Hormonal migraines

Changes in hormone levels are a potent trigger for migraine attacks but only less 10% of suffers are classified as having “menstrual migraine”.  This can mean that any woman who suffers with migraine has the potential to have an attack around menstruation or at other points in the cycle where hormone levels fluctuate.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Cramping abdominal pains, bloating, diarrhoea or conversely bouts of constipation: these are all common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  It’s a pretty common problem thought to affect 10-15% of the population with only 10-20% of sufferers ever going to see their GP. 

Migraine

“I’ve come to see you about my headache.” It’s a phrase that leaves many GPs with a feeling of dread.  Headache is a bit of a nightmare.  Most people with a severe or new headache are terrified about the worst case scenario: Cancer.  Doctors worry about missing other critical headaches and, once they’ve been ruled out, trying to reassure the patient that the headache is unlikely to be sinister but…what do they do about it?  What’s the diagnosis?