Hypothyroidism: Does it cause joint p...

Hypothyroidism: Does it cause joint pain?

There are 129 comments on the Mayo Clinic story from Aug 18, 2008, titled Hypothyroidism: Does it cause joint pain?. In it, Mayo Clinic reports that:

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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kris crudup

United States

#44 Dec 23, 2009
Joint pain means I am low on medication
cbeard

AOL

#45 Dec 24, 2009
I was having shortness of breath, joint pain, I was always in a fog. I have been on synthroid for several years and found out that all of these syptoms are side effects from the drug I was taking. My doctor wouldn't listen to me when I brought up the side effects and instead ran ecocardiogram, and ct scan of lungs... the tests were all negative and he finally switched me to natural thyroid. This drug which is the only alternative is no longer produced because there is only one company manufacturing it. I was able to find some in a small pharmacy and after taking it for a week my joint pain has lessened and my shortness of breath seems to be improving. What are we to do if the only alternative to synthroid is no longer manufactured???
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#46 Dec 24, 2009
May I ask which natural thyroid medication you were taking? I've heard that there are some shortages of some of the natural thyroid medications. Does anyone know what that is all about? I'm going to a specialist soon and I was hoping to switch to one of the natural thyroid meds and I'd hate to learn that some of my options aren't available
ruth

Thetford, UK

#48 Jan 4, 2010
Sophi, I have all of those symptoms (minus the woman things) and my life has sucked for over a year now because of it.

You might also mention deafness which improves dramatically after taking levothyroxine.
Alex - UK

London, UK

#49 Jan 11, 2010
Hi Folks, I agree with Kris. I get my joint pain (esp in my thumbs when I think my thyroid is low). I just increase my dose (by 25mcg)for a few days and then back to normal dosage. It seems to work for me. My Prof said I need a TSH level between 1 and 2 but I see to work better between 0.5 and 1.
You are not alone guys!
Alex
Maureen

Dallas, GA

#50 Feb 24, 2010
I hope you get my response. It is very important when you have a thyroid condition to firstly know if you have antibodies otherwise known as Hashimotos. Also get a good doctor who will test all parts of thyroid. Your symptoms sound like me and my TSH is normal on regular thyroid meds i.e. synthroid, but my T3, total and T3 Free were low, so now am taking Nature Throid. Check website called (stop this thyroid madness, cant remember how it is spelt) but it is by far the best web site on thyroid and explains why everyone on thryoid meds needs to get their T3 checked. Good luck
Maureen

Dallas, GA

#51 Feb 24, 2010
Mark, you can get the natural thyroid if you have a good Pharmacy. I take Nature Throid as for want of a better phase it is the organic form of Armour. Be warned it is very hard to get a doctor even an Endo to prescribe this for you. Keep fighting though, if you read the benefits of taking a thryoid med with added T3 you will realize this is the med for you if your T3 Free and total T3 are low.
Maureen

Dallas, GA

#52 Feb 24, 2010
I dont know what natural med you are on, but I am on Nature Throid and not Armour. If you let your pharmacy know in advance you will be needing it, they can order it. There are ways and means if you want to continue on this form of medication. Just persevere. I was on synthroid and had a normal TSH of always round 1, but had all the other symptoms. Turned out my T3 was low.
Don UK

Wolverhampton, UK

#53 Feb 25, 2010
all my aches and symptoms have gone on 100mcg thyroxine and blood test TSH and T4 and T3 normal except lower backache.
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#54 Feb 25, 2010
Don, Mind sharing what thyroid med you are on?
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#55 Feb 25, 2010
Maureen, Thanks for the good information. I am actually reading Janie Bowthorpe's book, "Stop The Thyroid Madness" right now. It's even more detailed than the website but the website has links to new stuff. My pharmacy can't get any natural thyroid right now. Everything is on back order.......6 months and counting. Can you imagine waiting 6 months for your thyroid medication?

Thanks again, Mark
Ericka

Brooklyn, NY

#56 Mar 6, 2010
How could this pain be soooo bad. My fingers and toes and feet and legs and neck and shoulders hurt so bad that i just lie in bed trying to figure out what I am dying of. I figured it was RA but I am hypothyroid and have been for about two years. I am on such a low dose of synthroid(.25) but get really sore and stiff neck whenever dr tries to raise it. After reading everyones comments , I guess I need to talk to my dr about my thyroid, moreso than arthritis. I spend all day and night rubbing my feet against each other trying to make the pain stop!!! What is this Armour I am reading about?
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#57 Mar 6, 2010
Ericka, Run.....do not walk.....run to get Natural thyroid treatment and get off synthroid. I have been struggling with a doctor who believes in nothing but the worthless TSH blood test and I finally found a doctor who wants to treat symptoms and not just numbers. Look at " Drhotze.com " a website set up by a physician who is an expert in the field of thyroid problems. The book devoted to thyroid care called "Stop the thyroid madness " by Janie Bowthorpe is a huge help if you are just beginning to try to figure this out on your own.

I waisted 10 years with hypothyroidism and all that goes with it believing in my family doctor who kept me on that synthroid crap. Don't hesitate.......there is treatment that will work for you..........
Mark

Morrisville, PA

#58 Mar 6, 2010
Ericka, Try going to the Dr Hotze website and click on resourse library and then watch the videos about hypothyroidism. Lots of info there.

M
Ericka

Brooklyn, NY

#59 Mar 11, 2010
thank you for the help! I actually got blood tests back today and there is no arthritis, and thyroid levels are actually perfect. Dr never really wanted to put me on synthroid ,but did it anyway at request of infertility dr, so levels would be best to get pregnant. Anyway today dr told me to stop sythroid and see what happens!!!I can't wait!!! I just want to see all the pain disappear!!
brenda

United States

#60 Apr 11, 2010
Katy,
Your symptoms sounds a lot like mine. I have been developing symptoms for the last few years. I have just started on meds for the hypothyroidism. Before being diagnosed...I ran the Orthopedic field. Been to so much PT I should own the place by now. I have spent so much money and time on doctors that I didn't even need to be seeing. It is very frustrating! My PT and Orthopedic doctors never could understand the swelling. My symptoms have gotten so bad I finally told my PCP if he didn't find out what was wrong with me I was going to be bedridden. The more I tried to strengthen my muscles the weaker I got. I have learned this is a typical response with Hypothyroidism. Anyway...so many more symptoms I could discuss but the muscles are my biggest complaint. However, my blood pressure has been doing crazy things the last few weeks. I just hope the medicine does as well for me. I am only on Synthroid...Why did your doctor put you on two different meds? Good luck to all.
brenda

Fort Worth, TX

#61 Apr 12, 2010
I was diagnosed with hypo a few months ago. I am sure I had it for at least 20 years before then but unfortunately all the docs I saw up to then just wouldn't listen!
I had horrible shoulder, neck and hip pain, as well as on and off foot/ankle pain, as well as many other symptoms. I was told and have read that muscle pain is common with hypo. I used to deal with my shoulder and neck pain by getting massages regularly. To think of how much money I spent on massages...
My doc put me on a combination of Armour (natural) and Synthroid (synthetic) hormones and now I am completely pain free for the first time in my life!
It is also possible that the pain is caused by swelling of the tissues which is caused by the lack of thyroid hormones. I had a mild case of this. The official term for the condition is myxedema but the substance which is actually accumulating in the tissues (causing swelling) is mucin. Since I've been on natural hormones, the swelling has DRAMATICALLY reduced and I will soon be back to my old self.
Katy,
Your symptoms sounds a lot like mine. I have been developing symptoms for the last few years. I have just started on meds for the hypothyroidism. Before being diagnosed...I ran the Orthopedic field. Been to so much PT I should own the place by now. I have spent so much money and time on doctors that I didn't even need to be seeing. It is very frustrating! My PT and Orthopedic doctors never could understand the swelling. My symptoms have gotten so bad I finally told my PCP if he didn't find out what was wrong with me I was going to be bedridden. The more I tried to strengthen my muscles the weaker I got. I have learned this is a typical response with Hypothyroidism. Anyway...so many more symptoms I could discuss but the muscles are my biggest complaint. However, my blood pressure has been doing crazy things the last few weeks. I just hope the medicine does as well for me. I am only on Synthroid...Why did your doctor put you on two different meds? Good luck to all.
JanSoames

London, UK

#62 Apr 17, 2010
Hi all had lots of blood tests lately beacuse my T4 didnt appear to be working. The only thing they have come up with so far is low Vit D. Check it out. I am convinced the parathyroids play a big part. Good luck all. J
Brian Geriani

Geneva, IL

#63 Apr 23, 2010
Hi everyone,
I suffer from hypothyroidism myself for about 9 years now but I had been able to keep it in control and level for about 2 to 3 years. However, I wanted to comment on the joint pain and severe pain that hypothyroidism can have on your joints. Before I was diagnosed I did have alot of joint pain especially in my lower back and my knees. Whenever I walk I can feel that it kind of cracks and the pain in my lower back was unbearable that I can barely walk. So yes, hypothyroidism does have joint pain because I have experienced first hand myself. I join this forum because I would like to tell you all how I have managed through this condition. Please read my blog at http://uathyroid.blogspot.com and let me know if you have any questions.
Steve k

Edmonton, Canada

#64 May 23, 2010
I was disagnosed and have not started any meds. my tsh was 5.4 and t4 13 I beleive t3 was 5.5 what ever all that means.I have neck pain lately and chest pain, my left knee has been bothering me for years chalked it up to my ripe old 47 years. Tired as hell and about as miserable as it gets, I did get a prescription for erfas dessicated thyroid but not going to start till I see doc on 27. You people all have the same problem as me such as everyone thinks your making it up and worry to much!!!!! ya right!! I'm glad I refused to take antidepressants like they always try to get you to take. I did read the stop the madness site and lots of good info there, it is good to read here to to understand what's happening , what to take and what to expect. Thanks Steve

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