It is very unlikely that the Armour Thyroid itself is the cause for your lower back and hip pain. If you will please post your thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report, we can better assess your status. Also, if tested for Vitamin D, B12 and ferritin (iron) please post those results, along with ranges.
I have the report in front of me...not sure what to look for!
TSH 1.890 (0.40-4.000 mIU/ml
is this it? what else do I need to look for. thank you so much
what is SHBG 53 (18-114 NMOL/L)
Free t3 3.41 (1.80-4.70 PG/ML)
free t4 1.10 (0.89-1.76 ng.dl)
FSH 64.8 (0.7-11.1 miu/ml)h
The test for sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) is primarily ordered in conjunction with other tests to evaluate the status of a person's androgen levels - the male hormones. With men, the issue of concern is testosterone deficiency, while with women the concern is excess testosterone production. So no problem indicated there.
Not sure why the doctor ran the FSH test for you at age 73.
There is room to increase your thyroid med but in the absence of other symptoms I'd be hard pressed to say that an increase is what you need. By the way, what dosage of Armour are you taking daily? So, at this point, if not already tested for Vitamin D, B12, magnesium and ferritin, I'd suggest getting those done as the next step. If you have been tested for those, please post results and their ranges.