posted on Feb, 14 2012 @ 09:15 AM
Here's the deal;
About 6 months ago I went to my OB/GYN. I was having symptoms of what I concluded to be Hypothyroidism before I even went to see him. I did research
on my symptoms only after my mother suggested it. She herself has thyroid problems.
So, the Dr. does some tests and sees that my TSH levels are indeed a little low. He prescribes me a BC pill for my acne and suggests I follow up with
my GP about the TSH level. So.... I go see my GP and he does another blood test and prescribes me 75mcg of Levothyroxine. A TS4 med. I took that for
30 days and then returned for another blood test. After that test they upped my dosage to 88mcg.
My concern here is that I am damaging my liver and taking medication that is actually not needed. I already have seasonal allergies and this time of
year I have to take Zyrtec just to get through the day. So, I started doing even more research about Hypothyroidism, some sites connect the condition
with fluoride, some sites say that the TS4 drugs don't work anyway...
Then I started thinking...I just had a baby about a year ago and as many woman know, your body kind of goes through this crazy sort of shock
afterwards. Up and down hormones for the most part, postpartum depression and the like. Upon further reading I found that some woman have what is know
as Postpartum Thyroiditis.
postpartum thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid that initially occurs in the first year after childbirth, miscarriage, or induced abortion.
It's considered a variation of autoimmune thyroiditis, also known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis.
The most common course for postpartum thyroiditis is mild hypothyroidism which begins two to six months after delivery, and then resolves as the
I have read other sources but this is more straight forward.
My symptoms began right about the time my son was turning 4 months old, I lived with the problems for 2 months, and that's when I asked my Dr. about
Hypothyroidism. Thinking back on this first visit/blood test, he never once asked me if I had any postpartum symptoms, or heck, I don't think that
was even taken into consideration as a cause. So... I want to stop taking this medication but, my doctor is unwilling to consider postpartum as being
the issues and does not want to do any further testing. My above source suggests that the thyroid issue resolves on it's own over the course of 6
months to a year but how can I know that it has resolved if I am taking this medication?
Like I said, I hate taking more medications that I really need, and I really feel my problems are more postpartum related then they are actual
Hypothyroidism. Please share your experiences, suggests,or any insight here would be much appreciated.