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post #21 of 30

Buzzer - thanks for the clarification.  I'm really trying not to be alarmist, but sometimes I find people who are fairly natural living minded tend to downplay the real risks in pregnancy of going untreated.  Sometimes people mistakenly think thyroid issues is closer to a vitamin deficency than say a life supporting hormone akin to insulin.  And it can get out of control really fast during and after pregnancy which is what happened with my first... even with a family history of hypo, some signs I was going that way and doing all the pregnancy and post-partum screens, I somehow managed to end up with a TSH of 36 postpartum and was nearly suicidal from sheer exhaustion by that point.  Hence my fairly aggressive language.  But, you are correct to say that TSH =7.5  if she is already 8 weeks pregnant is likely not to cause great harm to her baby, etc.  And, I generally feel that people should treat thyroid by symptoms when not pregnant.  I appreciate your insights.

 

Blessed - Your TSH number looks good.  Your free T4 suggests you need more supplementation while your T3 says you have more than enough.  I'm getting out of my comfort zone, but I think this is one of those issues that comes up with Armour.... because there is T3 in there, you can get that T3 too high while not really having a 'high enough' T4 number.  Armour, rather than your body, is likely making too much T3.  If you feel ok, I'd leave it.  If you are feeling anxious, irritable, any of those hypo symptoms and past mid pregnancy where needs have leveled off, I'd think about decreasing.

post #22 of 30

 

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Buzzer - thanks for the clarification.  I'm really trying not to be alarmist, but sometimes I find people who are fairly natural living minded tend to downplay the real risks in pregnancy of going untreated.  Sometimes people mistakenly think thyroid issues is closer to a vitamin deficency than say a life supporting hormone akin to insulin.  And it can get out of control really fast during and after pregnancy which is what happened with my first... even with a family history of hypo, some signs I was going that way and doing all the pregnancy and post-partum screens, I somehow managed to end up with a TSH of 36 postpartum and was nearly suicidal from sheer exhaustion by that point.  Hence my fairly aggressive language.  But, you are correct to say that TSH =7.5  if she is already 8 weeks pregnant is likely not to cause great harm to her baby, etc.  And, I generally feel that people should treat thyroid by symptoms when not pregnant.  I appreciate your insights.

 

Blessed - Your TSH number looks good.  Your free T4 suggests you need more supplementation while your T3 says you have more than enough.  I'm getting out of my comfort zone, but I think this is one of those issues that comes up with Armour.... because there is T3 in there, you can get that T3 too high while not really having a 'high enough' T4 number.  Armour, rather than your body, is likely making too much T3.  If you feel ok, I'd leave it.  If you are feeling anxious, irritable, any of those hypo symptoms and past mid pregnancy where needs have leveled off, I'd think about decreasing.

 

Thank you. I am feeling completely OK so I will leave it for now. But I will keep a close check on it throughout the pregnancy.....

post #23 of 30
Interesting discussion. I am 18 weeks, and my TSH and T4 were normal, but my T3 was pretty low. I have a family history of thyroid problems, but I know it was all going fine last fall when I had blood work done. My midwife has been in contact with my general practitioner, so I am waiting to see what they recommend.
post #24 of 30

Hi,

 

Just had a doubt... the fact that my T3 is high.. does it mean that now I am hyper-thyroid whereas I am supposed to be hypothyroid and my overcorrecting it has made me hyperthyroid?

 

 

post #25 of 30
Thread Starter 

Well went to see an Endo and her opinion was I need synthetic T4. The OB ran a total T4 and she said being pregnant there are too many other things to mess that up. She expects my free T4 to be low and went ahead and started me on a low dose, hope it's not too late for this little one to be healthy.

post #26 of 30

I'm glad you found an answer. Hope the rest of your pg goes well.

post #27 of 30
Thread Starter 

Thanks buzzer! Today is the day I first found out something was wrong with the last one. My next appt is at 12 weeks exactly, just have to stay positive and keep from freaking myself out for one more week.

post #28 of 30
Thread Starter 

AH! Holy crap, someone tell me how this happens. In three weeks w/o meds my numbers are now normal?????

post #29 of 30

So you haven't started the T4 right? I thought from your earlier post you were on a low dose?

 

thyroid numbers are not definite - they are always changing. They can fluctuate up and down. During pregnancy your body will be trying hard to compensate and get everything working the way it should. What does your Dr say now?

post #30 of 30
Thread Starter 

I took the T4 for two days, but stopped now. Dr wants me to pull blood every three weeks for the next few months and just keep an eye on it shrug.gif

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