I don’t love writing posts that end up being rants. I know the world, not to mention my friends and family who are my main readers, does not want to read my complaints. So, I’m warning you, this post might borderline on “complaining.” I apologize in advance. Also, if you don’t read the rest, I understand.
When Marc and I were trying to get pregnant with our first child in 2011, I had many tests done as to why were were struggling to conceive. The only one that showed any red flags was my thyroid. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I was put on a low dose of synthroid. After my first child, I decided to quit the synthroid as a form of birth control. Well, that method did not work! As soon as I found out that I was pregnant with my second child, my prescription kicked back in gear.
Here are the remaining facts:
- I delivered my second child in June of 2014.
- I stayed on a low dose of synthroid after but added the pill as a form of birth control.
- I had gallbladder attacks in September and then had my gallbladder removed in October 2014.
- Lucy started sleeping well in November, but I never felt better.
My symptoms (that I will reveal on a public platform):
- COMPLETE EXHAUSTION: I don’t mean a little tired. I mean sleepier than the first trimester of pregnancy. I felt like I had stayed awake for 24 hours every day. The only reason I got out of bed was because my children cannot wipe their own bottoms and feed themselves.
- I ITCHED: Not in embarrassing places. In normal dry skin places. I would claw my shins. I woke up bleeding because I scratched while I was sleeping.
- SWELLING: I would be puffy one day and fine the next. I gained some weight, not a crazy amount. With that said, I am a member of Weight Watchers, so I have a tight watch on that.
So, in January I called my doctor to ask to get my thyroid checked. The TSH test has a normal range of .5 – 5.5. My test came back with a whopping 85! My doctor said that most people with those results believe they are dying. My reaction was pretty calm, because 1) I was too exhausted to do anything and 2) I was relieved there was an answer. The result of this finding is that my dosage of synthroid was increased.
The next time they will check my thyroid levels is April. My doctor said it will take that long for my thyroid to level out.
This is where I am today. I’m still exhausted. I think I’m learning to live with it though. I don’t think that’s the answer. I take these iodine capsules because I read that it helps your thyroid. The more I educate myself, the more I’m confused.
I’m trying to not be a hypochondriac, but I don’t feel “right” and I feel like I should feel better by now. I don’t like the idea of "I’m just going to have to deal" with how I feel right now.
I’m trying to be patient to see what my thyroid levels are in April.
I'm going to bed, I'm tired.