Dear Ann Glanders Column, Week of: July 11th, 2011
Shannon Asked: Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Hashimoto’s have anything to do with each other? Have you ever heard of carpel tunnel being a symptom of Hashimoto’s?”
DAG: Interestingly, Shannon, there just might be a connection here. There has been a connection with CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) and Hypothyroidism. As you know, Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disease while hypothyroidism is a condition.
Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. That being said, there was a 15 year research study that showed a strong relationship between CTS/other RSIs and hypothyroidism. However, the July 27, 1998 Archives of Internal Medicine published by the American Medical Association has just reported a research study that found that many people with CTS may have unrecognized medical diseases, including hypothyroidism, as the cause of their CTS.
It goes on to say that an article, titled “Concurrent Medical Disease in Work-Related Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” reported that, in a third of all the patients studied, other illnesses — mainly hypothyroidism, diabetes and joint disease — were present, that could be the cause of the CTS.
So, if a person has CTS, doctors should determine if a case of CTS is due to a treatable medical problem such as hypothyroidism and that the hypothyroidism remains managed, since being under-treatment would trigger the pain sensations of CTS.
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Shannon, I do hope this information helps and if it does, please print out the above to discuss with your doctor.
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