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Old 06-07-2005, 07:34 AM   #1
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carpal tunnel and hypoT

Does anyone else have carpal tunnel pain with their hypoT? My Grandma (she had the surgery) and my mom both have it (they also have thyroid problems).

I also have cubital tunnel and tarsal tunnel along with the carpal tunnel. Since the heat and humidity of summer have arrived I've been having a lot of pain and numbness (wedding ring is tight and hands are puffy).

I'm wondering if anyone else suffers from this and if it improved once your thyroid problems were corrected. I had absolutely no problems after the first week of starting on 50mcg of levothyroxine. I'm wondering now if it's the heat or undertreatment (although I feel better than I have in years!!). My only current irritating symptoms left are hair falling out and the "tunnel syndromes". Of course I realize my symptoms will come back if I remain undertreated. I'm being retested next week (going to request the antibodys and free T3 this time) so I'll probably be getting an adjustment in meds anyway.

What about hypoT causes these syndromes?

Thanks for any help!!

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Re: carpal tunnel and hypoT

What about hypoT causes these syndromes?
The hypoT causes a buildup of muccopolysaccharide in the "tunnels" that puts pressure on the nerve. Once optimally treated, the buildup clears and the syndrome resolves... That is... it will resolve as long as the hypoT is definitely the source. Sometimes things go wrong that cannot be blamed on a faulty thyroid, and sometimes we're a little slow to look for other causes.

I haven't had carpal (or any other) tunnel problems, but I had chronic trouble with tendinitis, which I don't have any more. This happens because muscles get weaker, resulting in overstress of the tendons.

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