Hypothyroidism symptoms

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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People with underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) often have joint and muscle problems.

These problems include:

•Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness, especially in the shoulders and hips
•Joint pain and stiffness
•Swelling of the knee joint and the hands and feet
•Carpal tunnel syndrome

Joint problems caused by hypothyroidism can be difficult to distinguish from rheumatoid arthritis. Both can cause painful, swollen and stiff joints — often worse after rest. But morning stiffness is less of an issue. Attacks of pseudogout may also occur.

Pseudogout is a form of arthritis triggered by crystalline deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dehydrate in the joints. It is also called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPPD). This disease can cause joint swelling, in the knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles, elbows, or hands. Pseudogout also can resemble osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold intolerance, fatigue, lethargy, irritability, weight gain, and bowel disturbances.

Physical examination signs include weak pulse, the loss of the outer portion of the eyebrows, and a noticeable lag of the relaxation phase during deep tendon reflex testing. Patients may have trigger point tenderness that may confuse the picture since tender points are seen in fibromyalgia. Hypothyroidism is one of the conditions that absolutely must be ruled out in the evaluation of a patient with suspected fibromyalgia.

The diagnosis of hypothyroidism can be confirmed by laboratory testing of thyroid function. The most important blood study is the level of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). This is elevated in people who have hypothyroidism.

Treatment of joint and muscle problems due to hypothyroidism is directed at the underlying thyroid disorder. These problems often improve dramatically with thyroid hormone treatment. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may help joint discomfort.

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