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I Suffer From Menstrual Migraine

Menstrual Migraine Treatment

Menstrual migraines are ranked in the top 5 most disabling conditions for women. Menstrual migraine affects women in Brisbane at different points throughout their menstrual cycle. Their migraine can typically peak on the day of their cycle, a few days before, or a few days after their cycle and can last for a couple of hours to 5 days (most commonly 3 days).

If your symptoms can be reproduced and resolved, expect a significant improvement to occur rapidly within the first 5 treatment consultations, as has been the case with over 85% of our Brisbane Menstrual Migraine patients. We have treated countless patients with menstrual migraines with significant results. Our treatment is effective in alleviating or dramatically reducing migraines in 85-90% of sufferers.

Understanding Your Migraine

The types of Menstrual Migraine

There are two common types of menstrual migraine. Pure Menstrual Migraine and Menstrual Related Migraines.

1. Pure Menstrual Migraine

A pure menstrual migraine is a migraine that typically occur only 1-3 days before or after menstruation. To fulfil this diagnosis, the migraines must occur in more than 60% of your menstrual cycle, must occur only during the time of the menstrual cycle, and you cannot suffer from a migraine at any other time. Pure Menstrual Migraines are less common than Menstrual related migraines and occur in approximately 10% of women who suffer from migraines during their menstrual cycle.

2. Menstrual Related Migraine

Menstrual related migraine are migraines that typically occur 1-3 days before or after the menstruation, as well as, additional migraines that fall outside of the cycle. Menstrual related migraines are more common than pure menstrual migraine, and they must occur in more than 60% of your cycles.

Headache Symptoms

Understanding Your Headache

What is the cause of Menstrual Migraine?

Recent research performed by leading experts in this field has found those suffering from menstrual migraines do not generally have any hormonal abnormalities. This indicates and proves that hormones levels, once thought to trigger menstrual migraines, are not responsible nor the cause of menstrual migraines. Furthermore, many females experience Menstrual Migraines during the final stages of their period, a point in time where oestrogen levels are rising.

Discoveries within recent research have found the primary contributing factor of Menstrual Migraine to be related to the neck, and predominantly a fault in the upper cervical spine, resulting in a sensitised brainstem. When the brainstem becomes hypersensitive, it becomes highly sensitive to even small amounts of sensory of chemical changes to the body. In the case of Menstrual Migraine, it is thought that the slight changes in oestrogen levels (although perfectly normal), are interpreted by the sensitised brainstem as something wrong with the body, which results in the symptoms of Migraine.

About The Assessment Stage

What To Expect During The Assessment


1. Comprehensive and in-depth examination

We instigate an in-depth assessment to identify all possible related factors that could be causing your headaches or migraines. The upper cervical spine, in particular, is thoroughly examined to identify possible issues.



2. Ligamental stability and vertebral arterial tests

We undertake careful examination of neck ligaments and vertebral arteries, ensuring only the highest standards of patient safety and comfort.


3. Temporarily reproduce your headache and migraine symptoms

As a part of the treatment process, we apply gentle and selective stress to the upper cervical spine in order to reproduce headache symptoms, which subside after 20-30 seconds. This helps to identify and treat the cause of your headaches.

More about Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual Migraine Treatment and the contraceptive pill

Clinicians around the world are now beginning to point to the neck as the primary cause of migraines and have begun treating the cervical spine rather than prescribing medications or hormone replacements therapy, including contraceptive pills.

This means that Menstrual Migraine treatment will not have any impact on the contraceptive pill!

Old theory of the cause of Menstrual Migraines

The traditional and old theory of the cause of menstrual migraines was the changes in hormonal levels in the body during the menstrual cycle. During the cycle, there is a fall in oestrogen levels at the beginning of the period. This fall in hormonal oestrogen levels was thought to trigger a menstrual migraine. However, the changes in hormonal levels are in fact the same regardless of whether a female suffers from a menstrual migraine or not

I’ve tried everything already. How can I treat my Menstrual Migraine?

Treating your Menstrual Migraine

90% of our Brisbane patients with Menstrual Migraine find drastic relief within the first 5 treatment consultations. We have treated a countless number of patients with menstrual migraines with significant results. Our treatment is effective in alleviating or dramatically reducing migraines in 85-90% of sufferers.

At the Brisbane Headache and Migraine™ Clinic, we use world-class techniques in assessing and treating menstrual migraines by assessing the neck. A thorough examination of the upper cervical spine is initiated to determine the severity of your sensitised brainstem. During your initial consultation, your headache clinician should be able to reproduce your menstrual migraine pain, by applying pressure in one of the first three vertebrae of your neck. If your symptoms can be reproduced and resolved, expect a significant improvement to occur rapidly.

An important note to remember is that menstrual migraines do not have anything to do with hormonal abnormalities. Hence, medicating to alter one’s own natural hormonal levels have been shown to not be the safest or best treatment option.

If you suffer from menstrual migraines, have your neck assessed to see whether that is the cause of your problems.

 

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