This problem started about 1 1/2 years ago. I was always 118lbs. and energetic. Then I started feeling fatigued and sluggish. I would hit highs and lows and have terrible mood swings. Then, I went from the slender 118lbs. to 165lbs. in 3 months. To make matters worse I got pregnant and gained another 55lbs. I delivered my son 3 1/2 months ago. Now I am 185lbs. tired and sluggish even though I get 9 hrs. of sleep or more. My hubby says I get depressed in ways that I never did when I was slender. I had this depression BEFORE I had the baby and it is no worse now than it was. My doctor wants to give me Prozac for postpartum depression and pat me on the head and send me home. I want to explore all options to find the root of the problem. Plus I am constantly cold until bedtime then I burn up! Everyone says it is just hormones. I'm only 19!! They all say it will pass but I am begining to believe that it is my thyroid. My mother has an underactive thyroid. Could it be genetic? Or am I just crazy?
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
Thyroid probelms CAN run in the family, so it is possible that you are having thyroid problems based on that, and it warrants looking into. The fatigue is one of the biggest things I had a problem with before I was diagnosed. MAybe you can talk your doctor into checking you Free T3, FreeT4 and TSH to set your mind at ease.
The book, 'From Fatigued to Fantastic' explores all sorts of problems (including hypothyroidism) that can cause chronic fatigue like what we experience. It might be worth buying or at least browsing through in the library if they have it to get soem ideas about what you can do to feel better. A doctor that listens is a good start, though. Can you get an opinion from another doctor?
P.S. You're not crazy. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/bouncing.gif"><p>[This message has been edited by Meep (edited 12-09-2001).]
Congratulations on your new baby!! I had a baby at age 19 and my thyroid just gave out on me after pregnancy - this sometimes happens. It is definitely worth getting it checked out; I wouldn't delay too long. With a new baby you already have your hands full and believe me, I know how hard it is to care for an infant when feeling so dreadful. Depression sometimes happens after pregnancy without thyroid disease but it sounds like you have some other questionable symptoms that would warrant a endo work-up. I hope your husband is supportive - mine wasn't and I was afraid I was going crazy and didn't know where to turn. There are so many knowledgeable people here on this board (much more than I) to help you if you have questions too. Best Wishes!<p>[This message has been edited by blondegal (edited 12-10-2001).]
Blondegal thanks for the information. I'm not real depressed since the baby. My hubby is great. He gets up with the baby at night so I can sleep and he helps out by making bottles. That is why I don't understand why I'm so tired and worn out. It is a pain. I thought maybe I couldn't have a thyroid problem because I was so young. I guess I was wrong. If anyone has anymore information I would greatly appreciate it.
Smile, life doesn't last that long.
Hi Purrbaby. I know this may seem like a trick question, but are you able to make any time for exercise? Sometimes a person can feel fatigued from too much sleep or unrestful, interrupted sleep. Regular exercise (even mild stretching or yoga) can help energize you during the day and sleep better at night. Wishing you and your family well.
Sounds like you're doing everything right. BEFORE you go on Prozac (or any other antidepressant), definitely seek the advice of an Endo and request the Thyroid tests Treefrog suggested (Free T3, Free T4, TSH, and maybe Thyroid Antibodies if you can convince them do so). You may have been borderline hypo before your pregnancy, but often pregnancy can tip the scales a bit. Antidepressants can mask the symptoms that you need to use as your guide, and some antidepressants don't work well with thyroid supplements.
If your doctor won't test for these things, find one who will. Or do a websearch for labs that will allow you to have these tests (by blood or by saliva) without a doctor's referral and then bring your results to your Endo to discuss. Thyroid.About.com has the (commercial) reference for a blood lab, but there are several that do saliva tests. Just query on "thyroid saliva panel." It's a good idea to get these tests as a baseline of your condition (to match up with your symptoms). You may not be hypothyroid, but it's one more thing to rule out.
If you've not looked recently, the Information Archive has those great hypo (and hyper) symptoms lists. Plus, there's a recent post of questions (and hoped-for answers) to use when seeking a new Endocrinologist.
There are also supplements that may be able to help you if your blood/saliva tests show that you are in the normal ranges. Selenium helps the body properly metabolize thyroid hormone, and an herb called Maca helps with general hormone imbalances. Calcium, magnesium, zinc, and copper are also important to keep us balanced.