Back when I was still getting a monthly, I did notice an increase of HA's around that time.....many chiarians do have pituitary issues and hormone involvement.....and we r prone to autoimmune issues as well.....and they can affect hormones like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.....
Has she been checked to see what her hormone levels r, or do u feel this is more just a monthly issue for her?
Part of the problem with being newly diagnosed is trying to figure out which issues are Chiari related, or Chiari amplified, or just typical teen issues - It does not surprise me to hear that monthly cycle issues may be amplified by the Chiari - but now what? Don't want to put her on hormones (birth control) as doc has talked about - she is only 13~
I totally understand...and as a mom I would feel the same as u....u may want to try natural ways to reduce inflammation around that time...we do have a thread in the Health Pages on anti inflammatory foods.....she should drink plenty of water.....and some caffeine may also help with extreme HA's...
I would also want to have her dr look at what natural supplements may help with ne other symptoms she may have.
I get my period twice a month, and my headaches DO get worse about two days before. It starts out being just a little bit worse, then when I actually get my period it turns into a full blown migraine, which lasts about three days, then slowly tapers off. I also get very ill, like I have the flu. Needless to say getting my period TWICE a month leaves me with about one week of being kind of ok. I have never tried birth control for it because I smoke, and smoking increases your chance for blood clots when taking birth control. I wish I could tell you somethinng that worked, but I haven't figured it out yet. But yes, my HA gets worse at that time.
Hi...I also used to get my monthly 2 a month too...I later found it was most likely due to a thyroid issue and I went into menopause early.....
Deff ask to have the following checked and do not listen to it is intermittent bleeding as I was told...it was a reg flow!!
TSH, Free T3 , Free T4...TPO antibodies.....
AND try to stop smoking as it constricts ur vessels which will make ur HA;s worse.
I pray u r able to quit soon : )
wow, i always had mine twice a month, too! Now i have 3 every 2 months. I have no thyroid issues or other causes that we have found.
I was never aware of the thyroid issue and like chiari when tested I was told I was "normal" ot with in range...BUT they only tested teh TSH which can appear normal...the issue we have is autoimmune so just testing TSH is not a complete look and does not mesn u do not have a thyroid issue.
What is TSH? I have asked them to check my thyroid because I can't believe all my problems come from Chiari and syrinx.
TSH is thyrotropin: anterior pituitary hormone that stimulates the function of the thyroid gland .
Okey dokey you medical book on legs LOL - thank you! :)