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Hello Everyone, I am a newbie here. I have Hypothyroidism, which I have had about 6 years now!! I am on Levothyroxine, it seem to do the trick in the beginning, but now I am tired again, worn out infact!! . I am 55 years old & have a couple of other things going on, a Frozen Soulder, i cant put my right arm behind me, nor can I keep my arm above my head for long.....no strength either, keep dropping things & get sharp intense pains in both my hands & certain joints in my fingers.

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  • Welcome to the forum, LibbyLang.

    It sounds very much as though you may be undermedicated.

    If you've had a thyroid blood test recently can you post the results with the lab ref ranges (figures in brackets after the results).

    If it's a few months since your last test it would be a good idea to make an appointment for a blood test. Leave 12 hours between last dose and blood draw which should be done as early in the morning as possible and before food and drink, other than water, as TSH is highest then.

    It would be a good idea to request ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate too as deficiency is common in hypothyroid patients and can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms.

  • Thanks Clutter!!!! I have just put an appointment on with my GP & hopefully get another test...it is a while since my last test...so it is well due......as other symptoms are manifesting themselves.

  • My husband had both shoulders frozen with hypothyroid

    Clearly your not on enough levothyroxine or you need t3 or NDT

    What blood test results do you have?

  • Thank You Reallyfedup123.... I am going to the GP very soon armed (pardon the pun) with information regarding this problem & others that have recently manifested!!! I have at the moment no test results, but this time I want them written down for my information....

  • it sounds like you have a condition called Rotator Cuff. I had it twice when I was in my fifties and I'm not going to lie to you it could take up to a year or more to completely heal at our age.

    I believe I got the problem from sleeping with my arm behind my head at night and rolling over on it.

    Surgery is an option and I read somewhere that it is the most common surgical procedure in the US.

    patient.info/health/rotator...

  • Thank You Johnnyxs for your comment......I have heard it takes a while for it to clear!! I have a neck problem as well, so it may well some contributory factor with the arm.....it is so restrictive & very painful especially if you jar it by mistake Arrrg.......i have an appointment with my GP very soon regarding my shoulder & wanting to know if it has anything to do with my Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism).

  • This can all be related to improper thyroid treatment and being on levo alone, does not help body pain for many.

  • Thank You faith63.....we will see what happens....may need higher dosage, on Levo 50mg now, or change.

  • If you are waiting for doctor approval..they don't know Thyroid or symptoms. Expecting doctors to help, will cost you your quality of life..they have no clue. reallyfedup is right. Do the research, self medicate if necessary.

  • I can assure you neck problems and frozen shoulders are connected to Thyroid

    i bet your GP tries to tell you otherwise

    you need to read all you can on this forum , on thyroiduk.org and on tpauk.com

    Theres lots of research papers you can use to back up furthur tests once we know what your exosting test results are

  • Thanks reallyfedup123.... I will be going into my GP with paperwork to backup, as it were p, the symptoms i have...at the moment, I am on Levo 50mg & it may be, i need change or more of the same.......but i do not let the Doctors think they know better......hahah although in many cases they do!! But i know my own body

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