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Old 08-07-2006, 01:50 PM   #1
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Question worried about my blood tests

Hi all, i have just had my blood test results back today and they show that i have an under-active thyroid, i had a look on the NHS Direct website about it and it frightened me to death about the condition. I am only 24 years old and have just had a beautiful baby girl, while i was pregnant i was totally knackered and was on iron as i was anaemic, once i had her i was ok untill recently, when i started to get tired again constantly no matter how much sleep i had, so i decided to make a trip to the docs thinking i was again anaemic. They took my blood and suggested i was trying to do to much and that having a baby is hard work, so i should expect to be a little tired. When i got my test results back and it said about the thyroid problem i panicked so here i am wanting any re-assurance i can get, it said on the NHS web site that it is common in middle aged women, i am 24 so am i little young to be getting this? also my granda had it, so is it heredatory?

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Old 08-07-2006, 02:32 PM   #2
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Re: worried about my blood tests

Welcome aboard Michelle. I'm sorry you had to find this board, but glad you did. There are some very helpful and knowledgeable people here. I'm not as up to speed as some ~ they'll check in ... anyway, from what I know, thyroid issues/problems are very much linked to your family history. And for whatever reason, we women are more likely to suffer... and evidently the hormone changes and stress of pregnancy doesn't help.

I'm glad you've been able to get some bloodwork to help explain how you are feeling. If you post the results and the ranges, others might offer you some helpful info. So, what's your next step? Did your doctor presrcibe anything - refer you to another doctor?

I hope you are feeling better soon. Talking care of little ones does take a lot of energy.

Old 08-08-2006, 06:50 AM   #3
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Re: worried about my blood tests

Please don't panic. It's great that they caught it and you can be treated for it.

I'm just finding out myself that thyroid problems run in families. I was diagnosed with a nodule back in March. I recently found out that my uncle on my mom's side has thyroid problems, and my 9 yr old niece does as well.

Take some time to read the threads on this board, it will help you to not worry :-)

Enjoy your daughter...they grow up so fast! My son is going to be 13 next seems I blinked and he grew :-(

Old 08-08-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
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Re: worried about my blood tests

dont worry about the NHS website, the drs here in England seem to know very little about thyroids and the treatments available. The best place to get info is here on this board as my doc didnt even tell me I had hyoT let alone treat me for it. I love this board because it took away my fears, gave me all the info, advice and support I needed to take control of my health again.

I was severly hypothyroid and not only here to tell the tale but also getting well again.
best wishes
daisy xxx

Old 08-09-2006, 02:15 AM   #5
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Re: worried about my blood tests

Hi again all, thankyou all so much for your help and advice i went back to see my doctor yesterday and have been put on LEVOTHYROXINE 50mg, and i have to go back in 6 weeks for a review to see if im on enough and not too much, my doc was extremely helpful explaining that i have a under active thyroid (hypothiroidism) and this is why basically i feel so crappy, he also gave me a massive print-out about the condition and what to expect. He told me id be on these little pills for the rest of my life now which is a bit naff but if ya gotta do it then ya gotta do it its something that im sure given time i will get used to idea, suppose i have to really coz there ain much that i can do about it thank you all again
luv shellx

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