Full Question: I have had migraines for the past 30 years. My latest medication was Imitrex and Tylenol Extra Strength. However, a month ago I started taking antihistamine, and have only had one migraine since starting, which is like a miracle to me. Since I am hypo-thyroid, this last week I feel all the symptoms of low thyroid and am associating this with the anti-histamine and will have to stop. My question is how come the antihistamine would work so well at controlling my migraines and is there something else I could replace it with? Answer: Hello; Have you have your thyroid functions checked recently? The way you feel may not have anything to do with the antihistamine. If antihistamines help a headache pattern, it may just be coincidental or they often will not help for an extended period of time. Tylenol (over)use can lead to rebound type headaches, which may develop over time. For the time being, if the antihistamine is working fairly well, you might want to go with it. Just don&...
Highlights What is Hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid, is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone. Hypothyroidism can be caused by the autoimmune disorder Hashimotos thyroiditis, irradiation or surgical removal of the thyroid gland, and medications that reduce thyroid hormone levels. Anyone can develop hypothyroidism, but people who are most at risk include those who are over age 50 and female. However, only a small percentage of people have full-blown (overt) hypothyroidism. Many more have mildly underactive glands (subclinical hypothyroidism). Symptoms Symptoms of hypothyroidism include: Fatigue Difficulty concentrating Feeling cold Headache Muscle and joint aches Weight gain, despite diminished appetite Constipation Dry skin Coarse hair, hair loss Hoarse voice Depression Menstrual irregularities (either heavier-than-normal or lighter-than-normal bleeding) Milky discharge from the breasts (galactorrhea) Diagnosis and Treatment Hypothyroidism ...
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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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