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Old 08-29-2004, 08:28 PM   #1
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Is It My Thyroid???

Hey everyone I am a 25 year old mother of two and i think i have thyroid problems. After the birth of my first child in 2001 My doctor did a blood test on me to check my thyroid because i was having heart palpatations. It came back low, so he referred me to a specialist the specialist said that the number wasnt low enough to support a problem and just sent me home. I was naive enough to just go home. My heart palpatations continued for a year straight. My hair also was very coarse which I use to always have very silky hair. I had a 12 hour ekg done and it came back normal. After I got pregnant with my daughter in 2002 the palpatations got less frequent. After I had her they came back. Now I still get them but not as much. They used to be so bad that they would take my breath away. It was really scary. Another thing that scares me is that my hair falls out in handfulls in the shower. It has been doing this for a long time and now my once beautiful hair is starting to thin out. I also wake up almost every night sweating. I also will have kinda like hot flashes during the day when i am just sitting around in the house. I am normal weight for my height. I am 5'2 113 lbs. I was hoping if someone had any of these symptoms to respond please. I do not have insurance right now and wont have any until january. I should mention that I have been underweight much of my life until I had kids. I dont know if thyroid can affect your mental state, but ever since i had the kids i am a lot more emotional, and suffer from a lot of anger and depression. I had the really bad depression immediately after having the kids.



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Old 08-30-2004, 06:18 AM   #2
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Re: Is It My Thyroid???

Hello rywilli25,

I'm certainly no expert but it sounds as if you are on a hormone rollercoaster that is often asst. with pregnancies and post delivery time. Are you aware it takes a woman's body up to 5 years to return to normal after a birth? Pregnancy and birth can cause a multitude of things to be out of wack for a while. The night sweats and hot flashes can be your body wanting back that extra estrogin it had during the pregnancy. It happens sometimes.

You need to keep communicating with you Dr. or your OBGYN and try to convince them you really feel something is wrong. I have found the hardest thing to do is get a Dr. who will really listen and not just decide in his/her own mind that you are just a hormonal woman who wants attention. Keep at it and keep a journal of your symptoms and how often they occur. When your information is complete and documented it may be easier for your physician to diagnose than if you just walk in and tell them you have night sweats and hot flashes sometimes. If there is a pattern it will show in the journal.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon.
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Re: Is It My Thyroid???

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...My doctor did a blood test on me to check my thyroid because i was having heart palpatations. It came back low, so he referred me to a specialist the specialist said that the number wasnt low enough to support a problem and just sent me home.
Was the test a TSH, and do you know what the result was? I don't know that much about overactive thyroid, but one thing I know is that doctors are reluctant to treat it until the hormone levels are definitely out of range, so that borderline cases often go untreated. If you haven't been tested recently, do it now and on a regular basis. Don't just have your TSH tested. You also need free T4 and free T3 tested, as well as TSI and Tg antibodies.
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I dont know if thyroid can affect your mental state, but ever since i had the kids i am a lot more emotional, and suffer from a lot of anger and depression. I had the really bad depression immediately after having the kids.
Yes, thyroid can do such things. Postpartum depression is now being researched with the idea that it may be primarily a thyroid disease.

 
Old 08-31-2004, 01:22 PM   #4
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Re: Is It My Thyroid???

hey guys thanks for the responses. I dont have insurance until january but i will be ordering a at home thyroid kit and doing it myself. This is all i can do right now until i get my insurance. I found a reputible web site where u can order at home test kits. I have also thought about my horomones being all messed up. I know that it is one or the other. I just figured it is my thyroid since it came back low at one point. I didnt keep the results , but i beleive it was a tsh test. I dont know what the numbers were I just have a piece of paper that says it was low. The thing that bothers me the most is my hair falling out. It falls out in hand fulls in the shower. It is terrible. thanks for all the help. rochelle

 
Old 09-05-2004, 02:13 PM   #5
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Re: Is It My Thyroid???

My 16-year old daUGHTER HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED hyperthyroid with a hyperfunctioning nodule. Tsh was really low at one point but is now sometimes in range. She still has symptoms and being emotional and depressed are two of them, however it is impossible to find an endo who treats teens. No one can tell us why tsh bounces around. Lots of diabetes, thyroid probs in family and uncle has non-hodgkins lymphoma. Problems began with mono 2 1/2 years ago. This is my first time ever posting. My husband AND i ARE VERY FRUSTRATED AS THIS IS OUR ONLY CHILD, and drs. look at us as if we are nuts!!! Sometimes I feel nuts. _Any info on how to get to the bottom of this is gratefully appreciated. We are desperate.

 
Old 09-05-2004, 05:59 PM   #6
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Re: Is It My Thyroid???

Hi, Rochelle!

I’m a very new member to this board…joined on September 4. I’m not an expert like several members on this board (midwest1, k9mom, jinglebts, etc), but I understand what you’re going through…read my September 4 post entitled “Midwest1 & K9Mom, Please Help!’ I list most of my symptoms in this post…some of which you can relate. I also suffer those horrible night sweats!

Jinglebts and midwest1 suggested reading the following books: The Thyroid Solution by Dr. Ridha Arem and Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness by Dr. Broda Barnes. I went right out and purchased them. I recommend you do the same!

I know it’s scary and frustrating, but just follow the advice you receive on this board. These members really know what they’re talking about and they really care. I only wish I found this board several years ago instead of continuing to listen to my medical doctor and my psychiatrist who repeatedly tell me, “It’s just the depression.” I’m done accepting their response thanks to jinglebts, midwest1, johnsbabe, aprilpow. These individuals are my angels and have opened my eyes. Let the war begin! Let’s fight our doctors together!!

Steph

 
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