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My baby is a year old, when she was 3 months old I became unwell with the following symptoms:
Jitteriness, Nausea, Lack of appetite, Couldn't sit still or relax, Couldn't focus on anything, Racing heart beat, Sweating (especially at night), Tearfulness, Mood swings (mainly low mood to even lower mood!)
Dr diagnosed me with PND (or post natal anxiety to be more specific) and I've been taking sertraline ever since. After a few months on 50mg my symptoms came back for seemingly no reason. So I went up to 100mg and had talking therapies. After a while I felt better. However 2 weeks ago my symptoms came back AGAIN, but worse. I'm exhausted all the time, my whole body aches but still so jittery that I can't relax or sit still. The night sweats are also back and I wake up soaking wet and freezing cold every night. So I went back to the GP (by chance, a different GP this time) who said my symptoms are typical of hyperactive thyroid. I'm now waiting for my blood test results.
Has anyone else been in this situation? What do you think of my symptoms? Could this be why my symptoms keep coming back?
I know it's a silly thing to say, but I'm almost hoping it is my thyroid. I've always felt my symptoms were more physical than anything else and I was so angry with myself for having anxiety when everything in my life was so perfect. I have an 'easy' baby, tonnes of support, no problems like finance etc. My mental health over the last year has corroded away at my relationship with my partner. He is now depressed I think.
Anyway, I'm rambling now! And I guess I could still have anxiety and a normal thyroid. But would welcome any opinions/experiences.
The thing about my symptoms is that they come on, last for a few weeks and then quite suddenly resolve. Is this possible for a thyroid disorder? To change so quickly?? Or is it more characteristic of anxiety?
Pretty much what NotTodaySatan sais. I had almost every one of your symptoms and was diagnosed with Graves. I also thought I was losing the plot.
Also the fact that you've had a baby means that it could have caused the hyperthyroidism. It is a long hard slog to fix that , but it would be better than just being on anti depressants if that isn't what is wrong with you.
Have you had any other symptoms? Lack of periods, or gaps between them? Unexplained weight loss or gain?
i would definitely ask for blood tests to check thyroid function
She took my blood yesterday and should have results by Thursday. Is it weird that I'm hoping it's my thyroid??!
As for periods I'm taking the progesterone only pill so don't have any periods.
My weight increased after having my baby despite breast feeding her for 10 months. I think I must be the only woman in the world who gained weight breast feeding! I realise this isn't typical of a hyperactive thyroid.
Can your thyroid function go up and down overnight?
Some of those symptoms can be side effects of the mini pill. I had to stop taking it and also having investigation for thyroid problems. I also have terrible anxiety which I'm not taking anything for at the moment but will probably be given something if my results come back normal again, which happened a few years ago, but I've had another child since which can trigger thyroid problems
I have everything on your list and went to GP about my thyroid. That came back fine but she found I have anaemia and probably have done for some time. I've had bad anxiety for years and wonder how much the iron deficiency has contributed to it because when your body's not right your mind follows.
Totally understand you hoping for a diagnosis- anxiety and all its physical symptoms are awful and I'm trying so hard to keep reminding myself that my body's actually not well. I really hope things get better for you.
Thank you, I've never had a mental health problem before having my baby. I expected it to be hard but, quite honestly, despite the sheer joy of having a perfect baby who I love dearly, this has been the hardest year of my life. I really thought I had recovered too, she's a year old now, yet I still feel this way.
The worst effect is how it has changed my relationship with my partner. My personality has changed so much, I know I'm no longer the person he fell in love with. I just want to get back to being me again.
I have had serious anaemia for well over a year now and have lots of similar symptoms particularly when my iron levels were really bad. I also have been struggling with anxiety and panic attacks and this is improving as my iron levels improve.
I hope the results come back with something helpful. As much as you want the old you back, having a baby does change you as any major life experience does. Your partner may need to accept that you have changed just as he probably has (though men generally as less impacted by having a baby than women IME).