BY DR. HEATHER MORRIS
Do you want to know What Causes Fibromyalgia?
–According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, there are between 15 and 20 million people who suffer with fibromyalgia but they don’t know What Causes Fibromyalgia.
-Dr. Steven Hotze, Hypothyroidism, Health & Happiness
– 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease
– Up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition
Coincidence? We don’t think so.
“My doctor told me I have fibromyalgia and I will have to live with it.”
Have you been visiting doctor after doctor trying to find out why you have such bad muscle pain, fatigue, and insomnia, among many other symptoms? Has your doctor told you that your blood test results are normal and that you must have fibromyalgia? Has he told you that there is no cure and that he doesn’t know What Causes Fibromyalgia? It’s time to break the silence on What Causes Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia Symptoms are Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Fibromyalgia is simply a Latin word meaning muscle pain, yet it has come to be used by traditional medicine to describe a collection of symptoms as if it is a disease. It is actually a symptom itself. Take a look – do any of these fibromyalgia symptoms sound familiar to you? They are also symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Joint pain and stiffness Muscle pain and weakness
Sleep disturbances Dizziness
Headaches/migraines Sore throat
Difficulty concentrating Tingling or numbness in extremities
Mental fog/”fibro fog” Memory loss
Constipation/irritable bowel Shortness of breath
Bloating Increased allergy symptoms
Painful menstrual periods Heightened chemical sensitivity
Blurred vision Chest pain
Depression Sensitivity to light
Panic attacks Weight loss or gain
Anxiety Skin disorders (e.g., dry skin)
Why is Fibromyalgia so Commonly Diagnosed?
You have heard us say before how frequently hypothyroid diagnoses are missed. It is no surprise that fibromyalgia is so commonly diagnosed by traditional doctors today, because fibromyalgia is most often hypothyroidism that is being misdiagnosed. Family physicians, general internists, and rheumatologists are the doctors who typically treat fibromyalgia. There is no diagnostic test for it. Doctors make a diagnosis by conducting physical examinations, evaluating symptoms, and ruling out other conditions. For example, a condition with similar symptoms, hypothyroidism, is often confirmed with a blood test. Here in lies the problem. You can’t rely on a blood test to diagnose hypothyroidism!
Why Traditional Doctors Fail to Properly Diagnose Hypothyroidism
Traditional doctors are taught to only look at a blood test, the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, when it comes to evaluating a patient for hypothyroidism symptoms. So when this blood test comes back in the “normal range,” your doctor doesn’t know what to do.He don’t know What Causes Fibromyalgia. He might tell you that you have fibromyalgia and give you pharmaceutical drugs to mask the symptoms. He typically prescribes drugs such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, antidepressants, antianxiety medications, sleep medications, and pain medications. He thinks What Causes Fibromyalgia is mysterious and unknown.
Our Approach to Fibromyalgia Treatment
If you have been given a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and you have symptoms of hypothyroidism, even though your thyroid hormone levels are in the normal range, you should know that there is a better way. We treat with a therapeutic trial of bioidentical thyroid hormone replacement and incrementally adjust your thyroid dose until your fibromyalgia symptoms are resolved.