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driftwoodddriftwood Posts: 81
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hey all,

I posted a while back about some and injury I had, which also brought up issues of Cervical DDD etc. After being told it was constantly muscular, and doing physical therapy for months and really not getting much better.

I went to the ER and got a blood test and said my TSH levels where high. This means underactive thyroid and all they joy that brings. They are investigating the cause of the High TSH but this could could explain my upper back and other symptoms.

It is definitly frustrating when you are telling doctors something aint right and they just give you valium or muscle relaxers. They think I am crazy. Its frustrating.

I explain my symptoms - which are the muscle aches and pains, spasms - weird electrical and prickly feelings in hands and feed. Not bein able to sleep.

Not I am not sure if this is all related to this thyroid thing, more to be said on that.

But for all the frickin crap I been through, not one decided to do a blood test till i went o the ER and made them do it.


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Since no one has responded to your post I can tell you a little about my issues with hypothyroidism.

    Mine was diagnosed long before any of my surgeries.
    Hypothyroidism is typically DX'd by an internal medicine, primary care, or General Practionaire ... so I am not suprised that the specialist you have been seeing didn't notice it.

    Symptoms can vary and are different person to person.
    Typically hypothyroidism can cause weight gain, corse hair, constipation, goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)slugish feeling, etc. Some people will have none of these or just one or two but not all of the symptoms. I have been taking artifical thyroid (synthroid) for a number of years now 5+. Relatively simply to diagnose and monitor.

    In my case this is monitored by my primary care doctor and is probably the least of my problems.

    My suggestion would be to bring the lab results done by the ER to your primary physician and discuss the need for a thyroid supplement.

    Good luck and better livin!,

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  • Wow... I had heard about this but never connected. Drift your symptoms sound alot like mine. I always assumed they were all related to my surgery.

    I did go to my GP and had tons of blood work. The only thing she was concerned with was my cholesterol. But now I am going to call the office and get a copy of the blood work results.

    I am still amazed at how much I have to double check and ask a million questions. Grrrr I can't wait to see if she even tested for this and what the results were.
  • Metalneck hit the nail on the head. Its very easy to attribute hypothyroidisms symptoms as something else.
    In my case I developed a severe case of Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism (my TSH was the highest my Dr. had ever seen).

    This came about after I had my first child. It was very easy to blame my symptoms on being a new mom: constipated: pre-natal vitamins, exhausted: not getting much sleep with a newborn, dry skin: it was winter. And so on......

    Ironically I went to my GP to discuss my back issues as this was when my back started to crumble. He took one look at me and suspected the thyroid problem. I didn't have any reflexes when he used that hammer doohickey! Yikes! I was so floored about the whole thing I left his office and totally forgot to discuss the back pain, oy vey.

    Anyway, once diagnosed there is daily medication to take. It may take some tweaking in the begining to get the dosage correct. I started to see a difference in how I felt pretty fast.

    Take care,
  • Welcome to the 'chain gang' of illnesses, the almighty thyroid gland. You are now chained to the laboratory trying to get your values into the normal range.
    Many times I have wished to have to gland removed or killed and to take a predictable dosage for the rest of my life.
    Hashi's is the worst, you turn hyperthyroid at the drop of a hat.

  • Welcome to the 'chain gang' of illnesses, the almighty thyroid gland. You are now chained to the laboratory trying to get your values into the normal range.
    Many times I have wished to have to gland removed or killed and to take a predictable dosage for the rest of my life.
    Hashi's is the worst, you turn hyperthyroid at the drop of a hat.

  • in 1990 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 18 and my gland was removed. depending on where my levels are I either turn hypo or hyper. It is not fun but I take an extremly high dose of synthroid as a form of chemotherapy in addition to replacement.

    Remember I have no thyroid gland so my symptoms and what I've been told may be a little more extreme than having one that just isnt working as well as it should. Thyroid can cause widespread muscle cramps & spasms. Again, in my case it may be different than having a gland that functions poorly-I was told 15 years ago I need dexa aka done density scans periodically. I had 1 done lol. Apparently there is a relation to thyroid and loss of bone density. Back 15 years ago I was like 23 and was told eat some tums for calcium since I do have some issues on my dexa scan.I do have arthritis at 38 and my DDD as told by pain management is something they would see in someone 60-70 and neurologist said 80. My DDD could be more advanced from my congenital fusion in cervical spine or lack of thyroid gland or combination of both. There is some relation to hypothyroid and carpal tunnel. Thyroid hormone is sort of the life of every part of you it controls everything including heart & brain function, the rate and health of your hair, skin and nails.

    Its just taking synthroid and having blood levels monitored. At times it gets frustrating when you need more synthroid than told oops now your hyper lets reduce it. You will learn your body and be almost able to tell what it needs for your synthroid.
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