Let’s talk about these ‘hormone headaches’ briefly. These headaches, sometimes referred to as ‘menstrual migraines’, usually develop a day or two before or during the first few days of a woman’s cycle. This is due to the natural drop in estrogen levels in your body at these times. There are, besides menstruation, other factors that can lead to these headaches. These include some oral contraceptive pills, Menopause and pregnancy.
If you are experiencing headaches or migraines close to your monthly cycle, know or believe you are in menopause or are pregnant, keep a journal. Note when the symptoms began and how long the headache or migraine lasted. Then make an appointment to talk with one of our providers to discuss treatment options.
There are a few things you can do for yourself, in addition to the treatment plan recommended by your provider, to help manage or lessen symptoms of these headaches. These are:
- Eat small, frequent snacks. This will maintain your blood sugar level throughout the day.
- Rest. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule to ensure you are getting enough rest.
- Avoid stress. If this isn’t completely possible, find ways to relieve stress by exercising (consult with a doctor first before starting any exercise routine) or use relaxation techniques (meditation, prayer, etc.).
- Unplug. Studies show too much daily interaction with technology (computers, phones, etc.) can cause additional stress, eye strain and migraine headaches. Try to unplug a minimum of 2 hours each night before bed.
Don’t forget, if your symptoms become severe, seek emergency treatment immediately.
To make an appointment with one of our providers to discuss your migraine issues please contact us at 937-323-7340, request an appointment through our online portal (myhealthrecord.com) or on our website (www.physurg.net). Remember, you are not alone in this struggle. We are here to help and support you as you go through all stages of your life.
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