Comorbid conditions are conditions that occur at the same time as but independently of each other. With Migraine disease, perhaps the most common comorbid condition is major depressive disorder (clinical depression). Approximately 47% of Migraineurs also experience major depressive disorder, but neither causes the other. Comorbid conditions can have significant impact on effective treatment of the individual disorders. Thyroid diseases, including hypothyroidism, are among the conditions now know to often be comorbid with headaches and Migraines. A strong connection has been found between hypothyroidism and new daily persistent headache (NDPH) and chronic Migraine. Researchers have concluded that comorbid conditions can affect each other in multiple ways including how they progress and the amount of time it takes to diagnose them and find effective treatments. In addition, it's been shown that comorbid conditions may play a role in headaches becoming and remaining da...
Symptoms Early Symptoms. Early symptoms of hypothyroidism are subtle and, in older people, can be easily mistaken for symptoms of stress or aging. They include: Chronic fatigue Difficulty concentrating Sensitivity to cold Headache Muscle and joint aches Weight gain, despite diminished appetite Constipation Dry skin Menstrual irregularities (either heavier-than-normal or lighter-than-normal bleeding) Milky discharge from the breasts (galactorrhea) Later Symptoms. As free thyroxine levels fall over the following months, other symptoms may develop: Impaired mental activity, including problems with concentration and memory, particularly in the elderly. Depression. Muscle weakness, numbness, pain, and cramps. These symptoms can cause an unsteady gait. Muscle cramps are common, and carpal tunnel syndrome or symptoms similar to arthritis sometimes develop. In some cases, the arms and legs may feel numb. Numbness in the fingers. Hearing loss. Husky voice. Continuing weight gain and possible obesity, in spite of...
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I have excruciating headaches from morning to night. I also have
hypothyroidism. While I am been treated with T3 at this stage, my TSH is still
not regulated. Last results showed TSH >73 mIU/L. Could this be partly
responsible for the headaches? Fiona.
Simply put -- it's possible. We often find that thyroid levels play a
significant role in headache and Migraine disease. Still, you should mention
this to your doctor and take care not to use either prescription or over-the
counter pain relievers more than two or three days a week to avoid medication
overuse headache .
Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
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