Wednesday, October 24, 2012


So.  As mentioned in my last post, I now fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans all of a sudden.  That means I lost about 5 lbs in 2 weeks.  You know what that means.

I got my blood test results back this morning and they very clearly indicated that I have relapsed with Graves' Disease.  My TSH is less than 0.01 (should be 0.3-5.5) and my T4 is 28 (should be 11-22).  This isn't super out of control but is definitely heading in the wrong direction.

I feel fine so far because I caught it early.  My last blood test was 2 months ago and I will still fine then, so ya, it started sometime in October.  I've had many of the classic symptoms but I think I was in denial.   Great.   I'm nervous because I want to get it under control right away.  Like now.  I really hope I do not need to go down the long road I did last time.

I really hope that I will be able to continue training for the 10 km run and not lose all the muscles I have.  I know that sounds silly but anyone who has GD knows how much you lose all of your muscles and it takes years to get it back:(  Boooooooooooo.

I talked to my endocrinologist today (SO THANKFUL FOR BLOOD TESTS, SPECIALISTS AND HEALTH CARE) and she recommended me waiting a bit before going on my medication.  It is not recommended while breastfeeding and as long as my symptoms are totally manageable, then I'm okay for now.  If I start experiencing the anxiety, rapid heart rate, insomnia, irritability etc, then I will just start taking it.  I sort of want to take them now but she thinks that my body has a chance of fixing itself on it's own because I am five months post partum, rather than just one month out.  I did take the meds while breastfeeding Koen, and with Nya, well, she doesn't take a bottle so I don't have any other option.  I also believe the benefits outweigh the costs of breastfeeding while taking PTU.  Must research.

For now, I will enjoy the weight loss.  However, please pray that my immune system does figure itself out and that I don't have any severe symptoms like last time.

Love, Louise


  1. Oh No! Will pray that things naturally get under control for you :(

  2. Double Boo! Praying the Graves miraculously disappears!

  3. MAJOR boo!!!!! :( i hope things don't get any more serious for you!

  4. As a fellow Thyroid disease mate... I feel your pain Louise! You will be so much more equipped this time though, and you are on top of it. It will be better than last time.

    Take Care,


  5. Too bad - hoping the fact that it has been caught early and you know what the cause is, will help to manage it this time round.

  6. I'm so sorry about the news you received. I have been wondering how you have been doing in this area. It is so fantastic that this has been caught early and you have your experience to draw from. I pray this resolves itself quickly on it's own!

  7. Oh is right. Hugs.