Some of the symptoms of low thyroid function/hypothyroidism overlap with ME/CFS symptoms – so this is a condition that MUST be excluded before a diagnosis of ME/CFS is confirmed. Hypothyroidism is fairly common, especially in older age groups, and the symptoms often develop slowly over time. So some people will have ME/CFS and then develop thyroid disease, and the latter may be misdiagnosed as a slow deterioration in ME/CFS symptoms. There is uncertainly over whether thyroid disease is more common in ME/CFS – in our current state of knowledge, research evidence indicates that this is not the case.
Topics discussed in this leaflet, include: What is the thyroid gland and what does it do? What is thyroid disease? What is hypothyroidism? What is hyperthyroidism? How do symptoms of thyroid disease overlap with the symptoms of ME/CFS? What tests can be done to confirm thyroid disease? How are hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism diagnosed? Treatments.
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
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