For those of us that are or have dealt with fibromyalgia know the depilitating symptoms of fatigue and pain. Chronic pain may be due to injuries, infections and accidents. One thing I found is being hypothyroid can cause pain in and of itself with widespread pain throughout the body as in fibromyalgia. Is Fibromyalgia and the thyroid a connection?
Muscle aches, stiffness, swollen knee joints are some of the pain associated with low levels of thyroid hormone. So what is somethings we can do? Make sure we have vitamins and minerals our thyroid and bodies need to carry out proper functions of our bodies.
I’ve written about this before, but in regard to fibromyalgia is where I want to make certain the connection is made. Restoring lost nutrients is essential to our well-being. Much of my symptoms were resolved be replenishing these essentials. I also gained my health back with eating clean and healthy foods, reducing stress and other lifestyle factors.
The hormone our thyroid produces is T4 which needs to be converted to T3 where it is accessible to every cell of our body. The conversion takes place in the liver and the gut. Keeping our bodies in right balance to perform all its functions is key! So what will help?
Basic nutrients such as:
Vitamin B12, the methylated version of
Pyridoxal 5’ Phosphate, a form of Vitamin B6
And minerals such as:
Iodine (only if Hashimoto’s is ruled out!)
Lack of Chromium may have symptoms of cravings. Lack of Zinc may be hair loss. Dry skin may be from lack of Vitamin A. Lack of Vitamin D can contribute to depression! Pain can be from lack of magnesium.
Selenium has strong antioxidant power and is one of the most important for your thyroid gland. This not only helps convert T4 to T3 but if you have low resistance to illness this could be a help for you.
My hope is that this will give you a head start to building up what your body could be lacking. Of course, there is a need to eliminate some foods that may block the absorption or steal their nutritive effects. Also some medications may be stealing those from you too.
As always, check with your doctor. They may even want to check your levels with a blood test. That may be a good thing so you can know the deficiencies you have.
In my next newsletter, I’ll explain about the foods and medicines that may interfere with you getting enough nutrients. All of which contribute to fibromyalgia via the thyroid. Stay tuned.
My resources are from Susy Cohen’s book Thyroid Healthy. She has a wealth of great information.
It’s definitely a book I find worth investing in.
If you have any questions, I’m glad to answer. My contact info is below.
In the meantime, keep learning what you can do to restore your health and life. Feel like yourself again by gaining your life back.
Blessings to you all,
Kathleen Flanders, CHHC, AADP, CRTS