Combating Chronic Fatigue

If you don’t feel your best energy-wise from time-to-time you are in good company.  Everyone experiences occasional symptoms of fatigue, and this may be associated with poor sleep, stress, seasonal depression, and many other things.  When stress becomes prolonged, after meeting the demands of the body to function at this high level, the system eventually wears down and is in need of restoration.  Stress can come from a variety of things including a demanding job, family and dependants, health problems, or the death of a loved one.  More often than not, a multitude of low level chronic stresses accumulate and tip the balance resulting in a health crisis or the body shutting down, with chronic fatigue resulting.

Is my thyroid problem an autoimmune disease??

Thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are also most often due to autoimmune diseases in the United States (Hashimoto thyroiditis and Graves disease). However the actual autoimmune aspect of this is often undiagnosed, particularly with hypothyroidism.  In individuals with an autoimmune thyroid disorder, the incidence of other autoimmune diseases is between 10 – 15%.  This means that these individuals are more likely to have an additional autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly known as Lupus or SLE), Celiac disease, and vitiligo -  Autoimmune diseases are much more common in females, and are one of the top 10 causes of death in women up to 64 years of age (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc).