Re: Confusing Symptoms: Thyroid Quite Painful
Your labs most definitely indicate hypothyroidism and, quite frankly, based upon the other information you provided, you were hypothyroid a long while before starting meds.
(by the time TSH rises to even the high side of normal (and high side is too high), the patient has often been hypothyroid for quite some time - possibly years....much better for doctors to be looking at the actual thyroid hormone levels - FreeT4 and FreeT3)
Unfortunately, while levels in the normal range are OK for most types of blood work, they are not OK for thyroid blood work. All too many doctors don't realize this.
Each of us has his/her own "normal" within the ranges of normal thyroid blood work - for most of us, this means TSH 1 or lower and FreeT4/FreeT3 levels towards the high end of the range.
Most cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashi's.
The pain you are experiencing is common for hypothyroidism - taking the right dose of thyroid hormone replacement meds will help shrink your goiter (enlarged thyroid) and should help ease the pain.
For the short time, maybe you can ask your doctor for something to help with the pain.
Sorry you are going through this - you came to the right place for answers. Hope you keep us posted as you move forward.
Dx'd Graves' June 2007..used ATD's, achieved remission Nov '09....went hypo Mar '10
Last edited by cd37; 03-23-2011 at 06:27 AM.