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I have had an underactive thyroid for over 20 years now. Every once in a while it would fluctuate and I would have the medicine raised or lowered, no big deal. Until recently. It all started at the end of May and I haven't been right since. I have never in all my years of having thyroid trouble have I had such symptoms. At first it started with joint pain, wrist pain, swelling of both hands and feet, unbearable pain from wrist to armpit to the point of no sleeping, carpal tunnel syndrome. Went to the doctors, had my blood test taken thinking it was my thyroid. Said everything was fine until I went back to him two weeks later and he told me he "overlooked" my tsh results. Not a happy camper. I was at a 6.8. My range of feeling normal is 2.8. Anyway, trying not to make this long, sorry. I was originally on 112 mcg, he raised me to 150mcg. I personally thought that was way to high. Within a couple of weeks, my heart was beating out of my chest, but the symptoms were gone as far as pain. I called him, we changed it to 125mcg and I recently went back to have the test taken again. I was at .22 of a.4-5.5 miu/ml. Now I'm hyperactive with all my symptoms back. Upon awakening in the morning, I can barely move. My joints are swollen and painful. Went back again, this time he sent me for another test for ana, rf, antidouble stranded dna, ft4, tsh, t4, t3u and basic metabolic panel. Just picked the results up today. Everything is fine except for the thyroid. By the way, they stopped taking the t4 and t3u. They said that the FT4 is replacing all of those. So now my results are: .16 for the tsh, and 1.8 FT4 with a range of .9-1.8 ng/dl. I hope I haven't gone on too long here. I'm throwing up my arms here even though they hurt lol, and asking if any of you have experienced anything like this to this extreme. And now that my rf has come back normal, I don't feel like I have to see the rheumatologist that he has set me up for an appt. with. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry again for making this so long.