I’ll be honest, I actually like it when I can say “I told you so,” because it typically means I was able to help folks long before conventional medicine was. Now new research has confirmed what I started telling my readers six years ago now. And that is the connection between headaches and thyroid issues.
Years ago I informed readers that unexplained headaches and migraines are often tied to hypothyroidism and thyroid hormone insufficiencies. Now a large, long-term study—published in the September 2016 issue of the highly respected publication The Journal of Head and Face Pain—has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along.
I’ll nutshell it for you here.
Major study confirms thyroid and headaches linked
Researchers followed over 8,000 people for 20 years tracking frequency of headaches and migraines as well as biomarkers of thyroid disease. What they discovered is exactly what I told you in two of my books—both Thyroid Healthy and Headache Free—and that is, people with migraines, cluster and tension headaches almost always have hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is when your body either fails to produce adequate amounts of thyroid hormone, or it produces enough, but your cells can’t take it in and put it to use. Because headaches and thyroid disease are not life-threatening, there isn’t a lot of focus or research on it, but either condition can interfere with your ability to work, have a negative effect on your relationships and even leave you disabled.
If your hair is thinner than it used to be, and you’re clean out of energy, hyperthyroid could be the cause. Or if you look pale, sleep fitfully (or sometimes not at all), or eat like a bird but still gain weight, you ought to take a closer look at your thyroid function.
Hypothyroid symptoms to watch for
Common symptoms of low thyroid include…
- mood swings
- weight gain (or inability to lose weight),
- dry skin
- hair loss
- poor eyebrow and eyelash growth
- irregular menstrual cycles
- and the feeling of always being cold
If you have these symptoms, you might have low thyroid hormone levels regardless of what your lab tests say. If you take a medication for cholesterol, such as a statin, your risk for hypothyroidism may be even higher. If after a few months of taking a statin your cholesterol numbers look good, but you feel tired, weak, and heavier your thyroid may have been effected. (Something I warned folks about starting 7 years ago.)
If you suffer from headaches, what the researchers from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine uncovered in this study could help you. People with pre-existing headaches have a 21 percent higher risk of having hypothyroidism. If you have migraines, your risk for thyroid disease skyrockets to about 41 percent greater than the norm.
In other words, if you have headaches or migraines, your thyroid levels need to be checked properly.
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