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Muscle and Joint Pain With Thyroid Disease

Symptoms for those with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism


Updated December 13, 2003

Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can cause a variety of muscle or joint-related symptoms. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are known to cause what are called myopathies -- the medical term for diseases that affect skeletal muscle.

Symptoms for those with hypothyroidism include:
  • General muscular weakness and pain, including cramps, and stiffness
  • General joint pain, achiness, stiffness, known as "arthropathy"
  • Tendonitis in the arms and legs
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome-- similar to carpal tunnel, with pain, tingling,burning and other discomfort in the arch of your foot, the bottom of the foot, possibly extending into the toes.
Symptoms for those with hyperthyroidism include:
  • difficulty climbing stairs
  • difficulty holding or gripping objects with hands
  • difficult reaching arms above the head.
Typically, the worst of these symptoms and conditions do usually resolve with proper treatment of the thyroid condition.

More detailed information on muscle and joint pain with thyroid disease and what to do if it won't go away is featured online.

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