Hi I'm Claire, 33. I have hypothyroidism (Hashimotos). I have a 3.5 year old and an almost 2 year old. Diagnosed with Graves 3.5 years ago after having my first child. I had cholestasis in the last few weeks of pregnancy (sever itching caused by too much estrogen hormone which makes the liver produce too much bile which overflows into the blood stream and meaning I had to be induced 2 weeks early as can cause still birth) which I believe triggered my thyroid antibody attack. Within a few months of giving birth it went from over active to underactive. Was then started on Levothyroxine 3 years ago. Was on a dose of 50mg for a while, then it had to be increased to 75mg. I must add that I had no real symptoms and felt generally well. They only did a thyroid blood test after I gave birth because I'd had the cholestasis. Everything was going fine until I fell pregnant again and I just could not function what so ever, I had to sleep all the time, had no energy to cook myself heathy meals, couldn't play with my little boy etc. Was just awful. I saw a consultant and he increased my dose to 100mg for the course of my pregnancy as he said you need a little more when you're pregnant. It didn't make a difference. Once I gave birth I went back down to 75mg again as instructed but after a blood test a few months later I was put back up to 100mg and have been on that dose since (the last 18 months).
I breast feed my youngest and bed share.
I have extreme fatigue, irritability, weight gain that I can't shift, brain fog, just generally can't function.
I have finally been referred to an endocarnoligist, just waiting for an appointment. The doctors won't check my anti bodies so I'm hoping the endo will and also check free t3, t4.
I started a gluten free diet 3 weeks ago and feel slightly better and have lost a little bit of weight so will carry on with that. Have now cut out most dairy and caffeine.
Have been watching The Thyroid Secret docu series and feel so inspired by it and want to try and heal my self naturally through diet, life style, eliminating toxins from my invironment. I appreciate this might not be possible but want to give it a try. In the mean time I would love to go onto NDT but don't know if endo will pescribe this or where I could get it?