has anyone developed thyroid disease after having their second child?

Michelle - posted on 04/06/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I had my second child and 6 months later I have hashimotos disease. They said since it is in my genes it was coming and having the baby through me into it. Life is different for me now. My thyroid died basically and I had numbers of those who compare to cancer patients. I am better now almosr 2 yrs in but just wondering of what life changes people have made after this diagnosis. I will have this the rest of my life but whether now or later cause it was going to happen he was worth it.

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Michelle - posted on 04/09/2012

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Wow. That is very informative. I have never heard of the other medicine. I will ask my doctor at the next appointment. I have weird ups and downs but seemingly throughout the day. I also have ibs so another autoimmune disease. Both parents have thyroid but my dad has vitaligo also or the pigment disorder so he has no more pigment. These are all autoimmune issues. So you no longer take the levothyroxine?. Wanna make sire I read that right. This is so great talking with someone who understands. And having kids it is so exhausting after working all day. Did you having your kids throw you into it? I worry about other autoimmune things may effect me. My mom had hers removed since she had over 40 nodules on it and one was malignent. Anyhow anything else you can think would be fantastic thank you for sharing I really appreciate it!

Sarah - posted on 04/07/2012

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The levothyroxine (synthroid) will help your T4 levels - and TSH levels even out - however it will do nothing about your T3 levels - which is what hashimotos effects. T3 is also the form of the hormone your body needs to convert - so high levels of your TSH will cause you body to create more T4 - and the synthroid also increases T4 - however with HAshimotos your body can't USE the T4 - so it's all floating around inside with nowhere to go - but then your hashimotos acts up and swings from hypo to hyper - and that pile of T4 inside makes things even worse - many Drs just leave the hashimotos alone and let it regulate itself - but most of the time that leaves a person feeling off still - and sometimes it can be very severe.



I take synthroid (levothyroxine) for my TSh (T4) levels and I also take Cytomel for my T3 levels. Synthroid is a slow acting medication - when you change your dose you might notice a difference right away, but it'll take roughly 4 weeks for your body to regulate - so after changing a dose you should re-do blood work at roughly 5-6 weeks after to make sure it was enough of a change - in 3 months so much can change that it doesn't give an accurate picture of how that dose change actually effected your body.



Cytomel is a much faster acting medication. You notice a difference within a day of the change and by the end of the week you have a good indication of how your body reacted - 2 weeks post change is a good time to do blood work - and then again at 6 weeks if the 2 week marker was good - while your body is adjusting, you can swing between hypo and hyper often - that's the nature of hashimotos - however once it's under control, those swings don't happen unless you have a flare-up.



I used to be on 125mcg of synthroid then started taking cytomel (5 years after being diagnosed with hashimotos). I started on 5mcg of cytomel (it's a potent drug) I increased it to the next dosage level of 10 mcg, but that was too high, adjusting up and down by partial pills until my levels balanced out. I now take 1 3/4 pills of the mcg dosage of cytomel. They're super tiny pills and they only come in 5 mcg, and 20 mcg pills so small dose changes are difficult. But VERY worthwhile to take the time to adjust those partial pills.



You've also figured something out I meant to mention, but forgot - GLUTEN! I found out I have celiac's disease (the Hashimotos was likely caused by it) and had to cut ALL gluten out of my diet. It was tough at first, but really made a huge difference in how I felt as well as how my body functioned.



If you have any more questions about either thyroid or celiac's/gluten feel free to ask.

Michelle - posted on 04/07/2012

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I have had it now for 2 years almost. I take levothyroxine 125mcg a day and also a cholestorol pill until my numbers even out on their own. Everything has been in check for some time and my cholestorol is down my doc just isn't ready to take me off the meds for that yet. I get checked for my. T3 and t4 levels every 3 months. I have only had my antibidoes checked once when diagnosed and they aren't suppose to be above like 250 and kine were over 7000. It was ridiculous. Now I am fine most days but sometimes I still get winded easy and am tired not intolerable but more so than normal. I have a low libido still and cant get over that hump. I drink sometimes and that makes for a bad revoery the next day and I find coffee bothers me. I also find if I eat wheat I feel yucky. When I get that yucky feeling I feel like my thyroid is swelling. Maybe I am just overthinking but I swear I feel it filling up my throat like it gets inflamed. Just curious if other people have ups and downs also and how certain things effect them as well. I work in a body donor morgue so I am familiar with how it works and what it does. Just curious for other younger people how they cope or if they even need to you know. Thanks for responding I feel alone with this sometimes since I don't know anyonne my age with it.

Sarah - posted on 04/06/2012

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I have hashimotos and have done so much looking into thyroid issues as a result. I can give you a lot of info - but first I'd need to know more about your situation.



First - how often do you do blood work? What blood work does your Dr order? How are you treated? Have you seen an endocrinologist?



How do you feel? Are you sluggish, tired, foggy? IS your skin, nails, and hair healthy? Are you treated for symptoms or lab work?



How has the Hashimoto's been treated? Are you on synthroid by itself? or are you also taking a medication for you T3 levels?



How much do you know about how hashimoto's works on the body?

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