... know if hypothyroidism is an unrelated condtion to rsd or a condition that possibly predisposes one to rsd. As a child, when it would rain, my legs would get very cold and hurt. I would cry and try to warm them. As I got older, the pain levels increased and I found that taking motrin and warming my legs helped. Now I have rsd and cold is my enemy. So is being too hot, but not to the same degree as being too cold. My thyroid levels have been jumping all over the place the last few years. The thyroid test over the last two or three years have showed hypothyroid but the doctors said they don't treat it at that level yet. My new pc doc just started me on levothroxin about 10 days ago. I have more energy, but cold is still my enemy. Has anyone being treated for hypothyroidism had any improvement with rsd symptoms? Thanks.
27 Oct 2011
Hi, you've raised ome interesting questions. For me the hypothyroid started first. I didn't have the leg pains, and I was on a track team. I do remember sitting in Southern California in front of a heater, wearing a sweater in the summer before air conditioning. It took until the late 1980s before mine was caught. It does bounce around, but takes time to move-like 11 years to go from really low to high. I think that many doctors don't care that much about thyroid until it causes other physical problems. My RSD was caused by sloppy surgery when I was in my 50s. It's in the upper right quadrant, where is your RSD? I'm glad that you're having more energy from the thyroid hormone suppliment. I do agree that aches, pains, depression, being tired, weak go with a thyroid disorder. There are 2 types of RSD, the one caused by a specific event-a fall, surgery, car wreck, etc. Others develop RSD without knowing exactly what caused it.
19 Jul 2012
Rollerskater, OW! I am so very sorry that another person has something like this. I have had RSD for nigh on to thirty years. It started in my knee and progressed from there. I also have had hypoyhyroidism, but mine was after the fun began. Seventeen years after the onset of RSD my heart stopped. I was revived with electricity and adrenilin. I was later put on an anti-arrhythmia med that turned out to be very toxic to me. My thyroid was in peril. I had to seriously reevaluate the importance of one organ over another. My heart won (kids) and I had to let my thyroid go. Ufda! Now I have an implanted defibriator, no longer need the toxic med. Yea progress! But, my thyroid is dead and I also must take Levothyroxin.
My skin is on fire. I've found that LIDODERM Lidocaine Patches are great, except that you can only wear three at a time.
I have to go for now, we have to buy an RSD friendly car.
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