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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

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Muscle and Joint Pain with Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

Muscle and Joint Pain with Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic


Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can cause a variety of muscle or joint-related symptoms. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are proven to cause what are known as myopathies, the clinical term for diseases which affect your skeletal muscles. Skeletal muscles are the muscles connected to your bones. A good illustration of skeletal muscles are the quadriceps in your thighs or your biceps in the arm.

How does thyroid disease cause muscle and joint pain?


Myopathies most frequently are seen in what are called the proximal muscles. These are the muscles which are closest to the center of the human body, like the thigh or shoulder. In myopathies brought on by inflammation or metabolic conditions like autoimmune thyroid disorder, white blood cells can attack parts of your muscle and the surrounding blood vessels. Levels of certain biochemical substances may end up accumulating on your muscles, leading to pain or weakness. Different thyroid diseases can also be associated with particular types of muscle and joint issues.

Muscle and Joint Disease With Hypothyroidism


Hypothyroidism could lead to a number of muscular and joint-related symptoms. These signs and symptoms involves muscles that are currently pressing on your nerves, or fluid retention, which leads to the swelling of muscles. Some of the issues seen include:

  • General muscle fatigue and pain, such as muscle cramps and muscular stiffness
  • General joint pain, achiness, and stiffness, known as "arthropathy"
  • Tendonitis in your arms or arms
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which involves tingling, pain, fatigue, achiness, or numbness on your torso, fingers, or forearms. It is due to swelling of membranes which compress a nerve in your forearm
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome, similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, causes discomfort, tingling, burning, and other discomfort in the arch of your foot, the base of your foot, and can extend into your toes
  • Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, causes pain, limited movement, and stiffness

Joint and Muscle Pain With Hyperthyroidism


In hyperthyroidism, such as Graves' disease, you might experience muscle weakness and tiredness, known as hyperthyroid myopathy. Pain in muscles is much less prevalent in hyperthyroidism. Some people with hyperthyroidism really get rid of muscle strength and tone, a procedure that can be known as "muscle wasting." Some common complaints include:

  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Difficulty holding or gripping objects with your palms
  • Trouble reaching your arms over the head

In some cases, the muscles changed can include those that help you swallow, so you could have any hoarseness or difficulty swallowing.

When the Pain Does Not Go Away


Typically, the majority of these symptoms and ailments generally resolve for the most part with appropriate treatment of your thyroid illness. When muscle and joint pain does not go away with Appropriate thyroid treatment, however, it is time to ask several questions:

  • If you are hypothyroid, are you getting adequate and suitable treatment? In other words, is your therapy "optimized" or are you undertreated? Fulfilling with a demand for extra T3, or Resolving thyroid hormone replacement, may have to resolve your muscle and joint pain.
  • If you're receiving optimum thyroid therapy, and still enduring muscle and joint issues, in the event you get a referral to a rheumatologist for additional evaluation and possible treatment? A thorough test can be provided by A trained rheumatologist for fibromyalgia and arthritis. Rheumatologists cure various pain disorders, some autoimmune conditions, arthritis, fibromyalgia and tendonitis, and are experts in muscle and joint issues. To find a rheumatologist in your area, check the American College of Rheumatology's Doctor Directory.
  • Have you ever been evaluated for fibromyalgia? Interestingly, upon the topic of fibromyalgia, some practitioners believe that fibromyalgia is manifestation of hypothyroidism or a symptom of. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that has tender points within the entire body, with fatigue and weakness.
  • If you look into other remedies? Some patients with chronic muscle and joint pain have had success with therapies, such as massage, acupuncture, and myofascial treatment. Concerning nutritional supplements, researchers at the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin disorders have found that glucosamine and chondroitin "may have some efficacy against the indicators of osteoarthritis."

Green-Call-Now-Button-24H-150x150-2.pngThe scope of our information is limited to chiropractic and spinal injuries and conditions. To discuss options on the subject matter, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at 915-850-0900 .

By Dr. Alex Jimenez

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