If you’re undergoing treatment for migraines, you may want to get your thyroid checked by a primary care physician.
A new study suggests migraine sufferers and people with other types of headache disorders are at a greater risk of developing hypothyroidism, also known as underactive thyroid.
What is Hypothyroidism?
The thyroid is a gland at the base of the neck that is part of the endocrine system. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many of the body’s activities, including heart rate and how fast you burn calories. Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn’t produce sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause mood swings, weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, constipation and irregular menstrual cycles.
The Migraine – Thyroid Link
In the thyroid study of more than 8,400 people, researchers found that patients with pre-existing headache disorders — such as cluster or tension headaches — had a 21% higher risk of hypothyroidism. People with a possible migraine disorder had a 41% greater risk.
What might link headaches to hypothyroidism isn’t clear, the researchers pointed out.
“It is possible that the development of hypothyroidism in a headache patient might further increase the frequency of headache, as past studies have found that treatment of hypothyroidism reduces the frequency of headache,” study co-author Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor of medicine, said in a school news release.
Explore Your Options for Migraine Treatment
Migraine affects about 12% of Americans. Hypothyroidism affects about 2%. While the conditions are rarely life-threatening — they can impact quality of life if patients don’t get treatment.
If you get migraines frequently or only occasionally, the time is NOW to start exploring your options for treatment. Start by researching drug-free options, like TruDenta migraine treatment offered here at Pasadena Pain Management. We can help you identify the underlying cause of your migraines and get you on the right treatment plan.
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