New kid on the block

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PBandJ, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. PBandJ

    PBandJ New Member

    Hi All,
    I'm the new kid on the block. I have had diagnosed hypothyroidism for over 18 years now. Who knows how long before I was diagnosed. While on the net this week I discovered that FM was in corolation with the thyroid problem. I think maybe that a lot of my problems can be FM related. I am tired (literally) of going to the doctor and telling him or her that I have all these symptoms and they do my labs and say that my levels are normal, renew my synthroid and here is a pain pill for the aches go home and be happy :0( I have studied a lot on the net used a lot of supplements, but still just seem to be plodding along. Sometimes I feel ok, then others I just seem to take a nosedive. I need to sleep a lot. Joint pain has increased in the past few months and the brain fog made the first initial log in here difficult for me. Thank goodness I am in now. I don't know all the lingo and am a newby, I hope you kind folk can help and not be bored by telling me what you probably tell all the newbies. Looking forward to some new friends and maybe insight to FM.
    Thanks PBandJ
  2. TinaJones

    TinaJones New Member

    Welcome to the board! There is a ton of great information here and lots of supportive people. Just jump in, read what you can, ask questions, etc.

    I'm pretty wiped out tonight, so sorry this isn't longer...but just want to welcome you, let you know we are glad you are here - and look forward to getting to know you better. --Tina
  3. llama

    llama New Member

    Hello!

    Just wanted to offer you a warm welcome. Hope you'll like the board.......a lot of intelligent, caring people are here.

    Good Luck to you............Jill............
  4. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    Welcome to the board. I'm also hypothyroid, complained about fatigue for years and got lauged at! Had nothing to do with the thyroid they said. 15 years later fibro pops up after an injury. I think the fatigue along with other things, chronic daily headaches, IBS were all precursors to the fibro diagnosis. What kind of doctor are you going to? I go to a rheumatologist for the fibro, he's very knowledgeable in this area. You'll get a lot of good info on this board!

    God Bless
  5. PBandJ

    PBandJ New Member

    thank you.
    Your story sounds a lot like mine. I do see a regular family dr. I have seen an endocrinologist at one point, though he really didn't do anymore than the family dr did.
  6. jole

    jole Member

    Love your name!! Yes, thyroid and FM produce many of the same symptoms. There have been people dx'd with fibro who have not had it, but rather thyroid problems, and vice-versa.

    All of us have been through the disbelief with docs before being diagnosed, and then the struggle afterwards since there is no "cure" or quick fix for any of us. The answer lies in doing our own research and learning from others. That's what makes this board so important to us. We learn from each other, and there are some very smart, dedicated people here who are willing to help out.

    We need to try everything we can from what we learn from others that fits our symptoms, etc. in order to get better. The best bet is to start with diet and supplements. No sugar, lots of veggies and fruits if tolerated. Lots of rest. Small steps at first so as not to overwhelm ourselves. Learn to pace yourself so you do not overdo and make matters worse.

    Try to find a physician who can get to the bottom of this and get you a diagnosis, if it truly is FM. Then you know where to start. Otherwise, read up on thyroid dysfunctions and treatments and see if that sounds like you. I wish you the best. You really need to take charge of your health, because no one else will!!

    Hoping you have better days~
  7. pearls

    pearls New Member

    Welcome to the board. There is a lot of information here. You might want to also subscribe to this website's email newsletter which is free.

    Best wishes,
    Pearl S.
  8. momof471

    momof471 New Member

    I'd talk to your pcp and ask him to run all of the tyroid blood work or refer you back to an endocrinologist so that could be ruled out as the problem.. Last year I didn't realize my thyroid was out of wack again until my menstrual cycle went crazy, found out my thyroid was to low again, doubled my synthroid and low and behold menstrual cycle straightened out. So get the thyroid checked, then I would try to see a rheumatologist about all this new stuff going on if your thyroid checks out. Sometimes its hard to get all this done with the different insurance companies luckily I can set up with what Kind of doctor I feel I need to. My pcp, just collects all the notes from the specialists for me!!!
  9. pw7575

    pw7575 New Member

    Glad you found us. There are so many wonderful people here and such great information. I hope there is information here that will help you to feel better.

    Feel free to talk to us about anything as everyone here understands what it is like to be ill. It is nice to have people who understand and don't judge you.

    We look forward to chatting with you. OH and someone suggested subscribing to the newsletter that ProHealth puts out and that is a very good idea. There is great stuff in the e-mail newsletter!

    Also consider filling out your profile so that we can get to know you better. Also we can more easily help you when you are having a problem if we know more about your illness.

    Take Care!
    Pam