Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Estrogen increases your chances of developing migraines, Dr. Fiorito notes

The specialist emphasizes that the diagnosis includes sleep problems.

Dr. Francesca Fiorito, Neurologist and subspecialist in headache. Photo: Provided by Dr. Fiorito to the Journal of Medicine and Public Health.

Neurologist and headache subspecialist Dr. Francesca Fiorito told the Journal of Medicine and Public Health that migraine is a condition that suffers because the patient is predisposed, so triggering factors tend to develop.

For this reason, he emphasized that the patient should not live with pain, as there are treatments to manage and avoid severe and disabling episodes, because “with five attacks in your life, you are the first But there are patients who may have annual attacks and there are patients who may have pain every day,” he said.

He added that it also has a lot to do with hormonal changes, with even women being 3 more likely to suffer from it than men. “The hormonal component of estrogen, it can fluctuate at different reproductive stages of women” and influence the symptoms of the condition.

The expert indicated that frequency doesn’t really determine whether or not you have a migraine, “as long as you’ve already had those five basic attacks, what determines is that yes, it increases in frequency and it becomes disabled, the person should seek help”, emphasized.

Fiorito insisted that if a The patient has a cluster headacheIt should be managed as soon as possible, “because although it is small, it is so severe that it must be contained soon”. Another important aspect, according to the doctor, is comfort, “When I see a patient I always ask how the rest is going. This is because we should check if he has sleep apnea, if he snores, then the hours of sleep”.

migraine process

“30 percent of migraine patients have an aura, which is a set of nervous system symptoms It happens within 10 to 15 minutes of having a migraine,” Fiorito said.

On the other hand, the doctor explained that migraine without aura is the most common and occurs most often. Symptoms include headache Moderate to severe palpitations that often occur without warning. The pain is usually felt in only one side of the head, and is accompanied by nausea, confusion, blurred vision, and extreme sensitivity to light, noise, and smell.

Attacks last from 4 to 72 hours and usually recur twice a week. Body movements make symptoms worse.

Dr. Fiorito explained the stages of a migraine, including 4 moments:


one day before a migraineYou can see subtle changes that warn a migraine Next, among others:


,mood swingsfrom depression to excitement

*food cravings

*stiff neck

*Increased number of urinations

*fluid retention

*yawning frequently


For some people, an aura may occur before or during a migraine. aura is a reversible symptom of nervous system. Usually, they are visual, but they can also include other changes.

Each symptom usually starts gradually, builds up over a few minutes, and can last up to 60 minutes.

Examples of migraine auras:

*Visual events, such as the display of various shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light

*visual impairment

*tingling sensation in the hands or feet

*numbness or weakness in the face or on one side of the body

*difficulty speaking

But it doesn’t happen in all patients, Dr. Fiorito noted.

to attack

a migraine It usually lasts from 4 to 72 hours if left untreated. How often a migraine occurs varies from person to person. Migraines may subside or appear several times a month.

during a migraineYou may present these symptoms:

*Pain is usually on one side of the head, but often on both sides

*pain that throbs or throbs

*Sensitivity to light, sound, and sometimes smell and touch

* nausea and vomiting


After a migraine attack, the patient may feel tired, confused and powerless for a day, with some even feeling euphoric. Sudden movements of the head can cause recurrent pain for some time.

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