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Old 09-05-2004, 03:28 PM   #1
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Question musles twitching...thyroid problem??

I'm so glad I found this board! Ever since I had my daughter 4 months ago, i've been experiencing some weird things.
I get muscle twitching in my upper thighs, calves and feet. Sometimes hands and arms. The ones in the legs I get everyday but not happen sporadically. My hands seem shakey too, but it might be my imagination
I thought it might be MS. Just had an MRI done 3 weeks ago and it came back totally clear.
I do have post partum depression and I'm taking Zoloft for that.
However, I had my symptoms before I was on any medication.
I've also lost about 10 lbs. in the last 2 months w/o really dieting. I thought my weight loss was stress related.
I'm convinced I have some life threatning disease...
my hubby reassures me the MRI was clear so I should stop my worrying.
Could it be stress that is causing all these sensations?
I suppose vitamin deficiency could also the problem?
Anyone experience this or have any words of advice to comfort me?
Now, I read that some of these symptoms could be a thyroid problem??

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Old 09-05-2004, 04:20 PM   #2
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Re: musles twitching...thyroid problem??

Originally Posted by jaeana
I get muscle twitching in my upper thighs, calves and feet. Sometimes hands and arms. The ones in the legs I get everyday but not happen sporadically. I suppose vitamin deficiency could also the problem?
I have had this as a symptom of magnesium deficiency, the twitching would become cramping like charlie horses and would be particularly bad at night - I'd wake up in agony.

Simply taking a calcium / magnesium supplement took care of this. It could be contribution to what you're going through. It also sounds like it could be thyroid related; especially with the weight loss. FWIW, many people with thyroid diseas (usually Hypo, I think) take cal/mag supplements to help with muscle aches and pains (and charlier horses) and most of the general public are dificient when it comes to magnesium (it's just not in our food supply the way it used to be and should be). So a supplement couldn't hurt...

Sorry it's not much concrete help ..

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Old 09-05-2004, 05:22 PM   #3
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Re: musles twitching...thyroid problem??

Did your doc ever run a thyroid test?

I had a baby 6 mos ago and was feeling terrible. Very moody, no period, insomnia, fatigue, hair falling out more than usual for postpartum.

I know I read that sometimes thyroid problems are often confused with depression...especially postpartum.

Get it tested if you haven't already.
I don't have tons of info- I'm pretty new here!


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