thyroid gland, fibro and low thyroid article by Dr. Rodger Murphree

Fibromyalgia and Low Thyroid

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thyroid gland, fibro and low thyroid article by Dr. Rodger MurphreeWhen we look at low thyroid function, it really mirrors all those symptoms we see in fibromyalgia-chronic fatigue syndrome because when you have a low functioning thyroid, you start to have fatigue and the mental fibro fog, the headaches and the weight gain, cold hands and feet, poor memory, hair loss, hoarseness of your voice, start to get anxiety issues, depression. It increases your joint and muscle pain.

Along with that, you might get tingling in your hands and feet. There can also be some numbing sensations, certainly poor circulation, cold hands, cold feet also is part of that. Typically you have constipation, may get high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, have problems with menstrual irregularities, PMS, infertility issues, fibrocystic breast disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, reactive low blood sugar reactions; hypoglycemia … psoriasis or the instance of psoriasis certainly raises its ugly head, and low immune function.

All these things show up with low thyroid. The reason that is, is because your thyroid and thyroid hormones control every function, every cell in the body. When the thyroid hormones are depleted or your thyroid function is compromised, you start having a slowdown in all of your cellular energy processes, your metabolism; what gives you energy to actually have a cell make something happen biochemically. It’s no wonder since the thyroid hormones control every cell, once they become compromised, you start getting all these different symptoms that can go along with that. That makes thyroid a very, very important thing to address if it’s an issue. As I said, I find about 60-70% of my patients of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have a low thyroid. Either it’s been misdiagnosed or it’s been improperly treated.

thyroid zoomedThe doctor will say, “Let’s check your thyroid. Sounds like your energy is down, let’s check your thyroid.” They do the thyroid test and it comes back normal, they tell you everything’s okay. The problem with many doctors is they just start treating your symptoms. If you’re tired, they may put you on an amphetamine which is an upper that’s illegal if you sold it out on the street, called Ritalin or Concerta, or one of these other speed medications; amphetamines which really do havoc to your biochemistry and really very big source of problems that I see in patients who take that because it makes your adrenal glands, your stress coping glands and their function even more compromised, especially long term.

They may put you on something for your high cholesterol, even though your cholesterol is being elevated because you got low thyroid. They may put you on something for your low moods like Paxil, so you gain 30-40 pounds on this antidepressant, even though low moods are due to the low thyroid.

The other thing I’ve seen happen is patients get on prescription medication for their thyroid and they get checked about twice a year. The doctor says everything looks fine, even though they feel terrible because the thyroid medication’s either not the right dose, it’s too weak a dose, or it’s the wrong thyroid medication. That often happens as well.

The other thing I’ve seen happen is patients get on prescription medication for their thyroid and they get checked about twice a year. The doctor says everything looks fine, even though they feel terrible because the thyroid medication’s either not the right dose, it’s too weak a dose, or it’s the wrong thyroid medication. That often happens as well.

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