I have to get flown to Darwin Hospital for Radioactive Iodine Ultrasounds and either surgery or tablets. My levels arnt dangerous apparently, but the specialist wants to see me.
Hi sorry I forgot to come back yesterday.
I had a blood test at 6 months which showed an over active thyroid. My DS was a crappy sleeper like yours so I thought I was feeling awful from sleep deprivation. I was immediately referred to an endocrinologist. I was told it was likely to be Grave's disease (an autoimmune disease) or post-parting thyroiditis. I had another blood test to check for Grave's and it was negative.
Post-partum thyroiditis does resolve itself eventually but if your levels are very high it is putting a huge strain on your body and heart and there's a risk you could have a heart attack. I was told if I wasn't BFing I would have been prescribed medication straight away but it does pass through the milk so instead I had monthly blood tests to see if the issue was resolving itself. After 2 months my levels were still really high and I felt awful, so I was prescribed carbimazole but quite a low dose. The endocrinologist said it should be ok to continue BFing , weighing up risks and benefits etc. After 2 more months my levels were fine and I went off the medication.
I had to have more blood tests to check my thyroid didn't go underactive which happens in 25% of cases of PPT. In some of these cases it resolves itself and others require lifelong medication.
Also I was told to have thyroid tests prior to conceiving any more children as if it is underactive it can affect the growing baby's brain.
Hope this is helpful!
Thank you MH. They are ringing me this week to organise my flights.
i have recently had a similar experience, with my GP wanting me to undergo a radioactive iodine study to determine whether the condition is Graves or post partum thyroiditis.
I am a bit reluctant to have the nuclear scan due to the use of radioactive isotopes, which have a half life of six hours and are essentially present in your bodily fluids and excretions.
I have emailed my GP asking if the test is imperative.
Would love to know weather the same was discussed with you.
They ended up just forgetting abut me and if resolved by itself. They originally wanted to give me the ultrasound.
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Thanks Indigo, glad to hear it resolved. My Dr wasn't so positive, being of the belief that she thinks I have a high risk of eventually going into the hypothyroid state requiring medication. I am not sure as to why she holds this view.
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