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An underactive thyroid is very common in chronic fatigue states. This may be the case even if your thyroid blood tests have been interpreted as normal. Many physicians recommend a trial of low-dose thyroid hormone if your clinical picture suggests low thyroid (even with normal tests). This is controversial. Treatment with low-dose thyroid hormone has been safe and frequently very helpful for my patients. Symptoms of low thyroid (in addition to fatigue) can sometimes include cold intolerance, constipation, dry skin, achiness, and low body temperatures. (Source: Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., from his book, From Fatigued to Fantastic: A Manual for Moving Beyond Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia)