Relpax for years with great success and few side effects. However, I must share that after having migraines from the age of 8, I decided to try a mouth guard at the age of 44! I grind my teeth @ night and have been told by dentists it could help my headaches. I bought a sports mouth guard for $1 and the number of headaches I experienced per month went from about 10 to 2!!! Why didn't I try this sooner! I must also add that since my surgery 7 weeks ago I haven't had a headache since the first week of post-op!
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:21 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

Thanks rhonda...i've been on every medicine out there. prophylactic, naturapathic, shots, oral, accupuncture, etc etc. Actually on my second round of some... topamax and I had blood in my urine. 60% of my hysterectomy decision was to see if it would help with it. Only for two weeks. I've diaried and know my triggers etc etc. SORRY for whining. love to hear what works for others.

Might try Mayo to see if they have anything new...... Here's to continued health!
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:46 PM
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My doctor has me taking topamax twice a day, promethazine on onset of migraine and then every six hours and then, if that hasn't helped within two hours of taking it I take imitrex. That seems to do it for me. However, I am a mom of 5, and I can never take the medicine like i'm supposed to unless my husband is home.
wish i could have been more help..
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:50 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

I'm so glad you found something that worked...I hoped a second try at the topamax would do it, but blood in the urine stopped that. Good Luck! with FIVE kids, you have your plate full. I hope they give you lots of joy.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 10:05 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

they give me lots of joy!!! thank you.....2,4,4,7,11!!!
certain days I dont have to think what the triggers were for that migraine lol
i truly wish you all the best in finding what will help you!!!!
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Unread 06-07-2011, 09:22 PM
Re: Migraine Sufferers - Best HRT to take?

I thought it was just me, its nice to know that I am not the only who has been suffering. My headaches started getting really bad since this last surgery. Ive got nothing left in there and am taking 600 mg of prometrium and 1mg of Estradiol. I tried the patch but it made my left arm go kinda numb so we went to an oral instead. I have four kids which I homeschool so I am sure that doesnt help the whole stress issue but I am kinda at a loss at what to do. There are some days when I cant seem to see straight let alone think straight and try to be not only a mom and wife but a teacher as well. We are trying to play catch up since this past school year we werent able to do a whole lot, with 3 surgiers just this past year its been a lot to have to deal with. I guess it is time to go back to the doc yet again and try to get fixed again I have to say I am kinda sick of going to the docs office
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