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Thyroid medicine. Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Mar 18th '13

Hi ladies, So about 6months ago I was diagnosed with a under active thyroid I now take levothyroxine. When I was checked I was pretty border line under active but I had put on alot of weight I was sleeping and my blood pressure was up a little so my doctor thought this would be a good option for me, I didnt realize at the time that once you commit to thyroid medicine that its pretty much a life time commitment or is it?
Will I ever be able to stop? I know if I go without it for a few days I start to feel like crap I cant eat Im super tired and my heads, I also worry that if I ever get pregnant again that I'd have to take it during my pregnancy and with my daughter I stopped everything even caffeine. I've heard of people managing thyroid issues with diets/exercise/and herbal medicines does anyone out there have any info and experience with this?

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
Mar 18th '13

Thyroid medicine is often started and taken during pregnancies, because thyroid function can cause problems with pregnant mother and developing fetus.



I'm on Armour because levothyroxine made me sick. It is my understand I will be on it for life...or at least until I figure out the cause of the symptoms that got me put on it.



I've been told that iodine therapy is something to look into for thyroid disfunction, but know nothing about it (I don't have time to look it up).

Mamakye_ Due October 19; 1 child; Australia 919 posts
Mar 18th '13

I was put in thyroxine at age 13. I was told it was a lifetime treatment.
My dosage has altered slightly (needed more during pregnancy then my thyroid stabilised and I went back down) but I understand I will always need it.

courtney ♡ 2 kids; Washington 16705 posts
Mar 18th '13

I was put on synthroid last week for a slower acting thyroid. It wasn't too bad, but enough to have to take half a pill each day.
Don't know a whole lot about it though..

--K-- 2 kids; Romania 3189 posts
Mar 18th '13

I know absolutly nothing about this except that I will have to take it the rest of my life.



Also I asked my midwife if I could stop taking it during pregnancy and she said the risk is much worse than anything that could happen while taking it so I'm still on it.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
Mar 18th '13

The reason you feel like crap when you don't take it, is because your body needs it. It is VERY commonly taken in preganncy - a lot of women have to START it during pregnancy - because an underactive thyroid can cause issues in pregnancy.

Long story short, it's only a life time commitment if you like to feel like you are supposed to!

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Mar 18th '13

I really want a homebirth/midwife no medical intervention sonograms and no testing next time around if I have to be on thyroid medicine I bet some of that is going to have to go out the window :(



I feel worse now when Im off my medicine for a few days between refill then I did before I was even on medicine I really do question if this was the right choice for myself. I have lost weight and I have less headaches but medication for the rest of my life, does anyone know the effects of the medicines vs not having medicine on mother and baby during pregnancy?

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" I really want a homebirth/midwife no medical intervention sonograms and no testing next time around if ... [snip!] ... the rest of my life, does anyone know the effects of the medicines vs not having medicine on mother and baby during pregnancy?"


The risks of not taking it in pregnancy are MUCH higher than the risks of stopping taking it.
With an underactive thyroid, your dream birth isn't going to happen safely even if you do stop taking the medicine....ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away.

--K-- 2 kids; Romania 3189 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" I really want a homebirth/midwife no medical intervention sonograms and no testing next time around if ... [snip!] ... the rest of my life, does anyone know the effects of the medicines vs not having medicine on mother and baby during pregnancy?"


Talk to your Dr about it to see if it will effect it at all.
You shouldn't be tested unless you feel the medication isn't working anymore.



I always get surprised tested when they look in my chart and see its been a while since the last time lol.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" It depends on the person and their thyroid. Lots of people can only take it for a short time while others ... [snip!] ... life long boat as I had my thyroid removed almost 7 years ago for hyperthyroidism w/Graves disease. I'm now hypo by default. "


How do I go about finding out if its something my body needs or doesnt need. Do I do another thyroid test?
Im really amazed at how many women suffer from a thyroid disorder.

Smokey_Taboo Due April 22; 1 child; California 5480 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" Low birth weight, mental retardation, sometimes the brain doesnt develop at all,spinal deformations"



These are for which one. taking medicine or not taking the medicine.

courtney ♡ 2 kids; Washington 16705 posts
Mar 18th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Smokey_Taboo:</b>" These are for which one. taking medicine or not taking the medicine. "</blockquote>




Not taking it could cause these, taking it is safe for baby.

--K-- 2 kids; Romania 3189 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting ⚓ Sarah ⚓:" You just have to have your levels checked. I go every 3-6 months because I'm medicated, every 4 weeks ... [snip!] ... 4 weeks during pregnancy. My friends who have borderline thyroid issues go every 6-12 months to have their levels checked."


What mg do you take if you don't mind me asking?



Because I don't ever go for testing, its always a surprise >_<

Autumn Whisper 1 child; Utah 9977 posts
Mar 18th '13

The instances of thyroid disfunction may be related to the lack of iodine in our diets, which is essential for proper thyroid function.



Hypothyroidism can lead to infertility in the first place.



"There is a relationship between thyroid levels in the mother and brain development of her child. A large study reported in 1999 found that undetected or inadequately treated hypothyroidism in mothers was associated with IQ changes in the infants of these women. The average IQ scores were about 4 points lower in the children of hypothyroid mothers than in children of normal mothers. Larger IQ deficits were seen in the children of mothers who had more severe hypothyroidism. These children had an average IQ 7 points lower than normal. In addition, almost 20% of these children had IQ scores of less than 85 compared to 5% of the children of normal mothers. The children of hypothyroid mothers were also more likely to have difficulty in school or have repeated grades. "



"Before birth a baby is entirely dependent on the mother for thyroid hormone until the baby's own thyroid gland can start to function. This usually does not occur until about 12 weeks of gestation (the end of the first trimester of pregnancy). Thus, hypothyroidism of the mother may play a role early on, before many women realize they are pregnant! In fact, the babies of mothers who were hypothyroid in the first part of pregnancy, then adequately treated, exhibited slower motor development than the babies of normal mothers. However, during the later part of pregnancy, hypothyroidism in the mother can also have adverse effects on the baby, as pointed out by the research described above. These children are more likely to have intellectual impairment."



http://www.medicinenet.com/hypothyroidism_during_pregnancy/page2.htm

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
Mar 18th '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" How do I go about finding out if its something my body needs or doesnt need. Do I do another thyroid test? Im really amazed at how many women suffer from a thyroid disorder. "


They already tested or you wouldn't be on the meds. Just keep taking them. The risks listed were of NOT taking the meds.