Hmmm, thanks for all the great input mamas. It seems everyone's experience is so different where migraines are concerned.
FTR, I'm 33, and DD weaned at 20 months. She's now 25 months, so I guess I still have a ways to go before my hormones regulate again. I started back on a BCP just recently because my menstrual cycles were totally wrecking me. I'd be either at home, in the dark, in pain or at work about to fall over sitting in my chair. The pill I'm on now (Tricyclen) has stabilized things a bit, but then there's a dreaded 7 days of no hormones that always gets me.
I just went to see the migraine specialist today and he was floored at how many migraines I've been having.
He gave me Maxalt for the crisis days + Flexeril (muscle relaxant) on a daily basis. Apparently, I'm stressed
No kidding doc.
He says I'm having three different kinds of headaches:
1) menstrual (which are bilateral and linked to my cycle)
2) stress related "pressure" headaches
3) traditional migraines (which are only on one side and totally incapacitate me).
He didn't seem very positive about the idea of menstrual suppresion being the only relief for my migraines, though he still wants me to see a gyno to discuss taking BCP on an extended regiment (or to take Seasonique or get a Mirena).
Re the blood pressure meds...I don't have blood pressure problems. Can I still get that drug prescribed if my bp is fine? Seems counter-intuitive, but I'm no expert.
Thanks again though for your input. I really appreciate it!