Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC., is partnering with Angila Berni, M.S., SFG II, RYT, to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is sponsored by Acella Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed as medical advice.
Please talk to your doctor about your individual medical situation.
Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and does not substitute for professional medical advice. Consult a medical professional or health care provider before beginning any exercise, fitness, diet, or nutrition routine.
Individuals with hypothyroidism may experience symptoms that manifest throughout their bodies, including the legs. The thyroid gland plays a crucial role in regulating the body's metabolism. When it is underactive, it can lead to various symptoms, such as leg swelling, pain, weakness, cramps, fatigue, and stiffness. As many as 79% of newly diagnosed hypothyroid patients report neuromuscular complaints.1
The first course of action is to work with your healthcare provider to assess your hormone levels and find the right therapy that is right for your specific situation. To help reduce some of the symptoms associated with leg pain and swelling in patients with hypothyroidism, here are some lifestyle strategies that may be beneficial:
• Proper medication management. Work with your health care provider to ensure proper dosage and timing.
• Healthy diet. Limit the consumption of high-sodium foods to help minimize fluid retention. Increase fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Consult a dietitian to ensure proper nutrition.
• Hydrate. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to promote circulation and reduce toxins.
In addition to these strategies to help reduce leg pain and swelling, here are some
exercises to consider:
Water exercises. Try water-based exercises such as swimming or aqua aerobics. These low-impact activities help increase circulation while reducing stress on the joints.
Low-impact cardio. Walking, cycling, and the elliptical trainer can promote circulation, improve cardiovascular fitness and help manage weight.
Yoga or Pilates. Improve balance, strength, and flexibility with a highly controlled series of movements, breath work, and body awareness techniques.
Strength training exercises. Squats, lunges, and deadlifts can help improve circulation, build strength, and reduce the risk of falls.
Always begin a new exercise routine slowly before gradually increasing the intensity and duration. Listen to your body, and don’t push beyond your limits. Consult with your health care provider for a comprehensive evaluation and recommendations.
REFERENCES: 1. Duyff RF, Van den Bosch J, Laman DM, et al. Neuromuscular findings in thyroid dysfunction: a prospective clinical and electrodiagnostic study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2000;68:750-755.