Brain fog and inability to feel the world as it used to be...Is it depression?

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I feel terrible. The life I lived (about three months back) and the one I am living are just two distant world. It all started after I just could not cope up the pressure of living in a big city (I was there for a week). After rejection, I came back to receive a shock of my life. My very young (28) cousin was diagnosed chronic kidnely disease. I have seen my other uncle, my friend suffer fromt the same disease. It all came back to me. I took him to hospitals, met several doctors. While this continued for about two weeks, one day, I was suffering from abnormal brain fog. This feeling of being "different" lasted for a a week. I thought, it was a minor case and would resolve on its own. But it stayed. I went to the doctor who said that I was suffering from High Blood Pressure. He prescribed Metoprolol 25. But the brain fog remained. On certain days, it starts with early morning, just as I wake up, till the time I go to bed. On other days, it "catches" on after some work in the afternoon. I am also suffering from Thyroid disorder. Earlier, the doctor prescribed me to take Thyroxine 100 mcg tablet (my test result showed T3 - 82, T4 - 8.5 and TSH - 6.2). But last month, after getting me tested for Free T3 (4.2), Free T4 (22.30), and TSH (6.40), asked me to stop taking the medecine. I am not sure if the cause for this constant brain fog is due to depression or thyroid disorder. Is there any suggestion that could guide me to take remedial measures. 

Thanks a ton for your help. 

Anand

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    It could be a combination of the stress in your life and something thyroid related. When my levels are too low I often feel very down and anxious. Have you asked to be referred to an endocrinologist? Your t4 and t3 seem to be in range but seems strange that your TSH seems slightly higher than normal ranges. I would go to a specialist for a second option 
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      Thanks for your feedback. It was helpful. I met with another doctor about 2 months ago. The blood test result showed that I was Vitamin B12 deficient. B12 was causeing brainfog, altered vistion, and lots of other problem associated with it. 
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      That's interesting to hear. I was told my b levels were borderline too. What did they suggest to you to improve your levels?

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      My B12 level was 187. But it was clinical symptom that was severe. So, logically speaking the level must have been low. My Folate level was low. Don't remember, but it was blow the recommended vlaue. 5 shots of Mythylcobalmin for 5 days. There after 1 every week for 5 days. There after 1 everymonth for another 5 months. For folic level, it was Folavit. For 40 days. But, there's no harm in taking B Complex capsule such as BECOSUL. Pls check the spelling. You can take Bcomplex capsul for two weeks. There's no harm, its water soluble.

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    I agree about getting a second opinion. I also feel similar with brain fog and feeling down. I'm just had my levo dosage reduced due to bad reactions to it and now return to worse hypo symptoms. I'd less brain fog on higher dosage. You're not alone. Do seek out a dr or endo who'll listen.
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      Thanks for your feedback. It was helpful. I met with another doctor about 2 months ago. The blood test result showed that I was Vitamin B12 deficient. B12 was causeing brainfog, altered vistion, and lots of other problem associated with it. 
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    The only help I can give is to say please take care of yourself too. 

    I personally take on people's feelings, or stress out so much over things and mull them over and over in my head. Finally after a few years of this my body fought me.  Now I'm learning how to stay as stress free as I can. I can't be of help to others if I'm incapable healthwise.

    Make time to research self healing and guided meditations, learn about living mindfully and present. It doesn't mean stop having compassion for others and thinking of them, but teaches us better ways to deal with stuff. 

    It's a daily thing to practice and will still have days not as great, but I now see how living a healthier life is much more...well...one can feel better.

    Helps with brain fog too. 

    Take care. 

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      This forum has been of great help. I was facing Vitamin B12 deficiency. I am on medication. They have standard injections regimen. I am not perfectly okay, but am getting there. Things are improving. I am getting back my normal life. Thanks for your support!
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      That's so great to hear.  I started taking a B12 supplement that melts under tongue but darn if I don't feel any different.  I wonder if I should try a different brand.  Blood test don't show me having deficiency in B12. 

      Keep believing in yourself. Take care.

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      If your B12 levels are in range, don't focus on B12. It could be Vitamin D or iron levels. Get them checked as well. 

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    I recently read that the fillers in someone's synthetic thyroid meds are actually gluten and making people feel terrible. They are apparently changing the formula now but not withdrawing current inventory apparently. About 7 years ago the FDA made Forest Mfg change the fillers in Armour NDT meds and no ones body could use it. What a mess. Rather than reduce your dose, maybe they need to find a different Rx for you.  If you are having anxiety, I might suspect your dose was too high. But if you have hypo symptoms, it may be a few other causes.  
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      I heard this too. It's awful considering most people with thyroid conditions can't tolerate gluten and that gluten can have a negative impact on the condition itself. I still can't believe how poorly understood it is for such a common condition
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      Infact, if untreated, thyroid imbalance will lead to Vitamin D deficiency and B12 deficiency. Somehow, in my case it also led to B12 deficiency. I was also low on folate levels and my iron reading was low. So, in all, it was lack of proper nutrition. 
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