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Could you be hypothyroid?

Post: #1
05-14-2012, 04:03 PM
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Could you be hypothyroid?

If you have been diagnosed hypothyroid, but are not getting enough replacement medication or the wrong combination you could become depressed, also obviously if your condition has not been recognized.

Chronic fatigue, dry skin, sleep disturbances and weight gain are all symptoms of an inactive or underactive thyroid gland. In the UK, the range of blood results considered 'normal' is wider than that considered normal in other parts of the world. Our doctors now refuse to prescribe natural dessicated thyroid which I thrived on as a child, but many now consider levothyroxine on its own to be adequate. It is only one component of the thyroid hormone and may not be adequate for you. Get a referral to an endocrinologist and a full range of blood tests.

I have been hypothyroid since I was a child but none of the many GP's I have had (many house moves due to work!) ever told me that I could become seriously depressed if my dose was inadequate. Due to one incompetent GP in London who cut my dose but did no blood tests afterwards. This was the start of the depression. I am now taking liothyronine (T3) in addition to an increased dose of levothyroxine (T4) and still experimenting with the right time of day to take it. Blood tests do not tell the whole story. I am also taking an antidepressant and trying to get access to 'talking therapies' to help beat the depression.

Depression can take years to recover completely and it depends very much if you have a stable home life and job. I split with my husband because he could not live with my depression and have had all the pain and stress of a divorce on top of everything else and still face having to sell my home and a move into a much smaller place, where I probably won't have a garden or be able to have pets which will be a further impact on my mental state. I am retired now, but could not work since my husband left and have had to manage on benefits which are not generous for a single person, despite publicity to the contrary.



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Post: #2
05-23-2012, 11:17 PM
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For years I thought I was just depressed before reading an article on hypothyroid and now I am convinced that that was my problem. I am always tired, I gained so much weight and I wasn't eating right. I started to work out more and the weight loss helped to speed up my metabolism. I can't stress enough that people need to check their thyroid!



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Post: #3
06-25-2012, 06:11 AM
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A friend of mine and myself both have this issue. I became hypothyroid when I was 8 due to an anti-seizure drug. My friend started gaining weight when we were in high school and she was very depressed and fatigued. I recognized her symptoms from my own experience and sure enough she has hypothyroidism too. I agree with sillylucy and everyone should get their thyroid checked at the first sign of a problem.



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Post: #4
01-01-2013, 06:45 PM
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Interestingly enough, when I first went to my doctor to deal with my depression she immediately had me get my blood work done. She said my thyroid, although still within a healthy range, was on the low side. Either way, I made some changes in my diet to help improve it. Moreover, the last time I had my work done, she didn't comment on my thyroid at all. But this time I was deficient in B12.



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04-18-2013, 11:55 AM
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Post: #6
08-17-2014, 11:52 PM
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I was diagnosed with low thyroid almost thirty years ago. I was never given a long prognosis. That would have saved me much worry and pain. I would have understood or been prepared for multiple symptoms. But nothing would have prepared me for deep depression.

I have been so depressed and non-functional that I left the teaching profession. I put in over twenty-five years but I thought I had over ten more to give. There were days I could hardly get out of bed. It took over four psychiatrists to help me get adjusted to so many combinations of medications. Currently, my doctor is great. He will take time to talk and listen to my most recent challenges. He was the only psychiatrist who wanted me to monitor my sugar levels because anti-depressants are known to raise sugar levels. I feel vey healthy now.



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Post: #7
11-17-2014, 06:22 PM
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My thyroid problems, an autoimmune disease, may have been the cause of my overall depression. However, I suspected that I also suffered from seasonal mood disorder as well.
Today is a dark grey day. I can hardly get out of bed. I slept until 12:00 non which is very unusual for me. I have years and years of documented proof that these problems start in December. I have never had these incidents in early November.



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03-25-2015, 07:12 AM
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RE: Could you be hypothyroid?

Hypothyroidism—even in its mildest forms—can affect the health of your heart. An underactive thyroid can increase your risk of developing heart disease because it increases levels of "bad" cholesterol. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, which can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Hypothyroidism can also result in the buildup of fluid around the heart, a pericardial effusion, which may make it harder for the heart to pump blood.



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03-28-2015, 10:08 AM
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(03-25-2015 07:12 AM)RobertWetzel Wrote:  Hypothyroidism—even in its mildest forms—can affect the health of your heart. An underactive thyroid can increase your risk of developing heart disease because it increases levels of "bad" cholesterol. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, which can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Hypothyroidism can also result in the buildup of fluid around the heart, a pericardial effusion, which may make it harder for the heart to pump blood.


Hypothyroidism—even in its mildest forms—can affect the health of your heart. An underactive thyroid can increase your risk of developing heart disease because it increases levels of "bad" cholesterol. Too much bad cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, hardening of the arteries, which can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. Hypothyroidism can also result in the buildup of fluid around the heart, a pericardial effusion, which may make it harder for the heart to pump blood.



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