Some women will experience an influx of headaches when they enter Peri-menopause. Fluctuating hormones cause blood vessels to dilate and constrict, resulting in head pain. There are several types of headaches you may suffer from, ranging from a mild to severe migraine. With symptoms such as a throbbing pain in the head, intense pain in a specific area, nausea, sensitivity to light and pain lasting up to twenty four hours or longer.
Tension headaches are the most common, with the feeling of a tight elastic band being pressed around your head, this may also cause tension and pain in the back of your neck, at the base of your skull.
If you suffered from headaches during your menstrual periods, you will probably suffer during menopause too.
A good diet will help level out hormone imbalances to a certain degree, and non-prescription drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen can offer relief.
Try keeping a note on your calendar to see if there is anything specific that triggers your headaches or migraines, cheese and chocolate are quite common culprits – If a pattern does show up, it will make it easier for you to eliminate whatever is causing the problem.
Sometimes dehydration can cause headaches, so try drinking a large glass of water. Alternatively try taking a shower, cascading hot water down your neck and back will relax muscles and may help to alleviate pain.