Bio-identical Progesterone and Estrogen cured my migraines

I’m 54 years old and started having migraines about 20 years ago. Initially, it was a rare occurrence. As soon as I turn 40, when most hormonal changes start, they became more frequent – typically around my period and when stressed. After trying all different types of medication, I was finally sent to a headache specialist. He put me on Maxalt, which at least relieved the pain when it happened, but did nothing to prevent it.

Within the last couple of years, my migraines were so frequent that it was easier to say when I didn’t have one. I was completely dysfunctional, just about anything would trigger a migraine – even the sun, a smell, slight irritation…I could no longer keep track of the triggers. I had no life.

I can’t even tell you where I read it or saw it, as I was frantically looking everywhere for a solution, but somewhere I read progesterone helped prevent migraines. I ordered online over-the-counter Source Naturals Natural Progesterone Cream. It worked!!! The first week without a migraine was like a miracle, then 2 weeks, then 3 weeks. Then, around my period, I got a migraine. That’s when I decided, I needed a prescription. I now take bio identical estrogen and progesterone and a migraines are a thing of the past. I have not had a migraine in 6 months. I only joined this site, hoping this is the solution for others.

It is important that you choose the bio identical hormones versus hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT are synthetic hormones which your body cannot assimilate and has been shown to cause cancer, heart disease, and strokes. Bio identical means that your body recognizes them as if it their own.
Here is a website which explains the differences and lists the brands so you know what to ask for.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/womens-health/what-are-bioidentical-hormones
Wishing you health!

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  • AmyBabee
    4 years ago

    Mizlillyitalia: I just read your story. It’s so true. I have the same problems as you. We have tried everything possible to no avail; then my GYN, a nurse practitioner in consultation with my neurologist suggested hormones. She put me on continuous daily hormone pills. We noticed that my pains dramatically reduced from 9 to 2 or none at all except during the time of my period for the first 6 months. I was about to go shouting from the roof top. Then I had a UTI whereby my PCP prescribed an antibiotic and it went and ruined all the 6 months’ work that the hormones had done. The migraines came back with a vengeance. I had continuous migraines for 3 months and could only be rescued with Topamax. So for the past 3 months, we’ve been trying to get me back to where I was before. The hormones really work, especially when you find the right combination for you. I take the single estrogen only to avoid clotting according to my GYN. Thank God, this month, no period. Why would I even be having periods at 50? They told me menopause might take care of it; so far, it hasn’t (: Lesson learned: Never, ever mix antibiotics with hormones again.

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    Mizlillyitalia,
    Thank you so much for sharing your success story. I’m always so encouraged when I hear that someone has found something that works for them.

    It is so true that Migraines can be impacted by hormonal changes at any age. In our Community Forum area, there is a section on Migraines and Hormones, it might be helpful for you to post this information there are as well:

    http://migraine.com/topic/menstrual-migraine-hormonal-migraine/

    Thanks again!
    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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