Position statement on Fibromyalgia/CFS/ME

Thyroid UK focuses on working to support people with thyroid conditions and related disorders.

Hypothyroidism can cause many physical, mental and emotionally related symptoms and can take a long time to be diagnosed because of a potentially complex array of symptoms.  Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are similar to or the same as symptoms of other conditions such as fibromyalgia, vitamin B12 deficiency , iron deficiency, ferritin deficiency and Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Mentioned above are some conditions that may be seen, in some circles, as controversial: fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.  Thyroid UK would like to state that whilst these particular problems can present as part of undiagnosed hypothyroidism , Thyroid UK does not subscribe to the opinion that everyone with these conditions has undiagnosed hypothyroidism.

Thyroid UK encourages people with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS to ensure that their clinician looks closely at vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as thyroid hormone deficiency and dysfunction and adrenal dysfunction.

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