Managing Perimenopause Migraines

Managing Perimenopause Migraines

According to The Migraine Trust, 50% of women report that their migraines are directly affected by their menstrual cycle. In fact, researchers have found that many women begin to experience migraines or feel worsening migraines during the perimenopause period as a result of decreased estrogen levels.

Is it a Migraine?
Those who are experiencing “midlife migraines” for the first time may feel overwhelmed if they have not previously experienced a migraine headache. Migraines are different from regular headaches because of a few symptoms that set them apart. For instance, when a woman has a migraine, she may see spots of light called “auras,” feel nauseous, be sensitive to light, and other specific symptoms. These symptoms are unique to migraines, but it is possible that you are suffering from another severe form of headache that may share other migraine symptoms, so before seeking treatment, it is important to see a pain specialist to confirm a migraine diagnosis.

Looking for Triggers
Migraines often come in clusters, but they can also come unexpectedly. According to the physicians at The Pain Center, it is better to take preventative measures than to suffer from a migraine and treat the pain after the fact. The key to doing this is to look for patterns in your migraine headaches and identify triggers that may lead to them.

Migraine triggers are different for everyone, but many people who experience them notice triggers such as bright lights, strong smells, artificially-scented products, wine, certain foods, or fatigue. In addition, migraines are often brought on by high periods of stress. The years leading up to menopause can be a very stressful time for women, not just because of hormonal changes in their bodies, but also because of life events that may be occurring at this age. 

Seeking Treatment
Unfortunately, migraine headaches are a chronic condition that can return if left untreated. The Pain Center houses a team of chronic headache experts that can help patients prevent and treat migraines. Depending on the treatment that is right for you, the physicians may prescribe medications or steroid injections called occipital nerve blocks that may provide relief for several months. In addition, The Pain Center offers a wellness program that can help patients manage stress and cope with their condition through exercise, stress management, alternative therapies, and a more mindful lifestyle overall. We believe that the key to treatment is not just treating the symptoms, but treating the causes as well, even if it means helping reduce stress or managing the affects of perimenopause. 


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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.


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