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February 28th, 2010, 03:32 PM
trainermom's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Hey ladies! I just thought I'd post an update and also encourage you all to pay attention to your bodies in the post-partum months. I was diagnosed on Thursday with severe hyperthyroidism and it was caused (most likely) by my pregnancy. I am on anti-thyroid meds right now to buy me time until I am comfortable with weaning. Then, I will have to have the radioactive iodine procedure done where the thyroid will be partially or totally destroyed. I don't look forward to that -my doc said that I won't be allowed to have contact with my kids for 3 days.

Anyway, I just wanted to share. I am a bit freaked as I had NO symptoms. Or, they were masked by being post-partum. I mean, how can I determine if I have insomnia when I'm still up 2, 3 times a night with a baby? Also, yeah, my hair is falling out by the handful...I just had a baby. Sure, I sweat a lot, but I'm nursing and have always sweated like a pig while nursing. My OB always does an annual exam 3 months post-partum and that is how we found out something was wrong. Just pay attention to your bodies and if you are ever feeling like something is off, call or go in. Pregnancy can do a number of things to your body.

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March 1st, 2010, 06:06 AM
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I'm so glad you have such a thorough doctor, Heather! That is scary, and thanks for posting this reminder for all of us.

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March 1st, 2010, 08:06 AM
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Yikes that is scary! Have you ever had thyroid issues before?

I have Hashimotos, typically I'm Hypo, but post pardum my TSH level went to 0, My Dr. adjusted my dose but have to get rechecked in another 6 weeks.

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March 1st, 2010, 03:15 PM
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That is scary! Thanks for the heads up Heather. I'm sorry that you're going to have to be away from your boys for 3 days when they do the procedure.

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March 1st, 2010, 03:44 PM
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I swing between hypo and hyper (TSH levels and symptomatically), even on Synthroid. Hyper = usually underweight, jittery; hypo = really dry skin, fatigue. The thyroid is such a strange gland and has so much effect on our bodies' functions. My TSH is slightly high now (meaning hypo), so my ObGyn upped my Synthroid. I've heard pregnancy can do really wonky things to thyroid function. I had a friend who had the extreme hyper thing happen to her immediately after she gave birth, and she had to have her thyroid removed.

Good luck with your treatment, and I hope everything works out well for you!
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