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Hashimoto's and Muscle tightness

I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's. My thyroid levels (T4) are within the normal range even though it went from 0.95 last Nov. to 0.82 this March. I have had severe muscle tightness in my neck and shoulders for the past couple of years and it is only getting worse. I have read about muscle cramps being one of the symptoms and was wondering I am the only person out there that is experiancing this. The muscle on the top of my right shoulder feels like a rock and spasms all the time. Please tell me what I can do for this. My Dr. thinks I'm up in the night and has not put me on any meds for thyroid because the levels are still normal.
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You are experiencing hypothyroid induced magnesium deficiency.  The red blood cells (erythrocyte) disgorge their magnesium into the blood until you have none left in the cells of your body.  The high plasma (blood) levels are rapidly removed from the body through urine and feces. Get yourself some highly absorbable magnesium like Magnesium Glycinate capsules.  I take 800mg a day to keep the muscle tension at bay.  Start slow since it may initially give you diarrhea.  You will notice a lot of your hypothyroid symptoms will disappear also.  Good Luck.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=9494058&query_hl=34&itool=pubmed_DocSum
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I have struggled with these issues for years and have found that bio-feedback has been the most affective, especially in combination with regular excersize and massage.
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well hello everyone, I am a 34 year old male who has had neck, shoulder and back pain that has become severe now for more then 5 years.  As this progresses my head seems to be pushed forwards as if I am a hunch back (I am 6' tall mind you but that's not that tall).

After years of failed attempts at trying to pin this at a bulging disc in my c6+c7 and nothing helps and my primary doctor never tried to help more then prescribing anti-drepesants and an occasional vicoden.  I finally stumbled on some cronic myofacial/fybromalgia web sites and went to a specialist (also cronic fatigue specialist).  He right away sent me for extensive blood tests (think my other doctor would have done that considering my blood pressure has increased over the past year to 140 over 100).  

I have elevated calcetonin and hyper-calcimia and just yesterday went for thyroid ultra-sound so just waiting for the results but the tech said one side was larger then the other.  I have no diagnosis yet but any comments are appreciated.  I am now taking 5 vicoden a day and they are not working nearly as well as I hoped, any pain meds that would be more effective?

PS. anyone else have TMJ?

Thanks D&D
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I too have Hashis.  I'm seeing a surgeon on Monday.  Mine has enlarged and my lymph glands are very enlarged.  My kids want me to do RAI but I'm very uncomfortable with that.  I was diagnosed with hypo when I was 15.  But not treated until I was 30  when a cystic nodule was found.  I'm now 50.  I was also diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis.  I also have the tight muscles.  I use an electric back massager on the tight muscles and trigger points.  It hurts when I do it but it does give relief for some time.
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I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 3 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid about 3 years ago. 15 years ago I was told I had Lupus as I had autoimmune antibodies present in my blood. After more test my primary care doctor said I didn't have Lupus, but they didn't look any further. I've always had a stiff neck and both shoulders are always tight and painful. Up until now I thought it was just me, over stressed.
It's sad because now finding out all the damage that's caused to your body from having a bad thyroid. I was 23 years old and didn't know better to tell my doctor to find out what those antibodies were. I've got degenerative arthritis in my spine, enlarged heart, awful muscle aches and no energy to save my life.
Thanks for listening.
I hope you all feel better soon!!
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I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's 3 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroid about 3 years ago. 15 years ago I was told I had Lupus as I had autoimmune antibodies present in my blood. After more test my primary care doctor said I didn't have Lupus, but they didn't look any further. I've always had a stiff neck and both shoulders are always tight and painful. Up until now I thought it was just me, over stressed.
It's sad because now finding out all the damage that's caused to your body from having a bad thyroid. I was 23 years old and didn't know better to tell my doctor to find out what those antibodies were. I've got degenerative arthritis in my spine, enlarged heart, awful muscle aches and no energy to save my life.
Thanks for listening.
I hope you all feel better soon!!
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