Hi - I've posted on here before so apologies for any duplication but I really want to find out if anyone has had a simliar experience?
I have had constant headache (pressure) for 3.5 months now (previous hormonal headaches so def prone to them but nothing like this). MRI scan clear and neurologist prescribed amitryptyline (which knocked me out) and then Topiramate which I am still reluctant to take - partly due to side effects and partly because I don't think underlying causes were investigated.
I requested my thyroid to be checked (private via neuro) and it came back borderline hypo but subsequent tests at NHS lab show different range and negative antibiodies and latest private ones - TSH 5.25 (range 0.4-6). I then got a referral to a private endocrinologist who retested thyroid (5.25) as well as iron levels (GP tests had shown i am not anemic). Iron tests showed low ferritin but in range (35) and iron serum and tranferrin saturation well below range. As a result I am taking iron tablets but no improvment as yet a week in. I have other symptoms such as constantly tired, heart palps (have done for 2yrs), bad circulation etc.
The headaches are so constant and wearing me down and i keep considering the topiramate but am scared to take it and also i can't see how I can then tell if any of my problems are caused by the iron deficiency and possible hypothyroidism given that I have only just started going down that road! So I am trying to hold out but really struggling as the only thing that makes any difference is Maxalt and i am only meant o take 3 per month. I am scared that I could spend a few weeks trying to get my iron up, then maybe try thyroxine and still end up nowwhere.
Has anyone here had this degree of headache from iron or thyroid problems or is it really not very likely to be responsible (and by that i mean possible making an existing predisposition much worse ie coexisting)? I don't feel i can deal with this much longer - trying to work f/t and 2 young kids.
thank you in advance