Can anyone shed some light on my recent blood results please?

My THS level is now 7.04 and T4 10.09. I dont understand what these mean. I have been experiencing symptoms for 18 months, but as i just had my daughter, i just put alot of them down to that. Hair loss and feeling achy and tired went with new baby i thought. I have been put on 100 levothyroxine 8 days ago and just feel worse then ever now. Im like a zombie, headaches, foggy at best. If i could i would be sleeping, but not a lot of chance of that with a little toddler. I just wanna feel normal again.

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  • You are hypothyroid or you have post partum thyroiditis but i suspect the former

    what familiy history of autoimmune illness etc is there

  • Thank you for your reply.

    Im not really too sure on my family history. I do think my Aunty has underactive thyroid, but we dont stay in touch. I dont know the hows or whys. My GP said the pregnancy could have triggered this and she waited to see if i would go back to normal. But now, she said i wont and need to take the medication. I feel a lot worse taking it.

  • I am sorry you are feeling unwell. I wonder if 100mcg straight off is a bit high as usually you begin at 50mcg and work up by 25mcg around every 6 weeks till you feel better. It is worrying when you've just had a new baby and have to deal with feeling awful.

    Your thyroid gland could settle down and this is an archived link which gives an explanation of hypo in pregnancy. Read from the third question onwards:-

    web.archive.org/web/2010103...

  • Thank you, now baby in bed i can sit down and will give it a read.

  • Its confusing that i had so many blood tests through the pregnancy and it never came up, but started to show up 6 months after. Only problem was extreme sickness start to finish. I keep reading up but i cant seem to understand what im reading. When i look at peoples comments 95% of them are negative. Disheartening as hoping you just take medication and feel better. Its not looking that simple though.

  • It does appear to be complexed. My result range were 10.09 between 12-22. From the information i have looked at, i noticed there ranges were different, but i wasnt sure if it was different guild lines or just different tests slightly. Over the past 3 blood tests iv noticed that my, 3t4? level is going down, between 12-22 and my tsh?level between 0.27-4.2 is going up.... As much as i have tried to understand what this means, im afraid its not going in.

  • Oh ok, thank you, that actually makes sense. I hope it doesn't take too long to get to that point. Going to keep positive as im sure that will help me. Im losing my hair quite badly at the moment, and have been since i had the baby, along with the tiredness and aches, but i have not put on weight yet. Im around the same. I should use this as a warning to start a much healthier lifestyle. I dont exercise and dont really eat healthy. Little changes here and there for me from now on. Thank you for being patient with me and taking me through the basis.

  • Claiire, if you can, I would recommend you get Dr Peatfield's book Your thyroid and how to keep it healthy. It is available in hard copy or on kindle. It is easy to understand and written in such a kindly tone too, I'm sure it would help you understand everything. I am so glad I got it, it really helped x

  • Thank you. Ill look it up tonight.

  • I can guess your hypo and not in control. Some things to try is take your medication 1st thing in the morning (i would have by my bedside) wait 30 mins before having breakfast or even tea or coffee (coffee 'bad' for the medication and seggest to avoid large amounts of caffeine *who can live with out that!*) (i had a total thyroideptomy a year before having my L/O so ive been both side and did a bit of reaserch) my conclusion (the big seggestion is pealio diet * no way could i live like that) was to see what they all agreed on (i like my food) first was the morning taking tablets. Next the diet (got no time for that) avoid if possible any Soya as it reacts with the medication (all form it in alot of junk food especially alot of chocolate *not in plain dairy milk) be sure to have minimal high iron foods like deep greens broccoli etc (1 portion a day) Strawberries (high in iron) peaches and grapes in any form ( raisins and wine) to even try to reduce these it may help you feel better (and not overly complicated diet to follow) and in control of your thyroid care #im not a dietitian just know i wasnt given any advice to learn to love and live with my thyroid condition. But by doing these basic helped me feel better and livelier. And avoid the sloggy tiredness. And not totally restricting my dietry choices. If it help its a bonus! Your T levels are the hormones and white blood cells count. Brain send signals to thyroid which gives birth to the white blood cells thats sent down to liver (i think) to send to the rest of body for any illnessess. Hyper thyroid goes hay wire and produce too much white cells (get shakes and hyperactive) hypo is not making much and cause tiredness and weight gain.

    I wish you the best of luck and get control soon it can take couple of months to get right but once you get it right you be great.

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