Okay, so I have been dealing with very strange symptoms lately. My history is as follows:
Diagnosed with subclinical hypothroidism Sept.-Oct. 2008 (started Synthroid at this time)
Got pregnant Nov. 2008
Had a miscarriage Jan 2009
Got pregnant immediately after my miscarriage
Had my son Nov. 2009
I have been breastfeeding since (only once a day, he's 20 months)
Got pregnant Feb. 2011
Had a miscarriage May 2011
Every since my miscarriage I have been having weird symptoms. I have been on Synthroid 75-88 mcg since my diagnosis and I have not had any side effects that I have noticed until possibly since my miscarriage. I'm not sure that Synthroid can cause the symptoms that I have been having. My symptoms are as follows:
Tight/stiff leg muscles
Sensitive skin, like I have a sunburn - no rash, just sensitive to touch (this is gone now, but happened for a couple of days)
Upper back tightness (mostly on right side)
Now, I was wondering if after having a baby or losing a baby would alter your body chemistry enough to have side effects from Synthroid or just have problems with your thyroid in general? During my pregnancy my TSH, and free T4s were tested, but no other thyroid tests were done. After I lost the baby is when these symptoms started. I have had a bunch of other blood tests done which came back normal: CBC w/differential, kidney & liver function, lupus antibodies, rheumatoid arthritis, magnesium, B12, potassium, calcium, and some other routine blood workups.
Sorry so long, but I wanted to give my background with other factors that may have changed my response to Synthroid.
Has anyone had to change medication due to sudden side effects? Can pregnancy change your body's response to a medication that has worked w/out side effects in the past?
Thanks for the reply. My TSH and free T4 were the only thyroid labs ran. I can't remember the numbers though. I had 2 tests ran, one when I was pregnant and one before the pregnancy. I think I had my thyroid labs ran right after my miscarriage, but they (general doctor) said that all my labs were 'normal' and never told me any numbers.
You know, in the past I have to twist the endo office to run labs on me. Since I am considered subclinical hypothyroidism, the doctor only sees me once a year. I had to talk them into running labs, I told them that I'm breast feeding and should really check my levels. They did run labs, but told me that my insurance might not pay because they only pay for labs once a year. I never received a bill.
Anyway, I should probably be more pushy with getting a full thyroid panel. I believe I have good reason as my body has been through so much with breast feeding, pregnancy and miscarriage. With everything going on, is there reason to believe that my thyroid or Synthroid is the cause for these weird symptoms? Also, is it possible for someone to all of a sudden have side effects while on Synthroid when they never had side effects in the past?