You may be more likely to get this condition if you have any of these:
When the thyroid becomes inflamed, it first sends a lot of thyroid hormone into your blood. That causes hyperthyroidism. During this phase, you may not have any symptoms. Or symptoms you do have are usually mild and do not last long. After this first phase, you will either recover completely or your thyroid will be damaged. A damaged thyroid can become underactive. This condition may also go away. Or you may have an underactive thyroid for the rest of your life. In this case you may need hormone replacement.
Below are the most common symptoms of postpartum thyroiditis. But each person may have slightly different symptoms.
These symptoms may not appear until several months after childbirth. They are often mistaken for normal signs of recovery from childbirth. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.
Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment for you based on:
Treatment depends on the phase of the disease and your symptoms. If you have major symptoms of hyperthyroidism, your doctor will usually prescribe beta blockers. These medicines slow down heart rate and ease symptoms. If you have major symptoms of hypothyroidism, your provider will prescribe thyroid hormone replacement.
You should periodic thyroid tests. Your thyroid may be working normally within 12 to 18 months after the symptoms start. If so, you may be able to stop treatment.
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider: