Sore feet

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Does anyone else have sore feet? My feet ache so bad and I love to walk as my exercise of choice.  I'm a month in on levo and no improvement, just wondering if it's a symptom I may always have to live with.  Its not seem to be plantar faciitis it's more near the toe end of the feet.  Like a strong ache.  My doc said he sees no structural reason and said I can go to the podiatrist.  Just wondering if anyone else has sore joints with hypothyroidism and any thoughts or ideas???

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    My feet can be very painful too. Some days I feel pain in every joint of my feet, ankles and knees. But the worst pain is in my thighs, making it very difficult to walk and impossible to climb stairs. Since my GP increased the dose of Levo 4 months ago, I feel as though I am gradually seeing an improvement. I can't believe how ill I have felt since last Feb and how long it takes to feel the effect of the medication. It is all so frustrating as I was so active before. So, hang in there, things will improve but oh so slowly.
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    Hi, try searching 'Unacceptable side effects of levothyroxine' on this site.I'm sure someone will be able to answer your query. I've had so many side effects from Levo, including painful joints, so am being tried on T3 (Liothyronine) only. Others may have helpful suggestions for you,though.Gill
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    Hi, I get sore joints when I eat certain foods. You could try an exclusion diet to find out what is causing the problem. There are two ways to do this. Either keep a food diary of what you eat and the symptoms (remember it can take a few minutes or a day or more for symptoms to occur); or try just eating a basic diet of unprocessed meat, chicken, or plain fish (not smoked) and vegetables (not potatoes) for a couple of weeks, then add an item every two days. It may not work, but if your pains are related to allergies/intolerances you will quickly find out which foods are to blame. For me it is my fingers, thumbs and wrists that feel like I've sprained them. Not even the same joints each time! Good luck with the detective work.
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    I was having REALLY BAD nerve pain in my feet when I was taking Levothyroxine.  The pain was near my toes (ball of foot) around the outside edge and in my heal.  I was fine for many years on this medication and then all of a sudden my feet started feeling hot and then painful.  Usually worse at night.  I also had restless leg syndrom really bad.  Nothing helped.  I don't know if they switched the formula of the Levothyroxine or if I was overmedicated or if it had to do with Menopause but once I switched to a natural thyroid medicine the pain went away completely.  I'm thoroughly convinced it was the medication.  Sore joints are also a problem on T4 only drugs.  
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    Hi , 

    I used to get aches and pains too when my meds weren't high enough and my Vit D was very low , I received Vit D injections 1 x month for 3 months and it help a lot after that I supplement with 2000iu Vit D daily.

    I would get aches on the top of my feet as well , I would advise to get your ViTD tested along with the usual B12, ferritin etc if you haven't already , 

    good luck.

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      p.s I also take 200mg selenium to help with T3 conversion. 
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    Thanks to all who have replied.  I dont think I said but I did have this pain before my diagnosis and before starting the levo.  I was hoping it would get better on the levo, I guess I'll give it a bit more time, I have started journaling how I'm  feeling etc. I'm beginning some dietary changes as well.  Taking a good multi vitamin now also.  So I guess like one of you said, I need to do some detective work. 
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    Hi I had occasional numbness in some toes prior to diagnosis, as well as a lump on one achilles tendon. Been on levo for over a year....still have numbness in toes, but now pain too. One achilles is better, now the other has lumps. Also general achey feet with stabbing pains. Ive learned to live with it, but it made me cry with frustration when I was on holiday recently. I felt 30 years older. Just increased my meds...hope this helps. Personally dont think a podiatrist will help you. Good luck and hope things get better for you soon.
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    Hello Jobismom:

    I would see a Podiatrist as there are some conditions that do bother the feet. One of them is Plantar Fascitis which is a fancy word for pain that goes from the heel and along the arch of the foot.  Very small Micro tears in the Ligamentsin the foot and you can't see them but you feel it.

    Other problems are Neuropathy which has to do with nerves in the foot. Sometimes it can be related to poor shoes, other diseases like Diabetes, nerve damage from a pinch or even an infection.

    Take good care of your feet. Soak them in warm water and Epsom salt/mineral salts. Wash and dry them well, use proper arch support foot wear and no high heels. 

    A Podiatrist can order a foot step impression which can see if you have any problems with your arches.  I had it done and I stepped into a "crush box" and they can see how your foot impression is, and if needed they can make supports for your shoes.

    Your feet are important and have to hold up your whole body so take good care of them.

    Regards, Shelly

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      Thanks Shelly, the pain is more in the ball of the foot and because it's gone numb I'm thinking it might be nerve, I have switched footwear, my daughter had a foot surgery and is a patient with one of the top podiatrists in our area so I'm hopeful I can get an appointment with him.  I do have one of those foot soaker/massagers you fill with water and my daughter and I often do mother/daughter foot massages to help each other out. 
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      Hello Jobismom:

      There is a ligament that runs from the ball of the foot and it can get over stretched and if you soak it, it will heal. Massages are good also.  Use good foot wear and you can try filling an old water bottle 3/4 up and freeze it.  Then when you sit down on the sofa roll your ball of the foot over the ice bottle and it works very well.

      Keep us posted on how it goes,

      Shelly

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