Darn you, thyroid!

Pregnancy meltdown #2, again caused by my thyroid. I just got back my most recent thyroid test results, and they aren’t good. After waiting not-so-patiently for 6 weeks for my increased dose to kick in, I had my doctor (OB) test it again at my last visit. Interestingly, she wasn’t even concerned about checking it and wanted to wait another MONTH! Um, red flag????? Anyways, I found out this afternoon that my TSH levels again cam back high. Even higher than last time, actually, at 7.5. (Sorry about the numbers, basically that means that my thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone. So high TSH=Low Thyroid. By the way, “normal” TSH should be somewhere between 0.5 and 2.)

So of course, I have spent the last hour or so on the internet, learning that untreated or undertreated Hypothyroidism greatly increases the risk of 2nd trimester miscarriages (great. just when I thought I was past the greatest risk), preterm birth, low IQ and developmental delays, etc….. I am worrying myself sick! If there is anyone out there who has made it safely through a pregnancy with Hypothyroidism, I sure could use some encouragement right now!

Tomorrow I will start on an increased dose of Synthroid. I am also going to try to schedule an appointment with an actual Endocrinologist since my OB doesn’t seem all that concerned about my Hypothyroidism. Please pray that my thyroid levels will normalize and that I will be able to get in to see the specialist in a timely manner. Last time I called, she had a year-long waiting list for new patients without a referral, but maybe since I am pregnant I can get priority? Or maybe I can talk my OB into referring me even though she doesn’t seem to think anything is wrong? Hopefully!

I am such a worried mess right now.


6 thoughts on “Darn you, thyroid!

  1. Maybe your OB didnt want to test you because she didnt want you to stress yourself out (though you may have been just as stressed out not knowing). I’ve always heard that if you are stressed it makes the baby stressed. I hope you can find a way to calm yourself down – that’s probably the best thing that you can do about it yourself. Try to trust your doctor (they spend years studying this stuff) and if you cant do that you might need to find a new one. Chuck and I will be praying for you!

  2. Or maybe she didn’t want to check it because she’s incompetent. I have been on medication for my thyroid long enough to know that when the dose is adjusted it should ALWAYS be rechecked in 4 to 6 weeks to make sure the adjustment was appropriate. Too much or too little and it would need to be adjusted again. It seems like it would be that way with any medication. Especially during pregnancy. Especially since the baby is entirely dependant on the mother’s thyroid hormones during the 1st trimester and doesn’t begin producing any on its own until 12 weeks. Her statement was, “Oh, if it was adjusted 6 weeks ago, that probably fixed it. We’ll just wait until your appointment next month to check.” Probably?!?!?Also, she didn’t bother to check my free T4 levels (actual thyroid hormone), just TSH. An Endocrinologist would have checked both. I know I shouldn’t stress. I am trying=)

  3. i would be stressed, too!

    it sounds like you need a new doctor…or go to a specialist! i know that the internet always gives the worse case scenario, but this dosen’t sound like something you want to risk taking your chances with.

    keep us posted! i hope you get everything straightened out!!

    oh, are you guys going to find out the gender of the baby? just curious if you guys are the “want to know so we can have all the ducks in a row” type or the “we want to be suprised” type!! personally, i am the most impatient person in the world and can’t imgaine waiting 9 months to find out! 🙂

  4. Aww I know what it is like to be worried about that as I too am hypothyroid and pregnant (30 weeks).

    Mine is pretty level right now and I have had really good results from using a natural form of it called Armour Thyroid. It has helped my energy and leveled my symptoms out a lot. You might check into it. Only thing is a lot of conventional doctors don’t encourage it although it often works better for people. The doctor who prescribed it said often Synthroid just stops working for people after a while and they need to try something different. I felt a world of difference after I switched. It is tricky finding a doctor who will prescribe it. Just something to keep in mind.

    Hope that helps a bit.

  5. That is great news!!! I am so happy for you guys. You guys will be great parent, will at least you will be, haha just kidding! What day in Feb, my b-day is the25 and the 2nd was the day we got to bring Brayden home so those days are good.

    shawna, jeff, and brayden
    we should get together soon give us a call or a e-mail.

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