by Circe » Jul 1, 2014 I don't know how many of you may have issues around your thyroids, but on the off-chance that there are any, I figured I'd post my experience to encourage people to seek, and keep seeking treatment. I had a very late-stage miscarriage almost 5 years ago. While they were still trying to figure out what had caused it, I got sent to an endocrinologist just in case: he tested me, said I was on "the low side of normal," and put me on a low dose of Synthroid, just in case. I got pregnant (as it turned out, the thyroid issues weren't the cause of the fertility issues), had my kiddo, breast-fed for a year and change, and then when I stopped ... I felt awful. I'd been feeling listless since that autumn, but I chalked that up to just, you know, having a kid, but once I stopped BF'ing, I felt listless, started gaining weight out of nowhere, started breaking out on my chest & back (sorry for the TMI! but I figure there's no point being bashful on the off-chance somebody out there might read the description and think "heeeeeeey, that sounds familiar ...."), and, my personal favorite, sprang a hair or three on my chinny-chin-chin. Given that some of my female relatives sport fetching little lady-goatees and that this is not a look I seek to emulate ... I went back to the doctor. He'd upped my Synthroid already, but then he put me on Cytomel also. It stopped the breakouts and arrested the freaky mutant hairs, but it also seems to have given me near-daily migraines ... and did nothing about the weight gain or the incredible moodiness. Somewhere between then and now, I also developed an ovarian cyst which caused pain and concern until I had it diagnosed: ovarian cysts are a sign of hypothyroidism (did anybody, endocrinologist or reproductive specialist, mention this to me? they did not), and could well have been the more direct cause of the moodiness & weight gain, since ovarian cysts will frequently cause women to overproduce progesterone ... which can make it hard to conceive, on top of causing all of the other symptoms. Good times! BUT. Happily, FINALLY, my reproductive specialist caught the cyst & made it go away, and then I went back to the endocrinologist to tell him that though some of the stuff he'd been trying to help me work through had gone away with its departure ... but the migraines were still killing me, and could we pleasepleaseplease figure out something else? And that's when he told me about Armour thyroid, or dessicated thyroid gland. Synthroid & Cytomel are synthetic hormones, and a lot of doctors prefer them for their predictability. However, for a given percentage of the population, they just don't work as well as the older, natural variety. Apparently, that number is small enough that it hadn't crossed his mind in the three years I've been seeing him, and, apparently, I'm in that number. I went on it 6 weeks ago. I've lost between 5 and 10 lbs without changing my diet or exercising more, my skin is perfect, no more inappropriate follicles, and, best of all, no migraines, I have my energy back, and my default mood went from negative to positive. It has made SUCH a huge difference. Looking back on things my mother has said to me, I am willing to bet large sums of money that this is hereditary, and hers was never treated: from the perpetual struggle with her weight after my birth, regardless of diet or exercise, to some of her issues with depression & anger management, to her early menopause ... on and on and on. But she has some issues with the medical community and refuses to seek treatment. It makes me very sad. In hopes that this might avert similar results for some of y'all ... please, please, please, if any of this sounds familiar or if you independently believe you might have thyroid issues, go to a good endocrinologist. And if the first one sucks, keep going until you find a good endocrinologist. And when you do, keep nudging her or him until they fix your issues to your satisfaction. Honestly, if you'd asked me two months ago, I would have said, eh, I'd like X, Y, and Z to be fixed, but I'm okay overall. Now? No comparison. I actually feel like I did 6 and 7 and 15 years ago, when I appreciated my good, strong, young, healthy body. Gods willing, now I'll be able to feel that way for a long & indefinite future. Hope you can, too, should it apply. Sorry for going on and on ... sometimes a gal's just got to proselytize.