Whats causing all this neck pain?
June 17, 2011 12:24 AM Subscribe
Could my enlarged thyroid (goiter) be causing muscle pain in the back of my neck?
posted by gilsonal to health & fitness (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I was recently diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid. Nothing visible but I've got some tender points on my throat and a feeling kind of like when you're sick and your lymph nodes swell up, only lower.
My hormone levels are low normal but given my symptoms and extensive family history I've been prescribed a low dose of Armour thyroid for probable hypothyroidism. Its been about four days and already I feel better. I can get out of bed for more than four hours at a time! Its amazing!
Anyway, I'm just wondering if my neck pain is related to the thyroid in the front. I would imagine the enlargement is displacing whatever normally is in the area, and that might cause problems. I have chronic neck tension that is usually managed well with stretching but lately its been less responsive to even the most conscientious stretching routines. Muscle relaxants help mildly but not in the long term.
Is it possible that the pain in the back of my neck is related to the mess going on up front? I'm trying to figure out if I need to go back to the PT for more ideas or just hope that the goiter will shrink with the medication. I plan to follow up with an endocrinologist in a few weeks when I move across country. Anybody else I should be seeing, or should I just suck it up and stop whining?