“Keeping detailed records of headache episodes can help provide additional insight about triggers and how to avoid them”.1

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What may the Menopause Headaches Pattern Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Menopausal/Menopause Headaches and Migraines Pattern
  • Perimenopausal/Perimenopause Headaches and Migraines Pattern

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Is there a link with periods and migraine?

In Migraine and HRT: What Is Likely To Happen To Migraine? the (British) Women’s Health Concern elaborate on:

“Migraine tends to worsen in the years leading up to the menopause, with attacks occurring more frequently and sometimes also lasting longer. Many women notice more of a link with their periods. Periods can become erratic and more frequent, which also means more migraines. Following menopause, migraine becomes less of a problem, particularly in women who have noticed a strong link between migraine and hormonal triggers.

However, it may several years after your last period before migraine improves, as it can take this long for the hormones to settle. Non- hormonal triggers can still persist after menopause so if these are important causes for migraine, attacks will still continue”.2

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How may I Look for A Pattern with my headaches?

In Headache Diary: Keeping A Diary Can Help Your Doctor Help You the (United States) National Headache Foundation (NHF) note:

“Keeping detailed records of headache episodes can help provide additional insight about triggers and how to avoid them”.3

In Keeping A Headache Diary: A General Guide To Recording Your Migraine Attacks? Why Keep A Headache Diary? the (United Kingdom) Migraine Trust elaborate on:

“A headache diary can include information on a range of things, however, it’s often best to keep it simple and record basic information. This can include:

  • Date
  • Day of week
  • Duration (how long the attack lasted)
  • Severity (how bad the attack was). This can either be recorded as mild, moderate or severe. Or on a scale from 1-10, where 10 is the worst pain you can imagine
  • Other symptoms you experience alongside the headache such as dizziness, vertigo, sensitivity to light, sound, smells or any symptoms that affect your movement (e.g. numbness)
  • Medication you take, including if you take a second dose
  • Anything else that may be helpful. Such as side effects from medication, any potential triggers, your period, any changes in medication, and anything else that may be helpful.How effective treatment is (or isn’t)”.4

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What if I would like help to look for a pattern with my headaches?

If you would like help to look for a pattern with your headaches, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. Together you can identify any patterns, discuss your options and if required, agree on who may be the most appropriate health care provider to help you.

In Headache Diary: Keeping A Diary Can Help Your Doctor Help You the NHF explain:

“It is important to make an appointment with your doctor for the specific purpose of addressing your headache history rather than discussing headaches as part of a physician visit for other reasons. The National Headache Foundation also recommends keeping a headache diary to track the characteristics of your headaches. Patterns identified from your diary may help your doctor determine which type of headache you have and the most beneficial treatments”.5

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  1. Headache Diary: Keeping A Diary Can Help Your Doctor Help You. National Headache Foundation https://headaches.org/resources/headache-diary-keeping-a-diary-can-help-your-doctor-help-you/ Accessed: 20 July 2021
  2. Migraine and HRT: What Is Likely To Happen To Migraine? Published: October 2020. Women’s Health Concern https://www.womens-health-concern.org/help-and-advice/factsheets/migraine-and-hrt/ Accessed: 20 July 2021
  3. Headache Diary: Keeping A Diary Can Help Your Doctor Help You. National Headache Foundation https://headaches.org/resources/headache-diary-keeping-a-diary-can-help-your-doctor-help-you/ Accessed: 20 July 2021
  4. Keeping A Headache Diary: A General Guide To Recording Your Migraine Attacks? Why Keep A Headache Diary? Migraine Trust https://www.migrainetrust.org/living-with-migraine/coping-managing/keeping-a-migraine-diary/ Accessed: 20 July 2021
  5. Headache Diary: Keeping A Diary Can Help Your Doctor Help You. National Headache Foundation https://headaches.org/resources/headache-diary-keeping-a-diary-can-help-your-doctor-help-you/ Accessed: 20 July 2021

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