Feel like I'm on an emotional Bipolar-Coaster

Moods have always been up and down but am generally a glass half full type and wouldn't have said depressed but feeling quite down this week more so than usual.

I have a lovely family life, kids are a bit demanding but who's aren't. I have recently lost some weight which has given me a lift.

Thought things were starting to level out with my hashi's - was diagnosed last March and currently on 75mcg Thyroxine.

Have a lot to be happy about but just feeling miserable, snapping at kids and generally fed up. I guess this goes hand in hand with this disease but grateful if anyone has any tips on cheering myself up or if I need to be seeing someone about it. I don't really want to go down the antidepressant's route if I can help it but recognise I am not feeling myself just now. Thanks for reading.

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You could order a thyroid test when you've been on 75mcg for six weeks to see whether your dose needs further adjustment. It wouldn't hurt to check ferritin, vitamin D, B12 and folate if they've not been checked in the last 6-12 months.

Thanks Clutter.

Next blood test is coming up soon and doctor has agreed to test all those. I had asked at last appointment after reading recommendations about it on here. Don't think I've had those all checked out before so will be interesting to see if I am deficient in any of them.


Arrange an early morning and fasting (water only) blood draw when TSH is highest, and take Levothyroxine after your blood draw.

Thanks Clutter have been doing this for past year after reading previous advice to do so.

Have you had vits and minerals tested? Vit D deficiency will make your mood low.

Thanks Silver-Fairy, going to get them all tested soon. Interesting about the Vit D as we've just had a couple of cracking sunny days where I live and thought the sunshine would perk me up but just as miserable as ever.

Hello, I haven't enough knowledge to advise, but just wanted to let you know that you're not alone. I've been feeling exactly the same way - my kids are getting it bad this week! I thought I'd left that constant PMT type feeling behind. I posted this morning and it was a similar thread. But, Shaws and Clutter came along and gave me a boost. Reckon they'll be along shortly to do the same for you - thank goodness we have this site to come to when things look a bit cr*p.

I will say that I have started looking at my Oestrogen/Progesterone and am reading up around that. Due to take a test tomorrow - that may throw up something.

Also, before being diagnosed hypo, I was 'gently' persuaded to take anti-depressants. I wish I hadn't, as all it did was delay diagnosis of the true problem which was to do with being Hashi's. Anyway, good luck!

Re anti-d's this is an extract and I do know that some psychiatrists use T3 for their patients. Maybe the addition of T3 in preference of anti-d's may have helped better - after all it is the Active thyrid hormone. Excerpt:

Thyroid medications are sometimes added to antidepressant treatment to improve mood — even when thyroid function is normal. Clinicians usually recommend liothyronine (T3 hormone) to augment antidepressant therapy, but in some cases they recommend levothyroxine (T4).

Thanks so much mb008, it's not fun is it, I'm sure my hubby thinks I'm just being a moody cow! Hope you perk up soon too :-)

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