| | Abnormal uterine bleeding....is this thyroid related??
a little hx- have had some more extreme thyroid issues over past year and half, which include 3 surgeries to remove thyroid, introduction of armour thyroid med and only three dosage adjustments since start of meds. Have had no issues with my cycle until the last few months....
Had last surgery 11/18/2011. Had started period the 15th or 16th. Normal timing, no problem. Ended up starting again two weeks later. Had some fluctuation in my TSH due to the surgery (TSH 0.031 week prior to surgery- 5.4 week after surgery), meds readjusted so didn't think much of that one. Started again two weeks later when my regular period would have been due so thought all was good, back on schedule. Seemed as much, as didn't start again until Dec 29, again, right on schedule. However, next cycle started on Jan 18, a week early. And haven't stopped bleeding since.
My last blood work was Jan 17. TSH was something like 0.137 (lab norms 0.4-4.0) so obviously running a little hyper. Dr said it was ok, we'd leave doses unchanged and keep me a little on the high side as long as I didn't have any hyper symptoms. Currently on Armour 120mg 4Xwk and 90mg 3Xwk
Everything I read indicates the usual menstrual response to thyroid issues is to have decreased cycle time, not increased. So, I am a little worried that this might be something not necessarily thyroid related. Additionally, my eating habits aren't the best.....not that I eat badly, I just don't eat much. Have decreased appetite most of the time, though worse since this last surgery and med increase. Have also had and continue to experience weight loss but not at an extreme rate. Have lost total of around 27 lbs since starting the meds in Nov 2010. That loss doesn't concern me much as I am back to close to my start weight approx 6 yrs ago prior to all my thyroid issues really starting. Also, sleeping habits horrid, with lots of insomnia, but I am a nurse who works 3pm-3am....I work long stretches on (6 days out of 8 with two drop days placed in there, though not together) then I have a stretch of 6 days off. Wasn't sure how much effect these factors might have on my period but none of these are really new.....been on this work schedule for almost 2 years, though the severity of the insomnia is new since a few weeks prior to surgery in Nov. Wasn't sure if or how these other factors might play into my menstrual cycle normalcy.
just not sure what to do or if need to be concerned. Obviously, I am quite inconvenienced and annoyed being a constant bleeder, and the consistency and odor of the discharge concerns me a little, but I have no pain, no other reasons to be concerned that its anything hostile. Just not sure what is going on. Would appreciate any insight or advice.