New to possible BP and would love some answers and support

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   Posted 12/21/2008 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a baby girl about 16 months ago and I struggled with mild postpartum depression. I tried numerous anti-depressants and none of them worked for me. They put me in a deeper depression and made me jumpy and shaky. I was also put on Lamictal and at the same time had found out I was hyperthyroid and went on birth control. Went on all of those at the same time and magically felt better so I eventually weaned from the lamictal because I was feeling very foggy (was on 200mg). I am VERY sensitive to all meds, don't even take cold medication. When I was weaning I suffered from a ton of anxiety and thought it was the weaning process. This was back in February. Since then, my moods have been up and down and especially worse with PMS. Anxiety hits like a ton of bricks and I am extremely aggitated and irritable. My therapist that I have been seeing thinks I have a minor underlying BP2. I have been to endocronologists that have told me I have hashimotos thyroiditis but it cannot be treated with thyroid meds because it's not that significant. I am SO sick of feeling down and feeling fine one day and horrible the next. I depend on a 1/4 tablet of klonopin for sleep but in the morning it makes me have more anxiety. I never wake rested off of the klonopin and have been like that for years, yet I fall asleep fine. As far as BP, my doctor seems to think I have that because I have had a lot of jobs and get bored easily, or start things and then stop them soon after when I realized I don't like them. I can be impulsive. I don't max out credit cards, I don't spend days not sleeping and keep functioning, but I do feel fine one day and terrible the next, but mostly terrible all the time. Does this sound like BP to you? Just started the lamictal again, just 25mg because of how sensitive I am, started yesterday - I am not against meds, but really don't feel positive about them because of how bad the side effects have been for me, so I am not getting my hopes up on this.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Rozdo: I am extremely concerned that your Doctor said the Hashimoto's Thyroiditis can't be treated as it isn't serious enough to bother with. Get a referral to an endocrinologist just as fast as you can. My Gram on my Mother's side had this, she was extremely ill. My mother has it and I do as well. Let me tell you my experience: Around 1992 or thereabouts I had two small children 3, and 5. Having recently separated from the father, I thought my symptoms were related to that (anxiety, restlessness, panic attacks, inability to focus, running, running hither and though,) sometimes I would find myself sitting in line at a traffic light, and couldn't for the life of me figure out where I was going and what I was doing there. I could not sit still. Fussing, doing things over and over trying for perfection, not sleeping at all. I started to self medicate with alcohol. Then, when that wouldn't take the nasties away I found a doc who would prescribe Ativan in near unlimited quantities. Ulyimately, my Stepfather and Mother flew in and took over the care of the children while I went to Detox. Coming out, I couldn't take care of the children, I was so depressed all I did was lie on the coach and wish away the world. I let ex-hubby take the children which was a disaster. To this day. What was going on was my immune system mis-identified my thyroid as foreign tissue and attacked it. I ultimately ended up with a lumpy, bumpy, burned out thyroid. Even if your TSH levels are not that high, it is still possible to have a thyroid disorder. That will cause all the symptoms you listed.  
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   Posted 12/22/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for that! What is typically used as treatment for Hashimotos? She said it would resolve on it's own and next pregnancy i will need to be on a thyroid hormone.

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   Posted 12/22/2008 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rozdo,

Welcome to HealingWell and to the bipolar Forum,

Hashimotos is typically a lifelong disease, but if you had it purely as a result of your pregnancy, that might be another situation. Still, it might be worth a second opinion because thyroid problems affect mood and the effectiveness of medications. It couldn't hurt.

As to the bipolar, it's so hard to diagnose, especially if you're having thyroid troubles. You'll have to talk to a psychiatrist.

I had hypothyroidism and it played such havoc with my bipolar, that we couldn't get my moods stabilized until we got the hypothyroidism undercontrol. I need to be on medication for both conditions.

Good luck, and please keep us up to date on how you're doing.

Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

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