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Hashimoto's thyroid & severe exhaustion

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  • Posted By: flower30
  • March 26, 2007
  • 03:53 PM

I am 34 years old and have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis after the birth of my 2nd child 5.5 years ago. I believe I have had autoimmune issues my whole life having had chronic hives at different times and severe pre-eclampsia during both of my pregnancies; I delivered at 34 and 36 weeks and was almost ecclamptic with the 2nd baby. I think my body just fights itself. Since the 2nd pregnancy, I've had waxing and waning periods of feeling ok and then periods where I feel horrible, regardless of my thyroid levels. My exhaustion is so bad. Right now it's been 3 solid weeks of real bad exhaustion, and my levels are fine again. I am on 100 mcg of synthroid, I've been on other thyroid replacement med (brands), and I just need to know is this it? Will I always have these periods of being constantly exhausted? I have a full-time job, 2 kids, and I make it a point of trying to eat healthy and work out at least 3-4 times a week, which does help with the fatigue. My endo has ordered every blood test under the sun, and everything is pretty normal. I was anemic in the past but that has been normal for the past year. I did have an elevated prolactin and they found a very very small pituitary microadenoma, but my prolactin level actually is normal again. I do have 3 cold nodules on my thyroid. I guess my whole point to this is that do I need to just accept that I will continue to have hypo symptoms forever even though I'm being treated????????? My doctor did mention possible chronic fatigue syndome at one visit....

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  • You may need to up your thyroid medication. Have you ever heard of Armour thyroid? It is the natural equivalent to thyroid hormone while synthroid is a synthetic. You may have better luck with it. I suggest you look into it, and if you like what you read, find a doctor near you who has experience with it and can prescribe it.
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