Originally Posted by KermitII63
I just got back from the endocrinologist and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I had a hoshimotos diagnosis right before getting pregant and my TSH levels were completely normal throughout the pregnancy (between one and two). My thyroid was enlarged though, with increased blood flow, which he said was consistent with the autoimmune condition. Now, at 6 months postpartem, I went for a checkup and my TSH is at 78.41!!! The doctor couldn't believe it when I said I was feeling fine. I'm tired, but no more tired than you'd expect taking care of a small baby. I had a virus a week ago and have been a bit sluggish since, but I figured that was just from being sick. The doc prescribed Levothyroxine sodium 50 mcg and told me to take one a day. I told him I'd heard that the T3 and T4 combined drugs are better (but haven't really done the research) and he said that he didn't agree with that and wouldn't prescribe it for me. I'm breastfeeding exclusively and he said if I don't act quickly and start taking the prescription, it could become hard to breastfeed and function normally. He said if I bottom out it will be weeks before I feel normal again and it could affect how I interact with my baby and husband. I am so scared and so upset. I don't know what to do. I guess I should fill the prescription...but I'm thinking maybe have the test done again and see another doctor first? I'm also about to move cross country and am incredibly stressed. Please give me some advice. I'm really at a loss here...
No one can tell you what to do. You have to decide for yourself, but I can say that I personally wouldn't leave a tsh that high untreated. This is just based on my experience living with this disease. I guess everyone is different. One time my tsh got up to 11 and I felt like hell. You have a few options
1. Go see a naturopath next week that can start you on some kind of natural treatment.
2. Just take the levothyroxine and see how you feel
3. Temporarily start the levothyroxine until you find an MD that is natural minded.
Moving is really stressful. B complex has helped me with stress in the past. I started with 50 mg. Something simple you can add that really can't hurt is sea salt. Also, some people find magnesium helpful for stress (including me!). Just start slow. If you take too much magnesium, you will know b/c your bowels will loosen.
Those are just some things that have helped me with my stress while trying to find a good dr and get well. Sometimes finding the right dr and treatment is a journey. I'm sure moving complicates that for you.
The sites recommended by JacquelineR are really helpful.