Quote from babyphatnj:just curious as to how i wound up here??? never had a problem w/ weight before or ever thought of my thyroid. never really understood all that it controlled.(like my whole life) thinking that perhaps it was due to the birth of my son 10 months ago? anyone else???? love some feedback......
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Toni........get your TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 done as soon as possible. It does happen to many women but nothing is done because they don't know and the doc usually tells them.....you're just not taking care of yourself! Not true!
It's not going to be easy finding a doc that will do this for you, but here's the questions you need to ask before making an appointment: Does this doc use the Free T3 and Free T4 to diagnose Hypothyroid patients and does he prescribe Armour thyroid if indicated? If they say no, call another doc. I usually suggest that you call an osteopathic or naturalistic doc because they're usually more willing to work with the patient rather than the lab results. Labs are not everything!!
Also, there's a variety of ways to take Armour thyroid and/or Synthroid. I take my Synthroid before bed to help me sleep as your body makes it's quota at night (which also allows you to fall into a deep sleep so you feel rested in the morning.....however, it's a natural sleep, not a drug-induced sleep, so you can wake up if the baby cries). However, I take my Armour thyroid split in two doses during the day, one at 9 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. Armour thyroid has 20% T3 (the active hormone that gives you energy, keeps your hair from falling out, makes your head clear so you can think, keeps your weight down, keeps your cholesterol down, etc) and 80% T4, which you need for your body to change into whatever amount more T3 you need to function. I require that much thyroid hormone, but everyone's different and my point is that you may have to change your doses around until you find a method that works for you. Your doctor should be flexible enough to go with this.
Good luck and keep us posted!