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How is an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) diagnosed relative to fatigue?

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Blood tests known as T3 and T4 will detect thyroid hormones. If these hormones are low, synthetic hormones (medication) can bring you up to speed and you should begin to feel better fairly rapidly.

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Heart Association: "Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institutes of Health: "Depression."

National Sleep Foundation: "Snoring...No Laughing Matter."

WomensHealth.Gov: "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 13, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis."

American Diabetes Association: "Type 2 Diabetes."

American Heart Association: "Women, Heart Disease, and Stroke."

National Fibromyalgia Association: "What is Fibromyalgia?"

National Institutes of Health: "Depression."

National Sleep Foundation: "Snoring...No Laughing Matter."

WomensHealth.Gov: "Hashimoto's Thyroiditis."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 13, 2019

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