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Headaches During My Period

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am 14 years old and I first got my period last year in June. Everytime I have my period, I get headaches but they usually stop after two days. However the last time I had my period was 2 weeks ago and I still get headaches like every three hours now although my period is over for now. Could this be some kind of health condition? Should I see a doctor?
Signed: Headaches During My Period

Dear Headaches During My Period,


Some women do experience headaches as a part of their PMS symptoms. If you get headaches during certain times in your menstrual cycle, check with your doctor to ensure that they are simply related to PMS. It is most likely the case, but it is always best to have a doctor’s input on the situation.

However, having headaches for a two week period of time after your last period stopped, and to be getting them so frequently each day, sounds like something more than just being about PMS and is something that you should have checked out with a doctor.

Headaches can be indicative of many things. Some people are prone to headaches when they feel stressed or anxious. Some people may experience headaches as a result of things like TMJ, eyestrain, or poor posture related to strains in the neck, back, and shoulder muscles. Colds, fevers, and sinus infections can also be accompanied by headaches, as can allergies or the use of certain medications. Headaches can also be a result of more serious medical illnesses and conditions, such as brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, infections (such as meningitis), or inflammation or other problems with the blood vessels around the brain.

Only a doctor can help you to have a better understanding as to what is causing your headaches. FX suggests that you meet with your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist so that you can discuss your headaches, get an accurate idea of what may be contributing to your headaches, and get whatever treatment may be necessary.

In general, it is good to see a doctor when the following occurs:

·         You have three or more headaches in one week.

·         You take pain relievers for your headaches every day or almost every day.

·         You need more than the recommended amount on over-the-counter pain relievers in order for your headache to go away.

·         Your headache pattern changes.

·         Your headaches get worse.

Immediate attention from a medical professional should be obtained if:

·         Your headache is sudden and severe.

·         You have a fever, rash, confusion, double vision, weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking along with your headache.

·         Your head hurts following some kind of head injury (such as with a sports injury or car crash)

·         Your headache gets worse despite rest and the use of pain relievers.

Again, FX cannot know exactly why your headaches have continued for such a prolonged period of time, so we do recommend that you meet with a medical care professional as soon as possible. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555. You can also contact your local teen health center or call your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX