Still Recovering...

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby kim » Wed Jul 30, 2008 11:17 pm

That's sounds exactly like hypothyroidism to me! Your symptoms are classic! (weight loss, fatigue, headaches, dizziness, nausea, muscle weakness) You may want to find someone who really specializes in thyroid issues. Not necessarily an endocrinologist, but someone who is willing to treat "slightly out of whack" ranges. Even the slightest shift in my thyroid causes a lot of problems.

Good luck,

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby alviarin » Wed Jul 30, 2008 03:10 pm

I hope the extra iron does the trick, and you aren't looking at a pituitary issue. I'm far from an expert on Sheehan's, but I thought it was associated with low prolactin levels. Postpartum thyroiditis is more common, affecting an estimated 5-10% of all women in the US.

You could ask your doc about taking the liquid iron supplements if that is easier for your stomach to tolerate. If your thyroid hormones are still low when you go back in for a re-test, you could ask about a low dose of thyroid meds to see if that helps. Personally I feel best with my T4 & T3 levels above mid range.

I hope you feel better soon.

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby bellemama » Wed Jul 30, 2008 01:25 pm

Thanks everyone for your words of wisdom, as always.

quote:Am an advocate for more research on this postpartum period. In retrospect it's really hard to be enjoying every minute of your baby when your trying to figure out on google what on earth is happening to your body.

I totally agree! I wish there were more support for PE sufferers post-partum. It's as if at six weeks, our OBs wash their hands of us and we're off to navigate a maze of specialists on our own, many of whom are completely ignorant about PE and think that delivering the baby solves all the problems -- which for many of us, it doesn't!

It's just so frustrating to not feel well *all*the*time. In some ways, even though my first pg was much more scary and life-threatening, I'm having a harder time recovering from this one. I guess being not as sick, but longer, bedrest, and oh yeah, being 44 will do that!

I guess I'll just take the iron supplementation and give it time to work. I really don't tolerate it well, but I did the liquid iron while pg and at least it didn't make me throw up.

Newengland10, I only wish I had the energy to work out! Even doing gentle yoga exhausts me. Thanks for the book recommendations.

Rosemary, my bp readings were normal again on the meds. They took me off and then retested two weeks later and they were still normal. They've crept back up since then. The dr. thinks they're low enough that we should try diet first, so I'm meeting a dietitian.

Alviarin, my T3 is midrange for my lab, so that's the only okay level. I'm a bit worried about it being a pituitary issue, but wait-and-see seems to be the plan.

DueJan08, thanks for the compliments! I'm so bad about updating the boys' blogs. I used to update my first son's every week!

Emersons Mom, I got my libido back when my periods returned (three months pp even though ebf) but it's waned because of not feeling well. I had zero desire until then. I know it's a cliche, but sometimes I "make" myself initiate things becuase I know I'll enjoy it and get into it once I do.

(sorry, I can't see sigs in the Reply view and my brain can't remember my own children's names right now!)

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby emersons mom » Tue Jul 29, 2008 05:07 pm

seconding alanna......low iron issues as well as any b vitamin deficiencies can make you listless, weak and headachey, both a coworker and myself were given iron supplementations after our babies were born, she is 14 month pp and still on prescription ones....i am on the over the counter dosage, but I notice that if I miss eating vegetables for a few days i will suddenly feel a bit better the day after 5 good leafy greens, tomatoes, etc.....but I am still missing any sex drive, i have asked my ob if i need hormones or a prescription and she says no.....anyone else have any helpful hints? I eat strawberries, pumpkin seeds and avocado daily...no help!

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby trish » Tue Jul 29, 2008 03:34 pm

>>>>In retrospect it's really hard to be enjoying every minute of your baby when your trying to figure out on google what on earth is happening to your body. It makes me angry to think that I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what the heck was going on - but at the time it scared me a lot.

This is exactly how I feel. I am mad that so many Dr's took so long to figure out why I felt so awful. And mad that I spent so many months feeling terrible and spending many hundreds of dollars on tests, specialist visits & meds that I never really needed if they'd gotten my diagnosis right back in March.

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby alviarin » Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:27 pm

Anemia can cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, & weakness. I felt extremely weak and tired after I had my son, and I was also very anemic with low hemoglobin. After three months of prescription iron supplements I felt human again (and my fingernails had stopped breaking.)

My sis suffered from fatigue & vertigo even though her hemoglobin was barely in range- she didn't feel better until she got her ferritin or iron stores up from bottom of range.

I didn't suffer from postpartum thyroiditis but autoimmune thyroid disease runs in my family. From what I've read it typically resolves, but puts you at higher risk of developing thyroid problems later in life or during subsequent pregnancies.

Do you know the range on your T3 test? It's hard to tell where it falls (low or high), since units and ranges can vary from lab to lab. Hyperthyroidism can cause weight loss, muscle weakness, nausea & vertigo (and so can hypothyroidism even though weight loss is more typically associated with hyperthyroidism). Hypothyroidism can cause high prolactin.

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby rosemary » Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:03 pm

Val...I don't have any brilliant answers for your fatigue, but in my non-medical opinion, your BP's are still a bit high. Were your BP readings lower before you were taken off meds? Has your doctor discussed any kind of a plan to get your numbers a bit lower?

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby newengland10 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 08:38 pm

I had our daughter in September of '06 and it was't really until the Summer of '07 that I started to feel better. I went through all sorts of strange symptoms, had tests with myriad docs, including a neurologist, cardiologist, endocrinologists, you name it. Am still on generic procardia 30XL, but after trying to get off it 4 mos post partum I landed in the ER with huge pressure spikes and tachycardia. I was then given Atenelol, which was awful for me, followed by Caridzem also awful for me. I went from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid (approx 5-6 mos pp) and it was dx'd as postpartum thyroiditis. Along with PE, I certainly wasn't prepared for it and didn't know much about it. Mary Shomon has written some very good books on thyroid conditions, and it helped to read them and to look at her website. Somehow in the mix I ended up getting hot flashes, intermittent numbness feeling in different parts of my body, and some odd sensation similar to losing altitude suddenly in a plane (floating) when I walked - fun fun fun... When I resumed my exercise routine (approx 5 days a week give or take), I started to feel much better after a while. I am still on the HTN med, but haven't completely given up hope to wean successfully one day. I'd say after 9 mos+ postpartum after PE is when I really started to feel more like myself again and the thyroid condition corrected itself, it just took time and a few tests to check it out. For me, PE hit right at the end, and I was never on meds during the pregnancy. I had more issues with what I felt was a sequelae of symptoms postpartum from having had severe PE. Am an advocate for more research on this postpartum period. In retrospect it's really hard to be enjoying every minute of your baby when your trying to figure out on google what on earth is happening to your body. It makes me angry to think that I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what the heck was going on - but at the time it scared me a lot. I guess from my story and experience, I would say hang in there, because sometimes for some of us, it just takes a much longer time for our bodies to really get back to a place of balance. Sometimes even up to a year or more, but hopefully it won't be that long.

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby trish » Mon Jul 28, 2008 08:10 pm

Well I'm sorry we can't blame your BP meds and get you off of them to "fix" you. I just went to your blog - great pics there and I love your writing style. And you are very pretty! Good to put a face with a name.
(((HUGS))) I hope you start feeling better very soon.

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Re : Still Recovering...

Postby bellemama » Mon Jul 28, 2008 05:07 pm

I'm not on any bp meds. They took me off at about 4 months pp and declared me "normal." But I still kept getting high bp at home...interestinly, both times the internist has checked my bp herself and gotten significantly higher readings than the nurses. Oddly, it makes me feel better, as these were the same nurses who kept getting good readings while I was pg even though my levels were bad at home and in L&D! (My internist and OBs share an office)


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