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Menopause and MAV

Does anyone have any info on whether MAV might settle down post menopause? If hormones play a role, has anyone seen any articles or specialists who believe it MAV will improve later in life?

I haven’t seen any articles that I can think of off-hand. That said, my neurologist made an off-the-cuff comment when I saw her last (I changed neurologists, so I’ve only seen her once) and when she was confirming that yes, my MAV was likely triggered by perimenopausal hormone changes, she said something to the effect that we just needed to “get me through the next couple of years” or something to that effect. Of course, that said, first, perimenopause can last up to 10 years and I’d really rather not have to wait that long to feel good again :wink: plus, if you poke around on the website here, you’ll find some folks who said that for them it didn’t go away after menopause. I suspect that since everyone’s different that may or may not be the case. Just have to ride out this horrible storm called “MAV” to see what happens in the long run… (Sigh…)

Menopause, Perimenopause + MAV = Hell! I just needed to say that!! How can it be survived?? Anyway, my doctors have discouraged any thought of MAV going away after… will there be an after. I’m nearly 50… what purpose can it serve for taking so long! :slight_smile:

I was one of those who was told my MAV would be gone after menopause but unfortunately it isn’t. I’ve had it since 19 and was told perimenopause was likely responsible for a severe increase in symptoms around the age of 45. Fifteen years on, it’s better than it was but that’s because I changed my diet, not so much that MAV per se took a hike.

Brenda

Brenda,

When mav started 2 years ago (ànd Trigeminal Neuralgia type 1 ànd pulsatile tinnitus), and after a while I started to realise it was a sign of the onset of menopause, I’ve had the same mindbreaking question.

When I read Erika’s post, I understand it can end up either way. It feels like I’m in a waiting room were I have to stay for years, not knowing what I’m waiting for: good or staying bad…

The bad is very bad (at times I can’t eat, touch my face, talk etc, due to the TN) and that’s why I keep on wondering and searching for any relief in any way. No other option than hope!

Elis

Hi folks -
So, I was recently diagnosed with MAV by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist at Mass Eye and Ear in Boston - one of the preeminent ENT hospitals in the country. I had “pregnancy induced hypertension” when pregnant with both of my kids, and it caused headaches/migraines, but never vertigo. Now, I am 50 years old and have been perimenopausal for 10 years, and just this year started to skip periods. I think I have had periods about 9 out of the past 12 months. I started to have vertigo about two months ago - coinciding with a new job and lots of stress in my personal life.

Long story short, my ENT doctor told me that I could expect to have vertigo for the next couple of years, or I could try and reduce the triggers and get it under control sooner.

I can’t change my new job, I can try and manage my personal life stressors, but the one thing that was all new to me was the concept of changing one’s diet. In addition to this website, he recommended books called *Heal your Headache the 1-2-3 Program *by David Buchholz and *The Migraine Brain *by Dr. Carolyn Bernstein and an article called “Migraine - More than a Headache” by Drs. Michael Teixido and John Carey.

Hope that helps. I am reading the article for the first time today, have the books on order, and have a lot to learn, so I decided to post here and see if anyone else out there is experiencing similar issues and can shed some light on what else I can/should do.

https://www.migrainetrust.org/about-migraine/trigger-factors/menopause-and-midlife/