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Levothroxine and Joint Pain

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  • Posted By: sui generis
  • July 5, 2008
  • 07:13 PM

I stared Levothyroxine (Synthroid, T4) 6 years ago, and started to have mild hip pain soon after. Over the next 3 years the joint pain increased and spread to include my knee, shoulder, fingers, and foot. The shoulder pain became so intense that I could not raise my arm without screaming pain. After three years, I stopped taking my 100 mcg of Synthroid and within 10 days I could feel the pain lessening. It took 3 months to gain complete pain free movement of my joints back. A year without T4, and I had a TSH of 16 and my PCP sent me back to the ENDO, She said it was the dye in the pill and she put me on 2 @ 50 mcg of Unithroid. In three days I could free the joint pain returning, after a month the joint pain was getting much worse. The pain varied from day to day. I noticed on Easter that the pain was a little less, and that for the previous three days I was eating out a lot. At home I ate a lot of low carbohydrate foods. They contain some soy protein. I completely avoided SOY protein and within 1 week all joint pain stopped and has not returned. Atleast for me, I cannot have any SOY protein and Levothyroxine at the same time.

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