I am so grateful for the posts this week helping with my own hypothyroidism diagnosis.
I have also been caring for my poor dad who has had severe depression/anxiety for almost 2 years now. This followed prostate cancer scares and almost losing him to a hospital bug 3 years ago so he has had a rough ride!
I have checked back through his blood test results over the years and have had his GP check his Thyroid amongst many others and am now asking for advice about his results.
In Nov/2012 TSH was 5.52 with high prostate antibodies 11.2
In Jan/2013 TSH was 4.85 with prostate AB coming down a little to 9.6 (after prostate operation to reduce size and biopsy)
In June/2013 TSH was 3.64 with prostate AB 12.2 (prostate AB increasing again!)
In July/2015 TSH was 2.54 with prostate AB back up to 15.2
The prostate biopsy showed no cancer despite increasing size.
Since all the cancer scare he has not been able to accept that he has been given the all clear. Depression and Anxiety and I think Post Traumatic Stress has culminated in a very low quality of life and now is becoming suicidal after 3 lots of antidepressants have caused his sodium levels to drop so low that he was having speech seizures!
Now, weaned off all drugs he is struggling so badly.
His latest TSH is back up to 4.02 (range 0.3-3.18)
and his T4 is 17 (13-21) and has always been about this level.
My question is, could the stress caused by the anxiety be raising the TSH, or is it possible that the thyroid is causing neurological problems all along giving him such bad depression.
I have checked through his bloods and B12 has always only been mid range around the 400 mark. I asked for it to be done this month but the lab didn't test for it, or folate, vit D, Iron/ferritin as I had asked either.
I am going to have to get BlueHorizon blood test done I think as I did for myself, but if anyone can give any thoughts on depression and neurological problems with thyroid related problems I would be most grateful, so that I can then take my dad to the psychiatrists appointment when it arrives to deal with it if necessary.
Sorry, ..... in addition
.........also his serum cortisol was tested and is 407 (193-690) in case this is of relevance because he also cannot sleep well at all, waking 4-5 times a night.
and..... Serum parathyroid hormone is 4.0 (1.6-6.9)
thanks again in advance
(also, both myself and my sister have hypothyroidism, so I am thinking there is quite a lot of relevance to his higher TSH result)