Most Common Thyroid Disease: Especially For Women With Fibromyalgia

A majority of my fibro and CFS patient’s complain of low thyroid symptoms. They relate that they, and sometimes even their doctors, suspected a thyroid problem only to have their blood work come back “normal”. Most physician’s won’t recommend thyroid replacement therapy if the blood tests come back “normal”. Most don’t know or choose not to accept the well-documented studies that show a low body temperature is indicative of low thyroid function and perhaps true hypothyroidism. 
And most doctors don’t realize that blood tests for low or hypothyroidism is notoriously inaccurate.
Do you have a number of these symptoms, associated with hypothyroidism- fatigue, headaches, dry skin, swelling, weight gain, cold hands and feet, poor memory, brain fog, hair loss, hoarseness, nervousness, low sex drive, brittle nails, constipation, poor immune function, chronic sinus infections, high cholesterol, high or low blood pressure, anxiety, depression, joint and or muscle pain, and burning or tingling sensations in the hands or feet? Reads like the symptoms of fibromyalgia and or CFS doesn’t it?
Ok, how many symptoms did you have? Several I imagine. So if you have most of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, why doesn’t your blood test show that you in fact do have hypothyroidism? Good question.
One major reason is that most doctors don’t do the complete tests to uncover hypothyroidism, especially when it comes to those with fibromyalgia and or CFS.
You may have a common autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It may be the most common thyroid disease, especially with women with fibromyalgia.
What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune thyroid disease where the immune system immune system aggressively attacks your thyroid gland-attempting to destroy your gland as if it’s some dangerous enemy. It can cause nodules or lumps in the thyroid. However most of the time there is no physical change in the appearance of your thyroid.
It typically starts out silently, slowly, but soon enough inflammation, low thyroid function and gradual destruction of your thyroid gland begins-symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, or other symptoms associated with low thyroid function, become common. Unfortunately typical blood tests (TSH, T4 blood levels) won’t uncover this disease! Symptoms from thyroiditis can go on for years and years. Doctors may continue to suspect from all your symptoms you have hypothyroidism but since your blood work always comes back “normal,” you must just be depressed or lazy or….here take an antidepressant.
Year after year your doctor treats the symptoms of the uncovered Hashimoto’s disease with drug after drug-antidepressants for your depression, cholesterol medicine, high blood pressure medicine, stimulant drugs for your fatigue…it goes on and on. Why not treat the CAUSE of this symptoms-the Hashimoto’s?
What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? Again for most, the symptoms are silent–at least in the early stages. But eventually, you start to notice the same symptoms of hypothyroid, including poor stamina, easy fatigue, feeling cold, gaining weight, dry hair and skin, constipation, etc.
There are special blood tests to uncover Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which I routinely perform on ALL my patients-why would you want to miss such a valuable piece of information? If your fortunate enough to get a doctor who isn’t blindly following the herd, and does actually have some “smarts” and runs special thyroid tests to uncover Hashimoto’s, they’ll typically take a wait and see approach to a positive test.
This ridiculous! “Miss Jones you have the beginnings of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis but since we can’t treat it affectively with prescription drugs, or at least not until your thyroid has been destroyed from the Hashimoto’s disease.”
“Doctor, how will you know when my thyroid has been destroyed.”
“Your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level will finally be elevated and we will then be able to prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone like Synthroid or Levothyroxine, which you’ll need to stay on for the rest of your life.
Allowing the attack to continue on your thyroid until your TSH is elevated is crazy-not only last for years, but cause all sorts of problems along the way of its destruction, including years and years of poor health. Instead, why not just stop the attack and all the consequences?
Why because traditional medicine doesn’t have a drug to stop the attack. Fortunately there natural over the counter remedies and protocols that will in fact stop the destruction and correct the altered thyroid function.
Listen if you have symptoms similar to the ones discussed above do yourself a favor find a doctor who’ll do more than order the typical run of the mill tests. You know what I’m talking about, the same tests your doctors runs every year and then reports your labs look great it is just your fibromyalgia that is the problem.
The real problem is you’ve got a doctor or doctors who are content to do the same tests, ask the same questions, and prescribe the same recommendations, and you get worse every year. WHAT YOU NEED is a detective, a health professional who based on his or her experience knows that the only way to reverse a complicated illness like fibromyalgia is to order the uncommon tests (no one with fibromyalgia is common), ask the questions not asked, and pursue every health clue until you are know the TRUE cause of the symptoms-then start treating the CAUSE not the symptoms.
If you suspect you have Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or a low thyroid function and can’t get your doctor to help you then please consider taking the time to find a doctor who will listen to you and order the right tests.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have uncovered hundreds of missed Hashimoto’s thyroiditis cases and have helped spare these patients of years of misery. There are ways to correct Hashimoto’s thyroiditis short of letting your thyroid burn out and health become shattered.
I’ve helped thousands reverse their fibromyalgia and get their life back. Are you next?
Phone and in clinic new patient consults available 205-879-2383
11 replies
  1. Mary Ann Pauls
    Mary Ann Pauls says:

    I have fibromyalgia,hypothyroidism,atril fib, diverticulitis, am overweight, venous insufficiency just to name a few. I have tried losing weight, nothing works. I tried walking but have severe pain. I look fine on outside but inside I am a mess. I try to eat healthy but nothing helps. I have been diagnosed with this when I was in the hospital for atril fib by a consult with a rheumatologist. I have a very sensitive system in which I am allergic to alot of meds ss well. I have pain meds to take but only take them when absolutely necessary. I am on meds for heart and thyroid and stomach med.Is there any help for me?

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    • Dr. Rodger Murphree & Team
      Dr. Rodger Murphree & Team says:

      Mary yes there is hope and I’d love to help. You are like a lot of my patients-complicated but I like a challenge and fortunately what I do works. Please call the clinic 205-879-2383 for more information about doing a phone or in clinic consult.

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  2. Connie
    Connie says:

    All fine to know, but what if the clinic isn’t near where you have access? This article doesn’t tell us what the cure is. It just gives a long distance phone # for a practitioner. And, it asks for my email. which I hope doesn’t just mean I’ll get a bunch of adds.

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  3. josephine cardenas
    josephine cardenas says:

    I was diagnosed with fibro about 12 yrs. ago. I was given cymbalta, which seemed to work fine in the beginning, but now doesn’t really help. I also suffer from arthritis and joint pain which has become very chronic.I take Norco to help me deal with this pain to be able to get through my 8 hr. work schedule. like you said, these meds only mask the symtoms, because I have the same ,if not better pain daily. I would like to schedule a phone consult with you.

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  4. Safiya
    Safiya says:

    I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1999 and in 2003 I was found to have a goiter after my 1st pregnancy. The last time I had my thyroid checked was in 2008 after my third pregnancy which the goiter was benign. I recently had a baby and have noticed my goiter has increased it pretty much takes up most of my neck( which it seems to have grown with each pregnancy)
    I want to keep my thyroid I don’t want to have it removed.
    Can you help?

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  5. Ken martin
    Ken martin says:

    It seems to me that you never mention men with fibomyalgia. Do you not treat men? I was diagnosed with fibomyalgia,sjogrens and hasimotos at the Cleveland clinic by dr. Chatterjee. I am taking lyrica, plaquilnal(probably not spelled right)and ritalin for fatigue. I know several men with fibomyalgia and although women are probably more often treated could it be that men just don’t seek help as often?

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