Could Hypothyroidism Be Your REAL Diagnosis?
Have you been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), depression, high cholesterol, heart disease, infertility, or Type 2 Diabetes?
Consider the following statistics: Research suggests that more than five million adults in the United States have been diagnosed or suffer from fibromyalgia. Studies from the CDC have also shown that between one and four million Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition, it is estimated that the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in the United States is somewhere in the neighborhood of five million people. Depressive disorders affect approximately 18.8 million Americans.
Hmm…do you remember the statistic discussed in yesterday’s post stating that more 13 million Americans suffer from undiagnosed hypothyroidism? Do you think these diagnoses could be related to misdiagnosed hypothyroidism? As discussed, conventional doctors are missing the hypothyroidism diagnosis left and right. Since the patient’s blood work appears normal, they prescribe drugs for each symptom presented, and then label that symptom or collection of symptoms as the official diagnosis. The grave flaw in this scenario is that the doctor is simply prescribing drugs to alleviate individual symptoms all the while ignoring the underlying health problem.
Let’s look for an example with fibromyalgia. A little lesson in Latin, ‘fibro’ means ‘muscle‘ and ‘myalgia’ means ‘pain’. Remember that. Here’s the scenario: You visit your doctor complaining of joint and muscle pain hoping to find out what’s causing your symptoms. The individual in the white coat nods as he listens to you describe how you are constantly tormented with pain in your joints and muscles. He makes a few notes on his clipboard and you think oh good, he knows what’s wrong. After a long pause, he finally gives you a diagnosis. And drumroll please…”You have fibromyalgia.” Sounds professional doesn’t it? Now that you’re fluent in Latin let’s analyze this diagnosis. Really, what he has just told you is that you have joint and muscle pain…in Latin. Oh good. Now you know what’s going on. You have, wait a minute…joint and muscle pain. Isn’t that what you came in complaining of? Anyone see a circular diagnosis here? It’s the same story with chronic fatigue syndrome. Although the pain and fatigue are very real and can often be debilitating, these conditions are not actual diseases in and of themselves, but rather symptoms of an underlying cause. Muscle pain and fatigue are very common symptoms of hypothyroidism, so why not treat the underlying cause of your symptoms by replenishing what your body is missing?
Low thyroid function can cause a host of health problems including symptoms of such diseases as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, IBS, etc. Hypothyroidism also has a hand in the cause of heart disease, but we’ll get to that in more detail in a later post. Many of these conditions we are told, have unknown causes. Or do they? Maybe mainstream medicine just isn’t looking deep enough to find the root cause.
If you think you might be suffering from hypothyroidism, take our women’s hypothyroidism symptom checker quiz or call us at 877-698-8698 to find out if you might benefit from natural thyroid supplementation.