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Confused to say the least with endo comment

I got a letter from my endo, regarding my last appt, reading through it, he said, that when I was diagnosed with low thyroid during my pregnancy, and further bloods tests taken a year after I gave birth, would not suggest I have a thyroid problem, the results from the antibodies taken do not biochemically suggest any problems with my thyroid... I asked him, so basically your telling me my tsh t4, whilst on 125mcg Levo, was within range but I've not got a thyroid issue? He said that, because my antibodies was negative I do not need to be on levothyroxine or t3.

So I'm confused.. Or am I missing something here?

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Nikki, pregnancy can induce hypothyroidism which often recovers post-partum. Thyroid hormone replacement will be prescribed throughout pregnancy, not least to ensure good foetal development, and discontinued when thyroid levels normalise post-partum. A subsequent pregnancy is likely to trigger hypothyroidism which may not recover and may be permanent.

Some doctors will prescribe thyroid hormone when TSH is >5 in the presence of antibodies as autoimmune thyroid disease means progression to overt hypothyroidism is inevitable. What are your thyroid levels now?


In April my tsh was 1.25 I was 150mcg Levo... I'm seeing my gp later for the recent tests, but now I'm not on Levo only t3. I shall post later my recent results, be interesting to see where I am on t3, I've got more bloods to be taken on Thursday, including antibodies, but this time I will leave 24 hours without taking t3 .


Nikki, How long after your pregnancy was April? You weren't overmedicated then.


I gave birth in may 2012, i was told to come off levo, which i did, after about 4 weeks, i felt awful, all hypo symptoms, i went back to my gp, he done a tsh test and agreed that i should start taking levo again, with a gradual increase by further bloods, it then settled at 150mcg.


Nikki, it sounds like your endo is talking out of his rear end then. Perhaps you should ditch him and find someone else.


I think your right, I shall post my results a bit later.. Thank you clutter


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