29th September 04:53
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I can't remember all the details of thyroid disease, but I used to go to
this About.com site for my thyroid information:
They also have a bulletin board (forum) which consists of very
There also is a newsgroup for thyroid disease: alt.support.thyroid.
30th September 10:07
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There's really no right or wrong way, here. A few have said they have
trouble reading posts that are interspersed, and it's sometimes easier to
read a long thread if all the replies are in order at the bottom, but as
long as you say what you want to say, and we understand it, no problem.
About the dizziness: are you anemic? Lots of bleeding can lead to iron
anemia, and that sometimes can make you very light-headed. Also low blood
pressure does the same thing. One quick check is to lower your bottom
eyelids and check the color. If it's a nice healthy pink, you're probably
not very anemic; severe anemia shows up as a really washed out look.
I don't know anything about thyroid except that I'm glad mine is normal.
:-) As to the advice people are giving you, yes, you should probably
consult your doctor, especially if you haven't had a checkup in a while.
You may or may not need any tests; tests are supposed to be for diagnosis,
and not necessary in most cases. As for the pill the doctor can give you,
watch out! That usually means hormone therapy, and the WHI study that was
halted showed that hormone therapy is very risky. I don't say you
shouldn't take it, if that's what you decide, but be sure to check it out
very carefully before making that decision.
About this possibly being your last period, well, probably not.
Perimenopause can last for more than a decade. (I'm sorry! I know that's
not what you wanted to hear.) The good news is that features/indicators
come and go. Just about the time you get used to one sign, it goes away
and another takes its place. So the trick seems to be to just hang on.
And of course, come here to whine/rant/bitch/cry/let it all hang out.
The cure for this ill is not to sit still,
Or to frowst with a book by the fire,
But to take a large hoe and a shovel also,
And to dig till you gently perspire.
5th October 13:23
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Thyroid can cause heavy bleeding problems.
Tests can help pinpoint or rule out a problem. You may find out the cause of
the heavy bleeding and then decide what you want to do or not do.
A progestin is usually given for bleeding problems. The lining builds up
(due to no ovulation) and heavy bleeding is the result. It is a common
occurance during peri, but can happen throughout a woman's life. A progestin
can help regulate periods and shed the thickened lining.
A check up isn't a bad idea. The main thing is to remember that it is your
body and you are in charge of making decisions. Don't rush into anything
(although it is hard while bleeding and being uncomfortable). Take your time
and educate yourself on whatever information you're given by a doctor.
Seek a second opinion before undergoing any invasive (regardless of how
invasive) treatment. A doctor shouldn't be offended if you seek a second
opinion. (many insurance companies insist on second opinions) A different
doctor could be more up to date on procedures, tests or information, or just
have more skill. Gwen
10th October 07:54
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HI Chris, WB!
I can only give you humble opinions and companionable hugs. Please
everyone respect that my post is IMHO and not professional medical advice.
I'm just a body on the same bus.
Your elevated thyroid antibodies signal a process in progress. With Auto
Immune Thyroid Disease, elevated TPO and TGB antibodies preceed and
predict thyroid dysfuntion. Your TSH of 2 is still inside even the newly
stricter guidelines of .35-3.0, and many thyroid patients ( including me)
would love to have a doc GET them DOWN to TSH 2. Mine was 5.2 last
tested, my doc uppped my T4 med and I hope to be under 3 in November.
Your FT3 ( bottom normal range) is not balanced by any FT4 numbers, so I
won't comment on that.
However, the "tyranny of numbers" docs worship the TSH range of normal
while every thyroid patient seeks their sweet spot.
IF your normal TSH was 0.35 all your life ( and you can't know this unless
you had a baseline TSH when feeling your BEST, and why would anyone check
that?????) , and now you have antibodies slugging at your thyroid, slowing
it down, and the TSH is now 2, its POSSIBLE that you have physical symptoms
of hypothyroid, but unlikely that any doc is going to treat the thyroid
issue seriously until your TSH is over 5.
Are you in the US or are you "across the pond"? If you are in the US, seek
out a Broda Barnes doc. BB docs are much more willing to treat thyroid
issues based on symptomology rather than numerology.
Humbly I say to you, you seem to be in peri-menopause. Clear your undie
inventory of whites and buy reds and blacks, go with the "heavy flow" and
"overnight protection" diapers/pads. No tight pants, no white pants.
Accept that you can self medicate with 600-800 mg of ibuprofen when you have
those killer cramps.
and IF you have a doc who treats you for your thyroid wonks, PRAISE GOD
and PASS THE NAME ALONG!
Best wishes to you
( Not the same Sue of Sue and Kevin)