menstrual migraine

menstrual migraine

(1) Attacks of migraine without aura that occur regularly on day 1 of menstruation and last ± 2 days, occurring at no other time.
(2) A migraine that waxes/wanes in intensity with menstruation.
 
Clinical findings
PMS symptoms which occur during the luteal phase and include depression, anxiety, crying spells, difficulty thinking, lethargy, backache, breast tenderness, swelling, nausea; migraine and tension headaches may overlap.
 
Presentation
Over half of women with migraines relate the headaches’ periodicity to menstruation; 15 to 25% have attacks exclusive in the 2 to 3 days before the onset of menstruation. Thus defined, 7% of female migraineurs have only menstrual migraine; menstruation is a trigger for about 60% of migraineurs.
 
Management
Percutaneous estradiol may control the headaches in women with dysmenorrhoea or ovarian dysfunction.

menstrual migraine

Neurology A migraine that waxes/wanes in intensity with menstruation Management Percutaneous estradiol may control the headaches in ♀ with dysmenorrhea or ovarian dysfunction. See Classical migraine.

Patient discussion about menstrual migraine

Q. preventing pre menstrual MIGRAINES. Has anyone come up with any good preventive medicine for migraines? Mine come systematically right before and during the menstrual cycle. My (male) neurolight in Paris didn't seem to see a linkk with migraines and my cycle - or offer any preventive advice. I take Relpax to relieve. Does anyone have a more natural or preventive solution?

A. I have the same problem and take Topomax to prevent the migrains. Also make sure you get enough rest right before you start. There seems to be a correlation. It took about 2 months to fully work but at least the first migrain after I started taking Topomax wasn't as severe.

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Clinical patterns suggestive of menstrual migraine.
Menstrual migraine affects approximately 20% of all female migraineurs and they are reported to be more severe, longer lasting, more prone to recurrence & more resistant to treatment than nonmenstrual migraine attacks.
The most recent data for the gammaCore device, presented at the annual meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS) in June, suggest that it could also be beneficial in chronic headache and in menstrual migraine.
com)-- The results of two studies, presented at the American Headache Society (AHS) Science Meeting last weekend in San Diego, show that using electroCore's non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation (nVNS) therapy, gammaCore[R], is effective at preventing both cluster headache and menstrual migraine.
The Exa Test is far more accurate than traditional blood tests and has revolutionized electrolyte research, especially for magnesium, a key factor in menstrual migraine.
Indeed, in preliminary reports, therapies aimed at improving the ratio of estrogens to progesterone have successfully relieved severe menstrual migraine (Holdaway 1991).
Menstrual migraine accounts 60% of women with headache.
He said the term "menstrual migraine" is used mainly to describe migraines that occur in women who have almost all of their headaches from two days before to one day after their menstrual periods and declining levels of estrogen at the onset of menses is likely to be the cause of menstrual migraines.
LONDON--Frovatriptan may be the triptan of choice for the acute treatment of menstrual migraine attacks, according to reanalyses of data from double-blind, randomized crossover trials involving the drug.
The line includes Original MigreLief for men, women and children over age 12; MigreLief+M for menstrual migraine sufferers; and Children's MigreLief for children ages 2 to 11.
Menstrual migraine is trigger for 60-70% of migraine patients.
Estrogen is a known culprit in migraines and such association often is called a menstrual migraine, as they usually occur just before or during a women's cycle.