In the spring of 2016, I started to feel unwell and to display various of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The first symptom I experienced was physical pain.
In May 2017, I was diagnosed with Graves hyperthyroidism and started taking medication. By the autumn of 2017, my thyroid levels were back within the normal range and all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism had diminished considerably apart from the pain.
In May 2018, my endocrinologist suggested that I stopped taking the antithyroid tablets because my thyroid levels had been within the normal range for months, and I did so.
Because of the ongoing pain, last May 2018 I was blood tested for rheumatoid arthritis with all the results being negative apart from a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) result (CRP <1 rheumatoid factor negative; cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody negative; ANA positive with speckled pattern and a titre of 1:640). In August 2018, I had a rheumatology appointment and was told that I did not have rheumatoid arthritis and that a positive ANA was not a diagnosis of any disease.
My last thyroid function test was taken in October 2018 and showed that my thyroid level is still within the normal range, i.e. Serum TSH level 0.7 miu/L [0.35 - 4.94].
Again because of the ongoing physical pain last November 2018, I was blood tested for Addison’s disease, coeliac disease and hypercalcaemia. All test were negative.
In the last 2 and half years, the physical pain has progressively got worse and I have needed to take more and stronger painkillers. For a year now I have not been able to make it through the day without painkillers.
I was wondering if anybody is experiencing or has experienced pain like me.
I look forward to hearing from you! 😊