At California Conceptions, they told me not to bother testing my TSH (thyroid hormone) level, because it had been excellent (0.95) in the fall.
But I knew better. My “excellent” TSH number went straight to hell when I was pregnant the (first and) last time — up to 6.24 — and that ended in miscarriage. They upped my dose from 25mcg to 50 at that time, and I did 75 three times a week for a little boost up to an average of 60, to help me have a little margin of error. That resulted in my “excellent” result in the fall.
When I was taking estrogen for this embryo transfer (estrogen binds to thyroid hormones, or something — anyway it wreaks havoc), I went ahead and bumped it up to 75 every day. Again for a little margin for error, and because I know a lot of doctors just go ahead and tell their patients to up their doses by 30-50% if they’re pregnant. (There’s just not time or money to test for this constantly, and it takes a long time for dose changes to show up anyway, so that’s why I go a little rogue, just trying my best to triangulate.)
I insisted on having my TSH tested this week despite CC’s assurances it was unnecessary, and sure enough — it has surged to 5.35.
I feel so helpless and frustrated. What if this sinks me again? (If, indeed, it is what sunk me last time.)
I’m increasing my dosage to 125 per day until I can talk to a doctor about this. It still doesn’t seem high enough, but I don’t want to go completely nuts.
But even (most) doctors don’t really know what to do — they tend to tinker around with it and then test every month or so. I don’t have a month. And I think it’s better to have too much than not enough. So should I go completely nuts? 150? More?
For now I’ll try 125 and hope to talk to at least one doctor tomorrow.
So sick of this. Every time you think you can take a little breath…