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Autoimmune thyroiditis and chronic fatigue connection

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 21, 2008
  • 08:43 AM

Autoimmune thyroiditis and chronic fatigue connection:

This research article that was reprinted on an MD's website, was originally published by the Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients.

In this study, not only were patients with chronic fatigue found to have autoimmune thyroiditis as the cause of it, but they were suffering this hypothyroid symptom of severe fatigue, despite having normal TSH levels.

The article also points out the importance of FNA biopsy to diagnose chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, due to antibodies tests alone, sometimes failing to identify it.

"Fine-needle aspiration cytology of the thyroid gland was performed on 219 patients complaining of fatigue of more than one year’s duration. Eighty-seven patients (40%) were found to have definite histological evidence of chronic lymphocytic (autoimmune) thyroiditis.

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Most doctors will rule out a diagnosis of hypothyroidism if the TSH level is normal. The results of this study, however, suggest that chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is associated with clinical hypothyroidism, even in the presence of normal TSH values."


http://www.instituteforvibrantliving.com/literature_review/autoimmune_thyroiditis_as_a_ca.php

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  • great post, thanks! Joan
    Joan5555 316 Replies Flag this Response
  • This is a great article. I wish more drs knew about this subclinical hypothyroidism. Maybe there would be less suffering out there.tdwi:cool:
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis and chronic fatigue connection: This research article that was reprinted on an MD's website, was originally published by the Townsend Letter For Doctors and Patients. In this study, not only were patients with chronic fatigue found to have autoimmune thyroiditis as the cause of it, but they were suffering this hypothyroid symptom of severe fatigue, despite having normal TSH levels. The article also points out the importance of FNA biopsy to diagnose chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, due to antibodies tests alone, sometimes failing to identify it. "Fine-needle aspiration cytology of the thyroid gland was performed on 219 patients complaining of fatigue of more than one year’s duration. Eighty-seven patients (40%) were found to have definite histological evidence of chronic lymphocytic (autoimmune) thyroiditis. ... Most doctors will rule out a diagnosis of hypothyroidism if the TSH level is normal. The results of this study, however, suggest that chronic autoimmune thyroiditis is associated with clinical hypothyroidism, even in the presence of normal TSH values." http://www.instituteforvibrantliving.com/literature_review/autoimmune_thyroiditis_as_a_ca.php Theres been something ive been wondering about........I personally know of 5 people who have chronic headaches, myself i have hypothroidism with TN also sometimes migraine........ my sister is hypothrdm as well with cluster/migraine...... A lady i met at MRI scan who has migraine/fibromiyalgia (spelling wrong) she also had hypothrdm.....another girl who is friend of my friends is the same.........and one i met at pain clinic.....i was wondering if there could be any connection ? other than microwave sickness of course (sorry i just thought id throw that in) as im sure someone we all know will say ! I know its only 5 people out of the scores that have it but it did make me wonder ! what do u think ????
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • Makes you wonder why so many people out there have thyroid problems altogether... maybe it because of the rocket fuel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sEncjwvBuQ quote=Tootsie;88394]Theres been something ive been wondering about........I personally know of 5 people who have chronic headaches, myself i have hypothroidism with TN also sometimes migraine........ my sister is hypothrdm as well with cluster/migraine...... A lady i met at MRI scan who has migraine/fibromiyalgia (spelling wrong) she also had hypothrdm.....another girl who is friend of my friends is the same.........and one i met at pain clinic.....i was wondering if there could be any connection ? other than microwave sickness of course (sorry i just thought id throw that in) as im sure someone we all know will say ! I know its only 5 people out of the scores that have it but it did make me wonder ! what do u think ????
    TaylorDeelwithit 382 Replies Flag this Response
  • This article has been very helpful. It gives me something to ask my hematologist about.
    sickntiredkc 1 Replies Flag this Response
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