I am 42 and had my first baby 4 and a half months ago. I have just been diagnosed with post partum thyroiditis and presently have an over active thyroid. In 6 weeks TSH has gone from .46 to .03 (4 weeks) to 0.01 today. T4 has remained at a steady 14.5 and T3 5.1 initially and is now 5.3. I saw an endo consultant who was dismissive of all symptoms and just said that it would go to underactive quite soon and then hopefully level out within a year. We are very lucky to have been able to have had a child at my age but we were very much hoping to try for another baby at around 6 months. The endo said in no uncertain terms that I MUST not get pregnant. I've just been to the GP and she also said the same but was also very dismissive of my symptoms and said they sounded like usual post baby lack of sleep etc and its probably because I've also just moved to Brisbane! I'm really hot and sweaty, very irritable, angry even sometimes, find it hard to concentrate, big clumps of hair come out daily, I've put on weight (I know not symptomatic with an overactive thyroid). I have very tingley hands and feet, my legs really ache sometimes and I'm just really down and feel out of sorts and not myself.
I'm very confused as to how they can be so dismissive about symptoms but then be really adamant about not getting pregnant, especially when it goes underactive. They also both said you can't treat post partum thyroiditis...So many questions:
1) anyone been in the same position?
2) any advice?
3) anyone got pregnant with an overactive or underactive thyroid
4) any tips on management to improve it and make it go away quickly?
Basically this is super depressing on all levels, probably won't be able to have another baby and anytime soon I am going to get even more depressed and low and tired and put heaps more weight on and not be able to shift it because it is hormonal and not related to food or exercise!! HELP, I have a really good diet and eat healthily anyway.