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05 Apr 2003

MIGRAINE & MENOPAUSE
I AM 47 YEARS OLD AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EXPERIENCED A FULL ON MIGRAINE – LAST WEEK. I WAS SENT TO THE NEUROSURGEON AND SUBSEQUENTLY FOR A BRAIN SCAN, AS HE SAID THAT TO HAVE WHAT I HAVE IS VERY UNUSUAL UNLESS THERE IS SOMETHING ‘LURKING’ THERE AS MIGRAINES USUALLY PRESENTS ITSELF BY THE AGE OF 30.
I WENT FOR A CHECK UP AT THE GYNAE IN JAN 03 AND WAS TOLD THAT ALL WAS WELL AND THAT I WAS NOWHERE NEAR MENOPAUSE.
HOWEVER A FEW PEOPLE [NON-MEDICAL] HAVE SUGGESTED THAT THIS MIGRAINE COULD BE DUE TO MENOPAUSE. THE NEUROSURGEON DID NOT MENTION THAT AS A REASON AT ALL.
PLEASE TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK.
THANK YOU

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GynaeDoc
gynaedoc

01 Jan 0001

Headaches can occur as part of the perimenopause, but other symptoms such as hot flushes and palpitations are more common. If you are not having any other symptoms, then it is unlikely that your migraine is related to the menopause. If your gynaecolgist checked your hormone levels and said that you were not menopausal, this would also make it unlikely. You should be guided by the mneurologist on further management.

Best wishes
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