Excess use of thyroid hormone treatment among patients with fibromyalgia: a cross-sectional study in primary health care

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Abstract

Objective: From previous studies, it is known that the association between fibromyalgia and thyroid autoimmunity diseases exists. On the other hand, it was recently suggested that in many cases thyroid hormone treatment might be unnecessary. The aim of our study is to explore the thyroid hormone treatment among primary health care fibromyalgia patients. Our study is cross-sectional and based on fibromyalgia study from the city of Nokia Health Center. Clinical examination was performed to participants, patients filled five questionnaires and information from electronic patient records was gathered. In addition to other parameters, we studied patient’s thyroid function levels at the beginning of thyroid hormone treatment. Results: From those patients participating in the study (n = 103), 34% (n = 33) had thyroid hormone treatment. From those taking thyroid hormone treatment, 48% (n = 16) had information regarding the initial TSH and T4-V levels at the beginning of the treatment. 37% (n = 6) of them had normal thyroid function. Small sample size and data gathered from single health center effects on the generalizability of our findings. However, we suggest further studies to confirm the potential association between fibromyalgia and inappropriate thyroid hormone treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Article number83
Number of pages5
JournalBmc Research Notes
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Cross-sectional study
  • Drug prescription
  • Family practice
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Thyroid hormone treatment

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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