Interesting question. Hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome all share similar symptoms, such as fatigue, depression and muscle pain. I would say many patients with uncontrolled hypothyroidism could have the same symptoms as patients with fibromyalgia and cfs. They could coexist. But most patients with fibromyalgia and cfs don't have hypothyroidism.
NO LINK. By 'thyroidism', do you mean 'hypo' or underactive thyroid? If so, a common cause is hashimotos thyroiditis. This is a condition where your body makes antibodies (to +tpo) to your own thyroid--essentially 'knocking it out'. Fibromyalgia has no 'autoimmune' basis as far as scientist know. Chronic fatigue syndome may be caused by an virus (ebv) but that is in debate.
Perhaps. For all we do know, I think in some ways we are still in the dark ages of medicine. There is still so much we don't know and that we have yet to find out. I personally think there is a link. Genetic predisposition, environmental toxicity, etc all combine to cause ill health. I think the same things that cause fibro can also cause thyroid problems.
Possibly. Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation and decreased ability to create ATP causing fatigue.
No. Agree. Hypothyroidism can co-exist with cfs or fibromyalgia but there is no link between them. Always rule out hypothyroidism first before considering the other two diagnoses.
Maybe. The last two are not diseases! Fibromyalgia is diagnosed by having tender points on certain parts of your body. Cfs is still unclear, patient complains of chronic fatigue and a bunch of other symptoms and we can now name it cfs. They're both disorders with multi-variable symptoms. Due to the fact they're not diseases, simply a bunch of symptoms therefore no direct link can be made.
Thyroid. Hashimoto's thyroiditis is the most common cause of hypothyroidism. 6 times more in females than males. It's autoimmune, like rheumatoid arthritis. Etc. The antibodies that attack the thyroid can be stimulated by many factors: chemicals, radiation, hormones- especially in women around menarche, pregnancy and menopause. Fibromyalgia is more common in women, possibly autoimmune. Be sure of dx.
Could someone please recommend antioxidant supplements for fibromyalgia and/or chronic fatigue syndrome?
Fibromyalgia. Good sources of Antioxidants are all berries, and vegetables. There is no clinical research documenting effectiveness of Antioxidants for Fibromyalgia. Let Wise Woman within you Reflect: • Diagnosis of Anxiety, Depression or Fibromyalgia; • Severity of fatigue or other symptoms • Balanced Diet • Exercise • Breathing and Music Relaxation • Visual Imagery • Therapy for stresses in life.
Chronic fatigue. There is a lot of overlap in symptoms but there is no definitive test for either.
Separate.? re: similarity chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) & fibromyalgia (FM). CFS is attendant with several different diseases & disorders. FM causes CFS; a sentinel symptom. Chronic fatigue is common consequence of common occurrence of non-restorative sleep, which might reflect chronic pain, chronic psychological stressors, noisy environments etc. Gov. Agencies on quest for THE elusive virus; good luck!
Fibromyalgia. FM is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of FM, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months.
No one thing. Hi. We do not know what causes either condition, so right now, your guess is as good as mine (or anyone else's). My belief is it's a constellation of causes, not any one thing.
Yes IT CAN BE. Yes it can be use for fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Not usually. Nortriptyline and other tricyclics have never been proven very helpful in either fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.
I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia. Seek doctor with extensive interest, knowledge and experience. Thanks?
Many issues. Based on what you wrote it is likely you will need more than one specialist. Start with your own doctor who will review your medical history, examine you, order labs, and then make future management decisions including referral.
No. These are not autoimmune diseases. Many doctors think chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are a neurologic response to stress, accidents, or illness which causes low energy and increased pain signalling. The exact cause is unknown but may be multifactorial, as a result of genes, environmental exposures and other factors.
Autoimmune disease. Neither disease is of the autoimmune variety. They tend to be diagnosed based on specific findings and very general symptoms.
Talk to your doctor. Avoid the use of narcotic analgesics. Consider an antidepressant such as Effexor (venlafaxine) or Cymbalta. Neurontin has helped in some cases. See a psychologist for therapy. Listen to relaxation CD's. Meditate, Swimming (shallow water), and Yoga may help. In severe cases, I have added a stimulant such as Ritalin or Adderall (last resort). Hope this helps. Best wishes!
Nothing alike. Chronic fatigue syndrome refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. In fm you have a history of widespread pain has been present for at least three months.
Response to rest. Folks with chronic fatigue syndrome (cfs) and fibromyalgia (fm) have a lot of overlapping symptoms. The principal difference is that in cfs activity seems to worsen the symptoms while fm mostly improve with activity. Fm also responds to some medication while cfs rarely does. Your family doctor can make this distinction for you.
Main symptom. Although they have lots of common symptoms, but main symptom in fibromyalgia is the widespread pain while in chronic fatigue syndrome, main concern is the extreme fatigue even with minimal activity. Some people may have both which makes the diagnosis and management harder.
Same. I personally consider these conditions as hand in hand.