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Fatigue Headache

Many women going through menopause experience headaches caused by fatigue. Luckily fatigue headaches are not usually detrimental to your health and can be overcome with the right treatment. Read the following article for more information on combating fatigue headaches as a result of menopause.

Fatigue (also known as lethargy) can vary from a general state of tiredness to an exercise-induced burning sensation in the muscles. It is important to remember that fatigue can be both physical and mental and is characterized by an inability to continue functioning at the level of one's normal abilities.

What Is Fatigue? How Is it Possible to Suffer from a Fatigue Headache?

Woman with headache: it’s common for menopausal women to have headaches

Fatigue is common during menopause, with many needing time to lie on the couch or bed with their eyes closed and rest during the day. Mental fatigue is likewise common, and the constant state of drowsiness it inspires can lead to problems during the work day. Headaches are often one of the signs that you are suffering from mental fatigue.

If you are concerned about your constant fatigue, or think you may have a more serious condition, please talk to your doctor.

Identifying fatigue as a symptom of menopause can be difficult because it comes in so many forms (headaches being but one example). It can be a manifest as a loss of energy after exercise, motion sickness, or more serious conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome or hypothyroidism.

What Causes a Fatigue Headache?

Fatigue headaches during menopause are typically due to hormonal imbalances resulting from decreased estrogen levels. Estrogen regulates homeostasis as well as life processes in the body such as fat distribution, blood flow and cholesterol levels. In addition to a lack of estrogen, there are a host of menopause symptoms that contribute to fatigue headaches. These include an inability to sleep, night sweats, and overall depression and stress.

What Can Be Done about Fatigue Headaches?

Woman doing exercise: the best  way to fight fatigue is to exercise daily

While its important to understand fatigue, its only the first step in the journey to relieving it. Ironically, one of the best measures to fight fatigue is with exercise. Exercise is reported to help with many menopause symptoms including fatigue. The simple act of walking in the sun (getting a healthy boost of Vitamin D) can noticeably increase energy levels. If you smoke, quitting is also advised because smoking has been proven to lower estrogen levels.

In addition, natural remedies have also proven successful in reducing the incidence of fatigue related symptoms like headaches. These treatments can bolster estrogen levels causing fatigue.

Click on the following link for more specific information regarding treatments for fatigue headaches.

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Sources:
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.