Patient discussion about thyroid

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Q. Anyone know if there is a connection between Fibromyalgia and your Thyroid gland?

I have Fibromyalgia and I read that if your diagnosed with this you can have Thyroid problems also. If anyone knows out there please inform me. Many thanks.
A1Below is an interesting article on the subject. A significant percentage of the estimated 20 million people with hypothyroidism end up also being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Some experts believe that like most cases of hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia is also autoimmune in nature. Others believe that fibromyalgia may be one manifestation of an under active metabolism – hypometabolism – and is therefore one variation on thyroid dysfunction.
A2If you have Fms-you can have alot of other problems-like IBS and carpal tunnel-

there is a little known and not well accepted theory that FMSis caused by a thyroid problem.

the generally accept theory is that it is a neuro problem-which has been known for 10 years (it is not proven though) previous theories that are no longer generally accepted are a musculoskeletal or immune cause.
A3There is some connection between fibromyalgia and other autoimmune related diseases such as in thyroid disease. Also, chronic fatigue, which is one of the major symptoms in fibromyalgia, occurs very often in hypothyroidism (decreased activity of the thyroid gland), and your doctor must rule out any thyroid problem that can be treated hormonally before diagnosing fibromyalgia.

Q. Is there any natural herb for a sluggish thyroid

My uncle is suffering with thyroid for the past 8 months and the treatment he underwent is not successful. Is there any natural herb for a sluggish thyroid?
Afirst of all the thyroid gland is situated in the front of the neck, just below the larynx(voice box)it consist of two lobes,one one each side of the trachea(windpipe)joined by a narrower portion of tissue called the isthmus---the thyroid grand produces hormones that regulate metabolism(the chemical activitie in cells that release energy from nutrients or uses energy to create other substances,such as proteins)the thyroid gland regulates the level of calcium in the body.insufficient thyroid hormones prduction is known as hypothyroidism(sluggish thyroid)symtoms include tirednes/dry skin/hair loss/weight gain/constipation/and sensitivity to cold.--because iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormones/calcium-ASk your DR before trying natural meds-because they ma interfere with what your uncle is taking now?--and you need to find out from your DR WHY is his thyroid sluggish--mrfoot56--peace

Q. I was told to have my thyroid test and now after the result they have told me to go for MRI

I am 23 years old lady……I was told to have my thyroid test and now after the result they have told me to go for MRI……..and I know one of my friend had same type of symptoms and after thyroid test she was on her medicines and now she is well…they say it may be fibromyalgia or sclerosis …why they want me to go for MRI…..there seems to be something serious?
A1i think the MRI is to detect any signs of sclerosis. they try to get a differential diagnosis so they look for sclerosis or any other pathological sign. they didn't find anything in the Thyroid?
A2Hi my friend, they are doing step by step process to diagnose your problem and there is nothing to worry.. you know fibromyalgia is difficult to be diagnosed and as you have cleared the thyroid test it had increased your chance for fibromyalgia or sclerosis. I think you must cooperate with doctor and do not panic. This is just routine and it will do good for you.

Q. Has anyone tried natural hormones for hypo-thyroidism or fibromyalgia?

I am on the low normal range for hypo-thyroidism (do not take meds for) and was diagnosed years ago with fibromyalgia. I take Ultram for the pain which also helps my fatigue factor but I still feel so sluggish sometimes and just want to sleep. I'm on an anti-depressant as it is. I've been hearing more about natural hormone therapy for these conditions and was wondering if anyone out there has tried this.
A1i have cfids and fibro as well as had my thyroid removed (parathyroid still in place). There really is no substitute for Synthroid that is as effective. There is with cfids and fibro. sensitivity to medications so the dosage normally given would not be the same usually lower dosages or 1/4 to 1/2 tabs. i have started on D-ribose, enada, COQ10, PB 8, Fish Oil with Omegas and primrose oil and B12 compounded shots in addition to other medications to treat medical issues that come along with the diseases. The first are homeopathic and are metabolized at a greater rate than synthetic meds which are often not processed correctly and may build up in your system. It is good to find a specialist [true specialist] or immunologist to help you with the medications and symptomologies that occur. Each person's system is different yet the way that it recognizes medications, food and such is similar and unique to the illnesses.
A2I also suffer from hypothyroidism and depression. I currently take 112mg of Levothyroxine, also known as L-thyroxine, synthetic T4, or 3,5,3',5'-tetraiodo-L-thyronine, is a synthetic form of thyroxine (thyroid hormone.). I can sympethise with you when it comes to the weakness and fatigue. I too find myself wanting to sleep during the day. I am 42 and can't stand the fact that this is the way of life for me for the rest of my life. If you have had any success since you posted your question, please forward the info, it would be much appreciated.
A3The Ultram and the anti-depressants do that and as for the natural hormone treatments they don't really work. The Gulf War that gave me hypo-thyroid and hypo-prolactimia which is the Pituitary Gland acting up. On top of the fibro,fatique,pain and recovering from arsenic poison I was put on hormone treatments and it made things worse. I blew up like a balloon, I was still tired and it never corrected the problem with my glands. I tried everything out there and I wasn't getting any better until now. A friend of mine told me of this product called Vitalitea and that it could help me.I was desperate to get my health back and boy did I. Go to and click on product and wellness and read it. Check out the www on the healing properties of quality green tea and not the stuff you by at the local store. My fatique, and chronic pain is gone. My Fibromyalgia is so, so mild. I do fun things again after 7 year of suffering. You won't regret it. It is all natural.

Q. What Are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

My friend suffers from hypothyroidism. I have been feeling tired lately and she told me I should get examined too. What are the symptoms of this disease?
A1It's true that these symptoms are also common with other conditions, so it's always important to talk to your doctor about it or any noticeable changes; mental fatigue and depression can also occur and the tiredness can range from unusual lack of energy to just plain exhaustion. Bloodwork will need to be done to determine if you have low hormone levels and subsequent follow-ups will be needed to determine the correct dosage. Hormone replacement will most likely have to be continued for the rest your life, so ask your doctor what the best options are.

Try some exercise or weight loss first: you should feel an initial burst of energy and lose weight in a typical fashion, but with hypothyroidism, you may experience a crash in energy, mental dullness, and ability to lose weight.
A2In hypothyroidism, thyroid hormone content gets out of balance, and systems covering the whole body are affected. This is why hypothyroidism symptoms can look like other diseases-
A3Hypothyroidism is a situation that can mimic a number of other medical conditions. Therefore, the diagnosis of hypothyroidism is often missed. Among the common symptoms are fatigue (especially due to poor muscle tone), Cold intoleranc(increased sensitivity to cold), constipation, weight gain, dry skin, slow heart rate and more. This can be easily treated with hormonal replacement after proper medical consultation.

Q. As a senior citizen, I am having trouble finding a "good" doctor, kind and considerate. How do I find one?

I have asked friends, but their doctors are not taking new clients. The hospital gave me the name of a tyrant, who will not follow DoD's orders for prescriptions to be filled. She treats me like an imbecile. I am struggling to find a new doctor, kind and understanding, who listens to their patients. There don't seem to be any in Reno anymore.
Afinding a good doctor is not an easy task. taking tips from friends is the best system. but as you said- you tried that. i myself don't know any good doctor in Nevada. but i can give you a link to an article that gives you tips about how to find a good doc. it's a good one:

Q. Hi, this is Maverick. My cousin is suffering from bipolar disorder.

Hi, this is Maverick. My cousin is suffering from bipolar disorder. Is there any possibility to have thyroid problem due to bipolar.
ANot that I know about. Bipolar disorder is mainly a psychiatric disorder, and not causing any disturbances in other systems in the body. However, hyperthyroidism may be mistaken to bipolar disorder in many ways (irritability, hyperactivity etc.)
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