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Thyroid and blood sugar issues in Fibromyalgia

Friday 7 June 2013

 

From About.com's Adrienne Dellwo:

 

Blood testThyroid & Blood Sugar Issues in Fibromyalgia

By Adrienne Dellwo, About.com Guide
June 5, 2013

Fibromyalgia isn't confined to one organ or system - it's all over, and it can impact just about anything in your body.

Thyroid problems are known to frequently accompany fibromyalgia. Blood sugar problems are a less common association, but a lot of doctors believe that the two are linked. I'm struggling with both of those now.

As part of the on-going effort to figure out why food makes me nauseous, I recently asked my doctor to check my blood sugars. I'd noticed that I was getting a really heavy fatigue after eating, and from having gestational diabetes, I knew that could be associated with high blood sugars. Nausea is another symptom, so it made sense. I've also had lots of hair falling out, so I had her check my thyroid-stimulating hormone as well.

I got a surprise on the thyroid tests - I wasn't low, as I'd suspected, I was high! My doctor thinks that could be why my insomnia has been off the charts for the past few months. I'm now on a lower dosage, so wish me luck.

I wasn't surprised that my fasting blood sugars were fairly high. They weren't quite in the diabetic range, but they were too close for comfort. So now, I have even more of a need to eat right, be more consistent with my activity, and - sigh! - lose weight.

It's not that I haven't tried losing weight, especially since finding out a few months ago that I was developing liver problems. The thing is, I've tried pretty darned hard, and I have no loss to show for it.

I'm hoping that getting my blood sugars under control will help. Right now, my body is probably pumping out insulin like crazy to try and get the glucose down. It just so happens that another job of insulin is to create fat. That's the theory behind low-carb diets: fewer carbs = less insulin, less insulin = less fat.

From my pregnancies, I'm familiar with a diabetic diet, so now I'm trying to get my head around that and get started. If things are still high at next check, I'll ask my doctor to refer me to a nutritionist so I can make sure I'm doing everything I can. If I can control it with my diet, maybe I won't need meds.

I'm a little annoyed with myself for not making sure my blood sugars were being checked regularly. I've had to change doctors a couple of times, and somewhere along the way, the annual check went by the wayside. I knew my diabetes risk was high because of gestational diabetes and family history, along with weight and fibromyalgia. I should have made sure it was on the radar, and maybe we would have caught it before now.

When was the last time you had your thyroid and blood sugars checked? Does your doctor look at them at all? Do you have thyroid disease or blood-sugar-related problems? Leave your comments here! (Please understand that comments may not appear immediately.)

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