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Old 08-27-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Thyroid disorders and visual migraines

Has anyone heard or suffered from this combo? Does anyone know if a thyroid imbalance can cause visual migraines? No pain, just auras or jagged lines in one eye. Thanks!

 
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Old 08-27-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroid disorders and visual migraines

Yep. Once I started on thyroid meds, my visual migraines slacked off. Iíve been on Armour for 15 months now, and canít remember the last one I had. There was a study about 30 years ago that linked the standard migraines with birth control pills. I was a victim of that one. Got to a point where I was having migraines 2 or 3 days a week. When I went off the pill, I had a noticeable reduction within a month, and they stopped completely in about 4 months.

 
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Re: Thyroid disorders and visual migraines

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Yep. Once I started on thyroid meds, my visual migraines slacked off. Iíve been on Armour for 15 months now, and canít remember the last one I had. There was a study about 30 years ago that linked the standard migraines with birth control pills. I was a victim of that one. Got to a point where I was having migraines 2 or 3 days a week. When I went off the pill, I had a noticeable reduction within a month, and they stopped completely in about 4 months.
Did they ever say what caused your visual migraines? They are freaking the heck out of me and my GP just looks at me blankly after she makes me stand on my toes, heels, touch my nose, etc.

What was the frequency of your visual migraines?

 
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Re: Thyroid disorders and visual migraines

They had reached a point where I was having 2 or 3 a week, sometimes more. Iím convinced that as my thyroid got weaker, the migraines got worse. I had a double whammy because I was also on HRT. That was going downhill too, and no one thought to test my thyroid. I finally just stopped the HRT completely, and the visual migraines lessened, but didnít stop until I found a doctor who was got me on the right dose of thyroid meds.

One thing that was guaranteed to trigger a visual migraine, for me at least, was exposure to halogen lights. Local Office Depot started using them, and it took a while to connect the change in lighting to the sudden migraine attacks when I was in there. I had a new halogen desklamp that seemed to trigger them. What cinched it was when the same thing happened when a clothing store that I like switched some of their lights to halogen and the same thing happened. Driving at night was an absolute nightmare, with so many cars using halogen headlights.

 
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Re: Thyroid disorders and visual migraines

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They had reached a point where I was having 2 or 3 a week, sometimes more. Iím convinced that as my thyroid got weaker, the migraines got worse. I had a double whammy because I was also on HRT. That was going downhill too, and no one thought to test my thyroid. I finally just stopped the HRT completely, and the visual migraines lessened, but didnít stop until I found a doctor who was got me on the right dose of thyroid meds.

One thing that was guaranteed to trigger a visual migraine, for me at least, was exposure to halogen lights. Local Office Depot started using them, and it took a while to connect the change in lighting to the sudden migraine attacks when I was in there. I had a new halogen desklamp that seemed to trigger them. What cinched it was when the same thing happened when a clothing store that I like switched some of their lights to halogen and the same thing happened. Driving at night was an absolute nightmare, with so many cars using halogen headlights.
That's where I am at....3 a week or so. I also have switched birth control pills over the last few months....3 times....I am hoping it's the ever-fluctuating estrogen levels that also are playing a role.

I am convinced I am hypothyroid again, however. My mom went through the same thing with the visual migraines. I found that out last night. Once she went on Synthroid, they stopped.

I know what you mean about lights. I am worse at work. I also notice stripes can do that, too. We have vertical blinds at work and horizontal stripes in the carpet. It's a nightmare for me sometimes and for a co-worker who gets classic migraines.

Thanks for all of your feedback, Phyl!

 
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