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    Old 04-30-2014, 08:16 PM   #1
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    Neck pain

    Hi. I have been having bilateral neck pain in the front for about 1 month. I am seeing a fertility specialist hoping to get pregnant. I have been seeing him since December of 2013. Initially, he checked tons of labs and put me on metformin and levothyroxine. I am not a diabetic, but apparently had 'high insulin release levels'. I had a hypoglycemic reaction about 2 weeks into taking the metformin and was taken off the metformin. My TSH level was 'high normal' at 2.9 but he wanted me to take the levothyroxine in order to lower my TSH <2.5 in order to be an 'optimal' range from a fertility standpoint. They also said that my thyroid antibodies came back "positive" and therefore was at risk for thyroid disease in the future. I took 50 mcg levothyroxine daily for over a month before I started having severe neck pain and sore/dry throat. I was icing my neck for several days before it clicked that it was probably my thyroid. I then took myself off the levothyroxine hoping the neck pain would resolve on its own. I have been off the levothyroxine for over a month and still have residual neck pain. I have seen my primary MD and all she did was recheck some labs. My TSH was still normal. She said to let her know if my neck pain continues and she will refer me to an ENT. Has anyone else had neck pain like this? I can't help but feel like it is related to the levothyroxine.

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    Old 05-03-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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    Hey! I have Graves' disease (the hyperthyroid autoimmune disease). I absolutely experienced neck pain. My neck was incredibly tight at all time and very sore. My voice also became scratchy and I was have occasional sharp pains in the front of my throat as well as tenderness. I am physically very lean but it was not until I actually had my thyroid removed that we all realized how big it had grown (the size of a softball). If you don't care about getting a few odd looks I would put bengay patches on my throat and it was very soothing.

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    Re: Neck pain

    If your thyroid antibodies are positive, then you have inflammation in the thyroid gland. It is the inflamed thyroid tissue that hurts, not a side effect from the levothyroxine. I would go back on the medication, as your GYN recommended, and try taking an anti-inflammatory like Naproxen for the neck pain if you need it. I would be cautious about that in the latter half of your cycle (in case you get pregnant) and run it by your GYN just to be sure.

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