• silverswan silverswan
    October 15, 2008
    Can thyroid medication or condition itself cause headaches?
    silverswan silverswan
    October 15, 2008

    I have been on various hypothyroid meds since age 4 and always have migraines during or before my cycles , which are often irregular as far as schedule and usually heavy.  I have had  tsh redone and dr. upped my dosage.  He  prescribed a barbituate, I never filled because I fear addiction.  also, referred me to a female gyno who knew nothing of hormones[which is why he sent me to her in first place].  waste of time, but negative pap. At least something good came from that visit. lol   Could my medication have caused my migraines, was I misdosed?  I also get side effects such as unwanted chin, neck hair[no mustache], temp changes, severe and sudden mood swings. ugh!  My cycles have become regular since the updose however. 




  • Anna March 27, 2009
    March 27, 2009

    my thyroid pretty much failed fifteen years ago.  The doctor put me on meds for hypotyroid, about a  week and I had the migraine from hell and the doctors had to give me a shot of demerol to stop it.  They swore up one side and down the other that there could be no way that it was caused by the meds, even though it was the only thing that changed in my life, and I wasn't unduly stressed by it.  Facial hair suddenly appearing is an indication that your testotrone level is high, which is usually because your estrogen level is down.  Something that happens normally during change of life. You should be seeing someone who knows and understands hormones, and for some reason they seem hard to find...  Oprah and Robin Magraw did a peice on this subject not long ago, so maybe there are resources they set up..  Barbituates are bad stuff as you well seem to know. Sometimes if you just feel a headache coming on you can pull you hair up from the top of your skull by a handful, hold for maybe half a minute and let go..after a few times it stops the headache.  I know..sounds silly, but works often.

  • Miss Leigh April 23, 2010
    Miss Leigh
    April 23, 2010

    Hi, Silverswan,


    I, too, have been hypothyroid for who knows how long, but received a formal diagnosis just 4 years ago in 2006.  I am 45 years old.  Have been getting migraines for years, but I never recognized them as migraines, I thought they were just really annoying, un-treatable headaches.  I finally got on the internet a couple years ago and identified those headaches as migraines, got a prescription for Imitrex, and was amazed how well it worked!  I also was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, which is essentially chronic fatigue syndrome with an extra dose of physical pain & stiffness.


    There is a recognized relationship between migraines & hypothyroidism.  Like the old song goes, 'the head-bone's connected to the neck-bone...'  All the systems in our bodies interact.


    What I want to emphasize is that HOW you treat your thyroid condition is vitally important!!!  More and more it's being proved that simply taking a synthetic T4 drug, i.e. levothyroxine by generic name, Synthroid by brand name, is just not a happy, healthy solution.


    I would like to urge you to check out www.stopthethyroidmadness.com (even though I think their name is totally goofy, they are VERY smart), and www.thyroid.about.com, moderated by a fabulously smart & spunky hypothyroid patient, Mary Shomon.


    Feeling less than 100% is lousy---best of luck to you!!!

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