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Hello! Thank you so much for your previous answer to me!

It was very helpful.

I went for a blood test to determine whether there could be a problem with my thyroid, because of my sudden weight gain.

But the test results came back negative.

Could it be because the information in the test was misread or something?

Should I still consider going for another test for my thyroid?

Does fibromyalgia cause weight gain, because at this moment, the weight is the biggest problem for me?

I have picked up 20kg within about 8 months!

And I haven't been doing anything different with my diet or anything else and I am not usually an overweight person! Thanks!

Drienie

Answer:

Dear Drienie

It would be reasonable to see an Endocrinologist for this thyroid blood work testing since this type of a doctor specializes in the thyroid and often other types of doctor misread or misunderstand the findings

Viruses, bacterial infections and antibiotics can cause a temporary mess up to the endocrine system.

People with viruses, bacterial infections and taking antibiotics should be tested again (if they were already tested) with a complete thyroid blood work up AFTER their system is completely free of any virus, bacterial infections or antibiotics.

While there is no lab test to confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, your doctor may want to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

Blood tests may include:

-Complete blood count
-Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
-Thyroid function tests

Since the cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, there is no fibromyalgia cure.

Medications can help reduce the pain of fibromyalgia and improve sleep. Common choices include:

-Analgesics
-Antidepressants
-Physical therapy
-Counseling

Fibromyalgia leads to hormonal imbalances, affecting levels of cortisol, thyroid, serotonin and insulin, as well as the production of growth hormones. Because of this hormonal imbalance, metabolism slows down and weight gain often follows.

Fibromyalgia is not a specific illness,what works for one person very frequently does not work for another but eliminating at least some of these foods is worth a try:

-Aspartame (NutraSweet). Foods sweetened with aspartame could exacerbate fibromyalgia symptoms.
-Food additives including MSG (monosodium glutamine) and nitrates.
-Sugar, fructose, and simple carbohydrates.
-Caffeine - including coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate.
-Yeast and gluten.
-Dairy.
-Nightshade plants: Tomatoes, chili and bell peppers, potatoes and eggplant
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