Dear Ann Glanders: Week of August 8, 2011
Kelly asks: “A friend was poking spots in my back, and says I react (badly) to 8 of the standard fibromyalgia pressure points – do you hear about much crossover with that?”
Kelly there really is a connection. Both conditions share symptoms, including fatigue, exhaustion, depression, brain fog, and varying degrees of muscle and joint pain. A significant percentage of the estimated 20 million people with hypothyroidism end up also being diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
For a look at Fibromyalgia symptoms please see The Thyroid/Fibromyalgia Connection written by Mary Shomon of About.com.
If you have autoimmune hypothyroidism, it’s fairly common to develop some classic fibromyalgia symptoms such as muscle/joint pain, aches, and sleep disturbances.
Experts and doctors do not agree on treating fibromyalgia with the T4 treatment alone that many patients are taking for their thyroid condition.
Dr. Lowe stated that in most cases, such patients simply need a more appropriate dosage or some form of thyroid hormone to recover from all their symptoms. To see the rest of this article, go to: The Thyroid/Fibromyalgia Connection
I hope that this information will help most of you who were wondering if there could possibly be another reason why you are experiencing so many of the same symptoms Kelly is.
It is common that one autoimmune disease can begat another autoimmune disease.
This is Dean Ann Glanders signing off and saying, “keep that neck in check”.