04/23/07 #7 - Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Migraines?

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    Why do some people with Hashimoto's thyroiditis have horrendous "Migraine" headaches before they are properly treated with thyroxin? I had a history of menstrual Migraines which became daily episodes when I developed Hashimoto’s. It was undiagnosed for three years, and the regular Migraine "triptans" and myriad of other prophylactic meds did not touch it. Is it a different type of headache, or a Migraine? Now on thyroxin, I am having only 8 Migraines per month which usually respond to a triptan. Thank you for your help.



    The plain truth is that migraines are associated with about 150-200 medical and surgical conditions. Thyroid disease is very strongly associated with headaches. Simple as that. If a disease process gets worse, the headache pattern can also follow suit. Your headaches may have become "mixed" headaches with some migraine and non-migraine features. But, it sounds like you are back to your baseline pattern, which still could benefit from suppressive headache therapy. Get thee to a headache specialist.
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    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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Published On: April 22, 2007