Re: Gabapentin - Does It Help?
Hi, All. A couple of months ago I found a link between hypothyroid, for which I've been treated for more than 40 yrs, and fibromyalgia, for which I was treated for about seven years. However, I just gave up on meds for fibromyalgia because they made me sick with additional symptoms, and never brought complete relief for the fibro. Around nine yrs ago the fibro symptoms just sort of disappeared, after having had them for at least 12 yrs. Didn't know how, certainly didn't care; just glad they were gone and rejoicing at my good luck. Since I'd been treated for hypothyroid for years before the fibro symptoms surfaced, I didn't pay much attention to the article, thinking it certainly didn't apply to me. However, a couple of weeks ago, I really began digging for more info, because I read that some docs think there's a definite link between the two, and that Armour thyroid, a dessicated thyroid extract, usually from a pig, does a better job than the synthetic drugs in alleviating a lot of the hypothyroid symptoms, which included the same ones I'd had when I'd been told I had fibro all those years ago. Bells really rang! I dug out my bank statements to see when I'd begun going to an endocrinologist who had put me back on Armour, after being off of it for approx 30 yrs. The timing coincided. A few months after being on the Armour my fibro symptoms had disappeared. Maybe it's all a fluke, but I had never been able to make any connections to any other reason for the fibro having just disappeared. I now think that anyone with fibro should have a full panel thyroid study, not just T3 and T4, by someone with a fantastic reputation for dealing with hypothyroid and adrenal insufficiency, because the two are related. The best test in the world is useless if the doc doesn't know how to interpret the results; it takes a special doc to have the patience and tenacity to keep working to get the condition in sync. Choosing the right dr is the key; any dr can order the tests, but only the right dr can help you. I can remember my despair when I was trying every possible answer to ease the fibromyalgia. Hopefully, others can share my good fortune and be spared some of the physical and mental anguish. Before you make another fibro med increase or change, please consider my experience. Best wishes. If anyone has a similar experience, I would love to hear about it.