On my checklist/survey for the Thyroid and Adrenal, you’ll know the many thyroid symptoms that can contribute to Fibromyalgia . Loss of hair, muscle pain, low body temperature, insomnia, anxiety, cold hands and feet are just a few. How about fatigue and weakness? Aren’t all or some of these common in fibromyalgia?
Why are there thyroid symptoms contributing to fibromyalgia? According to some of the experts there are several reasons. Here are 10 reasons I’ve mentioned below.
Let me explain some of it. A thyroid hormone conversion of T4 to T3 is essential and takes place in the gut and liver. T3 is the much needed active form of the hormone and goes into the receptor sites of every cell in the body to help the cell do its function.
The 10 reasons (and there are more for sure) why you may have those thyroid symptoms leading to fibromyalgia is because that conversion doesn’t happen well enough. I also mention things that you can research and do to help relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
- Liver inflammation. There is a hormone conversion of T4 to T3 that takes place in the liver. Keep the liver clean by gentle cleanses and supplements like milk thistle and N-Acetic Acid or glutathione.
- Lack of basic nutrition. Raising the standard by which you eat adding in more healthy fruits and vegetables and cutting out “junk food” can help thyroid hormone function.
- Poor gut flora. Probiotics are a powerful way to help the T4 to T3 conversion take place and bring you to a state of wellness.
- Thyroid hormone is unable to enter the cell. If it sits only in the bloodstream it can’t help the cells function. It needs to be inside the cell.
- Selenium deficiency. This could also cause poor T4 to T3 conversion and even cause more antibodies against the thyroid gland. A selenium supplement or Brazil nuts can help activate the conversion.
- High heavy metal load interfere with thyroid balance. Things that may help are: Watch what you eat. Avoid tuna and swordfish (mercury) for a good while. Quit smoking which causes cadmium build up.
- Omega 3 fatty acid deficiencies. Essential Fatty Acids can help with thyroid hormone function. Take a high quality EPA/DHA supplement everyday. Evening primrose oil is also good and provides GLA that protects the heart also. Check with your doctor.
- Shortage of Free T3. This is one your doctor will have to test for and prescribe a thyroid med. Optimally one that is natural. Also keeping the liver and gut clean with healthy foods helps.
- Shortage of Free T4. Taking L-tyrosine and iodine supplements will help the body to start producing the Free T4.
- Thyroid inflammation. This is also a doctor test that measures antibodies to see if there’s inflammation. Selenium can help.
* This information is taken from Suzie Cohen’s book, Thyroid Healthy and Isabella Wentz’ book Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
There is much involved with getting and keeping thyroid symptoms from contributing to fibromyalgia. It is a journey moving forward toward being well and for you to feel good again. In the process, it’s nice to know about simple, natural solutions that address the symptoms. Finding a good doctor who will listen is important.
Having someone alongside to help walk the path with you and listen is equally important. This is where my coaching can help.
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To your health and all my best,
Kathleen, CHHC, AADP
Disclaimer Notice: This information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition.