Post-Pregnancy Hyperthyroidism and Me

Coming towards the end of my mat leave in December 2013 I was not feeling myself. Looking back now, there were tell-tale signs for a good few months, but with two boys to look after and a house to run I didn’t really have time to give it a second thought.

I seemed to permanently have a sore throat and I was suffering from bad mood swings and became snappy with the boys. I’m usually quite a laid back person but I was grumpy and had little patience. On top of that, I started to get hot flushes which would come on suddenly. I would get all red-faced, hot and sticky – it was horrible. I also started getting heart palpitations and one evening when I was sat feeding my littlest boy his dinner my hand wouldn’t stop trembling.

That was when I knew it was time to check it out.

The doctor suspected it was a thyroid issue and sent off some blood to be checked. The results came back after a few days and I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism.

hyperthyroidism

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the neck. It produces hormones that are released into the bloodstream to control the body’s growth and metabolism.

They affect processes such as heart rate and body temperature, and help convert food into energy to keep the body going. (source NHS website)

The symptoms I had matched exactly with that of Hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland was releasing too much thyroid hormone into the blood making the gland overactive. The doctor said that it wasn’t uncommon to develop this post-pregnancy and in fact,  can easily develop up to a year after your child is born.

I hadn’t realised, but I had also lost around a stone and a half in weight and I never usually lose weight unless I am dieting. Plus if anything, I was eating more and not less and felt hungry all the time. My nails were brittle and very weak and I was losing huge clumps of hair every time I washed it.

You’d be surprised to know that according to a study, 1 in 5 women over the age of 25 in the UK suffer hair loss. There seems to a social stigma attached to women losing their hair. It affects confidence and can, of course, make you feel very vulnerable. Whether we realise it or not, our hair is a huge part of our identity so it’s comforting to know that there are hair loss treatments out there.

Luckily for me, my hair loss was only temporary and with medication, I was able to control the hormone levels my thyroid was releasing.

After several months of taking meds, I was able to come off them completely and all previous symptoms disappeared.

It was a real lesson learnt. As mums, we need to look after number one first and not put off going to the GP if we suspect something is not quite right.

Have you experienced thyroid problems before?

*Collaborative post

7 Comments

  1. Oh honey this sounds terrible. I haven’t expereinced it so I cant imagine how scary it must have been. Glad you went to the docs though! #picknmix

     
  2. Mud cakes and wine

    Thank you for sharing, you poor lady that must have been rough and I had no idea it was so common. Glad the medication worked and your feeling better. And for posting about it to help others xx #picknmix

     
  3. It’s so easy to put things down to being a busy mum or feeling ‘run down’, but so important to look after ourselves as well as others too! #picknmix

     
  4. I’m glad it was spotted and they could help you. It is awful when your body doesn’t do what it should, it can make you feel so out of control. Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely

    Stevie x

     
  5. Far too often moms ignore their own health, I am glad that you got checked out and they were able to help. I have not experienced any thyroid issues myself but I know many who have. #picknmix

     
  6. thank you for this post, it’s good to read about these things from real life and not just a pamphlet given out by the doctor, and glad to hear you managed to recover and come off the meds!

     
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