Posted 6/17/2019 5:42 PM (GMT -7)
I have seen 3 psychiatrists and 1 psych RN.
Two of the psychs were very laid back and pretty much said maybe we could try some ssris and maybe they would help,which one would I like to start with. Lexipro caused itching and swelling (no help w/anxiety), Zoloft caused suicidal thoughts (not helpful with anxiety), Prozac at best numbed me a bit, but did not help enough with the anxiety and caused a 30 lb weight gain within 3 months - 4 yrs later, I still have been unable to lose that weight, which has been a major blow to my comfort and self esteem. I was also given Xanax which did/does help w/panic attacks, but isn't a daily med.
Psych RN offered medical marijuana - not really helpful for daily anxiety and DR, but has been helpful for my menstrual discomfort.
One psych said that she thought I was bipolar (even though I have never had a manic episode and do not experience any big highs) she said she felt this was a possible diagnosis because my reaction to Zoloft (suicidal thoughts) was "not normal".
No p-doc has ever addressed any of my physical symptoms. It's usually completely glossed over.
I've been reading a lot of books about thyroid health - of all the symptoms I have had, the one thing I have actually been diagnosed with is hypothyroidism, which apparently is tricky because everyone has their own level of thyroid hormones that is best for them. It's also not something that is tested unless you have symptoms - so I have no idea what my levels were when I felt healthy. Also, since the thyroid regulates and is involved with so many different biological functions, it can cause somewhere near 300 different symptoms!
The problem is, I can't find a doctor that tests all of the thyroid functions, the gold standard is TSH. And most doctors say if your TSH is within the normal range, you're fine. The normal range is very broad (0.4 - 4.0 or some doctors go by the older standard of 0.5 - 5.0), but a lot of my symptoms seem to be on that long list of things thyroid patients deal with (painful/heavy periods, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, sore throats, fatigue, feeling cold, exercise intolerance, inability to lose weight, gerd, etc.).