I am convinced (and I'm not alone) that CFS and Fibro are both un/under-treated hypo. All the symptoms are hypo symptoms. And if your doctor doses by the TSH and considers anything that's 'in range' to be just fine, then you are bound to be left with continuing symptoms. Therefore, he has to come up with a reason for your continuing symptoms. And what could be easier than inventing a couple of new 'diseases' to explain everything?
There are no blood tests for CFS and Fibro, there is no cure. And there's not even much of a treatment. Doesn't that sound suspicious to you? And the strangest thing is that people who have been diagnosed with either of them, and then get their thyroid properly treated find that their CFS/Fibro symptoms disappear...
In 'the old days', hypo was diagnosed and treated by symptoms, using NDT. Then Big Pharma found it could make a mint by 'inventing' synthetic T4 and the TSH test. Using these, a lot of people were left with many many symptoms but doctors said 'your TSH is normal, it's not your thyroid'! And suddenly, as if by magic, a lot of new 'diseases' appeared : CFS, Fibro, IBS, etc etc etc and these were used by doctors to brush away the continuing symptoms and, at the same time, make even more money for Big Pharma by prescribing lots of pills to treat your CFS etc symptoms. It's so convenient! Suddenly you don't have to seach for the root of the illness and learn how to treat it, you can just say it's CFS or whatever and dish out a pill. Perfect lazy medicine! (And if anyone wonders, yes, I am being sarcastic! lol)
Yes, mummytina, it can all be down to your thyroid. Every single cell in your body needs thyroid hormone, and if you haven't got enough to go round it can cause an incredible number of problems. Don't get me wrong, I sympathise with what you're going through, but if you have a doctor that actually says it is all due to your thyroid, then you have found a rare pearl. Of course, it does then depend on what he does about it. But it's much better that way than him trying to fob you off with an incurable, untreatable 'disease'.
I truly believe that by insisting on a diagnosis of one of these new syndromes - because that's what they are - we are shooting ourselves in the foot. If the medical communtiy finds that we are content - nay, eager, even - to label ourselves as having CFS etc, they are never going to bother to treat the thyroid properly. It's only by saying no, I won't accept that, I want a raise in meds, that we are ever going to get the message home.
Your symptoms sound like you need an increase in meds. Have you had a blood test recently?
Much hugs, Grey x