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Hormonal cause?

  • By Bubblegums

    Hi everybody,

    So I got my results back from a blood test for hormonal disbalances and there are two results that just jump out for me: aldosteron 1008 pmol/L (range: 56-660) and renine conc. 35.0 ng/L (range; 3.5-28.5). My cortisol is also very low and dr. mentioned a disturbance in glucocorticoid metabolism, which I don’t understand even when I google it. The rest seems ok, given the range they’re in. Could this be the cause for my headaches/migraine? I always have a migraine around my period, which is the reason I think it’s hormonal.

    I would be so grateful if anyone could explain this to me and actually answer my questions! It took me months already to get my blood tested and if my hormones are not the cause I want to know so I can carry on looking.

    Best wishes,

    B.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi Bubblegums,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and being part of the Migraine.com discussion forum – we’re glad you’re here!

    Migraine is a genetic neurobiological disease that can impact our entire body. A migraine attack may be triggered by many things including fluctuating hormones, skipping meals, dehydration, interrupted sleep schedules and many other things.

    Fluctuating hormones can play havoc with migraine disease. Some women find Frova, a triptan that stops the migraine process, taken a few days before and a few days after menses. Let me share that information with you; https://migraine.com/blog/short-term-option-for-migraine-prevention-frova/. We have more on hormones and migraine in this link; https://migraine.com/living-with-migraine/hormonal-migraine-the-basics/.

    Trigger identification and management are an important role in managing migraine disease. I know after keeping a migraine diary for my son who was having frequent migraine attacks, we were able to determine interrupted sleep schedules, dehydration, skipping meals and dark chocolate were all strong triggers for him. You may want to keep a detailed migraine diary (if you haven’t already) for three months to try and identify any patterns your migraine attacks have and triggers. You can read more about that here; https://migraine.com/blog/keeping-migraine-diary-basics/.

    I hope that helps. Let me know what you think,
    Nancy

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