Hi all! Ever since the birth of my son in 2010, I have had awful migraines that are most definitely connected to my cycle. I am 30 at the moment. I was 27 when my menstrual migraines started in a severe way. I have had migraines since puberty (age 16), but they got much much worse after I had a baby.
The migraines will typically begin a day or two before my period starts. This is how I know my period is coming because it is not super regular - One month it is 35 days, the next it is 28 days, the next it is 31 days, etc. My migraines include visual problems, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, confusion, and brain fog. They occur during my period and continue a week or two after my period. The last week or so of my cycle, I typically feel fantastic. I understand this is the polar opposite of what other women typically experience with PMS, so I haven't been able to find much via google about my specific problem. Usually women feel better during the follicular phase...I feel worse.
I have a short history with natural progesterone cream: I started using it at the advise of my mother-in-law earlier in the year. I used it every day all through the month twice a day. And it seemed to work! However I noted that my pants got significantly tighter - and it was not due to bad eating or lack of exercise. I panicked and I stopped using the cream. My symptoms returned with a vengeance. I experience migraine with aura for the first time, my skin broke out like a was 15 again, I felt terrible. I saw my primary doc who is open to natural treatments. He suggested I try the cream again for one week before my period applying only once at night to avoid any weight gain, for he thought maybe I had been using too much. I did that last month and it did not affect my symptoms. I experienced bad cramping, mood swings, migraines: the usual list of problems during the first part of my follicular phase.
I should add that last month I used some strips from the drug store to predict when my ovulation occurs. I figured it would be good information to have. It happened pretty late...about day 26 of a 35 day cycle (i have a tracker on my phone).
Using the cream only in the luteal phase seems counter intuitive to me. Especially since the luteal phase is when I seem to feel good anyway! If anybody out there has a similar issue: terrible symptoms in follicular phase...I would really appreciate any advice. I'm open to trying natural progesterone again. I've got a tube of Pro-gest in my medicine cabinet ready to go. I am concerned about weight gain - but if it is temporary, I can deal with it.
Thanks in advance,