Hi I have Hashimoto's/hypothyroidism and I take 125mcg of Levothyroxine per day. I'm not sure if this is typical of hypo/Hashi's but I've been getting strange pains in the back part of my thigh - not in the area by my hamstring but more lateral. Reading into it sounds like meralgia paraesthetica as the symptoms I have are very much similar but is it more commonplace in people with Hashi's or hypo? I haven't put on a huge amount of weight and I'm still very slim so I can't see it being a weight issue.
* Pain on the outside of the thigh.
* Burning and numbness in the same area.
* Feeling of bee-stings in the area - this is what the site I looked at described it as but I relate the pain to feeling of elastic bands constantly snapping against the area.
* Aching in the groin area/buttock.
* Heightened sensitivity when subjected to light touch and not firm touch/pressure.
Also the site I've read the info from says that it's nerve damage caused by compression and edema can cause compression-like symptoms, but my legs are quite short and look quite dumpy from my height anyway. So any edema would go unnoticed by me as my thighs are quite muscular and strong. It can also happen whether I'm mobile or not and has woken me from my sleep once or twice. Can anyone advise?
First let me say that low Thyroid function affects ALL the cells in your body, as the intracellular energy production,in the mitochondia,is impaired, which in turn affects the ability to fight infections, deal with pain and aches, the ability to heal and a whole list of other problems!
In your case the Levothyroxine (T4 -syntheticThyroid PREHORMONE!!) probably does not covert to T3 which is the active type of thyroid hormone that your cells can utilize.
You MUST plead your case to your treating doctor to request permission
from NHS to prescribe Natural Desiccated Thyroid.
If you do Dr. Barnes basal temperature self-test properly, chances are that you are still Hypothyroid, regardless of Lab results and /or present treatment.
Look no further for answers until this is ruled out!
If you have any questions about it, please send me a message.
I will be glad to explain anything you are not sure about.
It's going to be hard pleading my case to my treating doctor as the NHS don't usually prescribe Natural Desiccated Thyroid.
With the Dr Barnes basal temperature self-test, do I take my temperature orally? I did do the self-test last time orally and the temperature came back very low. It did fluctuate and raise to a more normal reading a few days on the levo but then went back down again. I gave up as I thought I did something wrong.
Take your temperature before rising, with a GLASS thermometer for 10 minutes underarm-no covers & no clothes over shoulder area and far enough from your partner in the bed- days 1,3,5 & 7 out of any week and your temperature is consistently below 36.6 C or 97.8 F (or the 4 day average is below that), then you're 99% hypothyroid. The only time this test is not accurate is when you have an infection, which causes your temperature to rise.
All I have to do is look for a glass thermometer now. I did buy a plastic thermometer at Boots (UK chemist) that had a metal tip that took the readings, but I don't suppose glass thermometers are that expensive.
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