Q. Why are there muscle cramps after having had total thyroidectomy?

Answered by
Dr. Shaikh Sadaf
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 29, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 17, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had a total thyroidectomy three months ago. I have been on 100 mcg of Levothyroxine since day one. I always feel cold, my body hair sheds more than normal, muscle cramps occur fairly easily, and low energy levels. I have had Graves disease in the past.

My most recent blood work showed FT4 at 1.00 ng/dL (range 0.60 - 1.80), FT3 at 2.4 (range 2.3 - 4.20) and TSH to be 0.88 mIU/L (0.34-5.00). Please help.



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I just read your query, and from what you have mentioned, you have a well-controlled thyroid function test.

Considering the hair fall and muscle cramps, I suggest you have your vitamin D level tested.

I suggest you take the tablet Neurobion Forte (multivitamin) twice a day for a month for muscle cramps. Then, consult your specialist doctor, discuss with them, and with their consent, take medicine.

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