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From: Ashmash1222 - 1 year 8 weeks ago

Hi everyone. New here. I am a 30 year old female with a plethora of symptoms right now. I just had my third baby in June (I had my second baby about 2.5 years ago so they’re kind of close together). Recently I’ve been feeling more and more like I have thyroid issues but I’ve thought I’ve had issues for a few years now and pregnancies are just making it worse and worse. My tsh has always been relatively normal. Last week I asked my doctor if she would check my tsh along with the free t3/t4 and thyroid antibodies. She said she would do all the testing except the antibodies because of insurance issues and she said if my labs came back abnormal she’d request the antibodies labs also. Well my labs came back today and my tsh was 0.66, my Free t3 was 2.9 and my Free t4 was 1.0. A year ago my tsh was 1.5 so there’s been a bit of a drop in my opinion. It’s Sunday so I haven’t heard from her yet but awaiting a response tomorrow morning. Not sure if it’s all related to my pregnancies or if it’s been an ongoing thing with me for years. I realize my labs look more like hyperthyroidism and I have majority hyper symptoms except I am extremely overweight and have had a hard time for years losing weight and the back to back pregnancies haven’t helped. Main symptoms are depression and anxiety, extreme fatigue, weight gain and trouble losing weight, extremely dry skin (I’ve had eczema all my life and it always gets worse during my pregnancies but it hasn’t let up in years), low libido, dry cracked heels that won’t heal no matter what I do. I do have excessive sweating, crazy anxiety issues and heart racing, stress, insomnia and unable to just sit still. Along with all this I’ve had a lot of pcos symptoms- I.e coarse dark black facial and body hair, intense sugar cravings, and a weird always out of whack menstrual cycle. My sister has Pcos and my mom has hypothyroidism. I am so confused about whether it’s hypo, hyper, hashimotos, graves, adrenal issues, pcos or just all in my head as I constantly feel like I’m told. Also awaiting cortisol labs. Over the last 6/7 years I’ve seen multiple obgyns about possible pcos and they’ve all said my labs are normal and have never ordered an ultrasound for my ovaries. These issues all started when I had my first baby in 2008 when I was 20 and have just progressively got worse. Any advice would be appreciated

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Get some nuclear medicine tests done so you can rule out other illnesses such as lupus or fibromyalgia. Also TSH is really not reliable for thyroid level finding. Get the book "Stop the Thyroid Madness" written by patients, it will give you a lot of information.

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Hi AshMash1222,

After giving birth, your body can very easily get thrown into postpartum/autoimmune thyroiditis. Since your body didn't have much time to recover between births, I'm sure your hormones are dancing all over the place. How you feel is ultimately more important than labs in many situations. When you seem to fluctuate between symptoms that indicate hypo/hyper, it is usually a sign of hashi's, but more importantly, autoimmune activity. The autoimmune activity can be caused and worsened by diet, lifestyle, toxic burden, and stress level. So the first course of action should be to reduce inflammation and antibodies fighting the thyroid. You don't want to focus on labels of what you could have, just focus on getting rid of the inflammation, improve diet by cutting out inflammatory foods, and you will see a reduction in symptoms fairly soon. If you'd like help on how to do this and what to take, let me know. I do health consulting over the phone. You can reach me at cicely@taoholistics.com or 302-307-2701.

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I agree with all the above and I suggest the antibodies test to RO Graves or Hashi autoimmune issues.

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Your not crazy I thought that for a long time to. Was told everything was good and that the TSH did not matter. Mine was at 16.8. I felt like I was dying and no one would help. I now have a good doctor and see a endocrinologist the thyroid is 4 x bigger then it should be. They raised my medication to 275 mcg I was on 50 mcg. I am just starting to feel better but there are still alot of bad days and I am still so tired. The endocrinologist asked me to change my eating to a liver cleanse Deut to help me lose the weight and help my thyroid and medication to work better. Just started it this week. You might want to try something like that.

Hope it helps Louanne

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