Are these hormones to blame?
As my journey continued, I had a new challenge on this migraine road. Can these painful migraines be hormone related? This question is one that is very relevant to many and definitely is a part of my story. My migraines were increasing again. I wasn’t prepared for this part of the journey, but sometimes you just have to find your way and do the best you can.
There were times I had become a regular at the ER. So much so that they knew me well and they were actually the doctors who identified my hormones as one of my triggers. They aren’t supposed to be the ones to do that. After about four months or so the doctor looked at my chart and said, “I think we have a pattern here.” They usually see patients one time right!?
Even upon leaving a few times doctors and nurses were so kind and said come back when you need to. We will be here. While I appreciated this compassion it wasn’t my goal to return. My hope was finding a way to prevent these hormonal migraines. I had many questions? What hormone is causing these menstrual migraines? What are my options in ways to prevent them? Are there even ways to avoid them?
This is when I found such value in my doctors working as a team. My neurologist and primary care physician worked together to provide me with the best medication. My neurologist continued to work on the right rescue medications which involved trying different combinations of meds and at times even going back to things I had tried before. It also seems in this migraine world there are hoops you have to jump through to get what you need. This can be what might feel like the insurance game. More on that later.
My primary care physician was also working hard to help me and improve my well being. She gave me a birth control pill that would keep my estrogen levels low so I didn’t have the monthly spike due to my menstrual cycle. That was the culprit for my hormones causing some of my migraines. It was going from the highs and lows of my estrogen levels that was causing me to have a migraine and end up in the ER every time. What a relief that I finally had a treatment plan for this issue from my doctors.
Finding answers and solutions on this migraine road takes diligence for sure. This was an improvement for one of my eight triggers. So I didn’t completely miss my ER friends during this time. I still visited them every so often and there is more on this road of adventures to discuss.
From these visits and my home migraine needs I created a migraine kit over time. I’ll be writing about both the ER and the Migraine Kit. I will also be sharing my story and information about migraines and pregnancy. We must celebrate every new discovery and win. We counted this one as a win. On this road you must be your own advocate, find doctors who you can trust, and count your blessings.