Hypothyroidism and Muscular Skeletal problems

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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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    Hi Barbara,

    Funny you should write in about joint problems associated with with hypothyroidism as I have for the past week had a ' flare'. My joints are so painful and stiff that I can't straighten my arms without gentle manipulation. This happens every now and then but I'm not sure what triggers it. Syptoms eventually go but I am left with muscle stiffness but if I keep moving (walking etc) I will start to feel at ease.

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      Hi Patricia,

      Can you identify a particular food you've eaten, or activitiy you've done that has triggered the painful joints? Alcohol of any description does this for me, and oranges.

      Barbara x

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      I forgot to say, ibruprofen gel also helps, as does an ice pack on painful joints (reduces swelling and inflammation - great if like me you can't take ibruprofen), and a hot water bottle on any painful muscles.
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      And a hot bath. It seems to get my metabilism going and eases the aches and pains.
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      I have to have the heating on  night and day. I wear a bed jacket in bed as this seems to help to relax the muscles.

      I can't have aany of the NSAIDS either.

      Physio nsaid if a hot water/wheat bag helps the pain then it is a muscular problem. If cold pack helps then it is a nerve problem. If heat treatment makes the pain worse then use ice pack for no longer than 10 minutes at a time. Not sure of the reason why  but suspect it has something to do with the danger of constriction of the blood vessels around the joints and other affected areas.

      TERRY HAD KINESOLOGY TAPING FOR MUSCULAR SPASMS.

      Jean

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      I have also found a chiropractor that does accupuncture and this helps. Also helpful is the medical masseur I found. She works at a private hospital. If you find one, it's worth asking them if they do any private work and are willing to come to you.

      Most of muscular spasms went away once I was on the right dose of thyroxine. Now I only get the occasional one.

       

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      Heating on night and day and wearing jumpers in bed sounds familiar! Are you sure you are on enough thyroxine? I find the symptoms go away if I have a TSH that is totally suppressed and unmeasureable. My GP and I found the dose that made the TSH within range, then increased the dose gradually (a quarter of a 25mcg tablet every week) until the symptoms abated - it only took an extra 25mcg.
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      Hi 

      I know it does wonders for ones sex life. Hope the moderator allows me to write that.

      Anyway on a more serious note yes this has been going on for a number of years. Just thought that I was nesh.

      Hope you know what nesh means. I have not yet started on anything yet because I have only just been told that the CTpA scan shows an incidental finding of multinodular goitre.

      I think I have hypothyroid byut a nurse practitioner in endo said it could ne hyper or could swing between hyper and hypo.

      I certainly or think that I do not have the signs and symptoms of hyper. However I am no expert. I still need to get all the relevant blood tests done for thyroid screening. I am very agitated that the full thyroid screening may not be carried out or even if it is I will not receive ssny treatment due to drs closing ranks in order to cover their errors or erroneous judgments that I am suffering from anxiety and making my signs and symptoms up.

      However I now have proof due to the scan report stting that i have a multinodular goitre.

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      Hi Jean, I would like to put your mind at rest. Now you have a diagnosis of goitre I'm sure the doctors will take action - print the symptoms off the thyroid uk site and tick the ones you have and show them the list.

      If not, ask to be referred to another doctor who is able to advise you without being concerned about what went on in the past.

      Convey that you are feeling poorly and just want this sorted. Say you're anxious to get to the bottom of what is wrong with you and ask what tests they would advise. If they've not said one you'd like, ask whether they think there is any value in doing it.

      Rest assured that everyone who has had thyroid disease diagnosed knows that the symptoms are wide ranging, not surprisingly, as it affects metabolism down to the cellular level.

      Be aware, from what I've read on this site, if one has a goitre, it is likely to oscillate from hypothyroidism to hyperthyroidism before eventually settling down at hypothyroidism.

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      The comment about sex life made me laugh. Sex life? What sex life? Low libido is another underactive thyroid symptom!
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      Thanks Barbara

      I know that people must be fed up with me or hearing this but the diagnosis of multi nodular goitre and the research I have done into this plus the invaluable postings from this Forum has been very humbling experience and a massive learning curve. It has made me realise how brave and dignified a lot of people are that they can withstand this condition, retain their equilibrium and help others in such a structured and knowledgeable fashion.

      I had no idea at all of any off the subtleties for want of a better word of this condition. I am absoloutely astounded at what I have discovered. For example I did not know that resetment is also one of the signs and symptoms of this condition. I kept wondering why I suddenly felt resentful because apart from a fleeting feeling ovr nirmal things I have never felt jealous or resentful over aanything or about anybody in the past. 

      Also did not know that musculo skeletal problems and pripheral neuropathy are or can be attributed to hypo.

      Now just need to find out the full list of tests that should be done to diagnose/exclude the exact nature of this  thyroid disorder. I also need vit levels annd bood count checking I think.

      Please can someone help me me by confirming hwat bloods need doing. I need to double check I may as well have them all done at the same time and get it over wuith.

      Please can someone confirm again the tests for thyroid antibodies. I have a mental block at the moment re these tests.

      My confidence has been  shattered.

       

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      Jean I had taping to hold my scapula in. The correct position as it swung out as I lifted my arms and was pulling on my spinal cord.  The pulling caused the spasms. I was taped with ridged white tape and then kinesiology tape to allow my muscles to try to hold it up   
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      Update: I have just been to see one of the doctors who will prescribe Natural Desiccated Thyroid in the UK. I had to see her privately She is VERY concerned about the suppressed TSH. She has prescribed Nature Thyroid due to its minimal (no?) additives. I need to get it from a pharmacy in London by post so it will be next weekend, at the earliest, before I can start it. It won't be a moment too soon. Got intolerance symptoms again after taking levothyroxine this morning, sore tongue, metallic taste in mouth, and swollen fingers (for first time I also felt like my tongue had swelled up at bit).
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