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Hi

I'm looking for some help and advise as I'm at my wits end

When I was 8 I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid ( mother grandmother and great grandmother also diagnosed)

To cut a long story short when I was in my early 20s a specialist to me it was a misdiagnosis

Fast forward to last year where I was tested again

Extreme tiredness alopecia areata anxiety depression dry hair flaky nails constipation always cold and most importantly to me very irregular periods

I gave birth to my daughter in April 14 after trying to conceive for some time ( previous miscarriage) and since then I have had regular periods up until about September time. Between September and now I have only had 2 periods

The doctor tested thyroid levels which came back borderline so tested again a month later where all was ok

Still no period and desperTely trying to conceive again with all previous symptoms

I'm back at the doctors today as I'm at my witts end

Is it possible to be borderline underactive and still suffer all of these symptoms

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    Hi Sarah - It is possible to be hypothyroid during preganancy and recover. This happened to me but I became fully hypo years later. If you are borderline you might be able to assist your thyroid with the right supplements. Its known that we need vit B12, vit D ferritin and folate to be in the top of their ranges for our thyroid to function adequately so ask your doctor to test these for you.

    Also doctors are obsessed with numbers in 'ranges' without treating by symptoms. Its possible that a low dose of levothyroxine would be appropriate now.

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      Thanks Jill

      I have been back to the doctors today but they won't re test me

      I will certainly give those vitamins a try

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    Absolutely. Everybody is different. Even though you are borderline in the guide, for you personally, you can be hypo. If your present doctor is not getting you where you want to be, find one who will. I went through five doctors before I found the one that helped me

    what is underactive to one doctor is not underactive to another. The "within range" used to be .50-5.0. Two or three years ago that range changed to .30-3.0 indicating "within normal limits". My doc told me because of my particular thyroid disorder (Hashimoto's) she wants me between .2-2:0. Since I have been under her care I have felt better than I have in years. I literally felt like I was dying before her. Let me also add that synthetic thyroid replacement was what I was on until she switched me to bioidentical. I feel like a different person. Now it may be just me, I don't know, but all my ailments and symptoms resolved when I switched. A lot of doctors say bio identical thyroid replacement is antiquated and outdated, but I will never go back to synthetic again.

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    The doctor wouldn't test me again as I was only tested in November and was borderline

    She said after pregnancy periods can be irregular for up to a year but it's frustrating as that's not/ never has been regular for me up until the last couple if months and my daughters almost 10 months

    I'm waking feeling sick, utterly exhausted napping when my daughter naps

    My nails are brittle my hairs coming out and like straw

    My eyes are dry and itchy

    I'm not having periods

    I've miscarried in the past

    I'm always extremely cold

    I don't understand how I was diagnosed at 8/10 years old to be told in my 20s it was a misdiagnosis

    I had been taking levothyroxine all that time

    This is so frustrating

    Without periods I'm not ovulating so no chance of second baby

    I'm pretty certain it's thyroid related

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      Also take into consideration that som edoctors don't consider a patient to be hypothyroid until their TSH goes higher than 10.0.

      Mine was at 7.97 and I felt like I was literally dying.

      You have to trust how you feel, not the blood work and keep going until you find a doctor who will help you.  You want one who will say this to you:  Okay, your lab results look good, but HOW DO YOU FEEL?  If they wont' help you, they are useless to you and move on.

      I was on synthetic when I was 7.97, btw and they said I was normal and I'll see you in a year.  Trust yourself.  do research.  If I give you too much info, big brother deletes my text rolleyes

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