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Old 10-08-2003, 03:55 AM   #1
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Hi I'm 43 and male .I have just been to my specialist who is treating me for Frozen Shoulders.He has just given me my 3rd set of cortisone injections.I queried him on the possibility that I could have Hypothyroidism as I have some of the symptoms..cold intolerance , constipation, increased memory loss, lack of concentration, fatigue, slight muscle pains and weakness. He gave me a form to have a Thyroid Function Test, but i read on the net that steroid use may influence thyroid activity and should be stopped before a T3 test. Can anybody tell me if these cortisone injections will affect my blood test...bearing in mine I don't know what is involved in a Thyroid Function Test?

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You ask a good question, but I don't know the answer.

Different doctors use different individual tests to measure thyroid function. Some rely (wrongly so) on TSH alone, which can suffice as a screening test, but diagnosis shouldn't be based on it. Some MDs use archaic tests such as total T4, total T3, and FTI. The best thyroid panel is a combination of TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies (TPO and AG). If your doctor ordered only TSH, the cortisone may not affect that result, but you should probably directly ask him to be sure.

BTW, we had a discussion of frozen shoulder and hypoT here not too long ago. You can search the archives to read about how many of us here have actually had the combination of conditions. Maybe it's only coincidence, but I thought it was very interesting.
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Old 10-08-2003, 08:58 AM   #3
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It's not a coincidence that those of us that have thyroid problems had frozen shoulders. When I first had my frozen shoulder a year and a half ago, I did alot of research on it and I found info that said that Frozen Shoulders sufferers usually had diabetes or a thyroid problem and that when a doctor saw this to do a work-up on the thyroid and for diabetes.

I spoke with the doctor that diagnosed frozen shoulders(an Orthopedic Surgeon) about 6 months ago and I asked him if he ever heard of this connection and he told me that he did.

Please pardon any typo...obviously it is because I'm hypo!

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