How to Treat Menstrual Migraines
Hi, my name is Dr. Troy Giles. I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic and today I wanted to talk to you a little bit about menstrual migraines. Menstrual migraines are debilitating. It’s just amazing what our practice finds or sees. I see about 80 percent women in my practice, which is very common in this kind of work, of natural care. Women are preponderant basically in any kind of health care. Eighty percent is usually women. So I see a lot of issues, women’s issues, but the menstrual migraines is something that’s intense. There’s been done a lot of research on this migraine, specifically in relationship to progesterone. Progesterone is one of the sexual hormones that’s released and it’s usually released mid-cycle and it has around ovulation the progesterone will come up and if the person gets pregnant, then the progesterone stays on, stays at a higher. They find generally speaking that the headaches go away during this time because the progesterone is being stimulated to be higher. They find that people with menstrual migraines have a less, they don’t have as much coming in to the menstruation period as they should. They don’t have enough progesterone. So the progesterone, when there’s not enough, the endothelial cells, which are the cells that are inside the inside of the arteries and veins, they will become inflamed. So literally, the patient starts to feel an overall stress and pressure and inflammation as you start into the period. So this is a actually peri menstrual. It can be before the menstruation or after the menstruation, the headache comes. Because of not having enough progesterone, we get an overall body inflammation and the endothelial cells of the lining of the arteries and venules and veins becomes inflamed. So the application or distribution of progesterone during the cycle, trying to get patients, after we do some work, some blood work and so forth, we determine the levels of the progesterone throughout the cycle. If it’s low, we can apply different types of estrogen. I just came in contact with one that’s distributed through or applied through essential oil, where the progesterone is a micro sized progesterone placed in this oil that is able to be absorbed transdermally through the carotid artery, through the temples, and this helps the patient absorb more progesterone in the system, so they don’t have as much inflammation. So progesterone is actually an anti-inflammatory, a natural anti-inflammatory during that time. It also helps with swelling, the weight gain, the water gain, the mood swings. Literally, there’s a book and I can’t remember his name. I’ll tell it to you in our next video. He’s a medical doctor here in Utah that has done extensive work with the treatment of women’s issues, Alzheimer’s, stroke, menstrual headaches, mood swings, all of these things are supported and helped with estrogen, or with progesterone. Now I did say estrogen there. So there is a balance between the estrogen and progesterone. So we need to determine what your balance is and help you to maintain that appropriate balance. But literally, at the beginning of the cycle, estrogen comes up and then it drops down before the cycle begins, before the menstruation begins. Mid cycle progesterone comes up and it will then stay if the patient’s pregnant. If not, it drops back down and then the estrogen surgery again. So it’s almost like an up and down between those two, between those two hormones. So it’s very, very important to note. Also with menopause we find that most medical doctors are discussing that it’s a lack of estrogen, so they try mainly to support estrogen, estrogen replacement therapy. On the other side, there’s a lot of research indicating that estrogen should drop off anyway naturally during menopause, but as you go on the progesterone is actually what is needed more after menopause. But that’s a whole other discussion we can talk about on a following visit, following video. So ask your doctor or call here. We can get you connected with a company that has a progesterone. I can support that and monitor that for you as well, or I can tell you somebody in your area. You can find somebody in that area that would be able to help you. But progesterone, look it up. Do research on the internet and you can find some neat things there. So until next time have a great, great weekend.