I have been on the PIO for one week now. Honestly, the injection itself is not bad at all. When I first saw the needle I thought that I would hyperventilate!! But now it is no biggie. It is difficult to give them to myself, though I can do it. However, I prefer to have someone else stick me when I can. What I do not like is that I am so very sore! My tummy is sore from the heparin and now my hips are killing me from the PIO injections. It makes it difficult to get comfortable in bed. I wake myself up from it and then of course I have to go to the bathroom. It makes for a very long night sometimes.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I know, I know. All fat people say that they have a thyroid problem. But in this case it is true. Before I was diagnosed I packed on 85 pounds in one year. And I was barely eating. Hubby was sure that I was dying from cancer or something. Though cancer patients usually lose weight, he still thought the worse. It his hypochondriac nature. Once diagnosed the doctor assured me that I would drop the weight once I began the medication. Liar! But I did quit gaining weight and that was nice. I maintained my weight (with a 5-10 pound fluctuation) for several years and even went off of my meds. Then in October of 2008 I started gaining weight. Again. I started going to the gym, gave up soda and cutting back on portion size. And what did that do? Caused me to gain 20 pounds between Oct-Jan. Joy! My tests all came back normal so they would not put me back on meds. I finally got fed up and went to an endocrinologist that ran more tests and found that I have thyroid antibodies which cause the same problems of an under active thyroid. She put me back on meds and I quit putting on the weight. YAY! I have been able to maintain my weight for the past year, though I would have preferred to lose some.
Now that I am pregnant my thyroid function is very important. I wish that I would have realized just how important about 4 weeks ago. The baby does not have an operational thyroid until 12 weeks and relies completely on the mother for thyroid hormones. If I don't have a properly functioning thyroid the baby can be developmentally delayed. I had assumed that since I was on meds that I was fine. I made an appointment with my endocrinologist and had everything rechecked. My levels are too high and my dosage has been increased. I am praying that it has not been enough to have harmed the baby. I will be starting the new dosage tomorrow and the doctor will be monitoring me every few weeks throughout the pregnancy. Thankfully it was caught as it could have gone undetected for weeks.
Other than that everything is going well. I have an u/s on Tuesday and am excited to see my little bean again!!!