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STILL trying to figure it out…

I have been a sufferer of Migraines for over 5 years, ever since I had my tubes tied after my daughter’s birth. Since then, I have suffered. At first the doctors said I was giving myself rebound headaches and that I needed to stop OTC medications, then my headaches will go away all together. Unfortunately this is not the case, I feel like the doctors are just playing the guessing game with me. I have seen 4 different doctors, had a CT Scan and X-rays over the years. I have come to narrow down the migraine triggers as to be hormonal, so I took the Depot shot for years even though patients are only to be on the Depot for 1-2 years. Since I was on the Depot for so long, I became to have difficulties with calcium and over 30lbs of weight gain. So the doctors are now trying to treat me with Estrogen birth control. Of course changing the meds created migraines the doctors are saying will go away after 84 pills of Ocella. Like I said before, I feel they are just playing the guessing game with me. I told them my sister has had breast cancer created by Estrogen and that I didn’t want to be treated with Estrogen. They insist this is going to work and this is what we need to do so I no longer have migraines. UGH, it has not worked so far…. nothing seems to work! I pray for help and solutions…

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  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    4 years ago

    First- I love your screen name!
    Since hormones are clearly a huge trigger for you, have you ever thought about the copper IUD? It contains NO hormones.

    If you do not want to take the Estrogen, get a second opinion. Doctors are not always right and do the best they can. Getting another opinion may help you to decide what is right for you. What type of doctor are you seeing? A neurologist is good, but if you can find a headache specialist they will be able to give you the attention you really need. These are neuros that have done specialized training in the over 300 headache disorders. Here’s more info on Headache Specialists:

    Here’s also an article on hormonal issues and migraines:

    I hope you find some of this helpful. Best wishes and thanks for telling your story!
    -Katie Moderator

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