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Joint and muscle pain and stiffness

I am a 23 year old female with pain throughout my body. First of all I have hypothyroidism that is now under control. For several months now I have been experiencing pain and stiffness in all of my joints and muscles. This pain has gotten worse over these months and now it hurts to do anything, it even hurts to do nothing. My doctor has ruled out lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. I am in the process of more tests now but I don't know what to do in the mean time. I have 3 kids and a husband to take care of but I can't even take care of myself. Please help me I'm miserable.
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563773 tn?1374250139
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Hello,

Hyperthyroidism is an important cause of joint pain and stiffness.Did you get your thyroid evaluation recently?

Joint pain and stiffness may also be found in arthritis. There are many types of arthritis, including rheumatoid and other types of inflammatory arthritis, osteoarthritis, infectious arthritis, and arthritis due to gout or pseudogout. Other causes of joint pain include autoimmune and vasculitic disorders (for example, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyalgia rheumatica, and polyarteritis nodosa), avascular necrosis of bone, and injuries.

Other important causes could be polymyositis(a type of inflammatory myopathy or muscle inflammation) or fibromyalgia(Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder classified by the presence of chronic widespread pain and tactile allodynia i.e heightened and painful response to gentle touch)

Investigations like serum creatinine,uric acid,x-rays of the joints and MRI joints are required to make a diagnosis.

Pls discuss these options with your doctor.

Hope it helps.

Take care and regards.


483733 tn?1326802046
Are you taking synthetic or dessicated natural thyroid hormone replacement?  In many cases doctors are only measuring the T4 which is all that the synthetic hormone affects.  The natural one has been proven to better control your hypothyroidism and you need to measure your T3.  Many doctors are saying your hormone levels are good when they really arent.  
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I take synthroid .300. My tsh was 246.42. All my doctor checks is my tsh.
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I have visible joint and muscle swelling as well as swelling in my ankles and feet. My sed rate is currently 60 if that says anything.
483733 tn?1326802046
I am currently going through a problem where I am having significant swelling in my fingers, hands, ankles and feet and my tests arent' realy coming back as arthritis.  I have been looking at this web site http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ and am going to ask my doctor to switch me to the Armour natural thyroid meds to see if it helps.  You are on the synthetic as well.  Good luck with everything!  
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