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First migraine in perimenopause.

  • By Nicky2dogs

    Hi I was just diagnosed with migraine in February after experiencing migraine aura for the first time at the grand old age of 48. Has anybody else had a similar experience? More importantly is there hope that things will get better after the menopause?

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi NIcky2dogs,

    I’m sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. Migraine is thought to be a genetic neurological disease that can impact our entire body. I’ve been having migraine attacks since I started my period. They did get much worse as I sustained a TBI.

    We have some numbers on migraine disease and menopause I’d like to share with you. Women who go through natural menopause, 67% see an improvement while 9% get worse and 24% see no change. On the other hand when women have surgical menopause 33% of women find their migraine attacks get better, 67% find their migraine attacks get worse and there is an insignificant (study wise) number of women whose migraines don’t change at all. It’s not recommended (by migraine experts) to have a hysterectomy due to migraine disease. We have more information on women and migraine here; https://migraine.com/living-with-migraine/hormonal-migraine-the-basics/.

    I hope that helps,
    Nancy

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