I was diagnosed with hypothyrodism last May. I went to the doctor as my fingers were stiff and painful when I woke up each morning. The pains and stiffness subsided almost immediately after waking, although the joints would remain tender throughout the day if I squeezed them.
The doctor originally thought it was some sort of arthritis, although as a 39 year old man I was surprised it would have set in so young
Blood test sweep detected FT4 of 10.5 and TSH of 20.25 and I had the usual side effects of rapid weight gain and memory loss/foggy head.
I was immediately put on 50mcg of levo and sent on my way. The pains in my fingers stopped about a week later and thought last year I would have my blood tested and the dose was upped to 75 and then in Nov last year to 100 mcg.
The pains in ny hands started again so I had a blood test and then went to the doctor to discuss expecting the doc to recommend an increase.
He said the numbers were in range and that was that, without asking me if I had any symptoms. I told him about my hands and he said it was probably unrelated (this is a new doc as I moved in January). He told me it was probably a strain from using a keyboard and gave me some hand moving exercises to do. He clearly isn't well informed on this condition, although as his biography in the waiting room tells one and all how he is the lead practitioner who trains new GPs I'm not hopeful he'd want to admit that. I need some help telling him what I need to have tested to make a full diagnosis as the fogginess and memory lapses are also creeping back. I was also told I had raised antibodies so is most likely hashimotos.