How Headaches are Related to Common Health Conditions

8 Diseases That May Influence Your Headache Health

Your Headache May be Related to Your Other Ailments. John Fedele/Getty Images

Headaches are not simple disorders -- they are complex in their triggers, associations, and treatment. Let's take a closer look at 8 medical conditions that may influence your headache health.

Diseases and Your Headache Health

1. Vitamin D Deficiency: A number of conditions may cause a person to have low vitamin D levels like malnutrition, low exposure to sunlight, and Celiac disease. Learn about vitamin D deficiency, its relationship to headaches, and whether you should ask your doctor for a blood test.

2. Hypothyroidism: Learn what a headache attributed to an under-active thyroid feels like and whether women or men are more likely to develop it. 

3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Read how migraines at a younger age may trigger carpal tunnel syndrome at an older age -- and how nerve compression may play a role in these very distinct disorders.

4. Fibromyalgia: If you have fibromyalgia than you may be more prone to migraines and tension-type headaches. Read how certain medications can treat both your head pain and muscle pain.

5. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Did you know that the headaches people with chronic fatigue syndrome suffer from are usually migraines? Learn more about the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and the role headache plays in this debilitating condition.

6. Dry Eye: If you have migraines, you may also be prone to dry eyes, which feels causes a gritty, burning sensation. Read how you can easily treat your dry eyes with an over-the-counter therapy and some simple changes in your home or workplace.

7. Heart Health: Diabetes and obesity are two conditions that put you at an increased risk of having a heart attack, and there appears to be a connection between obesity and migraines and insulin sensitivity and migraines. In addition, obesity may trigger the transformation from episodic to chronic migraine.

So leading a heart healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and a nutritious diet might just benefit your migraines as well.

8. Multiple Sclerosis: If you suffer from migraines, you may be more likely to develop multiple sclerosis. Read about this connection, and how brain lesions of migraines can resemble those in MS.

Bottom Line

Your headache health could be closely intertwined with your other medical conditions. That being said, just because there is a scientific link between the two does not mean that one causes the other, or that treating one will necessarily treat the other. Still, talk with your doctor if you think there is a connection between your headaches and your other medical diagnoses. There may be a common trigger or lifestyle factor that could have a positive impact on both -- and wouldn't that be great. Remain persistent in your health knowledge and care.


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DISCLAIMER: The information in this site is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for personal care by a licensed physician. Please see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment of any concerning symptoms or medical condition.

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