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Newly diagosed at 49

Hi everyone. I've always had menstrual migraines once a month. A few weeks ago I woke up with a throbbing migraine. It's been almost 30 days. I went to the neuro and he prescribed triptans. It works but only for about 15 hours. I always have a dull pulsating pressure throb on my left temple. Anyone else have the same? What med works for you? Thanks

  1. Hi
    Thank you for starting this topic. You're not alone, we hear from many women who are debilitated by migraine attacks around their cycle. While we wait for others to join the conversation, I'd like to share a bit of information on this topic.
    Frova is a long acting triptan often used for this type of migraine attack. I've heard from many women who find this treatment beneficial. We have more information on this here;
    Please let me know what you think and I hope you are having a low pain day, Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

    1. thank you

    2. You're very welcome! Please keep me posted! Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Leader/Moderator Team

  2. Hello - As Nancy states, it's great you've jumped on and started a post. This is a great topic and all too familiar. I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing menstrual migraines. It sounds like you've been dealing with a prolonged episode and ongoing discomfort despite treatment. It's not uncommon for migraines to persist or recur, even after taking medication like triptans. If the triptans are only providing temporary relief and you're still experiencing persistent symptoms, it may be worth revisiting your treatment plan with your neurologist to discuss alternative or adjunctive medications that could better manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
    Should you choose this option and see your treating neurologist, another plan is to keep a detailed migraine diary that can be helpful in tracking your symptoms, identifying triggers, and monitoring the effectiveness of different treatments over time. This information can provide valuable insights for you and your healthcare provider as you work together to manage your menstrual migraines more effectively. Thinking of you. Rebecca (community moderator)

    1. thank you i was in touch with my nuero again today trying to see what Med is next.

  3. I'm sorry to hear that you're experiencing such intense pain for almost 30 days now. That's a long time to be in pain, with only temporary relief. I take a triptan myself, and most times it works, but there are the times that it only provided temporary relief which is disappointing to say the least. At that point, I like to get some bodywork done to see if that helps to bring relief. I know many insurance companies offer a few chiropractic care appointments, so that helps from a cost perspective. But there are lots of other bodywork options out there to consider. You mentioned though that you're experiencing menstrual migraine, so I wanted to pass this article along in hopes that you might find it helpful.

    Keep us posted on how you're doing, as you feel comfortable doing so.

    Alene, moderator

    1. Thank you!

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