For many I speak with about fibromyalgia, thyroid issues are also a concern. Not only are many diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, many more suspect that the labs aren’t telling the whole story. Doctor’s say their thyroid is fine, but they don’t ‘feel’ fine. They experience the symptoms regardless of labs and though many of the symptoms for fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism are the same or similar enough that you can’t tell the difference, people still suspect thyroid problems.
A few of the more common symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression and severe muscle and joint pain. This gland, located in the front of your neck, secretes hormones that control weight management, energy, how you metabolize food, sleep and many other functions.
The issue is compounded by the fact that many, including myself, are either told our thyroid is fine, or doctors go straight for hormone therapy if there is an indication of thyroid dysfunction in their labs. Both can lead you toward of a path of hormone imbalance and can cause further damage to your thyroid if the underlying cause is not addressed.
Here is a blurb from an article by Thyroid UK;
The deficient thyroid hormone regulation results from two conditions. First is an undiagnosed or undertreated deficiency of thyroid hormone. Second is the resistance of patients' tissues to thyroid hormone. “Resistance” means that patients' tissues need higher than “normal” amounts of thyroid hormone to maintain normal metabolism.
Several factors in addition to deficient thyroid hormone regulation complicate many patients' conditions. The four most common are nutritional deficiencies, an unwholesome diet, poor physical fitness, and drugs that slow metabolism. Some patients also have deficiencies or imbalances of other hormones, such as cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone.
Going back to fibromyalgia for a minute, doctors have had a hard time dealing with it too. There has been some evidence pointing toward the direction, that individuals with fibromyalgia are Thyroid resistant. To further compound the issue, the drugs they prescribe for fibromyalgia also only target symptoms and don’t address the underlying cause, though of course the cause is still unknown. And over time rarely work and, in my experience, tend to make matters worse.
What is known for both of these two conditions is that there is most likely a triggering event that includes physical or emotional stress. It’s been known that stress over time can cause your thyroid to go off balance and that fibromyalgia is often stressful in it’s own right.
Looking at the previous blurb, there are four points that should have sounded familiar; nutritional deficiencies, a poor diet, lack of exercise and prescriptions that slow your metabolism. Individuals with fibromyalgia also tend to experience all four of these prior to the onset of fibromyalgia or during.
Whether you have concerns over your thyroid, suffer with fibromyalgia or both, these four points hold true. The good news is that all four are within your ability to manage on your own or with little support. You have the power to take matters in your own hands to support your thyroid health and manage many of your fibromyalgia symptoms relatively easily and naturally, utilizing food and nutrients to encourage healing and repairing functions and movement to promote healthy circulation, lymph function, cardiac health and more.
To naturally assist your thyroid and help manage your fibromyalgia symptoms, try to:
- Focus on nutrient dense foods and eliminate processed foods from your diet.
- reduce or remove food allergies and sensitivities from your diet so your gut is functioning better and you can absorb more nutrients.
- Practice stress relief activities to assist adrenal support and lessen muscle tension.
- Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
- Get moving and energize your body with exercise, which not only helps to speed up metabolism, it increases blood flow, produces feel good hormones and more.
- Sweat to help your body’s natural ability to detox. Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.
You may need additional support, but all of these are within your control and do not include more medication which can further inhibit your body’s natural ability to perform heal and repair activities in order to balance itself.
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