Like many women, I have irregular menstrual cycles and the awful headaches that come with it. Mother Nature’s week long gift is more like a curse that forces me to withdrawal from civilization. The cramping, nausea, menstrual migraines, and dizziness are often too much for me to bare.
Because I also suffer with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, my lower estrogen levels are associated with the severity of my headaches. Because my menstrual cycle causes me so many issues, the severe cramping and headaches have limited by ability to hold a regular full time job. Menstrual headaches often times put me out of commission for several days.
My headaches come and go, but do occasionally continue for days on end. They typically start as a hint of pain behind my eyes. The usual over-the-counter pain relievers help keep the intensity of the headache to a minimal through the first day of onset. Simple things like holding a cool wet cloth over my forehead and eyes help ease the pain. I’ve also found that if I message my temples the pressure lessens. These however are only quick mini fixes. My headaches quickly come back with a vengeance.
By day two of my cycle, my headaches seem to worsen. They move from being a throbbing pain behind my eyes to what I can only describe as a hole being drilled into the top of my skull. Sometimes these headaches come in shorts bursts, others the pain continues in the same spot for hours. These are the types of headaches that even sleep can’t help relieve some of the tension. As long as my menstrual flow is heavy, the striking pain stays constant. At times the jolts of pain are blinding and the only relief I can find is by holding my head tightly and applying pressure to the area where the pain is.
Debilitating is the only word that can describe the pain I go through. I have went to several doctors about my menstrual headaches only to try remedy after remedy that either only have temporary results or none at all. I have been put on Vitamin E, Magnesium, and pre-menopause supplement regiments for these headaches. They did help lessen the overall pain and length that I have been having menstrual headaches, as well as making my hair, skin, and nails look 100 times healthier, but I still have headaches that make it impossible to function.
The best advice I can give any women who also suffers from menstrual migraines is to get in shape. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. When you are in shape your natural hormone levels tend to been more in line with where they should be. Hormone levels are the culprit for many of these types of headaches. I know that the sooner I can get myself back in shape the better chances I’ll have of controlling my menstrual headaches. Pills aren’t always the answer. It’s usually just a lifestyle change that will fix the problem.