Underactive thyroid

Underactive thyroid

I have wrote posts before regarding this my calfs often feel tight stiff and heavy like lead weights. Now was the main reason I we to the doctor prior to diagnosis. Despite this my doctor States time and time again. this is not thyroid related despite me knowing my own body well.

As stated before I am a runner and have noticed this more due to this. Which of course has affected my times ect.

I had a thyroid function test and was told my results are fine. Despite me thinking there is something not quite right.

My results as as follows

6 Replies

  • Wayne, TSH 0.90 is fine but it doesn't tell you how good your FT4 and FT3 are. Unless you can persuade your GP to test them, and it's unlikely the lab will analyse FT3 unless TSH is <0.03, you'll have to order private FT4 and FT3 tests from Blue Horizon or Genova via thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

    Low vitamin D can cause musculoskeletal pain so it may be worth asking your GP to test it or to order a test from City Assays in the link above.

  • I get exactly this symptom when I am a bit underdosed with thyroid medicine! Leaden, heavy, stiff feeling calves, especially upon waking in the morning and first standing up. My new doctor mentioned that muscle cramps are a hypo symptom. My calves and ankles also swell regularly but the leaden calves feeling can come without the swelling also being there.

  • I've been plagued with this for 10 years now Julie. I've been taking thyroid meds for 4 years now and I just can't shift it. I also still get non pitting oedema around my ankles, I even get up with it, it worsens during standing. I thought this would go with thyroid meds. I'm still getting the swollen fingers too. I'm self medicating and I've been on some hefty doses and it just won't shift.

  • Have you asked for B12, ferritin and folate to be tested, plus VitD? These can all be low if you have a thyroid problem, so it's worth getting them checked. MariLiz

  • Thank you so much for all your replies.

    MariLiz that sounds a great idea but I doubt my doctor would teste for these on my day so that's the problem. If I say I think this could be the cause they would probably poo poo it then I'm stuffed!


  • I think people are suggesting you get them done privately, either through a recommended private doctor, or one of the mail order kits. I don't don't know too much about these companies, Blue Horizon is one, but you can find them by searching on the ThyroidUK website or looking around the forums.

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