I feel like it has been quite a while since I posted here. My daughter recently weaned herself after 3 years 8 months and 19 days of nursing. I let her self-wean and with the exception of her asking to "try for milk" once since then, we have been done. I still miss nursing terribly but I can accept that she is growing up and that she is done.
However, in the last few months before weaning completely I was getting weird symptoms that all pointed toward hypothyroidism. I had blood work done and I am definitely hypothyroid. I also requested to have my antibody levels checked on my last blood test and I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease which is causing my hypothyroidism.
Treatment began with levothyroxine which made me very itchy on the lowest dose (25mcg) and then very ill on the 50mcg when they increased my dose. I had 2 migraines a day (I usually get 1-2 headaches a year) and I was itchy along with a bunch of other side effects.
After talking to many different people I asked to be switched to Armour and my headaches pretty much went away except for recently when I got my period. This is the first time getting my period since switching meds. I also have very tender breasts. I feel as if I would have when I was full with milk but my breasts are not full of milk...just very uncomfortable.
So, I started searching my symptoms online to see if it was a side effect from my new meds and I keep coming up with something called estrogen dominance. Particularly, estrogen dominance associated with moms who have weaned after extended nursing. Has anyone heard of this?
I have been trying to deal with my Hashimotos by slowly going gluten-free. But, now reading about women who have estrogen dominance who were treated with progesterone and who have had their Hashimotos go away...I am wondering if I need to get tested.
I have a call into my gyno after my local gp pushed me that way. From what I have read, estrogen dominance can affect your ovulation (we are hoping to get pregnant again), and if left untreated can increase your risk of breast cancer. My gram died of breast cancer and I have very fibrous breast tissue normally. I have also heard that carrying extra abdominable fat can increase the estrogen levels too which I do fight with. But, my doctor said my TSH was so high he said my metabolism was probably at a stand-still.
I am just looking for any info and if anyone has ever heard of this with extended nursing. Thanks so much!!! This forum is amazing and has helped me so much over the years! <3