My migraines are getting worse, I am nearly 49 and have suffered with hormonal migraines for years, this

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I take 1.5ml of pizotifen, but doctor refused to up dose, think I may be starting the menopause, think the drop in oestrogen, is causing them to be worse. my mum suffered the same, no hot sweats just migraines getting worse, anyone else have this and can recommend anything

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    Mine have got worse since my hysterectomy. Had hrt for a while but now off it and they are all the time. I am also on pizotifen. I am housebound now. 6 years into menopause and no let up

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      gosh, that sounds awful, I usually get them one or two days after my period ends. The pizotifen as worked for years, but I am starting to get really bad ones again. I work and can't afford time off as I don't get paid,

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    Hi, i dont know what to recommend apart from taking two 300mg of disolveable aspirin in a mouthful of water just as migraine starts, u could always try amitriptyline, gabapentin, nortriptyline or u could try pregabalin, these are the most effective migraine treatments that do help my migraines, i hope this is helpful to u.

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    Hi My headaches/migraine became much worse when I hit 48 and I regularly had 3/4 days off work with sickness. I did not initially realise that they were migraines so suffered for a long time. I had regularly had bad headaches at the time of a period. I was initially prescribed propranolol- this resulted in excessive weight gain, felt very sluggish, heart slowed down. Came off that and was on low dose 10mg of AMITRIPTYLENE for a number of years. This worked to a certain degree but I still got migraines. I did not want to increase the dose as it made me feel very tired. Decided to come off that as I began to feel that the tablets MAXALT MELT (rizotriptan) worked better for me if I took them early enough when Ifelt a migraine coming on. I also have an anti sickness tablet to take which is also useful for bad incidences.

    I am now 59 and still getting migraines (which my husband states are definitely monthly, though not every month). They are on the whole not as ferocious in terms of the vomiting, but that may be due to greater awareness and willingness to take a maxalt melt at first signs (need to eat high sugar foods, feeling shivery, ). I also feel that certain foods trigger it too, which I certainly was not aware of when I was younger and also it is important for me to have regular (4hrly food intake).

    My advice would be to firstly keep a migraine diary (very good app online) , discuss with doctor and try MAXALT MELT. They have been a godsend for me and I carry them at all times. I am still hoping the migraines disappear, but having researched the causes and triggers, I now feel that anticipatory actions are the best way forward as migraines are so variable and triggered by so many different things in different people. I certainly did not think they would last 10 years, but they have so it is well worth the time finding something that works for you. I hope this helps a little.

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    Hi, I know your post is a bit old, but I wanted to tell you that you are not alone. I started getting menstrual migraines at 37/38. They have always been severe and incapacitating. Then, at 43 I had my first migraine aura. I had never heard of an aura before, so when it happened I was terrified. I hope the migraines will subside with menopause. I'm 44 now. Good luck! xo

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