Sorry in advance for long post but at a loss!
I’m 26 with a history of PCOS and anemia. I had a baby in December and felt horrendous throughout pregnancy, haven’t improved since. Got bloods done when I was 7 months gone, due to being tired and swollen, was told “normal” by receptionist. When I was on ward after, I was told if my iron levels were any lower I would have needed a blood transfusion. I had lots of symptoms towards end too;lost eyelashes, hair thinned, outer eyebrows fell out, was constantly exhausted, swelled so much all over, carpel tunnel exhaustion, dizziness, palpitations, daily headaches, sore joints and muscles, dry gritty eyes that leak randomly, gained around 5 stone as well even though I ate reasonably and was active. I was around 11 stone pre pregnancy, size 10. I didn’t sleep well at all towards end of it and had anxiety, 11 days after I had baby,2 stone just fell off, I put it down to so much water retention. I still suffer from swelling. I was really anxious around this time and was physically nervous and jumpy, with a feeling like someone had their hands round my throat, rushing around cleaning etc full of energy! At 8 week check up I had neck pain and no sleeping and she gave me naproxen and was told to see how I go.
Fast forward 6 months and I’m just exhausted even though I have great support and baby generally sleeps through. I have the odd day where I feel okay or good even but most I feel like I’m fighting myself just to feel like I used to and make it through the day until teatime without falling asleep! On good days and even on bad (often feel worse afterwards though) I run and do workouts and use my fitness pal, now down to about 1400-1600 calories a day,switched cows milk to almond milk, I eat well and don’t eat refined sugar or “bad carbs”, dont eat after 8pm, control portion size, but cannot for the life of me lose any weight. I’m forgetful and “foggy”, dry hair and nails, digestive issues, can’t sleep again, get really hot and sweaty easily, periods have gradually decreased and now dissappeared. My Mother is on thyroxine she was classed as borderline under active since her last pregnancy. I feel like for months I’ve been told “it’s all normal for pregnancy/ hormones/new mothers etc etc” and my last trip to the docs was awful, he pointed out a lot of people who think they’re doing enough excercise and eating well but they’re not and basically suggested it could be chronic fatigue and I shouldn’t have put that weight on in first place and arnt doing enough to lose it. I had to argue politely for ten minutes before he agreed to do further thyroid tests. My first TSH on 14th June was 0.79 (range 0.30-4.50). Then after pushing for further tests on 28th June my TSH was 2.16 (0.30-4.50) free T4 was 18.1 (range 10.0-22.0) and Free T3 was 6.0 (range 3.1-6.8).
My next appointment to review these tests is in 9 days and I just want to be armed with as much info as possible as he seems to be a bit obstructive and adamant it’s not thyroid.I’m someone who was active and healthy and had buckets of energy, I’m like a shadow of myself and it’s making me miserable! I’m due back to work off maternity soon as well.Still have a pressure feeling in my throat so might push for a scan next.
Thanks if you made it all the way to end of the post! 😂