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What causes headache during menstruation?

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Dr. Neeraj Kumar

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Practicing since :2006

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Posted on Wed, 21 Sep 2016 in Headache and Migraines
Question: i am having frequent headaches which affects my daily routines. its is like sinus pain mostly heavy pains before menstruation
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 43 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Take treatment as advised

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concerns.
Headache may be menstrual headache or migraine.
You should take treatment accordingly.
First step is to follow precautions like timely food, proper sleep, avoiding triggers like fasting, stress, excessive tea or coffee and chocolates.
Prevention can be done by starting pain killers 2-3 days before menstruation.
You can also take estrogen containing ocp.
For acute attacks, pain killers like Naproxen or Aceclofenac or Triptans can be taken.
Hope you found the answer helpful.
Do get back to me for further queries.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Follow up: Dr. Neeraj Kumar 19 minutes later
Thanks Dr. But does pain killers hav side effects. I m taking it fr long time.
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Answered by Dr. Neeraj Kumar 5 hours later
Brief Answer:
Take medications as advised

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Regular pain killers should not be taken as it may lead to medication overuse headache.
You should either take during episodes or take as prophylaxis just 2-3 days before menstruation and continuing for next 1-3 days.
Regular use may cause gastric ulcers.
Regards
Dr N Kumar
Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Veerisetty Shyamkumar
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