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I read from my phone last night you asked me how they check your thyroid in the june thread...Im way too lazy to go look for it now so I made a new post!
It's just a simple blood draw. Ask them to check your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). There is another hormone you want checked which most Drs often don't...but I am seriously so tired that I cannot think of it. There is a thyroid board on here which is FULL of info if you have time to ask before your appt...otherwise if you don't get it checked it isnt a big deal at all because your TSH levels will tell you everything. My doctor likes my TSH to be around 1.5-2.5 (I have heard a wide variety from 0.7-3.0 is considered the norm for some) But I think anything over 3.0 is considered hypothyroidism. Mine was like 18.6 when I first found out I had it.
If they put you on Synthroid for it, my best advice is to ask for Levoxyl! It is the generic form of Syn and it is free (my insurance covers it all, but I know even if yours doesnt it is on the $4.00 list..at least in Iowa)....and Synthroid was costing me $35.00 every 30 days!
A lot of people REALLY recommend Armour for treatment of Hypothyroid because it is made with actual swine thyroid hormone. I am going to ask my Dr. about it after I am not preggo anymore - I didn't like the idea of switching to something totally new while I was preggo, but you should ask your Dr. about that too!!
I hope this helps at least a little bit....I am SO tired I apologize if this doesn't make any sense. Please feel free to PM me or anything if something doesn't make sense! Good luck at your appt. and I really hope you are feeling better today!!
December 9, 2013
5:20PM 8lb3oz 20.5"
Hospital water birth
Thanks for the info! I go to the dr. today. I'm nervous about it...I haven't been to a dr. for a regular check up in over 7 years. Yikes!! But I've been feeling so crappy these last few months that I think it's time to go. I'll let you know what I find out. Thanks again for the info!