Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause aches and pain in the muscles and joints in our body. Do not neglect the aches and pains that you sometimes suffer from and waive them off saying that it is due to seasonal changes.
You might be a victim of an under active or an overactive thyroid gland.Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism affect the skeletal muscles in the body. They cause what is medically known as myopathies.
It affects the skeletal muscles which are the muscles of the upper arm, the shoulder and the thigh.In case of myopathies, the muscles and the surrounding blood vessels are attacked by white blood cells.
In certain cases, the pain is caused by the accumulation of high levels of certain biochemical substances getting accumulated in the muscles.
Hypothyroidism can cause pain in the muscles and joints by causing swelling in the muscles or the nerves being pressed by the swollen muscles. This causes tendonitis in the legs and arms, general joint pain, stiffness, aches, cramps and general muscular pain and weakness.
It can also cause pain, ache, tingling or numbness in the fingers, forearm or wrist and also in the bottom of the foot, the arch of the foot and also in the toes. It can also cause a frozen shoulder.
Hyperthyroidism causes muscle weakness. The muscles lose their strength and tone. That is why people with hyperthyroidism find it difficult to climb stairs, in reaching arms above the head and in gripping or holding objects with hands.
In certain cases, the muscles are affected so much that patients find it difficult to swallow and the voice also turns hoarse.Generally, these symptoms and conditions can be taken care of with proper treatment. The thyroid hormone level is tested and medicines are prescribed to bring the hormone levels to a normal level.
Regular blood tests are done to check the thyroid hormone level and accordingly certain doses of medicines are prescribed by the doctor.