DO YOU KNOW YOUR HEADACHE IN PERIODS CAN BE MENSTRUAL MIGRAINE TOO?

January 11, 2018

DO YOU KNOW YOUR HEADACHE IN PERIODS CAN BE MENSTRUAL MIGRAINE TOO?

Suffering from headaches during normal days is because of stress, depression, and over-activity but headaches before menstruation is a different thing. It's actually menstrual migraine which most of the women face before, during and after the menstruation. About 60% women face this issue. This is not an unusual thing. It has reason behind that which is low estrogen level. In order to combat the symptoms of low estrogen levels, such as hot flashes and fatigue, it is important to understand their causes; these causes are predominantly hormonal.

Causes:

Migraines are different than common headaches. They typically cause high levels of throbbing pain and usually occur on one side of the head. Menstrual migraine is mainly because of hormonal fluctuation. The lack of the estrogen in body right before your periods is responsible for menstrual migraine. 

            

Symptoms:

Migraines are of two types; Migraine with aura and Migraine without aura. Menstrual migraine somehow has symptoms more related to migraine without aura. So the vomiting, nausea, sensitivity of light, sensitivity of sound, pain behind one eye, pain behind one ear, seeing flashes of light and spots are symptoms of menstrual migraine. 

             

Treatment:

A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen or naproxen is sometimes all you need to treat a menstrual migraine. Along with your migraine symptoms, these drugs can also relieve periods cramps. Another option triptan drugs block pain signals in your brain. It works with in 2 hours after you take them. Your doctor may suggest that you take both an NSAID and a triptan to get relief or a one. 

              

Alternative therapies could also give you some relief, although it’s key that you check with your doctor before you try one. Magnesium supplements help some women with menstrual migraines. Acupuncture, relaxation exercises, and biofeedback therapy are useful, too.