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Hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia
Muscle and Joint pain
Lack of Energy
Difficulty Concentrating and Memory Loss
Cold or Heat Intolerance
Dry Skin, Eczema. or Psoriasis
Those are just some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. But, wait-those are also some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Since many of the symptoms are the same, is there a connection between fibromyalgia and thyroid disease?
Hypothyroidism is a chronic condition in which the thyroid (a small, butterfly-shaped gland in the lower front part of the neck) does not produce enough hormone. Thyroid hormones help regulate the body’s metabolism. If the thyroid doesn’t function properly, a person can develop many of the following symptoms: widespread pain, fatigue, brain fog or confusion, depression, sleep disorders, memory impairment, constipation, and swollen extremities.
Doesn't it sound like ME/CFS or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also? Remember, ME/CFS is determined when a person’s overwhelming fatigue is not alleviated by rest. The episode of ‘fatigue’ must last for longer than six months.
Obviously, these conditions can all mimic each other. In some cases, people are erroneously diagnosed with Fibromyalgia or ME/CFS Syndrome when they have Hypothyroidism and vice versa. Also, all three conditions may co-exist with each other. However, once the commonly used TSH test results comes back normal, most physicians will dismiss the possibility of a thyroid condition. It wasn't until a fibromyalgia specialist put me on Armour Thyroid that my fibromyalgia symptoms improved.
Even though a battery of tests may show normal results, many doctors fail to realize that Thyroid Resistance can cause hypothyroid symptoms even with normal tests results. In fact, a friend of mines insisted on a thyroid antibodies test after her blood tests were normal, and it the antibodies test reveal thyroid cancer. She tells me that on the day of her cancer surgery, her blood thyroid tests ran normal! So if you feel like your thyroid is the issue, please insist.
If you’d like more information on hypothyroidism and its links to Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a host of other diseases, please review the following website/blogs:
Dr. Lowe was a renowned expert on thyroid disease before he passed away in 2012. His wife continues his legacy, and you will find audio information on his thyroid journey.
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