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    Old 09-04-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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    Brain Function and Hypothyroid

    Since my hypo(hashi's) diagnosis approx a year ago , I don't feel as on top of things mentally as I used to. But I have to take into account that I have just had medically the worst year of my life and have had alot of trouble with stress.I also lost someone very dear to me over this past year and it's been a heartbreak. I know that stress is bad for the system. I am doing what I can to try to pick up the pieces- exercise, watching my health, eating well, etc. My thyroid levels are ok now. I probably went undiagnosed for more than a few years.At diagnosis tsh 14 (ref range .40-5.5) and t-4,free 1.1(0.8-1.8).

    My question though is more general and pertains to all of us though. Does anyone know whether untreated for a few years will result in brain damage or lower functioning?
    With treatment is our level of brain functioning restored to our normal or is it going to be somewhat less than our normal before hypothyroid?

    I have a cousin who is hypo and being treated, my sister referred to this cousin as not all there. That is not a nice thing to say about someone and it irked me. I wonder if I seem not all there?? Seriously this is bothering me. Any comments ?

    I suppose I should bluntly ask the endo at my next appt.

     
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    Old 09-05-2007, 12:25 AM   #2
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    Re: Brain Function and Hypothyroid

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    Since my hypo(hashi's) diagnosis approx a year ago , I don't feel as on top of things mentally as I used to. But I have to take into account that I have just had medically the worst year of my life and have had alot of trouble with stress.I also lost someone very dear to me over this past year and it's been a heartbreak. I know that stress is bad for the system. I am doing what I can to try to pick up the pieces- exercise, watching my health, eating well, etc. My thyroid levels are ok now. I probably went undiagnosed for more than a few years.At diagnosis tsh 14 (ref range .40-5.5) and t-4,free 1.1(0.8-1.8).

    My question though is more general and pertains to all of us though. Does anyone know whether untreated for a few years will result in brain damage or lower functioning?
    With treatment is our level of brain functioning restored to our normal or is it going to be somewhat less than our normal before hypothyroid?

    I have a cousin who is hypo and being treated, my sister referred to this cousin as not all there. That is not a nice thing to say about someone and it irked me. I wonder if I seem not all there?? Seriously this is bothering me. Any comments ?

    I suppose I should bluntly ask the endo at my next appt.
    I can't answer your question about brain function here but I was very mentally alert when I had Graves Disease to say the least; but now after the TT and being hypo I have days when I am struggling to think properly etc, and I get depressed whereas before I never suffered with depression.
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    Old 09-05-2007, 07:53 AM   #3
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    Thanks AusssieJennie-Sorry to hear that your TT seems to have had these effects. Maybe for both of us some time will help.I'll post with endo's response in about two months or so.

     
    Old 09-05-2007, 08:10 AM   #4
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    I can sympathize with the brain fog and attention lapses. I have to continually right lists and notes to myself. I will walk up stairs and forget why I went up there... it is very annoying becaus eyou go back down stairs and root about only to finally recollect and think Ah.. and forget again at the top of the stairs. I have take to using my 4 almost five year old as an auxillary hard drive. Son remind mommy to do this or what not.. and he will chant it over and over and over until I get it done.. then i give him the next task in line. When he hits the annoying.. have you done *** yet? repetition cycle it is time to get out and do something brainless.

    I am not sure if you recover completely yet.. just diagnosed Hashi's with inconclusive Graves test. Waiting to see my endo and start treatment. I would love it if I just made it back to 85% efficiency. Right now it is ridiculas and I would be lost with out my PDA and computer.

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