How to Deal With a Hormonal Migraine

November 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Migraines

A hormonal migraine usually rears its ugly head during the onset of a female’s menstrual cycle. Although both males and females experience hormone-related migraines every now and then, most migraines that females experience are directly related to changes in their hormonal levels, which may be due to overproduction or imbalance.


Recent studies show that this type of migraine is affected by estrogen. This hormone is in charge of opening up blood vessels for the proper collection and disposal of body wastes and to maintain the growth and development of tissue. When menstruation starts, estrogen levels drastically decrease, resulting to the bleeding part of the menstrual cycle. This would also cause the constriction of blood vessels in the brain, producing the trademark headshot of pain, which is the migraine.


Hormone-related migraines usually have the same symptoms of other forms of migraines, such as extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, paleness, weakness, and extreme headaches. Sensitivity to light and sound is also a common symptom. The only thing that separates hormone-related migraines from the rest of the world of headache is that this type of migraine has the tendency to occur almost regularly. Thus, it is possible that when that time of the month comes, a nasty migraine would most likely be tagging along for the ride.


Fortunately, it is possible to keep track of this migraine. It can be done by monitoring a woman’s menstrual cycle with the use of the common calendar. This would at least give the person an idea when the migraine is going to strike next. Then stocking up on pain relievers is the next obvious step. Making an appointment with a doctor is not a bad idea as well.


A lot of medication types seem to do the trick when trying to scare away a migraine. Pain relievers seem to work, with a selection of mefenamic acid, ibuprofen, and the ever so popular paracetamol. If these do not work, some women find birth control pills to do wonders because of their effect on a woman’s hormones. And if these still do not work, getting a prescription for a tryptamine-based pain reliever may be a good idea. After all, when all else fails, what have you got to lose?


It is also a good idea to keep the curtains down and to wear eye masks when going to sleep. Try to keep the place as quiet as possible because a whisper can sound like a shriek to someone with a hormonal migraine.


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