Headache Tied to Hypothyroid Risk
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Saturday, November 19, 2016 12:00 AM

News Bite: Headache disorders may be associated with risk for hypothyroidism.  There should be a high index of suspicion in the setting of typical symptoms such as weight gain, tiredness, cold intolerance, and constipation.


Headache disorders may be associated with an increased risk for new onset hypothyroidism, researchers found.

In an analysis of data patients with headache disorders had a 21% increased relative risk of developing new onset hypothyroidism, and those with possible migraine had a 41% increased relative risk

"Our study provides evidence that headache disorders in general and particularly possible migraine may increase the risk of future development of hypothyroidism," they wrote. “Mechanisms through which these two disorders might be associated include modulation of immune function, autonomic dysfunction, elevated serum homocysteine levels, shared environmental factors, or confounding variables."

There is likely heightened risk of hypothyroidism in persons with headache, particularly migraine, and there should be a high index of suspicion in the setting of typical symptoms such as weight gain, tiredness, cold intolerance, and constipation."


Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/clinical-context/Migraines/60678