“I could tell you every time the weather changed because I would get a terrible migraine from the changing barometric pressure. I would have migraines 2-3 times a week. After the bio-identical pellets, I have not had a migraine in the past 3 months. I am able to enjoy more time with my husband and children. Thank you, Dr. Nerette.” L.D.
Migraine Headaches cause disability, suffering, and loss of quality of life and a result have been ranked among the top ten most disabling disorders for both sexes by the World Health Organization. Approximately 30 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches, and about 75 percent are women. The majority of women who experience migraines are between the ages of 20 and 45. Unfortunately, these women who experience headaches are those who can least afford taking time off since they are juggling responsibilities of home and work. Typically the women of this age group usually have young children or busy careers or both. Medical research supports a strong link between hormones and migraines since migraine occurrence tends to be the same for both boys and girls until puberty, at which point there is a sharp increase in migraines among girls who begin menstruating. Moreover, migraine attacks tend to worsen in frequency and severity around the menstrual period. Good news is that the majority of migraine sufferers benefit from the treatment of bio-identical hormone therapy that is aimed at correcting hormonal imbalances and as a result most women find that their headaches become less frequent or disappear completely.
Unbalanced Estrogen, Testosterone and Progesterone can cause debilitating headaches and may be triggered by numerous factors, such as stress, fatigue, menopause, menstruation, pregnancy, postpartum and oral contraceptives. Unfortunately, many women are treated with birth control pills, pain relievers or both of which do not treat the underlying hormonal imbalance. In addition to a comprehensive medical history, a simple blood test may be all that is needed to determine a hormonal imbalance. Once an imbalance is determined, it is essential that the proper type of hormones and method of delivery be chosen to adequately treat the imbalance and improve migraines.
The type of hormone chosen synthetic versus bio-identical is extremely important. Bio-identical hormones mimic exactly your own body’s molecule per molecule versus their synthetic counterparts with known cancer-causing agents within their chemical structure. The delivery method of the bio-identical hormone is paramount. It is key that the delivery is constant with no high peaks and lows since these peaks and lows in hormones may trigger migraines. All methods of delivery except that of pellet form unfortunately give you inconsistent absorption of hormones. When you place a cream on the skin in our hot humid climate of South Florida, how much are you exactly absorbing and what is wearing off? When you place the hormone in a liquid underneath the tongue or give an injection you have rapid absorption immediately, but
what is left to be absorbed the remainder of the day? The absorption rates with these methods are extremely unpredictable. Unpredictable absorption is unacceptable when trying to maintain constant hormonal balance.
The bio-identical hormone pellet provides a consistent flow of hormone delivery. The pellet which is less than the size of a tic-tac is inserted underneath the skin. The body has 24 hour access to the hormone in pellet form and takes it as it is needed. The pellets last up to 6 months, thus avoiding the hassle of taking daily medications. The absorption is predictable and monitored with lab values. The benefits are seen as quickly as 5 days.
“I had exhausted all types of prescriptions, over the counter medications, and was on investigational medications to treat my migraines without success. I was placed on bio-identical pellets by Dr. Nerette over a year ago and my migraines are gone!” S.N.