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Old 04-13-2008, 06:27 AM   #1
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Not sure what this actually means...

Hi all,

I'm 32, I have Fibromyalgia & anemia and recently found out that my "thyroid levels were a little low". I was wondering exactly what that could mean? I do have constant weakness, muscle aches, severe fatigue, cold all of the time, constipation, depressed...i could go on...
But, I've had my thyroid function tested before & all was well, suppossedly. Does something like this just pop up out of nowhere??
Now, with all this going on, and the symptoms of hypothyroidism, fibro & anemia being similar, what am I do think? My doc is away until Tuesday & frankly, I'm concerned. Another doc at her practice read my results & didn't really say much except that they need to do more tests. Does that mean blood work? I really am lost here & could use any advice or info I can get. Thanks so much!

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Re: Not sure what this actually means...

It's very unlikely this just "popped up out of nowhere." It's very likely your MD just didn't recognize what was staring him/her in the face for months or years. There is at least one thyroid/fibro expert whose theory says fibro is simply nothing more than a variation of thyroid disease, and that treatment with thyroid hormone fixes it more often than not.

Good news is that it's finally bad enough that someone sees it for what it is, and hopefully will know how to fix it.

More tests? Likely just additional bloodwork, unless you have an enlarged thyroid or nodules. Then you should have an ultrasound of the thyroid, and possibly a needle biopsy. But don't get ahead of yourself. Just worry most about finding the best thyroid doc you can to sort this out for you. You'd be amazed at the number of duds there are when it comes to this problem.

The best educational material for newbies like you is Thyroid for Dummies by Dr. Alan Rubin. I suggest you read it soon so you will understand what your doc is doing and what he may be doing wrong.

Old 04-13-2008, 11:32 AM   #3
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Re: Not sure what this actually means...

Just poped on to say I hope you get to the bottom of this, like midwest says It does sound like your thyroid... don't forget to make sure they do you free t4 and free t3 and t3 in England they don't test our free t3 or t3 so I paid myself to have it tested. I t is also hard to get t3 meds in the UK ... take care ...Maz

Old 04-14-2008, 05:56 AM   #4
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Cool Re: Not sure what this actually means...

the thyroid controls (something like) 4 major body functions. So it being " a little low" could have some H-U-G-E implications on how the body does/DOESN'T work. The symotoms you mentioned are CLASSIC hypo THYRIOD

Continue to push to get this sorted out
take care

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