Migraine Worsen And Confront Complications As Women Approach Menopause
A new study reveals that debilitating condition of headaches shows the worst signs when females reached menopause phase.
Dr. Richard Lipton, study co-author, is director of the Montefiore Headache Center and vice chair of neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. In accordance with Dr. Lipton, "Changes in female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that occur during the perimenopause might trigger increased headaches during this time".
This study included 3600 or more females who experienced migraines before and during menopause. The possibility of headache around 10 days or more per month increased by 60 % with migraine during the perimenopause than norma cycling of female. The study also reveals that when the estrogen levels are low, then there is highest risk of having migraine during the later stage of perimenopause.“Women have been telling doctors that their migraine headaches worsen around menopause, and now we have proof they were right,” study author Dr. Vincent Martin, co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati Neuroscience Institute, told in a news release.
According to Dr. Jelena Pavlovic, study co-author, an attending physician in neurology at the Montefiore Headache Center and an assistant professor in the neurology department at Albert Einstein College of Medicine that there is help for women who have migraines and are approaching menopause. Pavlovic said “Physicians can prescribe hormonal therapies that level out these changes that occur during the perimenopause and menopause time periods. If the patient is in early perimenopause, you can give birth control pills that level things out. If they are in the late perimenopause and they start skipping periods, they can be put on estrogen patches."In accordance to Martin, But hormones may not always be the culprit. Although the number of migraines rose 76 percent during menopause, some headaches may be the result of medication overuse, which is common in this age group. “Women, as they get older, develop lots of aches and pains, joints and back pain, and it is possible their overuse of pain medications for headache and other conditions might actually drive an increase in headaches for the menopause group,” Martin said.
Investigators told that Americian people get 12% migraines, out of which females have the frequency to get migraine three times more than males.