how this condition affects you mentally

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Is there anyone on this forum who would like to discuss how this condition affects them mentally. For me it would be useful to discuss sosmeone elses experiences of how their mental capacity has been affected by hypothyroidism. maybe an on-line discussion would be useful generely?

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    hi all

    ive suffered from depression for years but since ive had hypothyroidism its got alot worse,i now suffer from anxiety,get alot of panic attacks,lost interest in life,been getting suicide thoughts,i hate being around people,i would just like to say i think depression is a terrible illness,i wish i had a magic wand just to cure me and make me happy,

    thanks for reading this post

    many regards

    lynne.

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    I have just been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.

    I was feeling tired, sluggish - slow metabolism, gaining weight for no apparent reason and then I went to my doctor for completely another problem, had some blood tests done and was found to have Hyporthyroidism.

    I have started on the tablets that most woman around the age of 50 are on - Levothyroxine, seems very common like my frozen shoulder which is just about cured - and I am feeling much better already just after a couple of days with a lot more enrgy - so much so, I missed the 'e' out of energy!

    Go to your doctor ask for a TSH test and from there on you should be monitored and on the way to recovery.

    Good Luck

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    Hi

    I have been suffering from depression for three plus years in that time I had been trying for a baby. About 1 and a half years ago I managed to get pregant, but I ended up having a miscarriage. I went to the doctor's and I told them that I felt very down and generally ill and worn out. They tried to tell me I was depressed because of the miscarriaged. I tried to explain that yes that was sad, but I'm the kind of person who thinks that things happen for a reason. So I didn't believe that this was the cause. I went back to the doctor a few times, once because my heart seemed to be going too fast sometimes and that I felt achy. over and over again I was sent home being told they are all signs of depression which was caused by the miscarriage.

    I then stopped having periods, so back I went. This time the doctor still telling me I was depressed did agree to send me for some blood tests. That is when they found out the I had under active thyroids.

    Which now I have found out is very likely to be the reason that I miscarried, which as made me mad, why if it is so common did they not simple test me years ago.

    I'm now on 25mg a day, which after 6weeks of taking I felt great. that lasted for 2 weeks, now I feel really down again. does anyone know why that would be?

    I have been for a second blood test and I go back in 10 days to see if I need to up my dose I have been on the tablets for 9 weeks

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    Hi there

    I am so sorry about your misscarage I know how that feels.Its awful they did not diagnose you I had all your problems at your age.DO NOT be fobbed off it is very early days for you yet .Yes thyroxine will cause tummy ache when you are not used to it.You will need monitoring every 4 months for two years and other blood tests to.Please let me know what they say to you I have had to study this myself because they tell your nothing.You are an individual they should not go by blood test alone they need to look at your symptons only.I am Chloe from Liverpool please let me know how you get on.

    good luck

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    My partner presented with depression as the only symptom. The doctor offered anti-depressants and that was all (didn't even shake her hand, let alone do any physical tests, order labs tests or anything else). Partner refused.

    A few weeks later, feeling even worse, she saw a different doctor. He at least did order some blood tests.

    The next week, when we went to see him, he said that he had fallen off his chair at her result - TSH almost 70. A very rocky start on thyroxine. A huge load of learning. Months later, her depression had lifted a lot but realisation had set in that she actually had numerous signs/symptoms.

    It probably took a year to get most mental aspects back - improved thinking, memory and less - almost no - depression.

    Doctors she has seen for numerous other problems (most or all of which we think are thyroid-related) keep proffering anti-depressants. She keeps declining. It seems that having once presented with depression the doctors can't then see past it - even though some three years later it is now well in the past and she keeps saying that she is no longer depressed.

    By the way, always remember that TSH is a pituitary test and there are many circumstances in which it does not do what is required. This is especially true when thyroid hormone dosage is adjusted to keep the TSH in what is the reference range for non-thyroid sufferers.

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