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Menopause & Migraine

11/09/2010

Question:

I have had severe migraine for 28 years (I am 47). I recently had hot flashes for 6 months when my migraine disappeared (they also went during my 2 pregnancies). But now the hot flashes have stopped and my migraine has come back. Can the symptoms of menopause fluctuate? My periods also seem shorter. Does this mean that when I hit menopause my migraine should go? Many thanks. 

Answer:

Your migraines seem to be related to changes in your hormones. Yes, symptoms of menopause do fluctuate, and periods often become lighter and longer between. It is most likely that when you are "done" with menopause, your migraines may also end. You could ask your health care provider to draw an FSH level, to see how close you might be to menopause.

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Response by:

Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN Linda A Bernhard, PhD, RN
Associate Professor Emeritus
College of Nursing
The Ohio State University