10/8/07 #3 - Hashimoto's disease and headaches?

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    I have had severe headaches for about 10 years. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease two weeks ago and the headaches have become more severe and now there is numbness and tingling in my left leg. It is also in my forearm to the tips of my fingers of my left hand. I have recently had some psychotic episodes and I occasionally hear voices but its just mumbling. At times I am dizzy and have a horrible pressure in the ears like I have dove to deep into the pool. Funny thing is that when my headache occurs most of the other symptoms follow suit first the headache then the pressure, followed by the pain and numbing/tingling sensation and then the psychotic episodes. I just wanted an opinion, I have seen 2-3 doctors and they are a little puzzled. At this time I am a little puzzled too. Antonia.

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    Dear Antonia;

     

    There is a correlation of thyroid difficulties with migraines, headaches and many other symptoms. The Hashimoto’s may have been there all along or for a long time before being diagnosed. Some folks have disordered thinking and other cognitive changes in the setting of their headaches/migraines and have these problems even in the absence of, or in between, headache/migraine episodes. Strict attention to treating the thyroid disorder is likely a must, so I hope you have an aggressive endocrinologist. Thank you for your question.
     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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Published On: October 08, 2007