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Anyone else having a problem with their joints and muscles?
I read an Occupational Health leaflet about use of display screen equipment (DSE) that said people with hypothyroidism were more likely to get muscular skeletal problems.
This is certainly the case with me. I've been diagnosed with shoulder impingement, caused by using a computer, also by sitting at a desk. Symptoms were neck, shoulder and arm pain. I couldn't do certain actions such as putting on a coat, combing hair and raising my arm up straight either in front of me or to the side, without feeling a stabbing pain that made me exclaim and immediately stop the movement.
In June 2014 I had an operation called sub-acromial decompression and have been busy ever since going swimming and to the gym and doing physiotherapy to: strengthen the back shoulder muscles and rotator cuff muscles, and stretch the muscles across the chest. Sorry, I can't remember the names of the muscles. In my case, pain during physiotherapy was bad - it indicated the muscles and tendons were getting caught whilst doing the exercise. In turn this caused inflamation and swelling that made it harder to do the exercises. I had to gradually build up the physio exercises. Pilates is also very beneficial. So is not being at work on a computer all day! I am now much more aware of my posture and ensure I sit and stand correctly, with back straight, and shoulders back and down. Now I'm aware of the problem, I realise that most of the people I see, walk and stand, with their neck jutting forward. I'm concerned that there will be a lot of people in the future becoming permanently hunched because of this.
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