Please review my results and let me know what you think. I just had a baby...4 months ago...and I 've been feeling like I have had the flu ever since.
It's been awful. The most prominant signs are a feeling of a swollen throat...back ache...I start to feel incredibly hot inside and will break out into a fine perspiration on my forehead, nape of my neck and back. My body temp will actually rise. I will feel exhausted. Then I can feel better later...not completely...just not as bad. It's worse in the mornings...to afternoon.
It's been so bad that I could swear I am dying.
I've never felt this way before.
Here are the results....all within normal range..but, I thought you could take a look.
TSH..(taken in Feb) 2.040
Total T4 6.4 ref. 4.5-12.0
T3 Uptake 33 ref. 24-39
T4 free 1.04 ref. .61-1.76
Free T3 2.8 ref. 2.3-4.2
Peroxidase <10 ref. 0-34 (thyroid peroxidase TPO)
Antithyroglobulin <20 Ref. 0-40
Thanks so much for taking a look..it means a lot to me.
It really isn't unusual for the hormones to be completely out of whack even a year after giving birth.
That could cause the symptoms. It takes awhile for the thyroid to get the hormones rebalanced. If the TSH keeps rising, then you may need thyroid support.
It sounds like you are battling a virus or bacteria.
Make sure you get plenty of rest; haha, I know what it is like to have a bew baby!
You might want to boost your immune system with vitamin C & B.
Hi Jo. Congratulations on your new baby. Treefrog is right -- it does take a while to get things balanced again after pregnancy.
Your blood levels look like you are slightly hypothyroid, and your symptoms sound like thyroiditis. Post-partum thyroiditis (also known as Silent Lymphocytic Thyroiditis) is a fairly common occurrence and does not always include the presence of antibodies. The symptoms start with Hyper qualities, than Hypo or a combination of both, and then they go away.
The condition typically corrects itself after several months, but some doctors will prescribe beta blockers (during the Hyper phase) or thyroid meds (during the Hypo phase) for short-term use until the body resolves the changes from pregnancy. Thyroid-blocking drugs are typically not necessary, as this is not a true hyperthyroid condition. (In your case, I doubt your doctor would suggest them anyway, since your blood levels are not elevated.)
I think a good initial approach may be to try some Vitamin C and B-complex as Treefrog suggests. And you may want to try taking 200 mcg of Selenium a day (or, instead, Maca) to support your endocrine system during the thyroiditis. Maca's adaptogenic qualities may be particularly helpful, as it will support your adrenals and your thyroid while relieving both hyper and hypo symptoms.
I don't know if you are nursing but, if so, discuss these supplements with your doctor before proceeding.
Here are a couple of links that you may find helpful:
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For more info about Maca, you may want to do a search on the web for "Maca thyroid." Most links sell product, so I can't post them here.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.<p>[This message has been edited by ArtfulD (edited 05-17-2002).]
I had post partum thyroiditis and other stuff. I will stick with the thyroiditis. After the thryoid "recovered" I felt like I had the flu all the time. My tsh bounced between 1.7 and 3.5. and my free t4 was right where yours is at and the free t3 was right where yours was at. Then I started on a low dose of synthroid and have been upping it since. I feel a lot better. I would go in and talk to your doctor about trying a small trial dose like 25mcg to see how you feel. I would go based on your symptoms. Your free t3 is low side. Mine is up in the middle 3.4 and I feel better. Most women do not know they went through thryoiditis. I had symptoms of swelling in my throat that drove me crazy and my thyroid one doc would say oh it feels fine and another would say it feels damaged, firm and slightly enlarged. once I started synthroid the swelling went away...I hated wearing turtle necks. You estrogen levels could be fluctutating too. I would definitely take the vitamins like treefrog and artfuld says. Do what you think is right. Research the symptoms of hyper and hypothyroid. judekate