• ERIKA1987 ERIKA1987
    August 20, 2009
    Migraines and hypothyroidism?
    ERIKA1987 ERIKA1987
    August 20, 2009

    I was just diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (a form of hypothyroidism) and I also suffer from migraines and daily headaches. I was wondering if anyone else on here has the same problem and has experienced any relief from the migraines when starting hormone treatment? I've read that effective treatment can do wonders and, well, I don't know anyone with a thyroid problem, so I figured I'd try on here :)

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  • Teri Robert
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    August 20, 2009
    Teri Robert
    Health Guide
    August 20, 2009

    Erika,

     

    When you say "hormone treatment," do you mean thyroid hormone? Thyroid issues can indeed impact our Migraines, making us more susceptible to our Migraine triggers. I have hypothyroidism, and I feel better all the way around -- incuding my Migraines -- when I'm taking my thyroid medication. You can read more about Migraines and thyroid in Migraine, Headache, and Thyroid.

     

    Hope this helps,

    Teri

    • ERIKA1987
      August 21, 2009
      ERIKA1987
      August 21, 2009

      Yes, I mean thyroid hormone. I was just diagnosed and I am supposed to start taking Synthyroid or something like that today and I was just curious as to whether it may help with my migraines or not. I am thinking that it may have been an underlying cause why we've never been able to come up with an effective treatment for my migraines. I am hoping anyways. So do you take migraine meds too, or does your thyroid medication help enough? And I did read that article already. I found it on this site while I was browsing and that's why I decided to ask that question. It's been very helpful!! Thanks so much!

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  • gemini girl August 20, 2009
    gemini girl
    August 20, 2009

    I started HRT myself due to daily migraines and after six weeks gave up as there was no relief...maybe for you it might be different.

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    • ERIKA1987
      August 20, 2009
      ERIKA1987
      August 20, 2009

      Well thank you...at this point I am willing to try anything. I am getting put on a new medication next week for my migraines and i start hormone treatment for my thyroid condition this week too so I'm wondering if maybe I should wait on the migraine meds to see if the hormones help ya kno? well thanks anyways for your help!!

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    • LynnT
      August 21, 2009
      LynnT
      August 21, 2009

      I also was put on HRT to relieve extreme hot flashes, and after 6 weeks had to quit the HRT because I went from 1-3 migraines a month to a migraine every 4 days.  My physician is currently researching other possibilities.

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  • Megan Oltman August 23, 2009
    Megan Oltman
    August 23, 2009

    Erika -

     

    I have been on a thyroid hormone for a number of years as well and while it does not prevent my Migraines altogether it has helped to lessen their intensity - and if I run out, I get severe Migraines right away, so it's quite clear to me that maintaining the proper level of thyroid hormone in my body is one of the things that helps manage my Migraines.

     

    - Megan

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    • ERIKA1987
      August 24, 2009
      ERIKA1987
      August 24, 2009

      Thank you so much, that at least gives me hope! I start taking Synthroid today so we'll see how that works out. Then probably starting next week I'll be off the topamax and on Verapamil for my migraines. Hopefully between the two, my migraines will be less frequent and severe :) I've read a lot that just treating the thyroid hormone issues will help in finding an effective medicine for migraines. So that definitely looks like what it is! Thank you!

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    • Megan Oltman
      August 24, 2009
      Megan Oltman
      August 24, 2009

      My internist has me taking an iodine supplement along with the thyroid hormones. He told me of a study (which I don't have links to - sorry) that indicates that women tend to be iodine deficient and as you may know, our thyroids need iodine to function. The supplement I take is called Iodoral.  Chekc with your own doctor about whether it would be appropriate for you. For me personally, without the iodine, the thyroid hormone doesn't work as well.  It is worth talking to your doctor about it.

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    • ERIKA1987
      August 24, 2009
      ERIKA1987
      August 24, 2009

      Well thanks! Yeah my mom has done a lot of research with me about this and she told me about that the other day so maybe it is worth talking to my doctor about it. The good thing about those supplements is most of the time they dont have crazy side effects either! I'll definitely have to ask him about that, thank you

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