Hypothyroidism: Does it cause joint pain?

Aug 18, 2008 Full story: Mayo Clinic 129

Can hypothyroidism cause joint pain? I have hypothyroidism and have been experiencing severe arthritis-like pain in my shoulders and hips.

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mshermel

Astoria, NY

#21 Mar 24, 2009
I too suffer from hypothyroidism, two years ago I had my thyroid gland completely remove which left me with minor vocal scarring. The reason the removal was due to a heart murmur which led to me needing mitral valve repair. This disease is no joke if not diagnose early can affect other organs of the body. I have to take replacement hormones right now and get my levels checked every month but the most distressing problem I have is the weight gain. My weight is out of control it fluctuates constantly I would really like some advice on how I can manage my weight because my body's frame is not built to carry this much weigh and until am placed on the right dosage of synthroid with other alternative are there?
Don

Wolverhampton, UK

#22 Mar 26, 2009
I have just been diagnosed mild Hypothyroid but also as having Hypermobility syndrome a rheumatologist said becuase I was 'double jointed' it was causing the non stop aches and pains ive had in my arms and wrists for 3 months and that he didnt beleive the thyroid could cause such pains! I have lower back ache also my arms feel heavy, weak and ache I used to have spasms of shooting pain in my upper arm which has subsided thankfully but I have full movement of these arms just feel like I cannot move then iykwim? pleae advise I have been taking thyroxine for a couple of days now and am hoping my aches will subside in time with the treatment?
Mary

Phoenix, AZ

#23 Mar 27, 2009
diagnosed today with hypo...all the symptoms...could hardly walk my feet hurt so badly,terrible neck pain, arms and hands in pain constantly...had to quit my job and quit my passion of dance...sadly, I read only one positive response to Levothyroxine in the discussion...does anyone else feel better on this? I heard you actually loose weight on this...I don't care, I just want to feel better!
nuri

Toronto, Canada

#24 Mar 31, 2009
i have been diagnosed with HYPO 3yrs ago. i am 24yrs now and i take synthroid first thing in the morning before i eat. i check my thyroid each month and everything is fine with me. only one problem i have is having LOW WHITE CELL count now and then. so my doc told me to take folic acid, vitamins and fish oil capsules. do u think i should be worried about LUPUS. i have one pain in my chest when i put pressure on it but it does not hurt that bad. i have done x-rays, scan etc nothing comes up do u think its and effect of the medication thanks so much
nuri

Toronto, Canada

#25 Mar 31, 2009
oh i tend to eat late night and go straight to bed as well do u think thats what giving me chest pains?
diane

Old Bethpage, NY

#26 May 4, 2009
Low cortisol is the reason for the pain, go to stop the thyroid madness web page, stop taking synthroid
Mary wrote:
diagnosed today with hypo...all the symptoms...could hardly walk my feet hurt so badly,terrible neck pain, arms and hands in pain constantly...had to quit my job and quit my passion of dance...sadly, I read only one positive response to Levothyroxine in the discussion...does anyone else feel better on this? I heard you actually loose weight on this...I don't care, I just want to feel better!
Don

Wolverhampton, UK

#27 May 10, 2009
my aches went away for about a month and have returned! im on 50mcg of thyroxine just had another tsh t4 and t3 test to see if I need a higher dose.
prispartlow

Legaspi, Philippines

#28 May 19, 2009
me to wrote:
I am wondering the same thing about hypothyrodism and joint pain. I had my thyroid removed a year ago and recently had to have my meds ups cause my levels were messed up again and I have been having some bad pain in my joint, like my ankles and elbows and even in my feet. Any one else have the same problem.
hmm., I really cant say anything about hypothyroidism and joint pain. But if you want to make sure whether it's the thyroid or not, why dont you try thyroid kits, just go, see a doctor?
Im just hoping that it's not.
mac

Garden City, NY

#29 Jul 8, 2009
Hi-I was diagnosed with hypothryoidism 6 months ago. This was about three months after I quit smoking and drinking alcohol. I slowly started experiencing leg pain, which turned into feet pain (trouble walking after sitting awhile), and pain in shoulders. My thyroid level was not much out of range, but was given Synthroid anyway.(Now some doctors I've seen say they would not have prescribed Synthroid at that level). The symptoms did not stop, I saw a Rheumatologist who tested me for all things rheumatoid (factor) and was normal. Now I have a bad case of air hunger, which has been a chronic thing with me. I am thinking of stopping the Synthroid and either taking nothing or asking for Armour instead. My doctor does not want to give Armour; my mom has been taking it for forty years(now 81 yrs old)with no problems.(I started getting the joint pain BEFORE I was given Synthroid.) Any suggestions, etc.?
Egrimberg

Los Angeles, CA

#30 Jul 15, 2009
amy RN wrote:
The following is probably one of the most concise list of possible symptoms of hypothyroid ever...(OR, maybe it just feels that way because I've been researching everything I can get my hands on FOR WEEKS now.) POSSIBLE (COMMON AND RARE)SYMPTOMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM: unexplained fatigue or lethargy, difficulty losing weight, weight gain, depression, paranoia (rare), anxiety, decreased libido (sex drive), cold intolerance or feeling cold when others around you don't, water retention/swelling/edema of the hands, legs, or face - specifically eyelids, dry skin, eczema, acne, no relief from treatments aimed at chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, diffuse hair loss, constipation, poor memory, memory loss, poor concentration, poor motivation, confusion, "brain fog," dementia (severe cases), generalized weakness, slowness to react, slowed reflexes, dysglycemias or problems with blood sugar, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, PMS, mood swings, heavy menstrual flow, prolonged menstrual flow, irregular menses, arthralgias (joint pains), muscle aches and/or stiffness, slow wound healing, decreased basal body temp, G.I. upset - especially after consuming fats or oils, chronic or recurrent infections, increased incidence of yeast infections, post nasal drip, allergies, parasthesia (tingling or "pins & needles" of feet and/or hands), enlarged thyroid gland or goiter (which can cause a "lump in the throat" or difficulty swallowing, headaches. Did I forget anything?:)oh my GOD!! I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Thumb joint pain, inability to lose wt. with exercise and diet. no one has ever said anything about the swallowing problems and I have been having this for 5 years I just thought I had a mini stroke or something. everything makes sense and I was diagnosed from a new doctor I switched to. My tsh was normal but the thyroperoxidase Antibody was through the roof.
I am on Synthroid and I still feel all these symptoms. I just got my Thyroid level checked and she said it was normal. Does anyone recommend seeing an endocrinologist?
Erika

Kingston, Canada

#31 Jul 20, 2009
I was diagnosed today,(with hypo...) and have had SEVERE joint pain, to the point I could barely walk! I am 15 in August. You are not alone!
kat

United States

#32 Jul 21, 2009
i have a sisk in my thyroid gland and i have body fluid all over especially on legs and my hip hurts so bad can hardly walk at time i have gained 38 pounds in 3 months what is wrong with me
Don

Wolverhampton, UK

#33 Jul 27, 2009
i am now on a slight increased dose of 75mg thyroxine and my aches and pains have gone so have lots of other ailments i had! my last blood test showed normal t4 and tsh ranges
crystal

Austin, TX

#34 Jul 28, 2009
Iwas diagnosed hypothyroid three months ago, due to a radioactive iodine treatment for hyperthyroid in 2001. I was never told that little by little that treatment kills your thyroid. I started having very bad muscle weakness and pains, constipation, very tired and no energy at all. I have gained some weight hope to lose the major belly bloating I get now. Been on levethyroxine for 3 months, going for check tomorrow. Still experience mood swings and muscle weakness, Is this typical? The weight gain? Just tired of feeling this way, no one thinks it is for real the stuff your body is feeling.
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#35 Aug 6, 2009
I've been taking the generic Synthroid medication for hypothyroidism for around a decade now. I have had varying degrees of all the classic symptoms and have never felt normal since taking the medication. About a year ago my doctor told me that he wanted to reduce the dose of my thyroid medication even though I thought an increase in the dose would be a better idea. My doctor is a pretty run of the mill, low in his class, under-achieving internal med guy who reads the blood tests and just goes with the numbers. Since reducing my dose of thyroid medication I have had an increase in some of the classic symptoms like dry skin, cold sesitivity, fatigue, and most recently, joint and muscle pain. So much pain I went to an orthopedic surgeon and am now on Celebrex. The celebrex helps but I still think it is all based on my thyroid. I'm going to a new doc and I'm going to try this Armour thyroid with hopes of finding the answer.
cbeard

AOL

#36 Nov 26, 2009
me to wrote:
I am wondering the same thing about hypothyrodism and joint pain. I had my thyroid removed a year ago and recently had to have my meds ups cause my levels were messed up again and I have been having some bad pain in my joint, like my ankles and elbows and even in my feet. Any one else have the same problem.
I have been having joint pain, shortness of breath, vertigo and I'm afraid I'm loosing my mind. I am so forgetful and foggy... I had no idea that hypothyroidism could cause all of this. Is it happening because of the synthroid dosage is wrong, or do you constantly get new symptoms?
Maria

Gainesville, FL

#37 Nov 27, 2009
Those are all symptoms of hypothyroidism and subsequent anemia (shortness of breath, vertigo). Your dosage is wrong.
onthelegalside

Cape Coral, FL

#40 Dec 21, 2009
Mark wrote:
I've been taking the generic Synthroid medication for hypothyroidism for around a decade now. I have had varying degrees of all the classic symptoms and have never felt normal since taking the medication. About a year ago my doctor told me that he wanted to reduce the dose of my thyroid medication even though I thought an increase in the dose would be a better idea. My doctor is a pretty run of the mill, low in his class, under-achieving internal med guy who reads the blood tests and just goes with the numbers. Since reducing my dose of thyroid medication I have had an increase in some of the classic symptoms like dry skin, cold sesitivity, fatigue, and most recently, joint and muscle pain. So much pain I went to an orthopedic surgeon and am now on Celebrex. The celebrex helps but I still think it is all based on my thyroid. I'm going to a new doc and I'm going to try this Armour thyroid with hopes of finding the answer.
Mark, you also have the same symptoms as adrenal fatigue. Go see a qualified endocrinologist.
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#41 Dec 21, 2009
I'm going to go to a specialist who deals with thyroid, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and isn't afraid to try the other thyroid meds. I will ask about the Adrenal Fatigue aspect and if that might be part of my problem.

Thanks for the response. I can use all the help I can get.

Mark
kris crudup

United States

#43 Dec 23, 2009
me to wrote:
I am wondering the same thing about hypothyrodism and joint pain. I had my thyroid removed a year ago and recently had to have my meds ups cause my levels were messed up again and I have been having some bad pain in my joint, like my ankles and elbows and even in my feet. Any one else have the same problem.
Joint pain means I am low on medication

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