Issue #193  April 10, 2014

Welcome to KnowYourThyroid.

I hope everyone is well.

Today, Louise O’Connor is going to address the similarities between hypothyroidism and chronic fatigue syndrome. She will also explain how infections play a role in the increased diagnosis of these two debilitating conditions.



Chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms. {Striking similarities with hypothyroidism!}

By Louise O’Connor

The hall mark symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is overwhelming physical and mental exhaustion which is not made better with rest. It is also gives rise to a long list of debilitating symptoms.

Your chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms checklist

There are striking similarities between the symptoms of hypothyroidism and those listed for chronic fatigue syndrome.

The two conditions overlap, as both are associated with what is essentially a functional breakdown in the body’s ability to generate energy at the cell level.

The main symptoms of chronic fatigue include:

  • Aching joints.
  • Allergies.
  • Chemical sensitivity.
  • Digestive problems. Including nausea, bloating, constipation or diarrhoea.
  • Fibromyalgia (muscle pain).
  • Food intolerances.
  • Heart palpitations; increased heart rate or shortness of breath with exertion or on standing.
  • Low blood pressure. You may also feel dizzy if you get up too quickly.
  • Neurological symptoms. Poor memory and concentration, muscle twitching, mild electric shock sensations in the muscles and tingling in the joints or muscles.
  • Pain and tenderness of the liver
  • Persistent fatigue.
  • Reduced ability to cope with changes in temperature.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Sore throat and runny nose.
  • Tender lymph nodes.
  • Urinary problems.
  • Vision loss.

How big a role do infections play in the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome?

Some infections, once thought to only cause short lived symptoms may in fact remain active in the body giving rise to a range of diverse symptoms depending on the original infection, or multiple infections involved. Termed ‘latent infections, there is mounting evidence these infections play a major role in triggering over activity of the immune system.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterised by an immune system that is continually ‘switched on’. It is commonly assumed this is a sign that there is some type immune dysfunction occurring.

It is possible the immune system remains activated as it is fighting against some type of latent infection? Many of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome closely resemble those associated with a lingering infectious illness.

Some of the infections implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome include:

  • Barmah Forest virus
  • Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium (linked to Lyme disease)
  • Coxiella burnetii (linked to Q fever)
  • Coxsackievirus A + B
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Echoviruses
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes virus
  • Ross River virus
  • Rubella virus (linked to German measles)
  • Varicella zoster virus (linked to shingles)
  • Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV)

Due to the close connection between the thyroid and the immune system an effective treatment plan to recover your thyroid health should include an investigation into the possible role infections are playing on your health and vitality.

The tricky part is uncovering a latent infection, or even multiple infections that may be undermining your vitality. I personally have had great success recently with a Naturopath who is a skilled practitioner of BICOM Bioresonance Therapy. They were able to test me for a vast range of possible infections, toxins and food intolerances. The scope of the testing would have been almost impossible using standard medical tests.

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Louise O’Connor is a leading Australian Naturopath & Wellness Coach who specialised in thyroid health. The Natural Thyroid Diet is her top-selling e-book that contains a wealth of information on recovering your thyroid health from a holistic, Naturopathic viewpoint. Louise believes that when you are empowered with credible information and an awareness of new opportunities it really is possible for you to finally take control of your thyroid health… to reclaim the vibrant health YOU deserve!



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King, Llewellyn. MECFS Alert – YouTube channel

Medline Plus. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Stanford University School of Medicine. What is Infection-Associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?