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Postpartum Thyroid Imbalance
Can a person have post partum thyroiditis if they do not have a thyroid? How long after a levo increase does it take for a person to feel better?
No: Post-partum fatigue is normal- in fact, it would be unusual if you weren't tired. You just went through labor and delivery and now have a new baby making it difficult to get much sleep, making this a much more likely cause of fatigue than thyroid issues. A blood test can tell for sure if you're worried or have a history of thyroid problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Follow up: Pregnancy can increase the size of existing thyroid nodules or cause new nodules. These nodules are mostly hyperplastic changes, ie, not cancerous. Imaging (ultrasound) surveillance would probably be adequate. Fine needle aspiration may be performed on nodules larger than 5 mm. They can predispose you to have nodular goiter later in life. ...Read more
Thyroid level abnormal during first trimester which resolved its own, now 5 months postpartum with ths level low end of normal. Can it cause symtom?
Symptom: What symptoms do you have? Time to see your doctor about this. Congrats on a new baby. Enjoy! ...Read more
Can post partum anxiety cause severe body fatigue and weakness and a floaty feeling ? Been feeling awful had baby 4 months ago . Thyroid is normal
Yes it could: Both anxiety and depression post partum could give these nonspecific symptoms. The best thing for you to do is make an appointment with your Family Doctor to be evaluated for this. These are real conditions, not something you are imagining or can wish away. Please be seen as soon as is possible. ...Read more
I have been experiencing crippling anxiety. Onset was very random 6 weeks ago. I am 5 months postpartum, and my t4 thyroid level is 1.63. Is this ok?
Post partum hyperthyroiditis. Tsh is .009. My cortisol levels (through blood taken in the afternoon) was 28 (cut off 19). Cld this be from thyroid?
Thyroiditis: Post partum thyroiditis is fairly common, often resolves on its own. There can be transient highT4 (and low TSH), then a transient low T4, and then resolution. Often no treatment, unless you're uncomfortable (beta blocker perhaps). Careful that this is not Graves disease, which can sometimes spring post partum. The high cortisol is probably from stress. See your endocrinologist. ...Read more
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