Thyroiditis and depression

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   Posted 1/5/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been a rollercoaster personified for weeks and weeks now and none of my medicines will stick. Itchy and so so depressed. It's really crummy. But listen to this crazy story... about three weeks ago I went into the doctors to have my wrist checked for carpal tunnel (I do a lot of typing and writing.) The doc decides it's not carpal tunnel, and feels my neck! He tells me my thyroid is enlarged and that I have thyroiditis, and checks my charts for how my thyroid hormones are. (I'd recently had blood work done for something else.) They were acceptable but low, he said, so he ordered more blood work and a sonogram.

(Did you know carpal tunnel is a symptom of thyroditis? Me either. Also explains my hair falling out and my nails breaking to the nail beds.)

The tests came back acceptable -- nothing like nodules or anything weird like that -- but that I have hypothyroidism and he's put me on levoxyl. Now both he (my gp) and my psych are warning me to (essentially) hold on for the ride while they try and get my meds evened out again. The doc said the thyroid is probably playing havoc with my mood and my medications. Anyone else have thyroid issues with their bp?

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   Posted 1/5/2008 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Serafena, My H takes levoxyl with his cocktail for the same reason and it is of NO issue. I have been on synthroid for YEARS, although I am not BP, and I do have thinning hair and weak breaking nails too. My levels are now kept in check although those symptoms are still present. Once they get the levels right, they will just adjust the rest until the proper new balance is found with the meds you are already on. You will eventually find it. Expect a bit of a bumpy go while you do, so you are not surprised. But, enjoy it when it is not as bad as you are anticipating. BREATHE...don't'll be FINE. This is GREAT news he caught the problem, and identified it. No worries. HUGS...LFW

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   Posted 1/6/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I am glad it is nothing serious and hope the meds even out soon.  Now that you bring it up I am going to talk about this with my dr. at my next appt. in February.  I have terrible carpal tunnel in both hands, sometimes they go numb just holding up the newspaper to read.  My mother suffers from hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, epstein I guess I should bring it up.
I had just been tolerating the carpal tunnel, not wanting to rush into surgery  :)

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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Serafena,

Oh gosh! What a time you have been going through. I'm glad you got checked out for the ? of carpal tunnel. Your doc sounds good that he caught the real problem! Well at least that can explain some of the things you have been going through. I'm glad he caught it and that it will now be dealt with. I'm sorry though that in the meantime it will mean a new level of the rollercoaster ride for you. I totally understand that because that is exactly what happens to me when I have to start the steriods for my flare ups from my crohns disease. But hey...these are important issues as well and need to do what we have to, to get things under control.

"Hang Tough" tongue   It's another set back for now, but things will eventually start to look better. 

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   Posted 1/6/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, everyone.

LFW, it's good to hear that your husband effectively manages his bp with the thyroid with no issue. The doc made it sound (unintentionally, I think) like the thyroid was always going to worsen the bp, and then the meds would be harder to manage on top of it. I was pretty freaked. I was hoping what he really meant was that the thyroid was currently worsening the bp. I'll try and relax about it a bit though. I was hoping my hair would stop coming out in hunks though. tongue I am exaggerating slightly here.

Michele: You should definitely talk to your doc! I was just living with it for months too! Finally I just got sick of it. I like to knit and I just got sick of not being able to knit for more than ten or fifteen minutes. He didn't even say he could do anything about it, though, incidentally. I don't know if it will get better or not. But if you have it in both hands, it's worth checking out.

Sukay, Thank you again for the support. I'm hoping the rollercoaster won't last too much longer. Hang tough. You're so bad. *laughing*

Hugs all around.
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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   


Oh my...I just read your post, and I'm so sorry for all of the health issues you've been through.  I am glad that you're going to be okay, I am thinking of you and keep us posted on how you're doing.



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