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Postpartum thyroid issues update

Posted by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 2:51 AM
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 I have been having odd symptoms since dd was born.  It wasn't until this past week that I realized it is my thyroid... reason I know its my thyroid is my thyroid is swollen.  I will be going and seeing my PCP hopefully Friday.  I did some research and my symptoms match perfectly with Postpartum thyroiditis.  I prefer to take a natural route with most everything.  So far my milk supply has not seemed to suffer much.   While usually I have an overabundance of milk (with my previous nurslings), this time I started out with a whole lot more milk then normal for me, and it has drastically dropped down.  It is still enough to meet her needs and wants though.  With what research I was able to do, the medical route of treatment for PPT is usually beta blockers.. which seemed to be not recommended while breastfeeding.   I would prefer to take a natural route.  Has anyone dealt with PPT before?  If so, what treatment options were you able to find and how did it impact your breastfeeding?

 

Update-

I decided to see my ND and he got me in first thing this morning, gave me a full adjustment (that makes me feel much better already) and placed me on supplements for my adrenal glands and thyroid, said to keep breastfeeding and not to worry about it (said stopping would just be another hormonal shock and there was not need to stop).  Gave me a lecture about letting things go to long (he is a friend and has been taking care of my husband and his family since dh was 6weeks old, so he can criticize me, I needed it).  He said I will feel much better in a few days as long as I take my supplements.  I'll go back in two weeks for a follow up.  I'll update later on how the supplements are working.  I am glad i took this route as A, i don't have health insurance and don't want to drain our savings.  And B, I prefer natural routes.  So far my ND has always been honest and will tell flat out tell me when seeing and MD is a better option.  I hope I start feeling better very soon because life isn't going to slow down any time in the near future... like it might slow down in 18 yrs.

by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 2:51 AM
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PolishMamma2
by Marta on Aug. 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

My endo Dr told me that ppt should go away after a few mos pp. But I personally have hypothyroid & I have to take the meds. I'm on 88mcg Synthyroid. I like to take a natural route with medical issues also, but I don't think you will be able to get your thyroid working properly going the natural way here. 

chickensmommy
by Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 1:49 PM
Avoid soy right now ... also, it is best to take thyroid medication if needed. I take it and I consider myself pretty natural. See an endocrinologist.
MusherMaggie
by Platinum Member on Aug. 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM
I have used both synthroid and levothyroxine. They are thyroid hormone to replace what your body is making. I have never used beta blockers and I made plenty of milk. How old is your baby? It may be that your supply is regulating as well as PPT.
daughteroftruth
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

 

Quoting chickensmommy:

Avoid soy right now ... also, it is best to take thyroid medication if needed. I take it and I consider myself pretty natural. See an endocrinologist.

 Problem is, I have no health insurance, so anything I do has to be out of pocket.  Seeing a specialist is not a cost I can afford right now.  =/ 

daughteroftruth
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:14 PM

 

Quoting MusherMaggie:

I have used both synthroid and levothyroxine. They are thyroid hormone to replace what your body is making. I have never used beta blockers and I made plenty of milk. How old is your baby? It may be that your supply is regulating as well as PPT.

 she just turned 5 mo.  Looking at the symptoms I've already gone through they hyperthyroid phase and have now gone into the hypothyroid phase.

daughteroftruth
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

 

Quoting PolishMamma2:

My endo Dr told me that ppt should go away after a few mos pp. But I personally have hypothyroid & I have to take the meds. I'm on 88mcg Synthyroid. I like to take a natural route with medical issues also, but I don't think you will be able to get your thyroid working properly going the natural way here. 

 I read that it can take up to a year... I don't think I can handle several more months feeling like this =(  Luckily baby girl doesn't seem to be suffering at all from it.. other then having a run down mom who has to keep up with six kiddos and a million other things going on.. thank the stars I baby wear! 

lifeforchrist
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM

 google Weston price thyroid and soy andbyoy will find stuff on thyroid. If you go on meds you will eventually lose the thyroid. Those things are horrible I would never use them. You should also research the link between thyroid function and how iodine has been replaced with bromine in our diets. A naturopathic Dr sent me a lot of info on the subject. If you want the stuff for yourself pm and I can email them to you.

daughteroftruth
by on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

 

Quoting lifeforchrist:

 google Weston price thyroid and soy andbyoy will find stuff on thyroid. If you go on meds you will eventually lose the thyroid. Those things are horrible I would never use them. You should also research the link between thyroid function and how iodine has been replaced with bromine in our diets. A naturopathic Dr sent me a lot of info on the subject. If you want the stuff for yourself pm and I can email them to you.

 Thank you, I will pm you my private email address.  I'm going ot call my naturpathic doctor tomorrow and see if I can get in tomorrow.. but I have to take my dd in tomorrow and I work Saturday morning... so I may notbe able to get in till next week =/  Our ND is also my MIL nd and he has her taking an iodine supp, and she offered some to me till I can get in.. but O don't want to take anything till I know that its what MY body needs.

hnischke
by Heather on Aug. 15, 2013 at 3:56 PM
I'm thinking I have hypothyroidism. What were your symptoms like? Did you find out before or after having kids?


Quoting PolishMamma2:

My endo Dr told me that ppt should go away after a few mos pp. But I personally have hypothyroid & I have to take the meds. I'm on 88mcg Synthyroid. I like to take a natural route with medical issues also, but I don't think you will be able to get your thyroid working properly going the natural way here. 


PolishMamma2
by Marta on Aug. 15, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I remember before I went on the meds. Sleep was better then sex,or chocolate to me LOL! 

Quoting daughteroftruth:

 

Quoting PolishMamma2:

My endo Dr told me that ppt should go away after a few mos pp. But I personally have hypothyroid & I have to take the meds. I'm on 88mcg Synthyroid. I like to take a natural route with medical issues also, but I don't think you will be able to get your thyroid working properly going the natural way here. 

 I read that it can take up to a year... I don't think I can handle several more months feeling like this =(  Luckily baby girl doesn't seem to be suffering at all from it.. other then having a run down mom who has to keep up with six kiddos and a million other things going on.. thank the stars I baby wear! 


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