I often see women who come to my clinic and who have headaches regularly.
There are many types of headaches. From having a chat and from asking a number of questions gently, I can ascertain whether the headaches are:
headaches from stress and tension
headaches from muscular-skeletal issues
headaches from head injuries
headaches from sinusitis
The way the headache is treated will depend on the type of headache it is and your exact symptoms.
Is your headache hormonal?
Think back to when you first started having these types of headaches.
Was it around puberty, pregnancy, or menopause?
Or after starting new hormonal contraception?
Your headache may be hormonal if it comes on with 3-6 months of an hormonal event, or it cyclical. A hormonal headache is often associated with nausea or vomiting, and they may be a heightened sense of sensitivity or smell.
Record keeping is so important. You can download a chart to help you with record keeping for your headache.
How your hormonal headache may make you feel?
Hormonal headaches can be so painful. There may be a dull throbbing or severe pulsating headache. Along with this there may be sensitivity to light, nausea, fatigue, or dizziness.
You may have a hormonal headache that is related to your period. This type of headache typically starts two days before a period begins and lasts until the third day of menses.
Different types of hormonal headache
Fluctuating hormone levels can influence the severity of headaches. During the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause, oestrogen levels fluctuate and these hormonal changes can trigger headaches.
Hormonal headaches and the combined oral contraceptive pill
Some women find their headaches improve while they're on the pill. Other women report more frequent headaches, especially in the pill-free week, when oestrogen levels go down.
Hormonal headaches during menopause
Headaches sometimes get more frequent and more severe as you approach menopause. This may be because hormone levels rise and fall more unevenly.
For some women, hormone headaches improve once their menstrual periods stop.
Hormonal headaches during pregnancy
Headaches may be worse in the first few weeks of pregnancy due to changes in hormone levels.
The science behind hormonal headaches
During a migraine, there is a complex series of changes in the blood vessels of the head and the brain. The blood vessels first become overly constricted and then widen too much.
The hormones oestrogen and progesterone play key roles in regulating the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. When oestrogen levels change significantly this can bring on a headache, if you have susceptibility to headaches. The tendency to get migraines appears to be largely genetic.
Various research studies have shown that reducing the amount of change in oestrogen levels leads to less menstrual-related migraines.
How homeopathy can be beneficial for hormonal headaches
Homeopathy may be used to level out changes in oestrogen levels, to lessen significant dips in this hormone.
Here are some useful homeopathic remedies for hormonal headaches if you wish to try self-medication.
Spongia - Rush of blood to the head, bursting or pressing headache, worse on forehead
Pulsatilla - One sided headache, pulsating, bursting, lachrymation of the affected side, occipital pain, worse coughing, shooting pains in temples, pain extends to face and teeth, head seems heavy, cannot hold upright, cannot raise it
Calc carb - Sense of weight on top of head, headache with cold hands and feet, headache with nausea
Belladonna - Rush of blood to the head, throbbing, hammering headache, congestive headaches with a red face, headache better laying the hand on the head, or bending head backward, the feeling of fullness, especially in the forehead
Lachesis - Headache, pain down to nose, pain at root of nose, congestive headaches, bursting or throbbing in temples, headaches with flickering, dim vision, pain through head on waking, waves of pain, worse on moving, pain extending to neck and shoulders
Homeopathic remedies can be helpful as self-medication. However, for recurrent headaches, it would be beneficial to seek professional help from a homeopath.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including for headaches and migraines. If your migraine or headache is stopping you from getting on with your life, feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with your migraine or headache I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.