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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Cave City, AR

#138 Apr 2, 2013
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism at 27, I am now 56.... That one little pill a day made a major difference in my life. It took just a few months to get my dosage right and since then I go once a year to get it checked. I have been having terrible hip pain the lady few weeks and was not aware low thyroid contributed to this so... Gonna go have some blood work done and hopefully that will determine if I need an increase in my dosage. Thanks for all the input here...
Jerry N


#139 Apr 13, 2013
Yes it does cause joint pain. However, if you can manage your hypothyroidism then you would be able to manage the joint pain also. I think I have read the same problem as yours at the depuypinnaclelawsuit. com
Also in DM

Vinton, IA

#141 May 2, 2013
research nurse wrote:
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Its the same story with endocrinologists...they too still use the same medications and TSH for guidance..after seeing my own doctor and a
specialist....they are still stuck on treating us with Synthroid out of lack of knowledge in treating hypothyroidism with regards to using natural Armour Thyroid that provides more T3 and some T4. T4 is supposed to convert in to t3 when it gets metabolized in our body...what, happens when you are dx'd with a thyroid problem..your muscles are not metabolising hormones well to begin with...so conversion techniques are already disturbed...and without enough t3 already in body... The t4 conversion to make more T3 won't happen easily.. So symptoms continue on causing more bodily functions to break down,immunity issues and more bone and muscle symptoms ..impaired glucose...and then the train wreck.."diabetes" ,osteoporosis and further added diagnoses...and all because of a physicians choice to try only Synthroid and not natural Armour Thyroid just to see if it might make a difference in patient symptoms. In the older days doctors did not have a TSH test and went only by patient symptoms and people did just fine as 1 your thyroid is out of whack you display new or further symptoms and patience would relate that to the doctor and once again they would try to titrait the dose until THE PATIENT experienced release of those symptoms. I think because of the high malpractice rates...they choose our demise for us. I have experienced this for years with my doctors and went to see a nurse practitioner who was willing to give me a trial of natural Armour Thyroid or Westhroid...which is a combo of t3/t4. due to insurance companies reimbursement, the nurse practitioner could no longer see me as a patient unless I paid cash. There in big and my decline when my doctor wanted to decrease the dose of Westhroid because a tsh was low at 0.1 with no knowledge of what my active hormone (t3)systemically was showing...now I have increased muscle and bone pain especially in neck and shoulders and feet and air hunger. You sit there and kind of feel alone about what to do because insurance will pay for me to see a doctor who may not be treating me as optimally as I could be by the nurse practitioner who is willing to try something different and choose the whole throid panel and also a thyroid perioxodase level...it all sucks...but does keep the Dr visits coming because of a new melody arising out of an under treated thyroid condition...to me that is blatant Medical malpractice and nothing else, yet where are we to turn as consumers in finding AND getting relief from this life stealing condition? Why does the AMA make the Dr so hesitant to find out more treatment options.. Its a guarantee they will have a patient income for life.. so to speak...and death...a slow one at that!? We need more choices and say. The Dr is NOT always right.

I as well go to a nurse prac. in DM who administered tests that my regular Dr.(and previous Dr.s) would not request. It's early on, but not 100 percent that is the answer as well. I truly hope so.
Hashimotos sufferer

Peoria, AZ

#142 May 17, 2013
sophi 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?:)
Good list but wanted to add, swollen tongue, yellow tint to bottom of feet, and off and on tongue burning and thyroid pain

Wenatchee, WA

#145 Nov 17, 2013
I was diagnosed with myofascial syndrome 3 years ago and have been going to Pt ever since. Finally, after doing a ton of research, I found out that hypothyrodism had a direct relationship with myofascial pain. Dug up all of my old TSH results and saw that I had gone from 2.0 to 4.93. My Dr. Says it is still in the normal range but he was willing to put me on L-thyroxine. I have been on 50 mcg for 3 weeks now and am at least starting to have a few better days. Still lots of widespread muscle pain though. How long will it take before the pain goes away? Feel like I have lost years of my life and am afraid that this is forever.

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#146 Nov 17, 2013
Linda, there are a lot of things to consider. TSH tests have never been accurate and no new research has been conducted since the 70's. Go to stopthethyroidmadness.com to learn more. Also, you need to get tested for autoimmune disease of the thyroid (Graves hyperthyroidism & Hashimoto's hypothyroidism), calcium, vitamin D, thyroglobulin, adrenals, free T3, T4, reverse T3. These can all ne done at once with blood tests. Most, at lest all that I dealt with, Endocrinologists don't like to be told what to do. But persevere. Perhaps your GP would order the tests or even an ENT. And...you are taking a synthetic drug...you are a biological creature! For me, synthetics exacerbated my problems. I now take NDT...natural desiccated thyroid. Much better. But I am not allergic to pork...have no religious restrictions. Wishing you the best in finding help. And feel free to message me with questions.

Topeka, KS

#147 Dec 24, 2013
Ericka wrote:
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?
If your symptoms get worse with a slight raise in Synthroid (a very low dose to begin with), you most likely have adrenal fatigue, which goes hand in hand with hypothyroidism. If you have low functioning adrenals, they won't allow the thyroid hormones to work, as they can't tolerate a push on metabolism. Any increase in metabolism will further weaken the adrenal system. Please find a doctor that believes in adrenal issues! I'm suffering from the same issues and found by addressing my adrenals I felt some relief. Some doctors prescribe cortef (cortisol) or possibly pregnenelone. Take some time to research pregnenelone! Hope this helps.


#148 Mar 7, 2014
Katy wrote:
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.
Please advise me really if it works I have lots of pain in my joints is it because if hypothyroidsm ?

Ghaziabad, India

#149 Apr 18, 2014
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