Can't have HRT

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Been to see GP today as he said a few weeks ago that he would be happy to prescribe HRT, to try & ease the path of perimenopause - this is on top of antidepressants & lithium for severe depression.

My blood pressure is high so i've been put on medication for that as of this morning.

GP asked if i have migraine with aura to which i answered yes but rarely, perhaps 1 or 2 a year - and he said i'm sorry but i can't prescribe HRT for you as you may have a stroke.

My world just fell in, i don't think its sunk in yet.

He said i could go down the herbal route but anything containing oestrogen would put me at risk of a stroke....

If anyone has been in this position or can recommend/advise a way round this i'm truly interested.

Thank you

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    Hi tina

    I am not allowed to post links here so I will send you a message with a link to an article written only last october.  It says HRT is safe for migraine sufferers.  Show it to your doctor.  

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  • Posted

    meant to say also that using the gels or patches are safer than tablets for migraine sufferers.  hope this helps.
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    I get aura migraine and have been prescribed gel hrt. I don't have my ovaries though so don't know if that makes a difference
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    • Posted

      Hello froggy, I don't have my womb or ovaries either and im not allowed HRT because of migraines ! Seems different doctors have different views doesn't it,
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      If you look online the risk seems to be a 50 /50 split on whether to prescribe or not with most saying non oral hrt helps. I notice that Australia and US seem to be more towards benefits hrt now than UK. I hope it's ok as j take it and been told I'll be on 20 years!
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    Well that is ridiculous Tina, antidepressants increase your risk of stroke but your doctor is happy to prescribe those!

    If I were you and you can afford it I'd go and see a private meno doctor as they are more clued up on these things.

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    Hi Tina,

    I can't take HRT either due a blood clotting disorder.  It's bloody tough!!  I take a Mega B Complex that relieves marginally the sleep issues but other than that I just take a day every now and then where I shut myself off from the world and try to regroup.  Every day is a battle to get through and I really struggle (mind you, by the end of this scourge I will probably be divorced, unemployed and friendless).  Going back to doc in a couple of weeks to try and find some relief.  Just know that you are not alone and you loved by the rest of us peri induced lunatics.  Take care xx

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    my god never heard that one before, he may need to read more update info on that. you try and research it and stick it under his nose, you may find there is a type you can have, maybe the anti depressant drs have been promised lots of money if they get people on their drugs, wouldnt put it past them to be honest. 
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