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during the manustral cycle I always have strong headech & omitting .what is the reason?

By January 24, 2010 - 9:31pm
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Dear Manisha

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Headache during your period is not uncommon. It may be due to not feeling like keeping up your liquids or thinking that water retention will protect you against dehydration and thus causing a headache because you haven't taken in enough water. It can also just be part of general PMS.

PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) has the following symptoms :

◦Mood swings
◦Diminished self-esteem
◦Difficulty concentrating
◦Sleep problems
◦Appetite changes (sugar and/or salt cravings, overeating)
◦Weight gain
◦Breast swelling and tenderness
◦Gastrointestinal upset
◦Diffuse muscle pain

So as you can see, headache and gastrointestinal upset (stomach upset) is a fairly common symptoms of PMS.

Here are the treatments recommended :

Many treatments have been used to relieve symptoms. No one treatment has been found to be always effective for all symptoms, for all women. Treating one or two symptoms may help to improve the whole syndrome. Treatments include:

Stress Management
Stress may be managed through lifestyle changes. Relaxation techniques, deep breathing, massage, music, and hot baths can also help reduce stress.

Dietary Changes
Dietary changes may be helpful. They include decreasing intake of salt, sugar, and caffeine. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, cola, diet sodas, and chocolate. Eating small, frequent meals may also help.

Vitamins and Minerals
The following vitamin and mineral supplements might help reduce PMS symptoms:

◦Vitamin E (400 IU)—may reduce breast tenderness
◦Calcium (1000 mg)—may decrease bloating, depression, and aches
◦Magnesium (400 mg)—may decrease pain, fluid retention, and improve mood
◦Manganese (6 mg)—may help control symptoms of menstrual pain

Regular Exercise
Research suggests that women who engage in moderate activity suffer less PMS-related symptoms than sedentary women.

Diuretics can reduce bloating and fluid retention. Prostaglandin inhibitors, such as Motrin, can effectively relieve cramps, headaches, and muscle aches.

Oral Contraceptives
Combined oral contraceptives may help physical symptoms associated with PMS. You may need to try several brands before finding one that helps. Progesterone alone may also help some women.

Antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Prozac, are helpful in managing the depression associated with PMS.

Sexual Activity With Orgasm
Sexual activity (including masturbation) may help relieve aching muscles and sluggish circulation. It moves blood and fluids away from congested organs.

Women with severe PMS symptoms may benefit from cognitive (behavioral) therapy. Therapy may help reduce negative emotions and enhance problem-solving skills in relationships. It may also help manage obstacles, frustrations, and discomfort.

Prevention◦Manage stress.
◦Eat a healthful diet, one that is low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
◦Consumer less refined sugar, salt, and caffeine.
◦Do regular aerobic exercise.
You can read more about this here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/premenstrual-syndrome#definition

In addition, if your symptoms are even stronger than the ones listed above, you may have what's known as PMDD - pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder that is far more rare than PMS but worth reading about. You can do that here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder#definition

Does this information help you?

January 25, 2010 - 12:17pm
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