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Headaches


Dear Angela
Hope that this New Year will be very good for you. I need your assistance please? In order to assist you, herewith some background. I have been on Noristerat for about 2 years (2007 – 2009). When we moved to Cape Town I went to see my new Gynea. I informed him that I am a migraine sufferer and at that stage I had about 6 migraines a month. He immediate recommended that I move away from Noristerat due to the possibility of hormones causing havoc. He recommended that I use a non-hormonal birth control method and after careful research (both scary and informative), I decided to use the Nova T. I was not 100% happy with this as I did not like the idea of having something in your body which is not natural. I have had the Nova T in now for almost a year. It has really made a differenced to my migraines as I am down to no more than 2 a month (Touch wood). The questions and concerns I have now are:
1. For the last 2 months after having my menses, I have a bit of discomfort passing water. It almost feels like a bladder infection but not 100% sure. It’s also a bit uncomfortable when my husband and I have intercourse.
2. Since having the Nova T, the length of my menses has increased from being 5 days max to 10 days! This is a bit of an issue as it really feels like Niagara Falls for days 1 – 4. I have to use super tampons as well as super pads at the same time!! I am active and travel a lot. Therefore I always have this uncontrolled panic that something might show as I get of the plane or of the stepper at the gym.
Is there anything I can do for these two points or should I keep my chin up and be thankful that I don’t get as many migraines any longer?
Kind regards
Linette

Angela Lombard Nursing Practitioner View profile

Dear Linette

Many thanks for your question and for giving a detailed clinical profile. I am concerned that you have been experiencing as many as 6 migraines in the past. However, it is great that these are now reduced to only 2 per month, so the Nova T is beneficial in that sense, as well as serving as a contraceptive. Your doctor was definitely correct in taking you off Nur-Isterate!

Your discomfort in passing urine and prolonged menstruation does indicate a fluid imbalance and needs to be resolved. I recommend that you have a urinalysis done of your urine to check for your pH level and any abnormalities. Discomfort during intercourse could be due to a number of factors, one being an imbalance of vaginal fluid, resulting in dryness of the vaginal wall.

I recommend the homeopathic approach using tissue salt therapy which works on vibrationary energy healing in order to help you heal. Your clinical profile clearly indicates a deficiency of NAT MUR TISSUE SALT NO. 9. Nat Nur is pure sodium chloride in tissue salt form. Take x1 celloid (i.e. tablet) sublingually (under the tongue) 3 times a day for a week - this means that you must use the Allison Effting range of tissue salts please, as this range is triple strength. The other tissue salt ranges are lower in dosage.

Nat Mur is also listed to alleviate migraines! It is also important to avoid certain foods which can trigger off migraines. These would be anything containing citrus like oranges, caffeine, coffee, chocolate, and cheese - these are known as the 'c' foods to avoid in relation to migraine triggers. A migraine can be triggered by just one of these foods, or in combination.

So your one product that will treat both your problem areas is Nat Mur tissue salt no. 9. It is an amazing tissue salt, and apart from regulating all your body fluid levels, it will moiturize and revitalize you. The renewed energy also assists in returning a sense of humour, due to the corrected fluid balance in your body.

It is vital that with your travelling that you empty your bladder regularly before you get into bed at night, before you take off on a flight etc. Should you have had abdominal surgery of any kind in the past, this could have caused a kink in the bladder causing a tendency to urinary stasis when there is too prolonged a time between visits to micturate. Do empty your bladder every 2 - 3 hours minimum.

I wish you all the very best in your healing.

Warm regards

Angela

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

Hi

There are many different factors (including stress) that can result in a headache like yours. However it is difficult for me to advise you specifically without having more information.

I suggest that you go to a Dr so that the cause of your headaches can be properly diagnosed and the appropriate treatment started.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

It is very likely that the migraines are being caused by something else, with the pill just increasing your sensitivity to these other stimuli.

Numerous other things can cause migraines. These include STRESS, too little or too much sleep, too little or too much exercise, bright lights such as sun glare or loud sounds.

Specific foods can also precipitate migraines. These include foods containing the amino acid tyramine (you can find a list on the internet), MSG, chocolate, nitrites (found in smoked and processed meats), caffeine and alcohol. In addition low blood sugar can also precipitate a migraine so it is important to eat regularly and not skip any meals.

While this list is quite long, each person is different and will have different triggers, so while chocolate may cause a migraine in one person it won’t in another. Rather than avoid everything on this list (which can be quite limiting) it is important to identify your triggers so that you can avoid them specifically. It is often very beneficial to have an expert guide you in the process.

Good luck!

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

People who get migraines have brains that are particularly sensitive to environmental and sensory stimuli. This sensitivity is increased during the menstrual cycle. So yes, the oral contraceptive can precipitate or aggrevate migraines as it has an impact on female hormones and the menstrual cycle.

However this doesn’t mean that if you are on the oral contraceptive you will have migraines. Even if your body is hypersensitive to triggers, many triggers can be avoided. These triggers include amongst others bright lights, loud sounds, hunger, excess physical exertion, lack of sleep, excess stress, caffeine and alcohol. So in general if you have a balanced lifestyle with a healthy diet, regular exercise and sleep, and avoid excess alcohol and stress you should be able to avoid many migraines. Also important is to learn to identify your key triggers and develop effective stress management techniques. Once you are doing all of this, if you are still experiencing a large number of migraines, then try changing to a different form of contraception to see if there is improvement.

Warm regards

Gabriell

Gabriell (dr.) Prinsloo Medical Doctor View profile

It is difficult to give a specific diagnosis without asking more detailed questions and doing a detailed examination, so unfortunately I cant give you a cause or solution right now. As your basic neurological examinations have been normal, it is unlikely that there is anything severely wrong, however I would advise going to a good neurologist to get an expert opinion. They will be able to do the necessary in depth examination and recommend the most cost effective approach to any investigations that might be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

There are many different causes for your symptoms, one of which is stress. Were the compression fractures in your neck? They may be a contributing factor, however as they occurred 3 years ago and the symptoms occurred only recently, they are unlikely to be the direct cause. If the cause is stress then the management would involve finding ways to manage your stress as well as regular exercise and stretching, and physiotherapy or massage to release the physical tension. These steps are beneficial regardless of the cause, as stress and muscle tension may exacerbate other conditions.

Good luck, it must be very frustrating to feel like that all the time and not have an answer!

Kind Regards

Dr Gabriell Prinsloo

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

Adcodol is not contra-indicated during pregnancy,however is not recommended long term. It contains codeine, caffeine, paracetamol as well as an anti-histamine. It is addictive and may lead to drowsiness as well as dependency. I recommend 2 full glasses of water as first line therapy, as well as a homoeopathic product, of which there are a few to choose from. Spigelon, by Heel, is certainly a very good option. Please inform your doctor of your headaches, as you have not indicated how far you are in your pregnancy. Good luck for the new arrival. You are welcome to come and see me at the Natural Medicine Dispensary at our Kloof Street branch. Kind regards. Felicia (Senior Pharmacist and Natural Medicine Dispensary Consultant)

Felicia Rubin Pharmacist View profile

You need to get to the route of the problem. It is not normal to be suffering from headaches daily. There is also the risk of your body getting addicted to this medication. This analgesic medication is not good to take long term. You need to find the cause and I would recommend you see a doctor to perform some tests. You should have your blood pressure checked as well as your sinuses. You could also be suffering from neck and back problems, which could result in headaches. It may also be worth consulting a physio therapist. Another cause of a headache is dehydration, especially in the summer heat. I suggest two glasses of water at the onset of your headache! Be sure to drink at least 2-3 litres of water a day. Certain stimulants like alcohol, caffeine an chocolate can also induce headaches. At Wellness we have a selection of natural headache remedies that can be effective. These include homeopathic remedies such as Spigelon. For further advice please feel free to visit me at the Natural Medicine Dispensary. Regards, Felicia

Sean (dr.) Gomes Medical Doctor View profile

From what you are describing, the headaches sound like tension headaches. This could be related to a number of factors, including posture, stress, eye strain and dehydration. There are definitely conservative measures you can try. Anti depressants should be used to treat depression. Firstly insure that you are well hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Avoid alcohol and coffee as this could precipitate your headaches. There may be other specific triggers such as chocolate and cheese, but this you will have to be determined through trial and error. Also make sure you exercise regularly as this is a natural way to de-stress and get your circulation working, which will help flush out toxins. As you headache is starting in your neck, it does make me think that it could be related to posture at the work place. Typically people that work in front of a computer for long periods and do not have an ergonomic set-up can develop muscle tension in their necks which can then spread to their scalp and cause headaches. Look at getting a more comfortable chair, and make sure that you are not too bent over when working i.e. bring your monitor and keyboard up. You may also need to have your eye’s tested. Priscription glasses can help with eye strain by making it easier to focus and reducing monitor glare. Long periods of eye strain can lead to tension headaches. Make sure you take sufficient breaks. Look out to a distant object at least every 15 minutes. This will help give your eye muscles a break. You may want to consider seeing a physio or chiropractor for treatment. This would involve neck massage, stretching, gentle manipulation and strengthening exercises. We have a chiropractor available for consulattation at our Kloof WellClinic. Simple analgesics such as paracetamol and ibuprofen will also help when you are not able to avoid a headache. You can also use muscle relaxants such as buscopan. By following these simple steps you should be able to reduce the frequency of your headaches. For more advice please visit one of our stores and chat to our health practitioners. Best of luck and kind regards. Dr Sean Gomes MD

Chase (dr.) Webber Naturopath View profile

Migraine is normally triggered by either a reaction to certain foods, colourants, preservatives; or eyestrain, stress and nerve conditions. I would recommend that you consult a Naturopath in your area to do a detailed consultation and examination to see what the possible triggers are. Recommending a natural treatment will only give temporary help as unless the cause is corrected the migraines will just re-occur. Natural remedies for migraine are the herb feverfew and the mineral magnesium, these will have to be prescribed appropriately though for your son. regards Dr Chase Webber ND

Chase (dr.) Webber Naturopath View profile

Most of the best evidence shows that the herb Feverfew is effective to prevent migraine if used for a few months. Your migraine is additionally triggered by your menstrual cycle so I would also suggest that you take Magnesium and Vitamin B6. These nutrients are very helpful in reducing symptoms associated with PMS such as pain and headache. regards Dr Chase


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