To those who have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's, I have so many questions. My doctor has not been very clear with me and I would love to hear from other people who also have this disease. Please answer any or all that you can....I greatly appreciate it.
1. Are you on medication for Hashimoto's?
2. What is the difference between Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism?
3. If you've tried, did you have trouble getting pregnant? Did you have trouble carrying full term?
4. If you have kids, were you able to lose the weight after childbirth?
5. Do you have a weight problem?
I have HAIT (hashimoto's auto immune thyroiditis) and my doctor is not very clear on a lot of things also. So I'll try to answer your questions because they are the same questions I have asked.
<B>1. Are you on medication for Hashimoto's?</B> No, according to my doctor something set off the auto immune system to program your white blood cells to attack your thyroid and according to him once your thyroid is gone the cells are born still wanting to attack you thyroid even though it's not there so according to him they just lay there doing nothing. I don't believe this.
<B>2. What is the difference between Hashimoto's and Hypothyroidism?</B> Hashimoto's is the autoimmune disease that causes you thyroid to start going berserk. When the thyroid is under attack is when your levels of TSH, T-3 and T-4 drop, then meds to stablize.
<B>3. If you've tried, did you have trouble getting pregnant? Did you have trouble carrying full term?</B> I managed to get pregnant 6 months after diagnosis with HAIT and hypothyroidism. My Endo watched me closely because it was his thoughts that the HAIT would attack the baby thinking it was a foreign invasion. I had a healthy 6lb 9oz baby girl 8 months later. She was born at 36 weeks not a problem whatsoever.
<B>4. If you have kids, were you able to lose the weight after childbirth?</B> I lost 15 lbs after I got pregnant and then only gained 20. This was highly unusual considering the first two girls I had without HAIT and hypothyroidism, I gained 60 lbs each time and each time lost all the weight.
<B>5. Do you have a weight problem?</B> Yes at present I weight around 200lbs but I put this to both the HAIT, hypothyroidism and I have fibromyalgia and myofacial pain syndrome. So needless to say for me to do any exercise is near impossible. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">
I hope my answers will help you in some small way.
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Jestergirl, there is a lot of information about Hashimoto's in our Information Archive, as well as data about Selenium and Maca, two supplements that may help stop the thyroid antibodies from attacking:
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In addition, <A HREF="http://www.endocrineweb.com" TARGET=_blank>www.endocrineweb.com</A> has a lot of useful information. Click on the "Your Thyroid" link and go....