Re: Please check my thyroid test results
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:
<A HREF="http://www.endocrineweb.com/thyroiditis.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.endocrineweb.com/thyroiditis.html</A>
<A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html</A>
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<A HREF="http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thyroid%2Dinfo.com/articles/postpartum.htm" TARGET=_blank>http://thyroid.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.thyr oid%2Dinfo.com/articles/postpartum.htm</A>
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).]