1/21/08 #10 - Migraines and thryoid?

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    I suffer from status migrainous. I finally strongly insisted my general practitioner perform another thyroid panel and to please, please do a antithyroid/antibody test. My TSH was 3.2 but my antibody was 227 and I'm concerned about what this means as my GP Doc immediately called and advised he was sending me to an endocrinologist (NO appt yet). I’m in a clinical research study for Botox w/ both my neurologist involved and both advised this is not unusual and it sounds like Hashimoto's autoimmune disease which could definitely affect my migraines being unresponsive to normal therapies. Could this be possible? I'm just a little scared regarding my level of antibody range. Thank you for your anticipated response, Guido.

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    Dear Guido;

     

    Your physicians are correct; a high antibody titer for thyroid does suggest a thyroiditis. Most of the endocrinologists will be able to help with this. Many endocrine disorders are associated with migraines and headaches and, in fact, I pick up over 200 people a year who will have treatable endocrine disorders such as thyroid problems. Over 50 endocrine disorders do have ties to headaches, including Migraines.

     

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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

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    Last updated January 21, 2008.

Published On: January 20, 2008