Migraines and Menopause
Q: Having a lifetime of migraines on a monthly basis.
Now that I've gone into menopause, the migraines happen more and more frequently.
My brain is fuzzy and my normal energy level fluctuates so much I don't know
if I am coming or going!
I simply crave a normal life where I wake up energized and full of life. I am
on HRT and use Amerge for migraine relief. I am using a fair amount of Amerge
and I never know when my headaches will start. Most of the time I wake up with
them or they come on during the evening. Help!†
I am 53 years of age, happily married, children living on their own and
simply want to be healthy and full of life.
Dr. Donnica: I am sorry to hear of your difficulties.† You may
wish to speak with your doctor about weaning off the HRT. Many women with migraines
find that they regress during menopause because of the LACK of estrogen. I recommend
that you keep a log of the frequency of your headaches and if they are affecting
you several days a month, you may wish to talk with your doctor about taking
medicine to prevent them, rather than treating them once you get them.†I
recommend going off the HRT first and seeing if that helps at all.
For more information about migraines, click here.
For more information about menopause, click here.
Donnica Moore MD
Created: 9/28/2002  - Donnica Moore, M.D.