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I have fibromyalgia and chrnic fatigue syndrome. Before my hysterectomy i had polycystic ovarian disease and a slow functioning thyroid.

By Anonymous January 10, 2015 - 11:44am
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My hysterectomy was complete and my cervix and ovaries were removed. I have every symptom of hypothyroidism as diagnosed when I was young and trying to get pregnant), thinning hair, dry skin, extreme tiredness, weight gain and impossible to lose, just keep gaining no matter what. Should I go see an endochronologist or a
rheumatoid doctor for my fibromyalgia and other symptoms. My family doctor says my ths (?) test is normal and I don't have a thyroid problem.

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Hello, and thank you for sharing your question with the community.  I'd love to give you some helpful information on the matter.

First, I think it is helpful to note that being over-weight can raise the risk of developing fibromyalgia even though the weight gain is completely not your fault.  So first and foremost I suggest that you look into the other symptoms first and the best way to do that is to see an endocrinologist.  They specialize in metabolic and thyroid issues.  They can also run tests that are more specific to the symptoms you have.

While you are seeing the Endocrinologist, you should also ask about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  I am uncertain if it plays a part now that your ovaries were removed.  However PCOS causes all the symptoms you mentioned so I believe its worth discussing it with the Endocrinologist.  

I hope you begin to find answers on your journey to good health.  Let us know if you have any more questions along the way.


January 10, 2015 - 7:55pm
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

I have had fibromyalgia for over 20 years now, and yes I had pos, and when my ovaries were removed they were still cystic.
The weight gain has just happened in the past year. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was young and trying to get pregnant. That is also when I was diagnosed with POS, only it was called stein-leventhal syndrome back then. I was 21 at that time. I do not have the records from that time in my life, but that was when the test for your thyroid was a full day sitting with a telescope looking thing pointed at your thyroid after the radioactive iodine was administered. I never received treatment because my doctor refused to allow any medicines in your body when you are trying to get pregnant, except the progesterone and clomid. I had one period a year and spent almost three years with a basil thermometer in my mouth every morning.

thermometer in my mouth every morning.

January 14, 2015 - 9:23pm
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I understand your situation a bit better now that you expanded more.  Since knowledge of science and medicine has expanded exponentially over the years, there are most likely more they can offer you in the way of treatments today than they could when you were first diagnosed.  I know it sometimes feels like a wild goose case when all you want is a cure and to feel healthy.  But take heart, there is always something to be done.  Your conditions are not incurable.  

The two things that I suggest you talk to the doctor about is insulin-sensitizing medications and androgen-blocking medications.  The insulin, I suggest insulin because people with PCOS tend to experience insulin resistance and have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus.  The androgen-blicking medication I suggest for your symptoms involving hair.  

I am not an expert on these particular issues, but I hope my suggestions help a little.


January 14, 2015 - 11:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

Thank you for your input. I have decided to see a rheumatologist first, for the arthritis, and then the endochronologist about the hormones and find out if there is anything I can do about the hair loss, dry skin and other problems.

January 17, 2015 - 2:01am
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