When Migraine Misery & Hormone Imbalance Go Hand-In-Hand

hormones and migraines

I always tell clients that you can never really “cure” your migraines. They are your body’s alarm clock – your way to tell you in a loud and unpleasant way when something is “off”. That became very true for me this past year, starting when my daughter was about 5 months old. I’ve learned so much in the past year about my migraines and I really want to share my experience and break it down into easy action steps you can implement in your own life.

I had been feeling pretty good migraine-wise throughout my pregnancy. I was uncomfortable for other reasons (i.e. giant belly on my very small frame) but I was happy to escape my pregnancy relatively migraine free. Once I was cleared to exercise, I started running, doing yoga and working out with a personal trainer. I felt like I was well on my way to getting back into shape. Then I hit a wall: every workout started sending me into a migraine tailspin. I knew that it wasn’t my workouts that were toxic, but it was my body’s way of telling me that something was up. They got even worse when my period came back, not only was I getting migraines non-stop, but I was paralyzed with anxiety and fatigue. So that began the painful 9-month process of figuring out what it was.

The answer: A Hormone Imbalance!

Basically, I wasn’t making enough of a key sex hormone: Progesterone. I’ll get into what can cause this below, but before I do, I want to say one thing: if your doctor tells you that your migraines and other symptoms are just part of “being a woman” DON’T LISTEN TO THEM! My OBGYN literally told me that this was just going to be “my new normal” but thank god I didn’t listen to her and listened to my intuition instead. Just wanted to share that you always have to make sure that you are your #1 advocate!

So, if you have or suspect you have a hormone imbalance, it’s time to evaluate 3 areas in your life:

1.     Your Diet: What you choose to fuel you is key to the health of your hormones

2.     Psychological Stress: From trauma to the day-to-day grind, how do you keep stress and cortisol levels down?

3.     Environmental toxins: These can be pervasive in our homes, from our beauty products to the water we drink.

I’ll be sharing what I learned and share tips on how you can restore your hormones in the coming posts. But in the meantime, if you think hormones could be the source of your migraine misery, please get in touch!

 

I hope you have a migraine free day!

Caroline