Headache Treatment

Do you walk through life feeling exhausted and depressed? Would you rather stay in bed all day with your curtains drawn? Do your headaches have you wishing you didn’t ever have to face the world?

If so, you aren’t alone.

Whether you have been diagnosed with migraines (and have or have not been treated for them) or you put the blame for your headaches on the stress and tension in your life, something else may be to blame: your thyroid.

That’s right. Your thyroid could be the cause of your headache pain. Believe it or not, headaches and thyroid dysfunction often go hand-in-hand. And, those who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism know this all too well. Thyroid dysfunction can keep you from feeling like yourself – often leaving you not wanting to do much of anything most days.

Finding the right treatment for your headaches will make all the difference in the world – in how you see it and how you live it. Unfortunately, for those who have chronic headaches and have not been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, treatment may feel like an exhausting battle.

No one should have to go through life dealing with constant headaches – including you. Get to the root cause of your headaches – and find the relief you have been waiting for.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a common thyroid condition in which your thyroid fails to produce enough hormones to allow the body to properly function. This tiny gland has a big job. And, if it isn’t functioning as it is supposed to, then you will find yourself not feeling well.

Your thyroid can wreak havoc on your cardiovascular system, your nervous system, your digestive system, your reproductive system, and other aspects of your endocrine system. In other words, your body can be severely impacted by a dysfunctional thyroid gland and/or hypothyroidism.

What are the symptoms?

Because the thyroid affects so many areas of the body, there are many symptoms that can indicate something is wrong. Here is a list of the most common. (This is not an exhaustive list).

It is important to note that these symptoms can mimic many other health-related conditions, as well as mental health conditions. Unfortunately, many doctors will treat the symptom and not look deeper to discover the cause of it. And, without taking this step, it is impossible to truly treat the condition.

For example, a doctor may prescribe medication to help with headaches. However, what if the headaches were the result of a thyroid condition? By only treating the headaches, the thyroid condition is left to continue. This will only lead to further medical issues down the road.

Can headaches be associated with other thyroid conditions, too?

Yes – absolutely! Headaches are most commonly associated with hypothyroidism. However, it is possible that they will present as a symptom of other thyroid conditions, as well. These include autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s.

If you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition other than hypothyroidism, there is a good chance your headaches could be the result of it. The proper – thorough – testing can be done to help you get the answers you need.

How should headaches associated with thyroid dysfunction be treated?

Not everyone who has chronic headaches has a thyroid condition. And, not everyone with a thyroid condition has chronic headaches. However, for those that do, treatment is important.

Consider this: treating the headaches without treating an underlying thyroid condition may lead to a more critical medical situation in the future. Also, treating a thyroid condition that you don’t have can only make matters worse for your body.

Proper and thorough lab testing can get you the answers you need to properly address your headaches. The labs can help determine the root of the cause, allowing you to properly treat the cause of your headaches, rather than just the symptom itself.