Have had hypothyroid for at least 7 years, formal diagnosis for 2 . Have recently had increase in TSH,which on reflection has been cooking for at least four months. Heres my problem ; three weeks ago had a major melt down and amongst a whole host of other symptoms have crippling anxiety to the point of being signed off work. In and out of GP surgery meds upped again (levothyroxin) but cannot get my reluctant GP to confirm the link between thyroid and anxiety. Have had no major life changes or undue stress. I know hyperthyroid and anxiety go hand in hand but can anyone tell me if this is also the case with underactive thyroid?

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  • I believe so. Unfortunately many doctors appear to be the least knowledgeable when dealing with patients.

    Many people have sensations of anxiety when not on the optimum of medication. It is a clinical symptom (there are around 300 symptoms). So upon reading the following you will know far more than your GP.

    Ask if he will allow you to add a little T3 to your levo as that might help a lot. Probably he wont.

  • I have looked at your profile but there's not much information. Can you get a copy of your most recent blood test results with the ranges so that members can comment. If you've not had a recent one ask for one to be taken. Post them on a new question. You should also have a Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate as we are usually deficient and all are important for our wellbeing.

    The appointment should be as early as possible, and fast (you can drink water). Leave about 24 hours approx from your last dose of levo and the blood test. Take levo afterwards.

    The above helps to keep our TSH a bit higher as that's all the doctors appear to take notice of and adjust our meds according to the whereabouts of the TSH alone but that's wrong.

  • Thanks, have another blood test today,so will follow your advice and post results.

  • Having a late blood test might skew your results. Doctors are apt to go on the TSH alone and varies throughout the day so a later appointment might not be best for an accurate result. Also having eaten can influence the results as well.

  • Im not intending to take meds and am not eating due to persistent nausea (dont know if thats because of anxiety,certainly have no appetite,also have a fullness in the throat) .

  • I'm sorry you're suffering unpleasant symptoms and hope you find a solution soon.

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