Reader’s Mail: How Can I Prevent Menstrual Headaches?

Q. I have been dealing with migraines that I inherited from my mother, who got them from her mother, for almost 20 years now. I lose a week of my life every month when I get my menstrual cycle. I’ve been looking for a way to prevent this without the use of birth control pills because they only seem to aggravate my condition.  When I was pregnant with my son, the second half of my pregnancy was incredible. I had no headaches and never felt better. I should also add that once my mother and grandmother went through menopause, their headaches disappeared. Is there anything that you could recommend?  I seem to do pretty well the rest of the month due to some dietary changes I’ve made over the past year. Continue Reading


Study Determines Most Effective Migraine Medications

Several medications were recently deemed the most effective for treating acute migraine, including triptans, dihydroergotamine (DHE), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), butorphanol nasal spray, and the combination medication of sumatriptan/naproxen and acetaminophen/aspirin/caffein). Several other migraine medications were considered “probably effective” or “possibly effective.” Continue Reading