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For some people, hypothyroidism can contribute to joint and muscle problems.
Specifically, hypothyroidism may lead to:
Although common over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, others) or acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can help with pain, adequate thyroid hormone replacement is the primary treatment and often dramatically reduces pain.
When to see your doctor
Keep in mind that people with the most common form of hypothyroidism have an increased risk of developing other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. If pain, stiffness and swelling don't improve after adequate thyroid treatment, consult your doctor. He or she may consider other possible causes of your joint pain.
Todd B. Nippoldt, M.D.
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