Finally. I've been transitioning from T3 only to NDT (Nature-Throid) for nearly four weeks. It has been rough, mostly because of excruciating joint pain.
A couple of years ago I saw a rheumatologist for my persistent joint pain in feet and hands. You could see the bulging joints in some of my fingers. He turned out to be utterly useless, as he diagnosed me, albeit reluctantly, with RA. My labs did not point there, as he admitted, and neither did my actual symptoms. Still, he prescribed a drug that gave me tinnitus after one dose. I still have the tinnitus, though I stopped taking the drug after two days.
I had postulated to him that I thought I had calcific tendinitis. That was disregarded.
Fast forward to last week. I met for the first time with an endocrinologist, though I wasn't hopeful, and am already under the care of a fantastic naturopath. I met with the endo because my pre-diabetic numbers have been slowly rising. I eat really well, no gluten, nightshades, or dairy, and sparing on the sugar. I exercise every day. I'm not overweight.
The endo told me that the Endocrine Society uses only one test, TSH, and that my TSH indicated I shouldn't be medicated at all. I knew this beforehand. I told her about my joint pain, showed her my hands, which are obviously disfigured. She recommended that I see a rheumatologist.
I am seeing an orthopedist next month. Hoping for a definitive diagnosis of hydroxyapatite crystal deposition disease. And, to finally come to my point, I did a search on "correlation between hypothyroidism and calcific tendinitis". Here's the paper I found: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articl...
Thyroid hormones and tendon: current views and future perspectives.
Just wanted to put this information out there. I've experienced traveling "joint pain" for years. This past week I'm in excruciating pain in my knees and shoulders. But I know the pain will end, eventually, after my dose is optimized. Knowledge is power, and I feel powerful today.