My Favorite Number
I have a new favorite number: 5.58. Sounds random, doesn’t it? Well, it is my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) level. Dr. SBS’s office called and left me a voice mail on my cell phone that I only checked tonight, minutes before the Harry Potter movie started at 10:40PM.
TSH works much like FSH — if your levels are high (normal is .5 to 3 or 4 (some endocrinologists even argue anything above 2 is high)) your body is having to work hard to get the right level of thyroid hormones. No matter which range you go by, 5.58 is elevated. This means my thyroid is not working well, or that I have a slightly hypo-thyroid.
Why is this good news? A hypothyroid is linked to depression, fatigue, weight gain, infertility, and recurrent pregnancy loss. You know how to make it better? You take a little pill that is a synthetic version of the thyroid hormone your body is supposed to produce. It does not cross the placental barrier. It is something you take for the rest of your life, once a day.
Recurrent pregnancy loss.
One little pill makes all these things better.
5.58 is the best news I have heard in a long time.
REALIZATION: 5.58 is not really that bad in terms of thyroid function. It is high, yes, but only slightly high. High enough to be put on meds, high enough to be symptomatic, high enough to even cause miscarriage, but probably not high enough to cause all of my problems. Still, even some degree of relief would be welcome.
July 12, 2007. Trying Again.