Hypothyroidism & Dopamine Deficiency?

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if anybody had had any personal experiences with the combination of conditions mentioned above? I was diagnosed as Hypo in Sept '14 (not Hashi) and thyroxine (now up to 125mcg) has 'balanced' my levels but not done much for me.

Given the results of my recent gene tests done and other pointers (many symptoms, ADD diagnosis) I'm keen to explore Dopamine as a potential causer of my symptoms, which I've read can often be brought on by Hypothyroidism.

At this current moment I'm trying to gather and read as much as possible into dopamine and how it interacts with the thyroid. I've read both that low dopamine can cause hypo and hypo can bring on a dopamine deficiency. What I'm wondering is if anybody has had any experience with this, what sort of tests they've done and how everything is being treated!

Thank you for all those that share

Matt

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  • I've recently started taking Mucuna Dopa, and although it's early days, I think it's helped me with energy levels, and made me slightly more optimistic and less irritable.

    By the way, I'm a 47 year old male - I'm not sure if it's appropriate for women.

  • i have this, i did a self-test and it explains me and every awful symptom, this is why i don't leave my house, why my mind wants to do stuff, but i cant move, i read about some Parkinson medication that works really well for this type of deficiency, and it doesn't "stop working" after prolonged use like some meds do, its called selegiline.

  • mattioso,

    I have no experience of low dopamine and hypothyroidism, but have read the symptoms are low mood, loss of enthusiasm and worthlessness.

    In the brain dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter. In an unmedicated person the pituitary releases THS based on demand from the body but insufficient dopamine will decrease TSH levels so lowering thyroid hormones.

    I don't know how this works in a hypothyroid patient medicating thyroid hormones.

    I have Hashi and take 5HTP on recommendation of my endo who also uses it himself !

    (precursor to serotonin.)

    Flower

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  • Insufficient dopamine will decrease TSH levels so lowering thyroid hormones interesting ...

  • One of the things to consider is not just how much dopamine you have. You may have ample dopamine. What you might have a problem with is insufficient dopamine receptors, and this could be genetic.

    Parkinson's Disease has a relationship with dopamine in some way. I'm not sure what the connection is though. I think the treatment involves increasing the dopamine in the brain or in giving dopamine agonists which increase the uptake of dopamine in the brain. And I apologise to anyone who knows what they are talking about if I've completely garbled this info.

  • How to check dopamine levels ? How do you know low dopamine symptoms? It's scary you don't know what going on inside your body ....

  • You could try the following link :

    biolab.co.uk/index.php/cmsi...)

    Also check the Quick Links on the right hand side of the page, and also look at the PDF link near the bottom of the page.

    Biolab is one of those annoying, closed-shop businesses that won't deal directly with patients. Instead, patients must have a "practitioner", and all test ordering must be done through the practitioner.

    biolab.co.uk/index.php/cmsi...

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    I don't know enough about the testing of neurotransmitters to know whether it is worthwhile or not.

    Although one thing I do know - neurotransmitters get used in various places in the body, not just the brain. For example, serotonin has multiple uses, including helping in some way in gut repair. 95% of the body's entire supply of serotonin is (I think) found in the gut.

  • Thank you ...

  • Testosterone boosts brain dopamine levels and is also controlled by dopamine! Low testosterone cause by stress and thyroid problem ! My testosterone level was 23.8 (2014-2015 )and now very low 15.9

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