Hormonal Headache

What is Hormonal Headache and Migraine In Brisbane?

Hormonal headache is ranked the top 5 most disabling condition for women in Brisbane QLD.

Hormonal headache is usually referred to as Menstrual Migraine, as it predominantly affects females typically during their menstrual cycle. Menstrual migraine is similar to a normal migraine attack, which usually targets one side of the head or in some cases both sides. Symptoms are usually felt during the time of the menstrual cycle and typically last for approximately 3 days. Females will usually experience moderate to severe throbbing or pulsating like pain, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound and smell. They may also experience visual disturbances such as dark or bright coloured spots in their sight, and in some cases temporary vision loss.

What is the cause of Hormonal Headache and Migraine?

Hormonal Headache was originally thought to be due to abnormal levels of hormones throughout the body. During a normal menstrual cycle, oestrogen levels in the body drop. It was previously thought that the drop in oestrogen levels was the cause of hormonal headaches. This was proven false, as several studies have found that the drop in oestrogen levels did not significantly differ from those with hormonal headaches and those without this condition. Leading experts in this field have found that there are no hormonal abnormalities that trigger hormonal headaches. 1

Recent studies and research have found the neck to be the primary contributing factor relating to hormonal headaches. The area of main concern is a dysfunction in the upper cervical spine resulting in a SENSITISED BRAINSTEM. The brainstem filters any information that passes into the brain including hormonal changes in the body. If a female sufferers from a sensitised brainstem, any normal hormonal changes are now heightened and alerted by the brain. What should be a normal hormonal biological event is now considered as a threat resulting in pain along the trigeminal nerve eliciting a migraine. 2

At the Brisbane Headache and Migraine Clinic, we utilise world-class techniques in assessing and treating this problem. A thorough examination of the upper cervical spine is initiated to determine the severity of your SENSITISED BRAINSTEM.

Once treatment commences we expect a significant improvement to occur rapidly in 90% of our patients with hormonal headache. We expect to observe this within the first 5 treatment consultation. We have treated countless of patients with hormonal headaches with significant results.

Imagine living a life free from headaches and migraines and saying goodbye to medications!

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1. Current Treatment Options in Neurology, 2001, Vol 3, 2, pp 189-200

2. Ayhan Varlibas and A. Kemal Erdemoglu. Journal of Headache Pain, 2009, 10: 277-282

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