I need some advice and reassurance. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s ten years ago. Never been medicated as the doctors always say I’m within range even though I’ve had results out of range at various points. My TPO antibodies have been as high as 1500 and I’ve been temporarily hyperthyroid as well as hypothyroid.
I’ve recently had a baby. During pregnancy my symptoms improved drastically and I was emotionally calm and grounded. Then I had the baby and my symptoms are back with a vengeance. I was consultant led during my pregnancy to monitor my thyroid and the endocrinologist arranged to see me at 4 months postpartum to check my thyroid again. I had the blood test and she said it was normal. My TSH was 0.9 (0.3-3.0) and my free T4 was 16 (12-22). My Free T3 was 3.8 (3.8-6.4) so it was the very bottom of the range. The endocrinologist said that’s fine. I told her all my symptoms:
Weight loss (I weigh less now than I did before my pregnancy!)
Severe on/off knee, hand and wrist pain
Over heating at night
Severe mood changes
She said that my symptoms were not my thyroid and I needed a cardiac check for the palpitations and to discuss postnatal depression with my doctor. I went back to my GP and spoke to her. She ordered an ECG which was normal and asked me about my emotions. I explained that I’m up and down, I’m sensitive and moody and it has caused arguments with my husband. She said that it could be postnatal depression. I don’t believe it is! If it’s depression why do my knees hurt so much that at times I can barely get up off the floor? If it’s depression why do I alternate between diarrhoea and constipation? If it’s depression why do I get pains in my thyroid. I have a 3cm module which has been biopsied clear and a Hashimotos diagnosis from raised antibodies.
I’m now terrified that this is a psychiatric issue and that maybe I’m on the verge of a breakdown or something. Any thoughts?