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Puffy eyelid

  • By Maureen

    So the eye swelling could be thyroid? I get that and I have also noticed there is swelling at the back of my neck where my spine meets my skull. I have the puffy eyelid but that usually seems to happen in fall and spring when we are having severe weather changes and an imitrex will almost always relieve the severe pain. I am becoming tolerant to imitrex though and will need to find a new medication soon as they are not near as effective as they once were.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    Maureen, swollen eyes is a hypOthyroid symptom, but there is no way for me to know if that is your problem. This is why seeing a headache specialist is so important – they are usually much better at diagnosing headache and Migraine related symptoms than a GP or neurologist.

    Have you had anyone look at your neck?

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  • By pooh2you

    My daughter’s eyelids do not get puffy; however she gets “raccoon” eyes! She is very pale to begin with and when she gets a migraine it looks like she has 2 black eyes!

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    pooh2you – this is not uncommon at all. Sometimes the dark circles are as a result of swelling that limits blood supply to the area. The swelling is an autonomic response to the Migraine attack and will go away when the attack has subsided. If the circles don’t go away, there may be another health issue to consider such as allergies, thyroid dysfunction, etc.

    I call them circles, but in my family’s case, it looks like they just got out of the boxing ring. It can be very, very dark and a little alarming.

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