New research shows that patients with migraine who have subclinical hypothyroidism and receive thyroid treatment have significantly fewer and less severe headaches.
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study showing that treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism was effective in reducing both the frequency and severity of migraine attacks and improved the quality of life in patients.
Study investigator Antonasia Bougea, PhD, Department of Neurology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical School and Eginition Hospital, Athens, Greece, claims that the results suggest that patients with migraine should undergo thyroid function tests.
The findings were presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) 2017. The association between migraine and thyroid disease is still “a matter of debate,” Dr Bougea told conference delegates. Treatment for hypothyroidism is effective in the relief of headaches, but data are largely lacking on treating the subclinical form of hypothyroidism, she said. Between 0.04% and 1.3% of migraineurs have subclinical hypothyroidism.