A new study has found that migraine patients are more likely to suffer from thyroid problems, hypothyroidism, in particular – or underactive thyroid . Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, mood swings, constipation, and irregular menstrual cycles.
In the study more than 8,400 people were 20 years participated followed for. Those participants with preexisting pain disorders head had a 21 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism, and people with potential disorders migraine had a 41 percent higher risk of hypothyroidism.
The findings suggest that migraine and headache sufferers are at increased risk of hypothyroidism, but the study did not establish causality, only an association.
Study co-author, Dr. Vicente Martin said : “It is possible that the development of hypothyroidism in a patient headache could further increase the frequency of headache, and previous studies have found that treatment of hypothyroidism reduces the frequency of headache. However, physicians should be more vigilant in testing for hypothyroidism in people with disorders headache. ”
The findings were published in headache :. The Journal of the head and face pain
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