I absolutely agree with you. I think my iwn mav is sensitive to the normal hormones we all have, which there’s clearly not much I can do about, i can’t alter them because our bodies need them. If I mess about with them, I could cause an imbalance. I can avoid weather, or food for example, but not hormones.
I definitely agree that the definition of menstrual migraine is incorrect, but if you put “menstrual migraine” into google, that’s how it’s defined on every medical website out there. If you tyoe “hormones and migraine” all you get is info saying menopause causes migraine and low estrogen before your period for a few days, migraines at any other time are not hormonally triggered. That’s what the whole medical profession believes. The chemist at my local pharmacy told me she had migraines for 2 weeks out of every month (the week before and during her period) so it’s obvious this widely accepted definition is wrong. Just like the criteria for diagnosing mav states symptoms last 5 to 72 hours - nonesense.
The definition of PMS is symptoms occuring 3-4 days before a period, and they have to occur for 3 consecutive months. Pffft. I get pms symptoms sometimes right from ovulation, and they alter from month to month, not consecutive.
When I look at my migraine diaries, although i have symptoms every day, I can see i have worse days any time my hormones shift. So that’s a couple days round ovulation, again about 5 days before my period is due (when pms starts), then again when my period starts, then when it finishes, then ovulation again… Some months are worse than others.
From what I’ve read about mav in particular, it takes time to recover, time to de-sensitise your brain. Because of the monthly cycle, i’m not getting that needed time to recover before another migraine worsens my symptoms again. I get about 5-7 days after ovulation where every day feels a bit better than the one before, til it gets worse again with a hormone shift.