‘Menstrual Migraine’, the phrase itself is enough to make me want to run and hide. The last year was really awful for me due to these obnoxious migraine attacks. I had never experienced such pain in my life. The worst part was that it just hit out of the blue. This last year was not my first menstrual cycle but it included my first menstrual migraines. After doing a bit of research on my own I found that it seems they are caused by hormonal shifts. I am on a strong version of the birth control pill and it seems that they are sometimes attributed to these migraines.
However, knowing the cause was not enough for me because it didn’t help me to get rid of the long lasting migraine attacks. I had seen my mother suffering from a regular migraine; yes she used to have a severe headache, but what I experienced is something that can leave any individual handicapped. All these, pushed me to try the best available treatment options for my menstrual migraines. I found some really awful remedies that didn’t work for me, but also came across some really effective ones. If you are also suffering from menstrual migraine attacks you may find the discussion below handy.
The first thing that I tried was to change my birth control pill. The doctor tried placing me on a low dose pill. I am not sure if this would have helped my migraines because after re-evaluating me my doctor said I had to go back on the high dose pills. This may be an option for you if you do not suffer any other problems from the pills. I was able to find some relief from using an anti-inflammatory medication that did not contain any steroids. For me that was Advil, but you could use Motrin as well.
There are some home remedies that can help with the side effects. Nausea is one of the most prevalent symptoms of menstrual migraine. The nausea coupled with the headache can make them completely unbearable. I started consuming ginger regularly to help with the stomach issues. Since then, I didn’t have a single nausea attack. One other suggestion is to try essential oils such as lavender or peppermint. You take the oil and rub it into your temples for relief of the headache. I have tried it with mild success in the past and I would suggest that you at least try it once. I still have menstrual migraines but I am now able to cope with them much better.