The Fibromyalgia-Thyroid Connection: How Thyroid Disorders Misdiagnosed As Fibromyalgia
Did you know that Thyroid Disorders conditions are routinely misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia? Before we were labeled with fibromyalgia, I’m sure most of our doctors ran a TSH test to check our thyroid function since hypothyroidism is one of the many conditions that are supposed to be ruled out before diagnosing fibromyalgia.
National Pain Report: What is the connection between fibromyalgia and thyroid disorders?
Dr says They are both mainly occurring … in women who are middle age or approaching middle age, although they certainly can occur in women who are younger and males as well, but they’re both predominantly female disorders.They’re both big points of diagnostic confusion.
Underperforming Thyroid Disorders, even if it’s not overt hypothyroidism, is one of the top three masqueraders of fibromyalgia. There are a lot of women who have symptoms that are really caused by underperforming Thyroid Disorders that, when they go to a physician, they get erroneously diagnosed as having fibromyalgia, and unfortunately [are]often put on a fibromyalgia medication, which has no hope of helping them and a high degree chance of causing side effects and problems, and their underlying true condition is never getting addressed.That being said, it’s not uncommon at all that I find patients, mainly women once again, that do truly have a central pain processing disorder and would meet the criteria for having fibromyalgia that also concomitantly have underperforming Thyroid Disorders, so they go hand-in-hand a lot, but there’s not necessarily a causal relationship between the two.