I am desperately worried about my brother who is 64. I was appaled a couple of months ago to learn that his GP has put him on Sertaline 50mg and tells him he has a depression/mental problem which he has probaby had all his life! She is now sending him to a Therapist.
Over the past few years his face has become red and puffed up and his eyelids are heavy - his skin is dry and flaky, and he bruises very easily, his head feels like it is going to explode, the muscles in his legs have wasted away through being on steroid inhalers for the past 40 years (asthma from being a baby), he has muscle cramps. He gets enthusiastic about something and then suddenly loses interest, he is depressed, nervous and anxious and has lost confidence, he has mood swings and now says he keeps hearing voices in his head telling him he is no good and worthless. He has withdrawn into himself and doesn't want to socialise. His cholesterol is high (9), his liver function is up, he has gout (untreated), high PSA (14) the list goes on.
I have begged him to get tested, but all he says is the GP says it is a deep rooted problem, and he is going to take the sertaline and see a therapist. He attributes all his symptoms to other things such as his inhalers.
I am at my wits end, he doesn't seem to accept that thyroid problems run in the family, and I feel that he should be tested even if only to eliminate a thyroid problem, and in fairness to his sons and small grandson.
I know there is not much anybody can say, but I would be pleased to hear your views and suggestions as to whether it could be Underactive Thyroid.