I have a friend who has a family history of thyroid problems and miscarriage. She has not been diagnosed and is not taking any thyroid medication. She has just gone through her fourth miscarriage losing all the babies before 10 weeks. She has one daughter who was born 6 weeks early. She doesn't feel the reasons for her miscarriages are being fully investigated having been told her thyroid results are 'normal'. She has the following symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- tired all the time (hard to judge given she is a busy mum with a 2 year old)
- dry skin - started getting dry skin in the creases of her arms
- dry hair
- erratic menstrual cycle
- real trouble losing her baby weight after delivery of daughter - just not coming off
- 4 miscarriages and an pre-term labour
Her thyroid blood test results are -(she is not on thyroid meds):
Serum TSH - range 0.345 - 5.6
2008: 1.98 mlU/L
2010: 2.83 mlU/L
2012: 2.73 mlU/L
Serum free T4 level - range 7.5 -21
2008: 10.2 pmol/L
2010: 9.5 pmol/L
2012: 9.6 pmol/L
Bearing in mind she is not taking any thyroid medication, what do people think about these results alongside her family history and symptoms? Could she have a thyroid problem even though she has been told her levels are fine and could this contribute to her miscarriages?
She has had other tests which rule out PCOS. She was given blood thinners before and with the last pregnancy which was obviously unsuccessful and will be posting her test results on HealthUnlocked Hughes Syndrome community for more advice. Her Hormone levels are o.k. She has low corrected calcium levels (very bottom of range) so is going to ask for vitamin D test. Other tests she is going to request are: Thyroid antibodies, FT3, Vitamin B12, Folates and Ferritin.
It would be very much appreciated if someone can help as she is naturally feeling very distressed at the loss of her babies and also feeling unwell from the symptoms.