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Migraine,Pre-menopause & Menopause

July 15th 2014 20:57

So, the American Headache Society just had their 56th Annual Scientific Meeting! First, I would just like to say, Wow! I had no idea they have been around as long as I have been! Second, women, yes, it is all in your head, but in this case, there is validation, it's real.

"Ours is the first study to demonstrate that the frequency of migraine attacks increases during the menopausal transition," said first author Vincent T. Martin, M.D., Co-director of the University of Cincinnati Headache and Facial Pain Program and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Cincinnati.

research was conducted as part of the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study, a longitudinal mailed questionnaire survey of 120,000 US households selected to be representative of the US population. Using data from the 2006 AMPP Study survey, women with migraine aged 35-65 years of age were eligible for these analyses. Women with migraine were classified based on headache frequency into a high frequency group if they experienced 10 or more headache days per month and into a low or moderate frequency episodic migraine group if they had less than 10 days per month. Women were also classified as premenopausal, peri-menopausal or postmenopausal (absent menstrual periods for at least 12 months) based upon responses to the questionnaire.
Of 3,603 eligible women, the mean age was 45 and 34% were premenopausal, 35% were peri-menopausal and 30% were menopausal. Frequent headache (10 or more days per month) was 50 to 60% more common among peri-menopausal (12.2%) and menopausal women (12.0%) compared with the pre-menopausal group (8.0%).

"Given that migraines tend to worsen during menstruation, it may seem paradoxical that when periods become irregular during the peri-menopause or absent during menopause that headache become more frequent," said Richard B. Lipton, M.D., professor of Neurology and director of the Montefiore Headache Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "We believe that both declining estrogen levels that occur at the time of menstruation as well as low estrogen levels that are encountered during the menopause are triggers of migraine in some women," he said.
"These results validate the belief by many women that their headaches worsen during the transition into menopause," Dr. Martin said. "We hope that our work spurs researchers to develop novel treatments for migraine during this time period given that many of the headaches encountered are thought to be hormonally triggered."

source: Science Daily

Migraine And Allergies

July 10th 2014 15:05

So, I have been really struggling with allergies this year. The weather has been back and forth with storms, then the sun is back out. I did have some relief last week when we had no storms come through, so that was much needed relief.

But the past few days, it's been rainy off and on. Then last night, a quick, wicked storm came through, wham! I could feel my chronic migraine pain level go up. Early this morning, the pain woke me up that was in the top of the back of my head. That old, familiar, sharp, shooting pain.

Between that and my eyes feeling raw, like they are dry, yet tears going down my cheeks, makes it hard to function. I did take some over the counter medicine, the one makes me shaky, so I split it in half and took each half an hour apart. I hope that way, I won't get that side effect.

Yep, miserable is the word.

Thunderstorms and Migraine

June 23rd 2014 13:55

Well, I think it's going to be a long, stormy summer! I used to live in Florida a long time ago and these storms remind me so much of the storms we had there during the summers.

I can tell you, the weather really effects me. So, with the storms we are getting, it has been pretty bad lately. Nothing I do can help, just hope. If it gets to the point where my migraine pain level gets too high, I will have to make the dreaded E.R. trip. My allergies have been bad enough, now with thunderstorms to deal with, my migraine pain level has been at a higher level than it has in a long time.

I find I get brain fog. It is hard to focus. I have been waking up because of pain and pressure in my eyes. I have tried allergy medicines, but haven't found one that works for me.

I just wish the stormy weather would stop. I could use some relief.

Shades, Hat During The Summer

June 12th 2014 16:22

So in a previous post gave tips on what to make sure you have on hand for summer time! I left a few important things out. Always have a pair of sunglasses with you. It is important to wear them in the daylight, even if it is cloudy outside. Wear them traveling in the car in the day, even if it is a short run

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Hot Fun In The Summer Time?

June 3rd 2014 15:56

So, as I have said before, I now have a group Face Book Page, please feel free to join. I love doing the blog, but the group is for discussion! I have a lot of readers and sure would love to hear from you! Here is my advice today that I shared there

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Make People Aware!

June 3rd 2014 01:50

June is Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

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Yes, this month, June is officially Migraine & Headache Awareness Month! Did you know that headache is among the top 10 disability causes worldwide? Also, the estimated number of people who suffer migraine worldwide is 1,000,000,000? Well it doesn't surprise me

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Ground Hog Night!

May 30th 2014 15:29

Yep, late last night, after a brief time of thunderstorms, migraine aura followed by higher level of migraine pain. I have had migraine auras throughout the years, but not so much in recent times. And the times I have had them recently, I haven't had my migraine pain level go up. (I have chronic migraine) I had higher level migraine pain the night before

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Migraine Level Up Last Night

May 28th 2014 20:50

So, last night we had a lot of thunder and lightning. And now it is starting up again, just great! Why do I have a feeling it is going to be a long summer? I guess part of it is because last night, my migraine pain level went up. I can feel it starting to rise right now

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So, an interesting fact about headaches: there are more than 85 types of headaches! Now, a new review has looked at common causes of headaches during pregnancy and postnatal period

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