Migraine Awareness Month #13 – Sophie’s Choice

What are the toughest treatment choices you face when balancing Migraine/Headache Disorders with other health conditions?

Two top difficulties come to mind when I think about balancing treatments for Migraine Disease and other health conditions or vice-versa.  The first one is the relatively simple choice of staying hydrated during migraine and why that’s complicated for me.  And the other revolves around not even being able to have a real choice in the whole hormone replacement therapy that comes with menopause.

Everyone advises drinking plenty of water when faced with migraine.  That’s a huge problem for me.  Even if I only have a cup of water in the morning when migraine sets in, this overactive bladder of mine goes further into overdrive.  It’s not fun to have to get up and head to the bathroom every twenty minutes with a pounding migraine.  I don’t know why when I’m not feeling well, my bladder acts up.  I discovered this to also be the case when I’ve had fever or after I had foot surgery.  Drinking lots of water would merely add to the torture, and so I have to say no to hydrating.

My other conundrum is not being able to even try a small dosage of hormone replacement to relieve excessive sweating that has come with menopause.  I tried several low dose hormones or birth control pills during many years of a pretty rough perimenopause.  Those drugs only served to make my migraines more severe so I never could stay on them for very long.  I really feel as if Migraine Disease has taken away my chance at making an educated decision about hormone replacement therapy.

These are just two issues.  I know I’m lucky not to have bigger concerns.  It’s so easy for one little treatment to throw something out of whack, be it water, pills or something else entirely. 

June 2013, Migraine and Headache Awareness, is dedicated to Unmasking the Mystery of Chronic Headache Disorders.

The 2013 Migraine and Headache Awareness Blog Challenge is a project of  http://FightingHeadacheDisorders.com


About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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