Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) and the T3 Connection

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME) has always been a label that must have underlying causes. I have believed for years that one cause is low T3-effect within the cells. I myself was diagnosed with CFS, but I got well using T3-Only therapy. I wrote about this in my first book, 'Recovering with T3', and early on in the life of this blog.

This interesting article is entitled 'Pure T3 Thyroid and Stories of Recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia: An Overview.', I think you'll find it interesting:

https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2019/03/07/thyroid-t3-chronic-fatigue-fibromyalgia-recovery-stories/

Just to clarify, I would not be stupid enough to suggest that all CFS/ME patients have a low T3 issue. However, I do think a some CFS patients do have this issue, and could recover with the right treatment. The symptoms that develop due to low cellular T3-effect are virtually the same as those of  CFS/ME. This low cellular T3-effect is often not in thyroid blood tests, as these cannot measure the cellular activity of the T3. I think that for many CFS/ME patients the connection is definitely relevant though. This is not a new position that I am taking - I have held it for 20-30 years! Clearly, many other issues can cause the symptoms associated with CFS/ME, e.g. low B12 levels is just one of these (don't just go on a B12 result falling into lab reference ranges please).

This is another interesting link, given to me by a thyroid patient. It discusses the link between elevated reverse T3 (rT3) and CFS/ME. Interesting, as rT3 is not even tested in some countries (including the UK): https://youtu.be/97a_5KCNHwI

Best wishes,

Paul