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Aches and pains aren’t just from aging

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Doctors learn in medical school, but perhaps tend to forget, that low thyroid function can cause joint pain. This condition also causes muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness (especially in the shoulders and hips), swelling of the knee joint and small joints in the hands and feet, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

This connection is not that surprising, since thyroid hormones play a role in cartilage and joint metabolism, bone metabolism, peripheral blood flow, nerve conduction, and proper reflex response. It’s a fact that low thyroid function increases the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, Raynaud’s syndrome, osteoarthritis, muscle weakness and poor