Orginally stumbled upon efficacy of pain meds for the hypothyroidism while recovering from shattered ankle. Then arthritis started twisting my joints so I got on a small, constant script for daily pain.
I'm not trying to investigate pain but rather what part(s) of my endocrine system is causing this severe hypothyroidism. Was hoping the fact that pain meds work in relieving the hypo symptoms would point to certain endocrine organ. It will take months of diagnostic/treatments to try to track down the problem on my own using the patient advocacy approach mentioned earlier.
Was afraid of this. Try to get over 10 years and dozens of doctors into a paragraph and you get the kind of confusing question and answer dialogue we have going here. Sorry but this isn't going to work.
Does the fact that pain meds help with hypothyroidism give you any hint as to which part/parts of the endocrine system is not working? And yes, of course hormone replacement for the thyroid is the starting point but we are far beyond that fact. I'm facing an alternative treatment approach that uses natural hormones but approaches one organ at a time for diagnosing and treating. This takes many weeks and I only have enough pain meds to be able to function about half the time. So I'll have to check in somewhere that is open to this alternative approach or hire someone to come in and administer the plan. I'm wondering if I can shortcut all this time and expense by looking at what the pain meds are affecting that would cause it to be effective against hypothyroidism. Its not just my baseline condition is "down" and pain meds get me "up". I literally cannot function in my normal hypo condition. Am trying to get endocrine system working again. As an example, on fellow patient ended up with a custom thyroid hormone replacement level, adrenal gland supplement, and something for his pituitary gland. IOW, its complicated and time consuming and I will be unable to accomplish it in my current condition. I'm only able to carry on this dialogue tonight because I have a limited amount of pain meds that allow me to function. Most of the time I am barely out of bed.
I'm sorry to hear you are in so much pain
The pain medication may mask the effects of hypothyroidism by decreasing the pain caused by hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism will lead to a decrease in your basal metabolic rate which may cause pain as a side effect. It is unlikely to be related to your adrenal glands because if your adrenal glands were affected I would expect you to have severe low blood pressure and require admission into the hospital.
Your parathyroid glands may also be affected causing increased calcium which can lead to arthritis and severe pain, sot the parathyroid glands may also be affected, and the pain medication may improve these symptoms