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The connection between headaches and thyroid function

It’s really amazing when you think about how the thyroid is connected to almost every system in the body. A new study supported the connection that I’ve talked about frequently, finding that possible risk factors for developing thyroid dysfunction may be headaches and migraines. Over the course of this twenty year study, researchers found that people who suffer from headache disorders have a 41% increased risk of developing hypothyroidism in the future. That’s significantly higher than the group people without headaches, who only had a 21% increased risk of developing hypothyroidism.

The majority of the people who developed low thyroid were women, and overall were older than the group that did not develop hypothyroidism. Migraines were more likely to lead to hypothyroidism then regular headaches, but both had a significant effect. Unfortunately, the study did not monitor whether or not thyroid hormone treatment also alleviated the headache disorder.

Over the years, I’ve written about migraines being related to Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome. I also saw firsthand that treatment can help alleviate them. The relationship isn’t clearly understood, but low body temperature can lead to migraines and it may be related to a blood vessel reaction to low temperatures. You can read more about this here. Chronic headaches and migraines can occur for a variety of reasons, so it’s always good to have your doctor rule out anything serious. But in my experience, people with low body temperature find relief from chronic headaches or migraines by correcting their temperature.

If you have migraines or headaches on a regular basis, you owe it to yourself to start checking your body temperatures- learn how by clicking here: How to measure body temperatures. If your body temperature indicates that you have Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome, then you can look for a practitioner who can help you here. If you don’t have luck finding a local doctor, you can bring this information to your current doctor to review, and he may be able to provide the treatment.


Martin, A. T., Pinney, S. M., Xie, C., Herrick, R. L., Bai, Y., Buckholz, J. and Martin, V. T. (2016), Headache Disorders May Be a Risk Factor for the Development of New Onset Hypothyroidism. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. doi:10.1111/head.12943

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