deep leg pain.could it be thyroid?

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i posted the other day about my diagnosis of hashimotos and now im trying to make sense of it all and work out if my symptoms are caused by that. for ages now, around 6-8 months ive had a weird feeling in my left arm almost like a nerve issue i was thinking maybe it could be carpel tunnel? my thumb sometimes shakes like crazy in a certain position and my hand has a feeling as though it isnt working correcting. i also sometimes have pain.

now, this is the same with my left leg also. but the most disturbing thing is a deep pain which can be from the top of my thigh down to my foot. i also a feeling of a numb little toe and sometimes have tingling. im so worried about this especially as im worried about it being some kind of cancer causing it.

could it be the tyroid problem? its very uncomfortable and im only 17 so im worried itll get worse or it is some serious condition.

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    Hi Emily, Yes, muscle aches and pain can be related to low Thyroid symptoms. Also sometimes it can be a low potassium levels and low Vit D levels which are common in people with Hashimoto's and people with hypothyroidism.  You can take Vit D supplements and see if it clears up. Invest in a good muti-vitamin as it will help.   Consult with your doctor to have blood levels drawn for the above.  As we age, we do not make enough Vit. D from natural Sunlight and diet.  Now you have a long nerve in your leg called the sciatic nerve and it can be pinched at times, and cause numbness in toes and the leg area.  It can release on it's own. you can get an MRI, if it hurts for more than 7 days. 

    Cancer does not cause aches, cancer is quiet and produces little problems until too far along. you would have low Red blood cells and sodium levels if cancer was a cause.

    Try a heating pad on low to the area, and or a hot bath. heat relaxes muscles. Muscle rubs help too, and deep massage is helpful. You can ask the doctor for muscle relaxants like Flexeril Cyclobenzaprine), if pain worsens. Please have your doctor examine you for the above mentioned problems.

    You need to have blood tests to check B-12, VIt D, RBC's Sodium level, Potassium Level.  For peace of mind.   I hope this helps.

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    You could be going through an overactive phase. However, I would go back to your doctor and ask as it could be something else. (No idea what, it's just that thyroid shares symptoms with so many other things).
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      It definitely isn't an overactive phase as ive had it for a while and ive only just been diagnosed with hashimotos under active. Since ive just started medication for my thyroid I think I may just wait to see if it improves and if it doesn't then I will go to the doctor. I have read that it can cause peripheral neuropathy so im wondering if it's that rolleyes
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      Can you give us a bit more information? How long have you been having these pains and tingling? When did you start thyroxine?
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      Well it was around october time I think and I sat at the table telling my mum that my hand doesn't work, and that it feels weird. Then the same happened to my leg where it'd ache terribly at night or if im sat down and it'd feel funny when I walked. Then I became obsessed with the thought of having als due my health anxiety.

      I started meds on the 1st may

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    Emily, Please see your doctor.  Many thyroid patients get low Vit D levels and many also have other low blood B-12 and potassium.  You need these minerals to be correct in the blood. Also have your Blood Glucose level checked. Some people get Diabetes and do not know it.  I also recommend a check for Lupus & Rheumatoid Arthritis, as these  can occur in some thyroid patients. Can you call your doctor and make an appt. to see him/her?  This would be wise to do.
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      My mum is the only problem with this as she will be like "you've never mentioned this pain before" "stop asking for more tests"

      I might have the chance to get to the doctors soon since as I need to go about another issue so im seeing the same doctor who reffered me to an endo before I got diagnosed

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      Hi Emily, do talk to your mum and explain you are getting these pains. It might help to show her this discussion and the replies. This shouldn't be something you have to put up with.
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    Hi Emily,  Yes, low  B-12 levels cause Pernicious Anemia and it is not replaced by diet or regular vitamins.  It can cause problems like being very tired and having low energy. If yours is okay, that is very good.  The only way to replace it, is by getting B-12 injections. Some people can have muscle pains from the level being low.  You need to have your Vit D level checked as that can go low and cause muscle pains, brittle bones, etc....

    A few tests should be:

    1. Vit D level

    2. Potassium level

    3. B-12  (you had this one done)

    4. Lupus & rheumatoid arthritis markers.  Because of Hashimoto's these are auto-immune conditions and you could have it also. It may not be, but most of us are tested for these to RULE IT OUT. 

    I suggest you tell your Mom, you need to have peace of mind and ask for her to understand why you need these tests. You did not know to ask for these tests before.  You can see if maybe the doctor did already test you, can you get a copy of your recent bloodwork tests from the doctor's office?  Go to a good GP or Endo doc and log your symptoms in a book and then bring it with you to the appt.  It is helpful to show patterns of when  you have the pains. I hope this helps.

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    By the way, endo means Endocrinologist - a doctor who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases related to hormones (e.g. thyroxine).

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