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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 4/8/2010 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had thyroid problems for years. Graves disease was diagnosed when I was 19 (now 32) and shortly after the iodine ablasion I went hypo.  After having my beautiful baby 8.5 mo ago I have been struggling.  I went to the endocrinologist who ran some tests with results that my thyroid results were all in the low normal range but I had a abnormal ANA which they are  looking to see if its more significant.  I am curious these are the symptoms (which I feel like is a forever long list and I'm being whining but here goes):
fatigue, hot/cold insensitivities, lack of concentration, anxiety, depression, weak nails, ibs, random periods (if I have them very severe), abdominal pain, vitamin d deficency, dry skin, back and hip pain, hair loss (where I don't want it and hair gain where I don't want it...), dry itchy eyes, sleep problems, weight struggles, and I could go on but I'll stop. I've always had a really red face rash but only when I am hot or have done at least minor physical ecertion.  I heard ana results are not real reliable but if the thyroid is ok...what is the deal? They said all of the following were normal...testorone levels, blood count, hemoglobin, hematocrit, platelets, tsh, t3, t4, ldl, hdl, triglycerides, glucose, liver panel, bun, creatine.  Any ideas.  What does it mean that they need to see if it is significant.  What if I don't have the other signs of lupus?
I am frustrated and confused and would love to have more energy and focus.  I miss being me. I used to run now I'm lucky to get a 30 minute walk in. I used to dance for 3-5 hours at a time...not happening.  I so enjoy taking care of my baby girl but I get her in bed at 8:30 and bust into tears because I am so fatigued or simply fall asleep. This isn't normal.  I am a counselor and assess the likelihood of these symptoms being related to new mommy stresses but I truly believe it is more than that.  
Any thoughts would be appreciated. 
Thanks for your time folks!

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 4/11/2010 6:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi hun, sorry I didn't respond earlier I spend a lot of time under the covers. I can't relate to most of the things you mentioned. I am much older then you I'm 52 so I have no little ones thank goodness cuz there is no way I could handle one. Even my grandchildren would be difficult. I'm not doctor or counselor but I would think you should have someone besides your self assess your symptoms regarding new mom syndrome. The tests well that is not unusual for them to come back neg. Most times until this past year it happened to me. Now it's starting to catch up a little. As for the ANA it's possible that the doctor didn't do a though blood test. They may need to take more blood and redo it. (is redo a word)? Some people have high +ANA's some have low. then there are different patterns for ANA's different auto immune disease have different patterns which may help with a DX. I would love to go into more detail but frankly I am hurting quite badly right now. Hopfully when this gets bumped up to the tops others with read it and be able to add more.
Hang in there. I hope the doctors can find out somthing to help you feel better even if they don't know the answers right away.
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   Posted 4/12/2010 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there. Sorry you are feeling so crumy right now! While reading your post, I didnt see anything mentioned about seeing a rhuematologist. If you have not seen one, I would recomend you seeing one. They are trained in finding Auto Immune diseases. I like to call them the detectives because they are able to look at different blood tests and figure out other blood tests that need to be run and can eventually get you a diagnosis. the put all the pieces together.

Also, have you visited the Lupus Foundation of America website? they have a lot of good information that you can read about. Also has information that you can ask your doctor at your next apt. I would recomend you keep a notpad with you and when you experience a symptom, write it down and how often it happens, what the pain feels like, etc. that way you can give your doctor a complete lists of things going on because I know once you get in the office and are talking to the doc, your mind tends to go blank (at least it does all the time for me) Hope this helps a little and I am sure other people will be along shortly to give some more suggestions!! Keep us updated on how you are doing!
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