Hypothyroidism can cause several muscle or joint-related problems. Most commonly, these symptoms are fluid retention, which results in the swelling of muscles, or swollen muscles that are pressing on your nerves. Some of the problems seen include:
1. General muscular weakness and pain, including cramps and muscle stiffness
2. General joint pain, achiness, and morning stiffness, known as “arthropathy”
3. Tendonitis in your arms and/or legs
4. Carpal tunnel syndrome, which involves pain, tingling, weakness, achiness, or numbness in your wrists, fingers, or forearms. It is due to swelling of membranes that compress a nerve in your forearm
5. Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, and causes pain, tingling, burning, and other discomfort in the arch of your foot, the bottom of your foot, and can potentially extend into your toes
6. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, which causes pain, limited movement, and stiffness in your shoulder
Typically, the worst of these symptoms and conditions usually resolve for the most part with proper treatment of your thyroid condition. When muscle and joint pain does not go away with proper thyroid treatment, however, it’s time to ask several questions:
1) If you are hypothyroid, are you getting sufficient and proper treatment? In other words, is your treatment “optimized” or are you undertreated? Resolving insufficient thyroid hormone replacement, or meeting a need for additional T3, may be required to resolve your muscle and joint pain. Natural Thyroid is best for hypothyroid patients why suffer from joint/muscle pains.
2) If you are receiving optimal thyroid treatment, and still suffering joint and muscle problems, should you get a referral to a rheumatologist for further evaluation and possible treatment? A trained rheumatologist can provide a more thorough evaluation for arthritis and fibromyalgia.
3) Should you look into alternative therapies? Some patients with chronic joint and muscle pain related to their thyroid conditions have had success with therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, and myofascial therapy.
In terms of supplements, researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases have found that glucosamine and chondroitin “may have some efficacy against the symptoms of osteoarthritis.”