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Swollen thyroid and pregnancy

Im 17 weeks pregnant and just back from the doctors, i went because of a swelling on the front/right of my neck and because i would happily sleep all day, every day and various other symptoms. I had my thyroid (tsh) checked a few years ago and it was found to be in middle the "normal range" (2.0 or around that) the doc has arranged for me to have my bloods done again. I vaguely remember someone telling me that the tsh test isnt as reliable as other tests but my doctor is adamant that the tsh test is all i need. I googled the symptoms of hypothyroid as soon as i got back and found a list and i could easily tick more than half of the symptoms and thats thinking back to before i was even pregnant. Is there any way i can get my doctor to do a full thyroid test?  And if my tsh comes back as "normal" again from a possibly unreliable test, will an untreated underactive thyroid harm my baby? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Congratulations on your pregnancy. In your shoes, I would put in writing that you believe you are suffering from hypothyroidism and list your symptoms. Say you have consulted Thyroid UK which recommends a full thyroid panel including T4, free T3, thyroid peroxidase antibodies, iron, ferritin, folate, B12 and vitamin D. This is especially important in pregnancy. From our experience you get taken more seriously where there is a paper trail ;-)

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Wow thank you so much for replying and for the congrats. I took a screenshot of the list of symptoms on the thyroid uk page, it was easier to count the 31 that i didnt tick! I have to go back next week to see my midwife and to get blood tests done so i will leave a nice little letter in then. I dont know why doctors are so reluctant to test more than tsh, all they have to do is put a little tick on a sheet! 


When you go for your blood test get it as early in the morning as possible 9 ish at the latest and only have water before as food I believe lowers the tsh and you want it as high as it will go. Hope this helps.

Jo xx


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