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I am 38 years old and have had hemiplegic migraines with an aura since I was diagnosed with them at age 10. I have had one of these severe migraines about every two years up until last May when I began having them more regularly. I've had 9 migraines since last May, and that was right about the time I began to have irregularities in my cycles. In June and July of last year, I only had mild spotting that could not really constitute a period before I returned to my regular cycles. My cycle has been 24 days apart like clockwork since I had a tubal ligation 9 years ago. In May and June of this year, I had no period to speak of, not even any menstrual symptoms. In July, I spotted for about 3-5 days, and then had a 10 day long period beginning July 19. Then, on Aug 13, I had a severe migraine that continues to linger today as a dull ache at the base of my skull and my neck. Nothing seems to relieve it. To top it off, I started my period on Aug. 29, thirteen days late based on my calculations from July, and I am still going strong today, Sept. 13, heavy at times, with no sign of stopping. That's a 15 day period. I'm going crazy and have put a call into my gynecologist today. He is aware of my numerous complaints, and based on some of my other symptoms, and that fact that my mother started perimenopause at age 39 and had finished having a menstrual cycle by age 45, he believes I may be starting perimenopause myself. My question is, could this chronic migraine be connected to this never ending period???? This migraine started right about the time I should have ovulated. Has anyone else had a similar experience, and what are some relief methods? I am taking Maca root, which is supposed to relieve perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms and I changed my multivitamin to Estroven, a non-estrogen ginkgo biloba, which is supposed to restore your natural estrogen levels. I'm already on Imitrex for the migraines, but it does not seem to be working this time. Any other suggestions?

September 13, 2010 - 11:56am


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