I'm in the process of trying to put myself back together after a recent discovery (after the fact) that I suffered from back-to-back rounds of postpartum thyroiditis after each of my pregnancies (2006 and 2010). Although my TSH/T3/T4 labs are "normal" I recently started under the care of an endocrinologist for low-dose T4 replacement since I also have strong family history of thyroid disorder and have been hypothyroid symptomatic for some time.
The hormonal roller-coaster also left me with adrenal fatigue, which the endo doesn't seem interested in addressing, so I am trying to manage it on my own. My symptoms were anxiety and very high nighttime cortisol that would leave me with raging insomnia between the hours of 11pm and 2am. I would simply be unable to sleep no matter what I took or did - benadryl, valerian, low-doses of melatonin, yoga, meditation, etc... Afternoon naps when the baby sleeps were often hard to achieve, too. The T4 replacement does not seem to be helping the insomnia or anxiety, but has been providing relief of my hypothyroid symptoms.
About a week ago, I started taking phosphatidylserine supplements (400 mg/day), which I had read about on a patient-to-patient thyroid/adrenal forum, and viola! I have begun to sleep. In fact, it feels like someone untied a knot in me. I am much more relaxed and get sleepy again and am deeply sleeping -- even dreaming. I feel a bit jet-lagged, but I think it is just because I have been sleep deprived for so long. I am very happy with the results and hope they will continue so I can work on healing and protecting my sleep.
My questions are:
1) I have been taking it on a wing and a prayer that phosphatidylserine is safe while breastfeeding because it is an EFA and a derivative of soy lethicin. However, it is also hard to find information about this. Do you have any information or recommendations on phosphatidylserine and breastfeeding?
2) Do you have any information on how long I should keep taking phosphatidylserine? Will there come a point when I can stop taking it once my body has had an opportunity to re-balance?
3) Do you have any other suggestions for me with regards to healing my adrenals?
Thanks in advance!!