The reason I share this to explain why “normal” thyroid tests and treatments do not help patients with symptomatic thyroid issues.
1. Thyroiditis is strongly linked to fibromyalgia even if thyroid blood levels are normal.
The studies below demonstrate clearly that Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmune disease contributes significantly to disease symptoms, regardless of thyroid dysfunction ie even if thyroid hormone levels are apparently normal.
Action item: Ensure you get your antithyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies tested.
Hashimoto’s thyroid autoimmune disease responds very well to focused integrated treatment.
Werner Vosloo ND MHom
Thyroid auto-immunity per se plays a role in fibromyalgia symptoms and severity, independently from thyroid hormone status.
46 patients with hashimoto’s thyroid disease had the following findings: 98% joint pain, 59% fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s 28%, ANA auto-immune disease 24% of patients – all with normal thyroid hormone blood levels.
FM patients had thyroid autoimmunity similar to the frequency in RA and higher than controls.
Autoimmune thyroiditis is present in an elevated percentage of FM patients, and it has been associated with the presence of typical symptoms of the disease