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Old 09-22-2004, 04:48 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new.
I am a 30 year old female with 4 kids. I have been having problems with feeling very tired on and off for a couple of years, and it's been getting worse. Now I have other symptoms that has me suspecting it may be a thyroid problem. I CANNOT for the life of me think clearly like I used too, I have a very hard time getting through the day taking care of my 2 youngest. I have tried eating more fuits and veggies, and working out, but my muscles are so weak, it's not funny. I know this is not normal to be feeling this way at 30! I feel like I am a 60 year old.
I have an appt. this tuesday. I am scared. I am hoping to find some answers. I also noticed that i started having this after my last baby born. He is 2 1/2 now.
Do my symtoms sound like it could be thyroid problems?
All my symtoms that have gotten really bad over the past 4 months are: Tiredness is worse, and not letting up or going away, my mind can't think clearly, I feel like I am swollen up all the time, sex drive out the door( not at all normal for me) Muscles are weaker then they were.
Those are the main symptoms I have been having.
Thanks for any advice.

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Old 09-22-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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Hey Mara6,

Welcome to the boards. I had all of the symptoms and then some 6 weeks after the birth of my 2nd child and all **** broke loose after my third child. Believe me, I know what it's like to deal with young kids when you can barley get out of bed. I was so fatigued the ground would drop when I walked and I felt like I was in a complete state of brain fog. I would sleep 10 hrs and still wake up feeling like I hadn't slept. I felt like this for 5 years straight. Doctors kept trying to say Postpartum depression. I knew it wasn't that. My tsh was always in the normal range. It wasn't until I found a doctor to test my free levels that I was actually diagnosed with hypo. I started on .25 synthroid and a year later I am on .125 and I still don't feel 100%. My energy level still isn't great. However, I do have a great doc. who listens and works with me.

Don't give up.


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Liz gave great advice. You have the classic thyroid symptoms.
Don't be scared. But be assertive when you see the doctor. Ask for these tests: TSH, free T4, free T3, and anti-TPO and anti-Tg antibodies. These will give an accurate picture of what your thyroid is doing.
Let us know what happens!

Old 09-23-2004, 04:59 AM   #4
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Thank you for your responces. I was hoping that someone would tell me what tests I should ask for b/c I had forgotten to ask that in my first post. I will write that down for when I go to my appt. Can the blood test be taken that day, or is it something you have to fast for?

Old 09-23-2004, 05:49 AM   #5
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It depends what time your appointment is, Mara. TSH can vary by as much as 3 points during the day and it's at its highest in the morning. I had my done right after a 3 pm appointment and spent 2 months argueing with doctors that I was not well because my test came back just inside the range (4.27 in a range of .5-5.0). I had another test done in the morning (8 am) and it came back 6.37. Had I waited until the next day the first time and gone in the morning I might have avoided all that stress dealing with doctors.

The short answer is: you do not have to fast but it's best to have the blood drawn in the morning.

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