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15 Feb
A woman who suffered from migraines until she had a hysterectomy, just as her grandmother did, wonders how much easier it could have been if her doc had not denied the hormone/migraine connection
Dear Belleruth,
I had read your comments on about migraines. I suffered migraines since I was 11, up until I was 32, when I had a hysterectomy. It was amazing that about 30 days after surgery I stopped having migraines.

My grandmother said her migraines stopped after her hysterectomy too. I started thinking my migraines had been triggered by hormones, and asked my doctor. She said it was impossible that hormones could cause migraines. Still, I know my experience and my grandmother''s, so I was very pleased to read your response to the 12 year old mentioning that hormone flux might be adding to the migraine problem.

I hope parents will remember this and pursue treatment if the migraines don''t get better or are triggered by a certain time of the month. Thank you for mentioning hormones as a cause of migraines. Had more people been willing to talk about this migraine cause years ago, I know my life and my grandmother''s life would have been greatly improved.


Dear Sally,
Yes, absolutely. It’s actually fairly common knowledge that there is a link between hormones and headache in some women. But just to be sure that I wasn’t just talking through my hat, I double-checked with Harise Stein, OBGYN, a knowledgeable, caring, research-savvy physician, whose website is definitely worth visiting.

Harise told me, yep, there definitely is an actual diagnosis called "menstrual migraine", and that in fact, migraines are known to decrease after the onset of menopause.

It’s a shame you got no support for knowing your own body, from a less than well-informed physician.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award