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Mirena and migraines

Does anyone have any first hand experience with Mirena and migraine headaches? I've had my Mirena for just over three years now and I love it. But just after I weaned my son I noticed a huge jump in the number of headaches I was getting and how long they were lasting. I was hoping that my hormones would settle down, but it's been almost four months since my son weaned and I'm having migraines that last for two weeks.

My doctor suggested that the hormones in the Mirena might be triggering the headaches, since they coincide with my cycle - even though I'm not getting a period. I hate to have it taken out and then find out my headaches were not related. But I'm getting a bit desperate and I hate to continue to throw medication at the headaches if I can do something about the cause.

I guess I was just wondering if anyone else had had a similar experience with Mirena and migraines.

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storychick
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I had to remove mine after only 4 months because of migraines. Mine became daily and disappeared (well, went back to their usual pattern) after I had the device removed. My midwives have inserted hundreds of Mirenas but I was the only person they had seen with this problem.

Good luck figuring it out, migraines are no fun!
kage12
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. Actually, I had quite the opposite with Mirena. I had used hormonal birth control and I got the worst migraines, I literally lost most of my vision when they would come. I chose Mirena because I had read that for the most part, the hormone dose is small enough that it doesn't cause an issue. I haven't had one migraine since insertion (11 months).

If you had the Mirena for three years, it seems highly unlikely that all of a sudden you'd start getting hormonal migraines from it. I'd have your physician do a little bit more digging as to the cause of your headaches. I wish you the best of luck.
svexsal
Jun. 16th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
There are some unfortunate links between HBC and migraines. Something about the way that the estrogen effects the serotonin release, a key factor in migraines. It's actually the reason why they advise people who get migraines with aura (the visual effects, squiggly lines) not to use it as it could trigger a stroke.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/9493518/
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/headaches/he00003
http://www.headacheupdates.com/migraine/migraine-headache/migraine-headache-relief/birth-control-pills-and-migraines.htm

I hope this helps. I've had to stay away from all forms of HBC because they've triggered and worsened the frequency of my migraines/depression.
frolicnaked
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Something about the way that the estrogen effects the serotonin release, a key factor in migraines.

That said, Mirena doesn't contain estrogen. I'm not discounting that it could be a migraine trigger for some folks, but this particular connection seems like it would not apply.
svexsal
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
I didn't look that up until after I commented but you're right.

I'm very wary of attempting Mirena because of it. Paragard was great but I expelled twice.
knox_y
Jun. 16th, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
This is actually one of my biggest fears about getting my Mirena inserted. Even though my doctor assures me that the Mirena is used in stroke victims and people with aura migraines all the time with no problems. I've finally just gotten my migraines into check and have stop all triggers I possibly can (I still have to figure out a way to control the weather though...), I don't really want to have to deal with all that over again.
svexsal
Jun. 16th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. How did you do it? I was on Topamax for five years until my script expired and I was too broke to refill
knox_y
Jun. 16th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
I'm lucky and a lot of my triggers were food related. I cut out a lot of foods from my diet, I keep really hydrated and try to keep stress to a minimum. Hormonal and weather related ones are the only ones I still get. I'm just really glad I don't have to pop a pill everyday for it, and I know I'm lucky to be able to do that.
k8eb
Jun. 17th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
Rebound headaches?
Hi Carmen,
I wondered whether you'd considered if they are rebound headaches/migraine? There's lots of info online, basically some people develop rebound headaches if they have to take medication frequently. Hope you find an answer soon.
Karen
siz_t
Jun. 17th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Just throwing this out there - hormone levels fluctuate naturally over time, and it could be that migraines are now par for the course for you, especially post-weaning, and taking the Mirena out wouldn't solve anything. Pre-birth control, I used to get horrible cramps every month, then they just stopped one month and never came back. Bodies change over time :)
Leslie Carson
Dec. 23rd, 2015 09:42 pm (UTC)
Murena.headaches headaches
Hi so so I had a Mirena put in after my daughter was born and had horrible headaches,2002, then again in 2010 not so much. Just had another one 1.5 months ago and have had horrible headaches almost daily...
Karen Munning Raab
Apr. 12th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC)
Mirena users BEWARE
I began to do research as a close friend has experienced horrible side effects after the Mirena IUD was inserted and after its' removal. The IUD began to get 'swollowed up' by her body and she was told she was very close to have to having it surgically removed {it most probably should have been done very very carefully, surgically}. She has very painful intercouse, mentrual cycles, ovulation, and pain daily in her very lower abdomen/female area. She has very very painful headaches and has been diagnosed with cluster headaches. I do not trust putting something so foriegn in the body and where the makers do not know 'how it works' EXACTLY. I had an IUD at one time but bled for a month and had removed pronto. Devastating life long side effects have been experienced with the Merina. Here are two sites showing a class action suit against its' manufacturer The Bayer Pharmacuetical company: 1) www.youhavealawyer/mirena & 2) www.drugwatch.com/mirenalawsuits ~ I think its important to dig deeper and to understand who the manufacturer is of the products we use so trustingly through our doctors ~ especially something so intimate. I began to look at Bayer and dont like what I see. They have a history of creating chemicals used to kill many people during WWII. They are a chemical company first and foremost. I would highly recommend the removal of this IUD - thats my very personal opinion. I highly recommend doing research on the Bayer company {an overview can be found in wikipedia-you can cross research what you find}. I also highly recommend taking a very close look at the class action suit against Bayer for the mirena IUD. We are our bodies first advocate. Best Wishes.
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