Dr. Rosemary Leonard answers a question on bad period pain in the company of Emma Howard.
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Host: Hello! We are answering questions on health and medical problems. I am joined by Dr. Rosemary Leonard. Hello! Dr. Rosemary Leonard: Hello! Host: I got a question for you Rosemary from a woman with very common problem, she says she has been getting migraine lately and she just simply wants to know what could be the cause. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: The first thing she needs to do is keep a diary of when that happening, because in women it can be related to the menstrual cycle and particularly you can get that in the run up to having a period or just during or after period and if you are on the oral contraceptive pill it can also be related to that or it could be to do with the menopause. On occasionally it can be triggered by a HRT, but that's less common now. Then she also needs to look at her general life style. Does she tend to get a migraine when she is very tired when she is over working, when she is stressed? Also looking at other life style factors like flashing light can sometime settle for migraine in some susceptible people. Then you need to look at foods the classic ones for causing a migraine a chocolate cheese and red wine and you have a lot of migraine suffers you say those are the food triggers, that set them off. But if can be a variety of things say it a matter keeping a diary and saying what you have eaten and sometimes it can be a very minor ingredient like cinnamon does it or some food additives can also trigger migraine. So those are things she should look at. Host: And do we abuse the term? We have a bad headache; we say it is a migraine. What would your definition of a migraine be? Dr. Rosemary Leonard: It's more than just about headache, it's my definition; it something that's disabling. If you have a migraine, you cannot go to work. It's usually on one side of the head only and maybe proceeded by what we call an aura where she has visual flashing or a funny taste in the mouth or sometimes a sound. Then a really, really bad thumping headache which say usually on one side of the head, maybe both that can go on anything from a couple of hours to a couple of days and during that time the best thing you need to do is lie in a darkened room and sitting at work is not an option, you just can't do it. Host: Thank you Rosemary. Well, if you have a similar problem, we hope we might have given you some help, but remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching we will back with more health questions and answers.