A migraine is a neurological disorder that comes in 4 stages and has a variety of symptoms. Because there are so many different symptoms, every person with a migraine can have different symptoms. The result of this is that there are almost no 2 cases the same when it comes to a migraine. A migraine is both seen as a primary disorder and a secondary disorder. With secondary, we mean that another disorder or condition triggers the second one. When the primary condition is healed/stopped, the secondary condition is also gone.
Most often migraine is a primary disorder but it is also triggered by conditions like menopause. Headaches and menopause go hand in hand and it is a frequently seen symptom in females with menopause. But what triggers the migraine attack in females with menopause?
Apparently, it has something to do with hormone levels that are changing in the body of a female that is going through the menopause. Many hormones are related to muscle tension and blood pressure, a possible explanation could be that the change in hormone levels is causing the muscles to intensify and this could cause headaches and migraine.
Another reason why females in menopause are more prone to headaches is the fact that they are emotionally distressed. Not only is the hormone imbalance causing extra tension, it also creates emotional distress resulting in episodes of depression, sadness, anxiety and being mad. The levels of stress that this is causing might relate to migraine attacks.
So how do you know that you are having a migraine attack with the presence of other symptoms concerning menopause? When you are having a migraine attack there are 4 possible stages you will go through each with their own symptoms. The first stage is the pre-migraine stages and is related to fatigue and concentration problems. You will not notice yet that a migraine attack is evident. However, with the arrival of stage 2, you will. This phase is called the aura phase and is described with sudden flashed behind your eyes, a blurred vision and nausea. Most often you will feel disorientated and you will know that an attack is evident. After this comes a severe headache where a migraine is known for. Heavy stings on one side or both side of year head cause a tremendous pain. When this is over you will come to phase 4, the post-migraine phase. You could compare this with having a bad hangover after a night out.
So what can you do about it? Treatment for headaches and menopause are often medication or hormonal therapy. At first, you will be prescribed aspirin of ibuprofen. If that will not work than a hormone therapy to increase estrogen is an option.