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Menstrual Migraines

Hello, I’m 35 and a mom to 3 kids. In the last 3 months I’ve been experiencing migraines about 1-2 days before my cycle begins or sometimes the day my cycle begins. I will usually have clues to when they are coming on, I will be overly emotional, feel off balance, tired and just out of it. The next day is hell, the back of my head hurts all the way into my cheek sinus area and into my teeth. At first I thought they were related to allergies or sinus stuff but a sinus CT recently ruled out any problems there. Nothing seems to help! I’ve never dealt with migraines before! I’ve also never been on birth control nor am I willing to take it

  1. Hello ashley0803, thank you for reaching out! I hear how miserable you have been feeling through your last few menstrual cycles. New symptoms like this can feel so disconcerting. If you haven't already, I would encourage you to discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Only a doctor can accurately diagnose what you are experiencing. Then together, hopefully you can develop a treatment plan you are both comfortable pursuing. If you are diagnosed with menstrual migraine, there are treatments other than birth control! I thought these articles might be of interest to you:
    https://migraine.com/blog/hormonal-migraine-the-basics/
    https://migraine.com/migraine-types/menstrual-migraine/
    Please keep us posted on what you learn and how you are managing. Wishing you a gentle day. ~Allyson (Migraine.com team)

    1. Hi @ashley0803,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with us. Allyson gave you great information. I'll add my two cents as well!

      Migraine attacks that are trigger by hormones can be tough to manage. Many women I've spoken with have good results with Frova, a long acting triptan. It's taken a few days before and during menses, you can read more about that here; https://migraine.com/blog/short-term-option-for-migraine-prevention-frova/. This may be a good starting point to have a conversation with the doctor.

      Another thing I wanted to mention is many people think they are having a sinus issue, when in reality it's migraine. Migraine attack symptoms can include, but are not limited to nasal congestion, runny nose, painful cheeks, gums and even teeth and more. Let me share this article that has more information on sinus and migraine; https://migraine.com/migraine-types/sinus-migraine/.

      I hope this helps!
      Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

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