Hi, sorry I am not online much.
I'm glad to encourage you!
Your symptoms sound just like my low thyroid symptoms! I get pain in the joints, too. I had a thumb sprain that should have taken six weeks or so to heal and it took over six months. For awhile i thought it was permanently damaged! Reading your posts is a stern reminder to me! I am so glad you shared what is going on with you!
Thyroid treatment trials need not be scary. It's no worse than how you feel now, and feeling better is definitely a plus when it happens! Definitely too low thyroid hormone levels affects how fast we heal, because it affects the ...UGH...low thyroid attack...I can't think of the word! METABOLISM!! That's the word! Low metabolism slows the rate of healing.
I definitely recommend that you learn as much as you can before you see a doctor. You need to know how to talk to them and what kind of treatment you prefer to try. The synthetic hormones are what people have the hardest time assimilating and/or regulating. You can even buy an online TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 test (you go to a location to get blood drawn) for a reasonable price, and post it on the thyroid board and discuss possible oprions to discuss with your doctor. TSH alone is not an adequate barometer. The more you know the better. If you already have had blood drawn for these tests, you can request a copy from your doctor or lab.
I have to admit I have been lax, myself and seeing your post kicked me into action. I just paid to have my blood tested and my TSH is very high, over 19, and I personally need my TSH to be under 1 or I am symptomatic. I have been ignoring this because I was hoping we woud have insurance again by now, but that hasn't worked out due to unemployment, so I have to pay out of pocket and get regulated again. That bites!
This has been affecting my memory and body temperature regularity, and causing fibromyalgia. Sex has not been appealing for some time. So I am taking my own advice and not putting it off any longer. I'm also going back on bioidentical hormones. I will see my favorite hormone doc this coming Wednesday. I hope she will treat me for only hormones as she used to, again.
I hope I see you on the thyroid board. With the natural thyroid problems lately I need to get some recommendations.