Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Physical Health: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: Relationship Among These Conditions

Updated December 04, 2003
About.com Health's Disease and Condition

While the constellation of symptoms can be similar, the primary complaint in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the unrelenting fatigue. Even the smallest physical exertion can put the sufferer in bed for days. There is no official clinical test to make a firm diagnosis of CFS. Instead, doctors typically rule out other underlying illnesses before making a CFS diagnosis.

With Fibromyalgia (FMS), an arthritis-related condition, the primary complaint is the pain, a round-the-clock pain that rarely goes away. FMS can be diagnosed via a detailed 18-point "tender point" examination.

With Hashimoto's Autoimmune Thyroid disease ( HAIT), the thyroid fails to produce sufficient thyroid hormone to regulate metabolism. Symptoms of the resulting underactive thyroid usually include some complaint of fatigue or depression, but may include a host of other symptoms, including or muscular and joint pain, excessive weight gain, hair loss, dry and coarse, skin, menstrual irregularities, infertility and recurrent miscarriage, low blood pressure, high cholesterol and others. Diagnosis is most often by the sensitive thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test, but some doctors also use the thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) test or tests for thyroid antibodies.

Various Symptoms Seen in CFS, FMS & HAIT

Widespread pain
Feeling run down, sluggish
Muscle cramps and pains
Unexplained or excessive weight gain
Inability to lose weight
Gastrointestinal problems Irritable bowel syndrome
Poor sleeping
Headaches and migraines
Low exercise tolerance
Concentration difficulties
Feeling cold Cold in extremities
Dry, coarse and/or itchy skin
Dry, coarse and/or thinning hair
Increased menstrual flow
More frequent periods
Difficulty breastfeeding
Recurrent miscarriage
Swollen glands
Low grade fever
Slowed thinking, mental fog
Husky voice
Eczema, acne, rashes
Swelling and fluid retention
Carpal tunnel syndrome Numbness and tingling in extremities
Raynaud's Syndrome
Reduced sexual interest and ability
More frequent infections
Worsening of allergies and asthmatic reactions
Chemical sensitivities
Difficulty getting a full breath
More frequent yeast infections
Slow pulse
Puffiness around the eyes
Low blood pressure
Neck pain/neck aches

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