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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Burkesville, KY

#1 Sep 15, 2008
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.
sophi

Wentzville, MO

#2 Sep 15, 2008
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?:)
Shun Di of Virtua Fighter

Palatka, FL

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Sophi, I have all of those symptoms (minus the woman things) and my life has sucked for over a year now because of it!

“NAM MYOHO RENGE KYO”

Since: Feb 08

SAN FRANCISCO CA

#4 Sep 30, 2008
WOW .. I only found out a year ago I need thyroid meds (65) I had a thyroid surgery 42 years ago and no one has ever checked it since. Not until i ended up in hospital totally exhusted could not stand only wanted to sleep. MY heart Doc found it. My diabetic DOc has not been as aggesive as I would like. After reading stopthethyroidmadness I am going to a new Doc who waslisted on the site. I need help I am 5ft tall and 246pounds no matter what I do nothing helps tired, week muscles , bones ach, brain fog,,,
ang

Le Center, MN

#5 Oct 5, 2008
my symptoms over a two and a half year span - just diagnosed a couple of weeks ago - my doctor checked my thyroid because I had my period for eight months and was exhausted (iron not low)

irregular periods/getting it twice a month for over a week at a time

acne/back/chest/arms - yuck - increased headaches..beginning of tired feeling/needing a nap/couldn't get in shape as fast/gained fat around stomach (I'm only 115)/hands/legs cramping/eye allergies/had lasik - still have problems - they get like a film over them - never really goes away/wounds not healing/hair doesn't grow normal/cold intolerance/most recent symptoms - air hunger/anxiety (from the air hunger - not getting a deep breath - still have it) last few weeks completely exhausted/eczema/extremely dry lips/hands/legs/lately extreme fatigue/can't concentrate/irritable(the last month I felt PMS all the time)water retention/menstrual cramps/not feeling like doing anything/very scatterbrained and forgetful lately too/two really bad sinus infections and yes post nasal drip that doesn't go away..I also was having irregular heart beat/it would feel like it was pounding - oh and the strangest (only in the last couple of months)- loss of appetite and decreased taste - and just really really wiped out. I have been writing all these down for months - I thought I was going crazy - then i figured It had to be hormonal - with the bad pms/periods/headaches/skin - I thought my estrogen would be off - every time I got a new symptom and looked stuff up I would get menopause - I'm only 27! So I just started meds - have only been on them 11 days or so - and I already forgot a few times to take them on an empty stomach - it's funny because I went into the doctor a little over a year ago - I thought I had ADD - I was so scattered..but I didn't feel depressed - well he put me on anti-depressants...it was probably my thyroid. I am hoping to clear up my skin and start feeling good again - I have a little boy who needs his mom - I used to have so much energy and worked out all the time (still do but it's a chore)- and was not on any meds at all....now I'm on wellbutrin/minocin/topical crap for skin/multivitamins/birth control/ and now levothyroxine. It is really crappy to go through with this - I am thankful to find out what was wrong...I could easily have had like 20 different things...but it was all thyroid - the bad part is I have to deal with this the rest of my life...and I might never feel great again - and it might take a while to find the right med dosage.....I feel bad for anybody who has this - it sucks feeling like crap and having to try to get through the day - I feel like I have been living in a fog the last few years..and it was getting to the point where I couldn't look into the future - I could only look at one day at a time -now i have hope - still tired and stuff - and the water retention is awful (I thought my fee were growing!)..but at least I can take meds and hopefully feel better...I thank God I got diagnosed - I know some people who suffer for their entire lives - I suffered almost three....but I can't wait to get back out there and live life. Good luck to u all.sorry for the long post it's just nice to have people who understand. Nobody wants to feel like this - my mom doesn't think my thyroid can cause all this...but these symptoms were slow and steady - piling up until this last couple of months I was like - something is wrong I am falling apart and feel horrible, she doesn't understand at all. And I hate whining about it - but seriously - these symptoms are everyday - it gets to be draining and it just plain...sucks! Plus the crabbiness....I feel bad - I can't control it...everything irritates me....i can't wait to feel better!
rose

Langwarrin, Australia

#6 Oct 21, 2008
Hi all
I too have hypothyroidism, just reading what all the symptoms you've listed I have all of them. People think your going nuts, they will never understand how sluggish and crap you feel. I was feeling really sick just over 12 yrs ago while I was overseas, I thought I was going to die. When I got back I had every test done at the end of it they said I was suffering from a panic attack. I was panicking because I felt so sick and not getting answers. Well mths later still feeling like sh*t my eyes started playing up, really itchy sore went and saw an eye specialist who said I have very dry eyes and ended up with a bad infection. He said this has a lot to do with thyroid and should get it checked out, I was so frustrated as I had every test done with all good results so I went back to my GP and specifically asked for it, he never tested me on this as there was no family history of it. I couldn't believe he didn't test me on it I was furious as sure enough I have it. I started meds and after a while I started feeling normal again except the eye problems got worse due to the infection I ended up with blepharitis and scarring. I can't help but wonder if it was picked up sooner I could've avoided the mess with my eyes afterwards. Its been 12 yrs since married 2 kids and have found all was good up until I had my 2nd child and have had some bad days its now too high one mth and the next time I check too low. Doesn't seem to be able to stay at one level and am feeling all those symptoms mentioned in both Ang and Sophi messages. What I'd like to say is the minute you feel anxious, irregular heart beats see your doctor and request your tests it could be jumping higher or are too low.
Gail

Canada

#7 Nov 18, 2008
I have an elderly friend of mine who's thyroid has been bothering her. Her neck gets really sore and stiff at times. Now she has tingling and pain in her feet and hands. Some days it is really bad. The doctor have told her nothing is wrong with her thyroid and have not put her on medication. She is going for a test tomorrow. Some kind of shock type therapy in her hands and feet. She is quite nervous about this. I think she is at wits end with the pain everyday. Has anyone else heard of such a thing as I mentioned? if so what was the cause of the problem and what helped? Email me at :
galaxy-gayle@hotmail.com

Thanks !
Gail
Jen

Ireland

#8 Dec 6, 2008
I was diagnosed jus 2 weeks ago on meds for it now.I still feel like crap. My symptoms are: Aches all over, chest pain, tiredness(All the time), anxiety, mood change constantly, havier periods but they don't last as long, constipation, memoey loss, insomnia, lack of concentration and motivation, anemia. Lost all interest in life, came to the point where I jus didnt want to live. Now I have an answer Im jus hoping my eltroxin helps with all des. The anxiety is the worst for me. Im onlt 21 and its ruined the padt few months of it!
ontheleagelside

Naples, FL

#9 Dec 14, 2008
Jen wrote:
I was diagnosed jus 2 weeks ago on meds for it now.I still feel like crap. My symptoms are: Aches all over, chest pain, tiredness(All the time), anxiety, mood change constantly, havier periods but they don't last as long, constipation, memoey loss, insomnia, lack of concentration and motivation, anemia. Lost all interest in life, came to the point where I jus didnt want to live. Now I have an answer Im jus hoping my eltroxin helps with all des. The anxiety is the worst for me. Im onlt 21 and its ruined the padt few months of it!
Jen, you need to be tested for Lupus. A good Rhematoligist at a teaching hospital is where you need to start. Look up this condition on the internet.
Jen

Ireland

#10 Dec 26, 2008
Lupus??? How do I go about doing that? My doctor would just laugh if I asked him to!
ontheleagelside

Naples, FL

#11 Dec 28, 2008
Jen wrote:
Lupus??? How do I go about doing that? My doctor would just laugh if I asked him to!
Jen, I'm glad you finally responded. First, if your Doctor would laugh at you, then YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR! But, go on line and find a University hospital near you. Most hospitals do not need you to have a referal from another Dr. to be tested. Then like I said before a Rheumatoligist is who you should see. Get all you records, and any other tests from your current doc. You might also Google Lupus and see if any of your symptoms match. Which, from your first post it sounds like you share some of these things. Now, again let me say, in no way am I a Dr. but, I do have this diease, and it took several years to get diagnosed. Good luck to you!
Kevin

Logan, UT

#12 Dec 31, 2008
Sophi you forgot to mention thick callus build up un the hands. I'm talking 1/4 inch thick! Maybe it's a symptom men get but it's the best indicator of my level because they creep back in days when I a little low or even miss a dose.
Jen

Limerick, Ireland

#13 Jan 4, 2009
ontheleagelside wrote:
<quoted text>Jen, I'm glad you finally responded. First, if your Doctor would laugh at you, then YOU NEED TO FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR! But, go on line and find a University hospital near you. Most hospitals do not need you to have a referal from another Dr. to be tested. Then like I said before a Rheumatoligist is who you should see. Get all you records, and any other tests from your current doc. You might also Google Lupus and see if any of your symptoms match. Which, from your first post it sounds like you share some of these things. Now, again let me say, in no way am I a Dr. but, I do have this diease, and it took several years to get diagnosed. Good luck to you!
Thanks, Il look into it! Iv an app. with my doc. so Il take it from there!
ontheleagelside

Naples, FL

#14 Jan 5, 2009
Jen wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks, Il look into it! Iv an app. with my doc. so Il take it from there!
Keep me posted, like to know how you are doing with your progress.
ontheleagelside

Fort Myers, FL

#15 Feb 5, 2009
ontheleagelside wrote:
<quoted text>Keep me posted, like to know how you are doing with your progress.
Hey Jen, its' been a month. Have you been to your doctors' app?
Katy

Lake Zurich, IL

#16 Feb 5, 2009
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.
Leah Wausau WI

United States

#17 Mar 11, 2009
I have been diagnosed with sinus infections for 21 years. I have had two endoscopic sinus surgeries which never helped. I am now 46 years old and it has gotten to the point where I go only 6-8 weeks in between antibiotic treatments. My ENT referred me to a Rheumatoloist who ran a bunch of blood tests and told me that my thyroid is abnormal and needed to be adjusted. I seen my general practioner today and he prescribed 50 mcg of Synthroid a day. I need to take 1 pill first thing in the morning with water and wait to eat for at leat 1 hour for it to take full effect.
I really hope and pray this helps me; I can't imagine the time I've spent in the walk-in clinic to be treated for sinus infections. It really drains you and you start to feel hopeless, and depressed and the feeling of being crazy because none of the doctors I've seen have been able to help me at all.
I've read that one of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism is reoccuring sinus infections; when I read this I started to be hopeful again. But, I have had so many failings of possible cures that I've developed a negative attitude.
I am told that Synthroid may take up to 2 months to help with Hypothyroidism symptoms. I've waited 21 years; what's another 2 months?
I am really interested in reading everyone's stories and would appreciate your comments and/or suggestions.
Thanks!
amy RN

Fennville, MI

#18 Mar 13, 2009
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.
Colleen

Sterling, VA

#19 Mar 15, 2009
I have all of those symptoms but I have neck pain as well. I have had all of these for about 6 years and nobody told me. I diagnosed myself. I still cannot get my meds right. Can you tell me what you are taking? I am very frustrated. Thank you.
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.
Know too much

Lakeland, FL

#20 Mar 15, 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.
Yes. It is the thyroid. Sometimes I feel like I was beat-up it's sooo bad.

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