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Monday, January 3rd 2011, 2:52pm

Overactive Thyroid - Does this mean immune issues & I shouldnt have TX?

Hiya

My thyroid is overactive. I managed to get it to borderline but it is now back as over again.
I am concerned that the whole process of implantation is impossible for me now.

My RE at the clinic said that under is more of an issue than over & not to worry about it but after reading stuff on the internet I am not so sure.
Next TX is as soon as AF arrives & I can not put it off as I have to do it this month or I wont get another go. (Age timeline).

Has anyone here any advice for me.

I am starting to panic.

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Monday, January 3rd 2011, 3:36pm

Hi there, sorry to hear that you have thyroid issues. I completely understand! What are your thyroid levels? If you go onto Thyroid UK or even get in touch with them, they are absolutely fantastic and have a whole wealth of knowledge including I think Dr's who can deal with questions.

After not a single pregnancy and a long time of trying and two failed UVF cycles, I went to an endocrinologist and almost demanded medication! The next cycle after it was stable I got pregnant (although it didn't last long), which was a huge breakthrough. Over the years and long before that I got 2nd and 3rd opinions from Dr's who all told me my thyroid was fine, but I really think it has played a big part in our fertility issues, so I am pleased that it is regulated now. Dr's seem to disagree on this area. I have a friend who has a TSH of about 15, won't take medication, is 42 and fell pregnant as a complete shock, so it isn't cut and dried.

Thyroid issues do not necessarily automatically indicate immune issues, BUT if you have thyroid antibodies (another name for this is Hashimotos Thyroiditis) this can be an indicator of an auto immune disorder like high killer cells. My thyroid TSH was only sitting at just under 5 for a long time and the Dr's wouldn't put me on medication because technically that is ok health ways, but it is best for it to be under 2 for optimum conception (although being too low can be a problem too I believe).

If you are worried, then I think you have time before your cycle starts to go back to your GP/endocringologist and get your thryoid checked again and alter your medication accordingly. What mediation and dose are you on? Your thyroid will stabilise within a few days of taking the medication, it happens really quickly, so you could be fine for your cycle and then could go ahead worry free. Then you could just go back to your Dr to make sure that it is still stabilsed. Hope that helps. Any questions just ask. xxx



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Monday, January 3rd 2011, 3:46pm

Thank you so much for getting back to me & all the info.

I am not sure what level I am on but will know tomoz.

I take carbinazole 2 x 5mg a day then the following day I take 3 x 5mg.
I was on 3 a day that got it to just slightly under so they changed it to 2 a day & that made it slightly higher so now I am on that dose.
I stupidly took DHEA myself for 25 days I put this in the DHEA thread & think that may have altered it. I am not sure if I should have been on that with thyroid issues.

My other concern was I took carbimazole with my last pregnancy 13 years ago & that pregnancy resulted in a heap of problems for bubby & I lost him at 22 weeks.(I will always wonder if it was the meds) I shall be scared about taking it & not taking it if I got pregnant again but thats all pie in the sky until I am.
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Monday, January 3rd 2011, 8:02pm

No worries, let me know how you get on with your results and just ask away if you have any questions.

I am not that familiar with those drugs, but rest assured the Dr's would not let you take thyroid medication that could harm you or your baby, so try not to worry. You should make sure they know your concerns, even just so they know where you are coming from. They might look at simply putting your dose back to what it was to get it to the right level. I hope all works out for you. xxx



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Tuesday, January 4th 2011, 3:29pm

Hi Amazing Grace

Not sure if you can help but here is my Dec results

Serum Free T4 - 18.1
Serum Free triiodothyronine level 7.0
Serum TSH 0.05.

Thanks my lovely. Doc says slightly high from NOV test
which was

12.1
5.1
& the Serum TSH was the same

Again thanks. I have no clue & all the info I ever get from GP is high, borderline etc etc.

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Friday, January 7th 2011, 5:27pm

Hi Sweetie,

Sorry I have only just seen this! Hope you are doing ok.

Just my thoughts, remember i'm not a Dr, just a woman with experience! Your TSH looks a bit low - it should be above 0.30 for normal healthy reasons and above 1 for best conception . T4 - bit high, but not drastically - should be under 17. T3 - bit high, should be below 6, but again it is not that much. Your results are typical of someone with overactive thyroid problems. Your Dr should be altering your medication a little to get your TSH up just a little. Optimum conception levels for TSH are below 2 and above 1. If you don't feel that you are getting anywhere with your Dr, then ask to be referred to a specialist endocriniologist or if you have the money, go and see one privately. Also, it would be worth you e-mailing thyroid UK with your results - they diagnosed me with Hashimotos long before any GP even mentioned it to me!

Hope that helps xxx



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