Everyone MUST read!

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Registered: 02-09-2011
Everyone MUST read!
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 6:03pm

I see the thyroid subject has popped up several times this week & thought it would be valuable information to share with you all. A lil on me: I apparently have gone untreated (not knowing I had it) for over 10yrs so now I have a severe form of it. I've been battling unexplained IF for 2 1/2yrs which I now know is b/c of my thyroid. When my thyroid troubles started to get really bad I was also dx with PCOS. I have extensively researched all of these & in the last 2mths have dove into the connection of them all being tied together. I plan to list some of my favorite links with the most understandable info on it. Thyroid disease is a very complex, confusing disease so I couldn't cover it all but mainly wanted the most important info connected to PCOS & ttc. Now I feel every single one of you should read this to be aware but def if you have suffered from: Annovulatory cycles, Irregular cycles, Trouble ttc for over a year, Multiple losses, Unexplained Infertility, Lack of response/unsucessful infertility treatments or weight issues. Some of the most important things you should know:

-Thyroid Conditions-
* Your levels can be in "normal range" & you still have a thyroid condition
* You can have absolutely no symptoms or have several
* On average it takes 6 drs before you find one that knows enough to dx & treat it (scary!)
* Most people with thyroid conditions are in "normal range" (it can be camoflauged)
* Your thyroid gland controls 95% of you bodily functions, yes 95%. So your entire body!
* Most drs when they have "tested thyroid" they have tested the wrong things
* Most are dx with other conditions when really it's thyroid ( I had 7 over the years)
* 8 million ppl go undiagnosed & it is the #1 mis-diagnosed disease in the US
* Thyroid Disease Control published a list of 69 different symptoms caused by thyroid
* Untreated thyroid can eventually cause life threatning issues
* Thyroid is no joke, hope I've made that clear!

* PCOS sufferers:pcos.insulitelabs.com/PCOS-and-Thyroid-Disorders.php

*Thyroid & Infertility/Multiple losses:www.thyroid-info.com/articles/fertilitythy.htm

*Effects of both types & pregnancy: www.conceiveonline.com/articles/your-thyroid-gland-your...

*Some basic symptoms for each: www.thyroidsymptomshelp.com

*The experience with most drs when it comes to thyroid: thyroid.about.com/library/weekly/aa060198.htm

Lilypie Trying to Conceive 21 to 37 day cycle tickers
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Registered: 06-05-2007
Thu, 11-03-2011 - 9:15am
Thanks for the info!! I am definitely going to look into this further. About 15 years ago, my family doctor said my thyroid was underactive, but I have been tested since and my newer doctor said I was in the normal range. However, I have just about every symptom you listed above and I have confirmed PCOS as well. I think I might get a second opinion!

Thanks again!! :)

Jemma (35) and DH, (37). Married October 13, 2007 and TTCing since April 2008. Dealing with PCOS, swollen tubes, and also MFI. Committing myself to getting healthy and losing weight in preparation for IVF later in 2012.

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Registered: 02-09-2011
Fri, 11-04-2011 - 1:12am
You're welcome! Def get that checked out, I wish I had much sooner but as you can see it's a lil overwhelming to get into. I always just trusted my dr that they knew best. I was completely baffled by the fact that 8 million go un-dx! I'm also working on my 5th dr to try to get treatment so I can def vouch that most are very under educated about it. There's also a board you can check out called healthboards.com, they have a thyroid section with very knowledgable ppl that can help with any questions or even just verify the same issues you have. GL to you & hope you get the treatment you deserve!!
Lilypie Trying to Conceive 21 to 37 day cycle tickers