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

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 124464 posts
status 18th Mar '13

It depends on the person and their thyroid. Lots of people can only take it for a short time while others need it for their life.



I'm in the life long boat as I had my thyroid removed almost 7 years ago for hyperthyroidism w/Graves disease. I'm now hypo by default.

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

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 124464 posts
status 18th Mar '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?"


Low birth weight, mental retardation, sometimes the brain doesnt develop at all,spinal deformations

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

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 124464 posts
status 18th Mar '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. "


You just have to have your levels checked. I go every 3-6 months because I'm medicated, every 4 weeks during pregnancy. My friends who have borderline thyroid issues go every 6-12 months to have their levels checked.

❀Sarah❀ 2 kids; Cocking, EU, Europe 124464 posts
status 18th Mar '13
Quoting Smokey_Taboo:" These are for which one. taking medicine or not taking the medicine. "


If you dont take the medicine. Thyroid medications are safe to the fetus.