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07-06-2012 19:54 #11
08-06-2012 21:16 #12
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.
09-06-2012 07:27 #13
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!
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10-06-2012 10:18 #14
Thank you MH. They are ringing me this week to organise my flights.
22-08-2013 15:10 #15
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.
22-08-2013 16:08 #16
They ended up just forgetting abut me and if resolved by itself. They originally wanted to give me the ultrasound.
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22-08-2013 23:50 #17
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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