Dear All - have just joined forum. I am a 56 year old male and was diagnosed with ME/Fibromyalgia 14 years ago and have not improved. Recently a friend with thyroid issues (hypothyroidism) suggested I look into 'hidden' thyroid issues which don't show up in blood tests. My symptoms are similar to thyroid sufferers:
Feeling like garbage in the morning (aching, terrible difficulty moving at first, symptoms like a monumental hangover -I don't drink!).
Sudden intense exhaustion, brain fogs.
Of course this could all be purely M.E related and i know that thyroid issues in men are less common but I would like to check basal temperature as I have heard that is considered reliable. I'm still poorly informed about the thyroid and get my hypos/hypers mixed up and don't get all the t3/t4 issues! First issue, though, is what sort of thermometer to use. I've read that digital ones are unreliable but would prefer not to buy mercury unless I have to. I'm aware that there are other 'liquid' thermometers out there but are they reliable as mercury as the accuracy issue seems to be crucial.
Sorry to waffle a bit-any advice much appreciated.