Do you ever experience painful headaches about 1-2 days before or during your menstrual cycle? Are these unlike ordinary tension headache – more painful, numbing even blinding pain that makes you sick to your stomach? If so, you may be experiencing a menstrual migraine. In fact, common research suggests that women get migraines more frequently than men? In fact, current research suggests that 20% of women get hormone triggered migraine headaches that typically occur around the onset of a woman’s menstrual cycle. In this article, we will provide you with an overview of menstrual migraines. Are you ready? Lets begin.
First of all, you should know that there are currently two types of migraines that affect women. The first is called Menstrual Associated Migraine which occurs anytime during the woman’s monthly cycle. In comparison, a pure menstrual migraine headache occurs during a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Some common symptoms of menstrual migraines include severe headache pain, nauseous feelings, sensitivity to light, dizziness, irritability and more. In addition, some women may become violently ill and vomit frequently as well.
Many researchers and medical professionals speculate that women get these menstrual migraines when their estrogen levels drop, which typically occur before a woman’s cycle.
If you’re wondering if you have a real menstrual migraine and you consistently have them during your period, there are several things that you can do to determine the truth.
– Record your migraines for a few months. Write down when they occurred, when your cycle occurred, how long it lasted, what relieved the pain, where you felt it, etc. Basically you need to chronicle your pain so that you can inform your physician.
-Seek a specialist. Seek a physician that specializes in headaches. Take your journal and share it with them. Not only will this provide proof of your symptoms but it will help him find a pattern or link.
If it is indeed a menstrual migraine, it will be treated with pain killers and anti nauseous medication. In addition, you may receive anti-inflammatory medications, skin patches that contain estrogen or even birth control pills to manage your estrogen levels and avoid any sudden drops.
In conclusion, menstrual migraines are a royal pain in the head, especially when you’re dealing with your menstrual cycle. However, there is hope. By understanding the different types of menstrual headaches, working closely with your physician, accurately recording your migraines and staying open to various treatment options, you can cure your menstrual migraines for good. Good luck!