For any ladies who, like me, have been hoping to get help with hormone related MAV through treating hormone imbalance instead of taking migraine preventatives, I just want to share the discussion I have had with my doc today…
First, a quick summary of why I came here at all! In November last year I had my first ever ‘attack’ of vertigo. One month later, same again. Then again in Jan and Feb, a little milder each month. March passed almost unnoticed. Then, the night before last BAM! same as November, incapacitated all day yesterday, bad still today. So, I have just been to see my GP.
I explained that this has been happening in a monthly cycle, that along with it come some other PMS type smptoms. I told him that I used to get monthly migraines - either just aura, or headache or both. I thought I was over them, but now I’m getting this. Initially he didn’t think it was actual vertigo, but a quick check where he held my head still and had me follow his finger with my eyes and he said oh, yes… it’s vertigo. So, he agrees that it’s hormone related, and migrainous. But my attempts to get help with hormone balancing were unsuccessful. He explained that it’s very difficult to treat hormone issues, as they fluctuate naturally and it’s never going to be easy to know when to introduce either estrogen or progesterone or both. The progesterone only pill (mini pill) is a possiblity, but as this made me vile and murderous the last time I took it he agreed it wouldn’t be a good idea! It is possible to take progesterone for just a week or a few days each month, but again - balancing hormones is incredibly difficult and levels change so much over time. So, I have been prescribed pizotifen.
I am writing this because I have spent HOURS and HOURS searching google for some little shred of information that tells me it IS better to treat the hormone imbalance (which is the cause of my migraines) rather than the migraines themselves. I now, finally, believe that it is going to be much quicker, and much easier to take the migraine preventative.
I hope this drug helps, and doesn’t make me too fat
Can I just add that I actually feel quite lucky that these attacks only happen on a monthly basis - it sounds like so many of you guys are suffering a great deal more than me. I wish you all good luck in finding some relief.