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Fresh evidence points to a cause and possible treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome


Bobbi and Kerry, your comments had me pondering, as did a mention in the article about "rogue antibodies," which made me immediately think about Hashimoto's. When I Googled "Hashimoto's and chronic fatigue syndrome," I found this link: I haven't yet had the time to review the information or look for further clinical trials in this area, but it seems there is indeed a connection. Interestingly, I was diagnosed about 12 years ago with chronic fatigue and/or fibromyalgia. Prior to that I had had all the symptoms of hypothyroidism with a normal TSH. Following 10 years of unmitigated stress (made redundant in the pharma industry), a move abroad and back to the US, and a decline in my physical conditioning and energy, I began to look more closely at the thyroid issue, in spite of the health care system's refusal to admit I could have hypothyroidism with a normal TSH. I began taking an over-the-counter desiccated thyroid supplement that is designed to replace T3, and I have to say I have seen some relief in my symptoms. I do believe it is a good replacement for natural T3 because when I went too high in the dose, I developed classic hyperthyroid symptoms. After seeing your comments, I'm now convinced more than ever that there is a metabolic component to ME/CFS and that the rogue antibodies are at the heart of it. As an aside, if one more person says, "If you would just exercise, you'd feel better," I'm going to lose it. The PACE trial is so poorly constructed I cannot believe anyone is still using it, and the CDC did indeed reverse their recommendation for GET. We need a new trial for people who have a long history of fatigue and an extremely low threshold for exhaustion to see what kinds of movement would be beneficial. Bobbi, I'm adding sports drink to my grocery list, as I have experienced yet another decline in my energy level and exercise tolerance since moving to a dry climate at altitude in the American southwest. Best wishes to you both.

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24 JUL 2019

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