Gosh it seems like ages ago now.
Mostly because I avoid thinking about it much. I fired my endocrinologist a few years ago and assume my follow up diagnosis is still clear.
There is just one problem with doing that...when I went in yesterday to my old endocrinologist he recognized me, then proceeded to ask where I'd been and then ripped me a new one for knowing better than to let my levels get out of control.
I was there at the demand of my OB/GYN.
On my most recent labs testing my thyroid levels I was cruising an 85. That is way out of whack for anyone.
Meaning I am severely Hypothyroid.
(See pictures of poster listing symptoms of hypothyroidism)
Normal TSH levels range from (0.5-5.0) .
Someone post cancer is supposed to be at a suppressed level below (0.1-0.5) and chemically kept at a borderline normal to hyperactive level.
An underactive thyroid is called hypothyroid. The higher the # on your TSH level the more Hypothyroid you are.
Potentially giving you more of those symptoms listed. The most common being fatigue . I get stupid and slow when i'm hypo. And need to sleep all day.
Add that to being pregnant. It's a BAD combo.
The hubs has been bugging me for a long while asking if I'd been taking my meds. The answer was YES! I'd even doubled my dose knowing from last time the need for more thyroid meds goes up during pregnancy.
Now here is the kicker. At some point (november) somehow the wrong dose got ordered for me and put on autofill at the pharmacy.
I thought I was still taking 250 mg of thyroid hormone. And doubling it.
I found out yesterday I'd only been taking a negligible amount
of 25 mcg doubled which means I was taking a whopping 50 micrograms of thyroid meds which is Nothing!
No wonder I feel like crap! No wonder I have no energy! No wonder the Endo ripped me a new one! Not to mention the "I told you so from the hubs".
Sadly I have no one to blame but myself!
I should have gone to the Endo in the beginning of the pregnancy for him to monitor my levels and my meds like my OB wanted.
I should have noticed the change in my dose.
I should have known better.
Now it's a mad rush to get it under control before I deliver.
Now I have to go to the lab every week.
Now I have to go see the Endo I hugely dislike weekly too.
Now he's going to go back to talking to me like i'm an idiot having proven myself to be one for not noticing I was taking the wrong dose.
Now my history of thyroid cancer is coming back to haunt me and I have to get some follow up tests i've been avoiding.
Brightside? Now I might get my levels under control and I might have some energy again.
And ideally i'll start losing weight.
The muscle fatigue will go away.
The slow reflexes will get better.
And the dimwittedness will fade.
Moral of the story?
Know your dose.
Stay on top of follow up.
Be your own advocate and quit ignoring the problem.
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