Please help. I am 52 years old and I have been hypothyroid for 20+ years, taking 225 mcg of unithroid daily. Approximately 6 months ago, I started having stiffness in my legs when I got out of bed in the morning and soreness in my tailbone while sitting at work. The stiffness would go away after walking for a few minutes. I also had pain in my knees when climbing stairs. The doctor said that I had arthritis and prescribed 15 mg meloxicam. It had no effect.
In early September, I woke up one morning with sudden hearing loss. I was tested for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, which came back negative. An ENT took me off the meloxicam, put me on a high dose of prednisone for 2 weeks and the pain went away. He also prescribed dyazide which I continued for 6 weeks until I returned for a follow-up. During this time, I was pain-free.
On my follow-up visit in October, he took me off the dyazide. He thought that I might have had Meniere's Disease but since I did not have vertigo, he was ruling that out. Within 2 weeks, my feet, legs, and hands were extremely swollen. I could not get my shoes, I had gained 24 pounds, and my pain returned. I returned to my family doctor and he started the dyazide back.
Now, I have lost most of the weight gain but my leg pain has returned. I feel like someone has either beat me or I am coming down with the flu. Now, my arms and shoulders are also aching and my fingers hurt and do not want to bend. I have such severe weakness in my hands, I cannot open a twist off top on a coke.
The doctor checked my tsh, which was .004, way too high for me, so he reduced to 200 mcg. My tsh usually runs in the 6-9 range. He also said my B12 was very low (around 220) so I started B12 shots twice a month and 400 mg of magnesium daily. So far, I have had 2 shots and cannot tell much difference. My strength may have improved just a little. If the pain truly is caused from a B12 deficiency, how long will it take for the shots to work?
I also wanted to mention that several years ago, after a bone scan, I was diagnosed as having osteopenia. I am thinking the symptoms started after missing a couple of months of boniva. This month, I seem to feel better for a day or so after taking boniva but the doctor said the boniva could be causing my pain and to stop taking it. I have no idea if all of the symptoms are related. I just want someone to figure out what is wrong with me and make the pain go away! I want to get back to normal. I feel very old. Thanks for any help!