Please help, gradually over the last ten months my Dd 12 has turned from the light of my life to my worst nightmare.
In trouble all the time at school, back chat. rude, hyper etc
Not like this at home really. She has been eating and eating and is a little bigger but has had a massive growth spurt too.
We had some bloods done at the GP about 4 months ago and GP was considering starting Levothyroxine but consultant said leave it and review in six months.
I kept her home from school on Friday and she slept for 13 hours straight and then had lunch and slept 3 more. Surely that couldn't be normal. Could the behaviour at school be exhaustion? She comes home from school and falls asleep, GP said this was common for Year 7. I just don't know what to do or think.
Can hypothyroidism cause exhaustion and can exhaustion cause extreme mood swings?
Yes it is notmal for untreated hypothyroidism to cause exhaustion. Use healthunlocked site and share her results on there. Another GP appointment is needed with a full test. Hope she gets the treatment she needs.
Thats good. Please ask for the results so you know exactly what her levels are. If she's top of tsh range and bottom or under ft4 range, don't let the GP fob you off with wait and see! He should treat according to symptoms.
That's not right though is it. You know your dd and this isn't right for her. Her levels must have been out of range for gp to think about starting her on levo. Lots of people have to get very ill before they get medication. I found i have to advocate very strongly for myself as i was still just in range for ft4.
If she is hypothyroid, what's the cause? Was the consultant you saw an endocrinologist? Really important to get to the bottom of it. My son is hypothyroid. Some hormone deficiencies can be life threatening if untreated (cortisol). So you want a full picture & this isn't as easy as one simple blood test. Go back and advocate for her as pp suggested.
That's quite typical for treatment if hypothyroidism, unfortunately. She can now loom forward to feeling alot better. She's probably been started on 25g or 50g. She'll need careful management of an endocrologist to get her treatment optimal. They should test her ft3 and her iron.
You have to be your child's advocate. GP doesn't have the expertise to deal with endocrine issues. And you want to know WHY she's hypothyroid. Sounds like zero attempt has been made to get to the bottom of it.
Really insist on the antibody test for autoimune (hashimotos). You really need to know this as it will help inform medical management. An endocrinologist should help establish her levels until she's stable. A GP doesn't have the specialist expertise.
Dd is continuing to sleep 13-15 hours a day. I have been back to the GP and all the additional bloods have been done but at this stage it looks like she has something else in addition to Hypothyroidism.
I hope gp has referred her to an endocrinologist. If not, it's best to insist as an endocrinologist can optimise her treatment and help sign post to any other possible issues. A gp isn't a specialist and undertreated hypothyroidism causes many symptoms.