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My hell!

When I turned 30 I experienced my first migraine. Like clockwork, every month during my menstral cycle I get a minimum of 8 migraines a month. 2 days prior I get debilitating migraines that last for a full two days where my Imitrex barely touches it. I am unable to work, take care of my kids, leave the house…nothing but imatrex, ice packs, promethozine for my nausea & darkness! I’m 43, and they are getting more frequent due to peri menopause. I wanted to get a hysterectomy but the specialist I saw said that women are dying of heart failure early in life that have had their ovaries removed. Therefore, the risk outweighs the benefit.

I have had cat scans, taken every migraine Med there is & the side effects are unbearable.
Have any of you had these hormonal migraines? I am waiting months to get into The Headache Center in Philly. I’m hearing in-patient 8-10 day treatments are common. The patients that had been there are claiming on The Jefferson website that even after the hospital stay, it’s not a cure. I’m desperate! For my life, my marriage & my children! I am praying that someone who has been through hormonal migraines reads this & can give me a glimpse of hope!!!
Thank you in advance!

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  • GardensatNight
    2 years ago

    I am so sorry you are going through this. I completely relate with the not leaving the house. I only go outside on cloudy days. Light sensitivty is a killer and the glasses just don’t work for me.

    I was also having a lot of trouble with menstrual cycle migraines. Every month at my cycle, I would have a 3-4 day unstoppable migraine, and migraines mid-cycle as well. My obgyn put me on a bcp that makes my periods stop, and that stopped the menstrual migraines for me since my hormones are no longer going up and down. But I still get plentiful migraines for other reasons. So, it’s a mystery disease process. But I definitely would NOT go off this bcp unless I had to. Good luck and I hope you find a solution that works for you.

  • DonnaFA moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi CharlieB, I’m sorry to hear that you are suffering so. While members of the community may jump in with their personal experiences with hormonally induced migraine, you may be interested in browsing the articles on the site which speak to them..

    We wish you luck at The Headache Center. Please keep in touch and let us know how you fare. Please know we’re always here to share support or just a friendly ear. I’d also like to invite you to join the conversation on our Facebook page. -Warmly Donna ( team)

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