Mary came to see me with a diagnosis of underactive thyroid and her worst symptom was knee and hip pain. This pain improved substantially with 3 months of homeopathic treatment – read more about her story below.
Mary’s knee and hip pain with underactive thyroid
I met Mary by video call when she was looking for help with her underactive thyroid. Her worst symptom was knee and hip pain which was making it hard for her to walk. We discussed this in detail. I learned that her pain was bad when she started moving, eased off a little after 10 minutes but was then particularly severe after she stopped walking. She was also suffering a raft of other symptoms of hypothyroidism including tiredness, brain fog and difficulty losing weight.
Pain score drops from 4 to 1 (on scale of 0-6)
I asked Mary to score her pain on a scale of 0 (no problem) to 6 (as bad as it could be). She scored it as a 4. I selected a homeopathic remedy that I felt was best matched to Mary’s individual symptoms. I also prescribed some homeopathic thyroid support. Over the following 3 months she took these and we reviewed her progress monthly.
During this time, she had an x-ray which was normal. Her pain eased so that she was able to gradually increase how much she was exercising and also do some physio.
By her third appointment with me, Mary told me:
- her pain score was 1 (a very significant reduction in pain over 3 months)
- she had lost a stone in weight, with some dietary changes we had discussed
- her brain felt sharper
- her energy levels were good.
Is knee and hip pain with underactive thyroid common?
Joint and muscle pain is common with hypothyroidism. It can often be particularly bad in the knees and hips, and also in the wrists.
As far back as 1970 a paper by D.N Golding found that generalised muscle and joint pains, muscle stiffness and cramps were seen in the hypothyroid patients he studied. He recommended that hypothyroidism should be considered when diagnosing patients with “rheumatism”. In R McLean’s writing, he states that “Hypothyroidism is frequently accompanied by musculoskeletal manifestations”. He goes on to say this ranges from pain in joints and muscles through to actual disease.
How can Homeopathy help?
There are many possible remedies for joint pain in homeopathy. To select the best one for you, I will explore in detail what your pain feels like, when it occurs and also what else is going on for you. I will then match a remedy to your individual symptoms. I may also use some supporting remedies alongside. For example, I may suggest a specific thyroid support. I also often use homeopathically prepared herbs to reduce inflammation and ease joint discomfort. I work both with people who take conventional thyroid medication and with those who don’t.
Wondering if homeopathy might help your knee and hip pain with underactive thyroid?
I’d love to discuss this with you (without any obligation) – so why not book a free 20 minute chat with me so we can explore your situation further?