Re: Carpal Tunnel, Tendonitis and Hypothyroid
I've said this before and will say it again. EVERYONE who has been diagnosed with or suspects carpal tunnel syndrome or cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve entrapment) should INSIST on at least the TSH test for thyroid. It's a very simple blood test that many doctors don't think of doing when one goes to the doctor for nerve problems.
I have cubital tunnel syndrome and had to sleep with a half cast on my arm until I was diagnosed and treated for hypothyroidism. 4 years down the road, I still have cubital tunnel syndrome but the symptoms are almost completely gone. My CTS has actually almost gone away. Of course the nerves that were badly damaged will probably never completely heal. But I don't have pain anymore and the numbness and tingling have been reduced by at least 80%.
I too was diagnosed with many things before my hypothyroidism diagnosis. I was told I had sleep apnea, high cholesterol, restless leg syndrome, heart palpitations, depression and cubital tunnel syndrome among other things. I gained a TON of weight. My doctor treated me as though I didn't care about my weight or my health. I don't have that doctor anymore.
It took 3 years of me going to the doctor at least once a month before I got a diagnosis. There was also one 3 day hospital stay and an ER visit. In fact, the doctor who diagnosed me was one who treated me in the ER when I had an emotional meltdown. She thought of thyroid when she asked what other diseases or conditions I had. The one condition she said that sparked her thought of possible thyroid disease was cubital tunnel syndrome. She told me that cubital tunnel/carpal tunnel often go together with hypothyroidism.
So any of you who have CTS, please insist on a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. It's a simple blood test. No fasting. Thyroid disease can be easily treated with a hormone pill once a day. A 30 day supply of my perscription at full price is $8. At WalMart, it's $4. It's a small price to pay for the life it's given back to me.
LaDawn, hang in there. Try to be patient. It can take a while before you start noticing a difference in how you feel. It usually takes 6-8 weeks before the medicine gets fully into your system.
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Last edited by LuvMyLilDoggie; 10-07-2007 at 11:20 AM.