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Old 08-16-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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Anxiety and Hypo

I have been feeling bad for about two years and at first the doctors could only find low ferritin levels (20), after taking the iron supplements I felt a little better but still off (lots of fatigue and anxiety)finally switched doctors and was sent to a specialist. He said my T4 was low 1.1 so I've been put on Synthroid. I have been on for about three weeks and I'm not as tired which is great but no improvement yet on the anxiety. Does anyone have experience with anxiety and low thyroid levels? Does medication help the anxiety and how soon before I should notice?

 
Old 08-16-2008, 06:20 PM   #2
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

Hi Dawn80,

Welcome to the boards, I'm very glad you were able to find a doctor prepared to tread your hypothyroidism.

Next time you go the Dr. ask for a thyroid antibody test for both thyro-globulin and perioxidase antibodies. Elevated levels of these anti-bodies are indicative of Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.

I'm Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which means there's an anti-body in my blood which attacks thyroid molecules seen as foreign invaders. I expereince "EXTREME ANXIETY" and my thyroid replacement was halved recently due to this, but the anxiety just escalated more and more, and eventually I had to go and get specialist help for this too. Anxiety drug therapy worked, thank goodness!

There appear to be conflicting views on whether anxiety in hypothroid people is due to too much thyroid replacement, or not enough thyroid replacement. it is a contentious topic between sufferers and medics. I am undecided, but there are people on this board who will know so much more about this, and will respond to your post.

Please let us know how you're getting on,
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Old 08-17-2008, 04:47 PM   #3
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

I have no answers, only my own experience. I find that I have extreme bouts of anxiety when I'm hypo. I had a really rough time convincing my doctors of this, as they told me time and time again that it's HYPER patients who suffer from anxiety. At the time I really didn't know better, but I have a better perspective on it now. When I was very anxious a few years back, I finally got straightened out when my thyroid hormones got in a normal range and I went on a low dose of Zoloft (25mg) for about 3 months. I also found a very compassionate doctor who put me on Cytomel (synthetic T3) because my Free T3 was barely inside normal. Soon I felt great, sharp and happy again. This has lasted until my pregnancy when my TSH started to fall and my doctors have continued to be concerned that I'm going hyper. I've fought tooth and nail, but over the last 2.5 years I've allowed them to take me off Cytomel and bump my Levoxyl from 200mcg to 150mcg to get my TSH at a place they are happy with. Unfortunately, I've recently started having panic attacks again and am feeling that very foggy feeling I remember so well. I'm convinced I'm in a hypo state again even though my TSH is at 0 (I had radioactive iodine to treat hyperthyroidism). I'm sooooooo not ready for this battle again. It's so daunting. And I'm sorry to threadcrash and spill out all of my problems. I just want to give you a resounding YES - that an underactive thyroid can very much make one feel anxious. Now, getting a medical professional to acknowledge that is a completely different story.

 
Old 08-18-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

[QUOTE=zekat;3692903] Unfortunately, I've recently started having panic attacks again and am feeling that very foggy feeling I remember so well. I'm convinced I'm in a hypo state again even though my TSH is at 0 (I had radioactive iodine to treat hyperthyroidism). I'm sooooooo not ready for this battle again. It's so daunting. And I'm sorry to threadcrash and spill out all of my problems. I just want to give you a resounding YES - that an underactive thyroid can very much make one feel anxious. Now, getting a medical professional to acknowledge that is a completely different story.[/QUOTE]

Hi zekat,

yes, I completley agree with you here. I also think that hypothyroid and anxiety are linked in some way too. I'm sooooo cold, sore joints, swollen tongue, dry sandy eyes, tinitus, phantosmia (smells), leg cramps - you name it . . . . . grrrrr

Now I've just got to try and convince doc of this too. Geezzzz, I felt sooo much better before on 100mcg than I do now on 50mcg.

Thanks for your feedback.
Regards, waratah

 
Old 08-18-2008, 06:51 AM   #5
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This summer my mad scientist doctor changed my meds. Took me OFF t3 & didn't increase Armour (leaving me seriously UNDERmedicated), so I dived (dumped) b i g time. Since that meds change, moodiness/anxiety, sluggish/weight gain, NO CLEAR thinking were TOP of my complaint list. So I say pOOOOheyYy to any Doc who doesn't BELIEVE they go hand in hand

When I 1st started Thy meds, Levothyroxine was prescribed. It threw me into THE WORST depression & anxiety of my life.

 
Old 08-18-2008, 08:04 AM   #6
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

i had terrible, terrible anxiety when i was an undiagnosed hypo hashi's, and into my early months of treatment when i finally was diagnosed.

i had panic attacks which scared me so much i went to the ER. in fact, that is how i was first diagnosed. one doctor there had the good sense to test my thyroid levels, and that is what began in me finding out i have hashi's.

so yes, being hypo is very anxiety-producing. no doubt about it.

the general anxiety eventually slipped away as my medication increased. no more panic attacks after a few months of meds.

 
Old 08-18-2008, 04:53 PM   #7
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I think anxiety is a thyroid disease symptom, whether it be hypo or hyper to be honest. It can also be lack of T3 and adrenal fatigue - all related! Horrible - I have it quite bad at times and its something I deal with on a daily basis...its no life

Hey waratah...I'd never heard of "phantosmia (smells)" and have just read up on it. That is soooo me! I do it all the time - gross out over smells when other people just look at me as if I'm stupid. I can smell things from miles away I'm sure. Vile!

Interesting that that, yet again, is a symptom of this horrible disease!

On the bright side...its my birthday today and I'm off SHOPPING!!! yay!
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Old 08-18-2008, 06:36 PM   #8
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

Hey Rach you sound just like me....since the TT I am so sensitive to strong smells such as petrol which makes me feel ill now. Weird isn't it! Anxiety....ugh.....mine started 4 years ago when my thyroid started acting up so it is all connected, definetly.
Happy Birthday too Rach!!!! Hope that you had a great day!

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Old 08-19-2008, 12:52 AM   #9
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Hey Rach you sound just like me....since the TT I am so sensitive to strong smells such as petrol which makes me feel ill now. Weird isn't it! Anxiety....ugh.....mine started 4 years ago when my thyroid started acting up so it is all connected, definetly.
Happy Birthday too Rach!!!! Hope that you had a great day!

Jenni
Thanks Jenni

I've had a great day thanks - very spoilt

Yep very odd about the smelling thing! My anxiety kicked off as my thyroid started to grow, and grow, and grow...definitely related! If you were to ask my previous endo though, he'd have a different opinion thats for sure!!
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:16 AM   #10
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Re: Anxiety and Hypo

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I think anxiety is a thyroid disease symptom, whether it be hypo or hyper to be honest. It can also be lack of T3 and adrenal fatigue - all related! Horrible - I have it quite bad at times and its something I deal with on a daily basis...its no life

Hey waratah...I'd never heard of "phantosmia (smells)" and have just read up on it. That is soooo me! I do it all the time - gross out over smells when other people just look at me as if I'm stupid. I can smell things from miles away I'm sure. Vile!

Interesting that that, yet again, is a symptom of this horrible disease!

On the bright side...its my birthday today and I'm off SHOPPING!!! yay!
Hi tygwyn,
So you smell phantom smells too huh?
What type of things to you smell?

I smell hot cinnamon doughnuts, fragrant hand cream, and cookies baking.

And the anxiety, . . . . . . . on brother, this is what recently sent me returning to the 'lady shrink' - thank goodness her drug therapy works, otherwise I was beginning to get into really bad territory.

I just hope that for each and every one of us, that we might collectively pursuade the medics to review their 'list of symptoms' and those all important reference limits to a more realistic range.
Perhaps in years to come, this understanding will be the "new knowledge of good science".

Just my thoughts for now,
Best wishes, waratah


[COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"]"happy birthday tygwyn - and try not to spend too much"[/COLOR]

 
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