Monday, September 3, 2007

Another Obstacle

A couple of weeks ago, my acupuncturist requested a copy of my chart from my doctor. When I went to my acupuncture appointment yesterday, Dr. S said that he had received the records and wanted to bring my attention to an issue. As it turns out, I had a higher-than-normal result from my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test done in June (while I was pregnant). With this new piece of the puzzle, I am now considered to have hypothyroidism. I had no idea. No one ever told me this until yesterday. Why didn't my doctor call me?

I learned that hypothyroidism can cause infertility and early miscarriage. I was devasted. I cried all through my acupunture treatment. Dr. S didn't understand my tears. He said, "This is good news! Now that we know there is a problem, we can fix it!" But I wasn't crying about that. I was mostly upset because I realize now that there is a chance that my previous pregnancy could have been saved and I didn't know it. I know I shouldn't think like that but it's too late. I'm just sick about the whole thing.

I am also upset because this is yet another piece of bad news. I am so angry at my body right now. It's always something, and never anything good. I would love to get good news, just once.

I have been really emotional this weekend, I think due in part to the Clomid side effects. Tears feel really close to the surface.

Plus, I have no idea what my chart is doing. I know BBT charts can vary quite a bit, but my post-ovulation temps don't seem to be going up, they're just kind of level. I wanted so much to wake up this morning with a really hot temp, but it didn't happen.

I am feeling really, really discouraged today.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was the TSH MUCH higher than normal?

Hilary, In a Nutshell: said...

My TSH level was at 6.16

Normal range is 0.30 to 5.50

It's not hugely out of range, but it's enough to make me nervous. (Of course, I tend to freak out pretty easily, as you probably already know if you've read my blog...ha ha)

What do you think?

Anonymous said...

TSH interacts with HCG in early pregnancy, so it can fluctuate early on. You might want to get it checked again now to see where it is, particularly if there is any family history of thyroid disease. WHEN you become pregnant again, it would make sense to check the levels periodically.

It won’t hurt to look into it, but I don’t know if this is the answer. Sadly, it’s very rare to get a definitive answer about why a miscarriage happens. I find it’s the thing I want secondmost in the world. (First is just to be pregnant again. Second is to know why I’ve miscarried, or to have an answer where I can focus on the solution to the problem.)

Anonymous said...

Thinking more about it (I posted the last comment), I think a full thyroid workup is in order. Trying to think positively, you'll at least be able to rule something out!

Anonymous said...

I don't usually change my mind about things as completely as I've changed my mind about this. (really, though, only my opinion of the seriousness of this has changed).

I did a little more reading and hypothyroidism and pcos go hand in hand. I think it would be very wise to get this checked out. Do you have symptoms (fatigue, difficulty losing weight, sensitivity to cold), or was the elevated TSH the only sign? From what I've read, 6.16 is quite high (many think that the "normal range" up to 5.5 is far too broad already).

Does your current doc specialise in pcos? If so, I imagine she'd agree that further tests are warranted.

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