Reaching for the heat pack, opting for a dark and quiet room, all with chocolate in hand? When it’s that time of month, many women suffer varying symptoms. However, if you notice migraines occurring every time you have your period, then you are not alone. In fact you may be one of the 50 per cent of female migraineurs who suffer from intense migraines during the menstrual cycle.
Migraines can occur a few days before or after the period commences, or on the exact day. Symptoms usually last around three days, and can bring crippling pain, often felt on one side of the face, head or neck region. Other symptoms such as nausea, dizziness and visual disturbances, such as aura symptoms can also occur.
Brisbane Headache and Migraine clinic’s Clinician Bertrand Douek says there are 3 million migraine sufferers expected within Australia and a lot of misconception around the medical jargon used to describe the cause of menstrual migraines.
“The misconception is practitioners believe the cause is due to hormonal imbalances, however new research reveals that there are in fact no hormonal imbalances, yet practitioners continue to medically suppress the hormonal levels in an attempt to stop their symptoms, which often do not work,” Bertrand says.
Bertrand explains the cause is actually due to a sensitised brain-stem and he has helped stop 90 to 95 per cent of his patients from having menstrual migraines. He advises to stay away from medications that suppress hormones, as well as invasive surgery.
Contact the clinic for more information.
The Brisbane Headache & Migraine Clinic
P 1800 Headache (1800 4323 2243)