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can thyroid cause fibromyalgia
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bindu agarwal - January 21

can fibromyalgia caused by thyroid?

 

REBECCA - January 8

THE CAUSE, I CAN'T SAY.I BELIEVE ITS ONE OF THE MANY SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA,OR WHAT I SHOULD SAY STUDYS SHOW THAT THERE IS A CERTAIN % OF FIBROMYAGIA HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS.MY OPINION IF THE THYROID MED. DOESN'T GET YOU BACK ON TRACK THEN THERES MORE TO YOUR PROBLEM. FIBROMYALGIA SEEMS TO BE A CATCH ALL. I HAVE A THYROID PROBLEM AS WELL AS FIBROMYALGIA.

 

COCO - January 8

What Rebecca said is true..
and also they are both autoamuine diseases...
i know many people with thryoid disease and fibro...
and many people with fibro who have thryoid disease.
my dad had both
my sister has both
i have both..
they rule out everything at the rheumetologists office with blood tests when you see one..
but with me i have graves thyroid disease... so that was not an option.
a friend of mine has graves too and like me on syntrhoid now.. still complains of aches and pains.... and she went to a rheumetologist and has fibro too...
coco

 

Jean - January 8

Hi bindu: Try seeing a Endocrinologist. They test out all your glands and hormones to make sure your body is in balance. If something is off it will show up. But with Fibromyalgia it may not show up. Good Luck.

 

Jean - January 13

It is undecided how fibro is caused.

 

Similar Symptoms - January 17

When I first started noticing my symptoms, I had mistakenly self diagnosed myself (dangerous I know, but easy to do thanks to the internet) with thyroid problems. The symptoms were very similar. So I was pretty much shocked when the results from tests came back saying my thyroid was performing normally. through the process of elimination of thyroidism, lupus, rheumatiod arthiritis, etc., the dr. finally settled upon FMS.

 

Kim - January 17

I too thought I had thyroid problems also since my sister has them when I started getting all of these symptoms. My doctor checked my thyroid function and it was normal. He then went through all of the other blood tests for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and many others and all came back normal. That is when he diagnosed my fibromyalgia when everything else was ruled out.

 

JJ - January 18

I also at first attributed my problems to thyroid. My mother took meds for thyroid disorder and so I thought it was possible. But like you, my numbers came back normal. I have since read that what is normal for some may not be for others. I have wondered if I should see an endocrinologist to pursue this further.

 

JJ again - January 18

Here are symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Fatigue
Weakness
Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
Coarse, dry hair
Dry, rough pale skin
Hair loss
Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
Constipation
Depre
ssion
Irritability
Memor
y
loss
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Decreased libido

 

Jean - January 19

Hi everyone: Fibro is very challenging isn't it. Just think what the doctors are going through, they have no answers for anyone and for a good doctor it's hard for them, not being able to help. A puzzle trying to find the right piece.

 

coco - January 21


AND HERE ARE THE SYMPTONS OF HYPERTHYROIDISM.. GRAVES DISEASE
bulging of the eyes
Although it is rare, Graves' Disease patients will sometimes get a lumpy reddish thickening of the skin in front of the shins (pretibial skin). This condition is known as "pretibial myxedema" (also more generically referred to as dermopathy). It's usually painless, not serious and, may not start even when the hyperthyroidism starts. As with the eyes, it is believed that this swelling in the pretibial skin is caused by antibodies attacking these tissues.
Where hyperthyroidism eye complications occur, see an eye doctor in addition to your regular physician.
Enlarged thyroid gland Rapid heart beat (tachycardia) or heart palpitations
Smooth, velvety skin Tremor of the fingertips

Fatigue Sweaty palms Weight loss Fine brittle hair Restlessness Depression Increased appetite Changes in sex drive
Muscle weakness, especially in the upper arms and thighs Shortened attention span
Heat intolerance Increased sweating
Nervousness and irritability Restless sleep or insomnia Erratic behavior For women, irregular menstrual cycle and reduced menstrual flow Infertility, recurrent miscarriage Increased frequency of bowel movements A family medical history may also hold clues to a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism, specifically if a family member:Had either or an underactive thyroid
Had hair that went gray starting in their 20's
Had problems with their immune system, such as juvenile diabetes

 

Jean - January 21

No, thyroid does not cause fibromyalgia but you can develope thyroid problems as an underlying condition.

 

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