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Old 06-05-2002, 08:42 PM   #1
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Can any one help?

Hi
Let me try this agian. I posted the topic about the 11 year old girl. Can any one tell me about low thyroid in kids. My daughter is 197 lbs. Her gym teacher says she doesn't try. She says she gets short of breath and very tired. Every thing is an effort. She was diagnosed 1 week ago. She has started synthroid @ 75mcg daily. She is always sweating. Her periods are very heavy. Can synthroid help her be more comfortable?
Thanks to any one with answers, comments, or suggestions. What I know about thyroid is little and nothing.
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Old 06-06-2002, 11:24 AM   #2
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Hi restless. You must have caught us at a time when everyone is quite busy. I don't know specific things about pediatric thyroid disease, but can perhaps help you with the basics.

You don't mention how your daughter was diagnosed. If you have copies of the blood test results, please post them here along with the lab's normal ranges. Since her doctor put her on 75 mcg of Synthroid/day, the blood tests must have indicated hypothyroidism. I don't know if she is seeing a general pediatrician for this care, but you may want to consider seeing a Pediatric Endocrinologist -- a specialist who would be more knowledgeable about your daughter's condition and the most current treatment options.

Synthroid is a synthetic form of T4, a thyroid hormone that our body's produce and that we all need in order to balance our metabolism. When our thyroid gland produces too little hormone, we can become overweight, have pain during walking or exertion, carpal tunnel-type symptoms, fatigue, depression, mood swings, an inability to think clearly, etc. It is common to be misdiagnosed if a doctor only focuses on one of these symptoms and does not check the thyroid blood levels. But, with diagnosis and appropriate treatment, one can return to "normal" within several months to a year.

There is some discussion as to whether Paxil interferes with thyroid treatment. Please be sure to discuss with the doctor if your daughter should discontinue this medication while on Synthroid. If her depression is caused by thyroid disease, it should improve as her hormone levels return to normal.

One of the symptoms of hypothyroidism is heavy bleeding during menstruation, so it is likely that the Synthroid will help her with this once she is balanced. It takes 4-6 weeks for the body to fully adjust to a dosage change (or, in this case, the start of medication), so her comfort level may vary over the next month or so. During that time, she may have symptoms of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or a combination of both. The doctor should re-test her every 1-2 months after a dosage change and adjust the medication accordingly until she stops having symptoms and her blood levels level out.

If you've not yet had a chance, read through our Information Archive thread. It includes many useful articles and links, plus lists of hypothyroid (1/5/01) and hyperthyroid (5/6/01) symptoms.
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Please post back and let us know how she's doing.

 
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Old 06-06-2002, 07:45 PM   #3
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Thanks ArtfulD! I haven't had a lot of time to check out much of anything. I don't have my daughters test results to post. Her peditrition consulted with a pediatric endocrinologist before putting her on synthroid. They don't seem to kow why she got this imbalance. Thank you for the heads up about the Paxil. I'll check it out. Is 75mcg alot for a beginning dose? Does any one know. If you check my post under hypo/child I tried to describe what led up to her diagnosis. Oh yeah, I do know that she does not have any thyroid antibodies. She had 2 sets of thyroid tests one month apart before she was put on medication. They will check her levels in a month. All they said was that she had and emerging thyroid condition of unknown etiology and she would have to take synthroid for the rest of her life. Thanks again.
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Old 06-08-2002, 07:17 AM   #4
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My daughter is 10yrs old and she is on 88 mg. of synthroid. She also seems to lack energy and it worries me at times.The endo. said I can expect alot of changes because puberty about to enter the picture. She said to be prepared for alot of ups and downs as far as thyroid levels go at this stage(puberty). I really don't understand to much about this also. I'm slowly trying to educate myself on this subject.

 
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