You said that you thought my bloodwork may be showing some small signs of hypothyroidism. Could you explain to me how you see this, so I can explain it to my dr?
Thank you so much for all the info and the websites...
I was wondering if I can get Maca? in the healthfood store?
Here's a copy of my prior message:
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
Ps---I am originally from Rockland County...I miss it up there. My dad was an NYPD Capt. Miss NY. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
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Hi madonna33j. I thought you may be borderline hypo because your TSH is 2.0 -- for some of us, that would be high enough to make us uncomfortable. Also, your Free T3 and Free T4 are in the lower part of the lab's normal ranges. However, these blood tests are only a snapshot of what was going on that day.
With post-partum thyroiditis, the TSH can fluctuate wildly (particularly with dosage changes), and so can the symptoms. The initial symptoms tend to be of HYPERthyroidism, and your elevated temperatures sound appropriate for this. I'm not certain if your doctor will want to do anything unless he/she sees a change in your blood levels that gives a more distinct picture. Take note of your symptoms, as they may be a better indication of whether you're in a hyper or hypo stage. Be aware that you may have symptoms of both. Thyroiditis is very confusing. You may be able to bring printouts of some of those website articles I posted to discuss with your doctor.
Hopefully, treatment with supplements can help smooth things out and you won't need to take thyroid meds as well. I purchase my Maca online from Whole World Botanicals. (A web search will get you there.) Their brand name is called "Royal Organic Maca." I use the powdered form, as it's more cost-effective than the capsules. You can also buy empty gelatin capsules in a health food store if you wish. Others have used Imperial Gold Maca, and I believe you can also purchase it in health food stores.
I put 1/2 teaspoon of the powder in a teacup and add hot water. Others sprinkle it on toast, etc. The recommended initial dose of my brand is 1/4 teaspoon, and I slowly increased it until my symptoms shifted from hypo to hyper, then I backed down a little to the level I'm at now.
New York is great. I can understand your missing it. We'll just have to wave to you until your next visit. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">
Most Maca supplements have around 500 mg in each capsule. The powder I take is 625 mg per 1/4 teaspoon. I currently take a rounded 1/2 teaspoon, so the dose appropriate for me appears to be about 1300-1500 mg/day. It's different for each of us, however.
It's probably best to start slow and work up to your optimal dose. If the bottle suggests a minimum dose of 2 capsules, start with that. If the bottle's instructions are unclear, start with 1 capsule a day. Whatever you choose for your initial dose, try it for 3-5 days. If you do not notice a reduction of your symptoms, add another capsule for a week or so. If your symptoms persist, increase the dose again.
If you notice a fluctuation in your symptoms throughout the day, you can try splitting the dose (one in the morning, one in the evening). See how you feel and increase/decrease accordingly.
Personally, I slowly increased my powder intake until I was experiencing hyperthyroid symptoms (hot skin and some palpitations) and then I dropped the dose a little.
I noticed that it helped me with body ache within the first 24 hours, my libido returned for the first time in years, and I don't seem to get hives any more. Maca can make you fertile once your body is balanced, so take care.
Some people feel energized by Maca and prefer to take it in the morning. But I take it about an hour before I go to bed, and have not noticed any adverse reactions.
The bottom line is to listen to your body and adjust accordingly. Hope it helps.