What is Menopause migraine?
Menopause migraine is related to menopause and hormone levels. Perimenopause is increased headaches and often debilitating migraines. Migraines usually begin in early childhood, adolescence, or young adult life. This type of migraine is usually related to the fall in estrogen levels that occurs prior to menstruation. It is usually seen in women. Menopause migraines & headaches are periodic attacks of headaches.
Causes of Menopause migraine
- Rapid widening and narrowing of blood vessel walls in the brain and head.
- Fall in estrogen levels causes menopause migraine
- Pain fibers in the blood vessel wall to become irritated.
- Emotional stress
- Menstrual periods
Symptoms of Menopause migraine
- Visual distortion
- Paralysis on the one side of face
- Increased sensitivity of the eyes to light
- Increased sensitivity to sound
- Dizziness, blurred vision, cognitive disturbances
Treatment of Menopause migraine
Treatments may be divided into two categories:
- Acute is getting rid of the headache once it's started
- Aspirin, Tylenol®, ibuprofen , Naprosyn are used to treated the menopause migraine.
- Preventative medication may be used in conjunction with acute treatments.
- Combined hormone replacement therapy with estrogen and progesterone is becoming increased popular for postmenopausal women.
- Diet – make sure you are eating a healthy diet that includes plenty of water, fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of caffeine, alcohol and preservative foods, all of which can contribute to migraines.
- Solitude – Seek the quiet comfort of a dark, cool room, lie down, and close your eyes.
- Regular sleep patterns, aerobic exercise and other measures such as biofeedback therapy, massage, acupuncture can be useful.
- Non-specific medications such as Fiorinal® or the narcotic analgesics codeine, Vicodin® should be taken.