Another question for the ladies

…and any man who might have helpful insight.

I am becoming more and more convinced that hormone fluctuations are a big part of my migraine pattern. I have a HORRIBLE week just prior to and during my TOM, which is still regular. I am 37, so not yet in menopause, but my hormone levels very well may be changing. Then the 7-10 days after are not great, but not horrible. Finally, I have a pretty good week, sometimes 90-95% normal before I crash again. If hormones are a big trigger for me, does anyone know if there is anything I can do about it?

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…and any man who might have helpful insight.

I am becoming more and more convinced that hormone fluctuations are a big part of my migraine pattern. I have a HORRIBLE week just prior to and during my TOM, which is still regular. I am 37, so not yet in menopause, but my hormone levels very well may be changing. Then the 7-10 days after are not great, but not horrible. Finally, I have a pretty good week, sometimes 90-95% normal before I crash again. If hormones are a big trigger for me, does anyone know if there is anything I can do about it?

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Have you had your levels checked just to see if they could be out of sort?

I thought mine might be a problem, had them checked and they were within normal range. I was really surprised as I am 47 and would have thought I would be getting close to going through that change.

I am exactly the same way. Marci, it was as if you were describing me. The 7-10 day time frame before my period, my symptoms seem to worsen. My motion intolerance is worse, I’m dizzy, more anxious than usual, I don’t get the migraine headache, but I do get headaches. Then the week of my period, I still feel yucky. I am only 34 years old, but Dr. Hain told me he thinks a lot of my problem is hormone related. I am going to Chicago today to see him. I leave in alittle bit (Chicago is about a 2 hour drive from here). One of my questions for him is his opinion on getting my hormone levels checked. He said MAV flares up at around 35, then at menopause around 50. This sounds stupid, but I am already worrying about this “crash” happening to me later in life because it has been such an awful experience. It has taken me almost 9 months to get this far. I have alot of questions for him. Since I am on the Verapamil, My symptoms are not as bad as last month. This time last month I was in bed with dizziness, and heavy headed feeling. I am due to begin my period on Friday. (Hope that’s not too much Info.) Anyways, I feel well enough to go to Chicago today. Maybe, my hormones are leveling out a bit. I’m not sure. Maybe it’s the medicine or the migraine diet. Whatever it is, I’ll take it.

Best to all of you!

  • Nance

Timeless - Did you have your hormone levels checked at various times of your cycle? I thought I had heard that is how it should be done. I’m planning to ask to have my levels checked at my next appointment.

Nance - Please let us know what Dr. Hain says. I’d like to hear his opinion on the issue.

I hope you have a great day, ladies! :slight_smile:

Marci

I went to my appointment with Dr. Hain today. He is very nice. This is the first time I met him in person. He did a test where I had to wear these black, dark goggles. My eyes appeared on a t.v. screen. He had me move, lay down, turn my head. The screen showed my eyes flicking back and forth, showing some dizziness. I asked him about the hormone issue. He said migraine and MAV peak at around 35 and around 50. He seems to think the dizziness/vertigo will go into remission and possibly resurface at menopause. He said I could get a 10-15 year break. (I hope so!!!) He increased my Verapamil dose to a whole capsule (120 MG). He said it reaches it’s full effectiveness at 1 1/2 months. I have to be on it for at least 2 years. I guess because of hormonal changes. (I just turned 34 last month.) If that doesn’t work, he suggests trying Topamax. I do not really want to do that because of it’s side effects. I am praying that this MAV will keep improving on the Verapamil. I have to go back in 6 months. He didn’t think hormone testing was necessary. (That was one of my first questions.) I guess because they fluctuate do to my age. Why does my body have to be so sensitive to changes? None of my 30 something or 40 something friends have this. He really gives a thorough check up and takes time to answer all your questions. I feel confident with his treatment. I came home dizzy, I think because of the long car ride home and we hit rush hour traffic. I can’t wait to go to bed tonight. I just wanted to update you guys.

Nance

Nance,

Thanks for the information. That is all good stuff to know. It sounds like maybe we just have to wait it out in terms of the hormones and just hope the preventatives help. I wish I lived close enough to see Dr. Hain. I’m going to see a new headache specialist (neurologist) next month. Hopefully, he knows what he is doing.

On the bright side, I have just completed one entire week where I felt on average 90-95% of normal. This is my good week, hormone-wise, but there is always a part of me that wants to think this time it is just going to gradually fade away forever. I’ll let you know by next week whether my dreams come true or not.

Get some rest.

Marci