Posted by Donna (22.214.171.124) on July 11, 2001 at 21:27:56:
In Reply to: Hormone Levels Revisited posted by ScottL on July 11, 2001 at 18:06:06:
been trying to get someone to agree with me now for two years, that testosterone levels may have something to do with clusterheadaches!
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I had three miscarriages before my first successful pregnancy. Seems my minute testosterone level was out of balance and caused a premature contraction problem. No, not Braxton-Hix but an actual irritable uterus.
With each pregnancy, I went into a cluster cycle before my first symptom of being pregnant. The first two ended before the third month and the 3rd resulted in a 7 month preemie that we named Thomas. Thomas lived 36 hours.
When I felt ready to try again, my doc gave me an injection of Provera when it was suspected that I was ovulating. I was kept on this hormone until 8 months and we finally had a full term son.
I chose to nurse the baby. Hadn't had a cluster headache since I first became pregnant. At weaning time, I immediately went into cluster cycle.
Repeat this success story two more times, along with the cluster story.
In 1985, at the age of 48, I had a hysterectomy and have not had a cluster headache since.
Since the hypothalamus regulates these hormones, why couldn't it be related?
Some women get headaches with pregnancy and some don't. Wouldn't that mean that one had too little or maybe too much testosterone and another didn't?It certainly doesn't disprove the theory.
And one more thing. I was put on estrogen therapy after the hysterectomy and the removal of both ovaries, BUT could not take the Progesterone half of the therapy as the doc felt it would cause my headaches to return.
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