Can my TSH affect the Adrenal Glands so much ?

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I had my thyroid totally removed about six months ago and now my TSH is seven. I feel extreme fatigue. After the gym by body shuts down and I feel tired for two to three days. I don't gain weight, I lost just a bit and I have the tendency to lose weight in general.


I have nervousness, light sensitivity and now some kind of depression from bad thoughts. My complain is that I feel extemely tired (Thyroid-tired) and I cannot sleep as if my body does not have the energy do that.

Whenever I walk I noticed some sort of mild discomfort where the kidneys are.

Could the high TSH affect my adrenal glands in this way that I feel more and more tired by the day ? I cannot enjoy life any more.

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    I don't know if low TSH affects the adrenal glands specifically (maybe someone else can answer that), but low thyroid levels definitely make you tired and can lead to depression, and if you have adrenal insufficiency already you're prone to being tired anyway :-(. I had 75% of my thryoid removed and  after a year of trial and error on the dose of thyroid (which wreaked havoc on my body, I was extremely tired, slept all the time, and was extra irritable), I was on a stable dose of synthroid for several years until this past year when all my hormones have been going crazy (they are not diagnosing AI yet but it's borderline every time they test so they tell me to come back every few months to see if it is getting better or worse). I resisted upping the thyroid dose for a few months but finally did it a couple of weeks ago and I have felt much better - sleeping better (but needing a little less sleep), more able to regulate my emotions and think clearly, and have stopped gaining weight.

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      What kind of tests are provided for having the adrenals checked ? I need to tell my doctor.
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    Sorry - I wrote "high TSH" in my first sentence but I meant "low TSH" - as you probably know, a high number in your TSH results means that your thyroid function is low. I conflated the two in my mind ;-)

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      Man, I wish there was an edit function for these posts! You know what I mean - I should have written "high TSH", which is what you wrote. Maybe I need a nap ;-).

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