I am a 58 year old Male living in Bristol Uk and looking for some help in getting some feeling of well being after a 20 year struggle.
At that time I was prescribed a antidepressant (paroxetine a SSRIs) by my now retired GP, not long after this I was told I had hypothyroidism and was giving 50 micro gram of Levothyroxine which I am on too this day, and being told that my blood tests are normal having read quite a few blogs on this site in the last few days, this "normal" doesn't seem to apply to most people struggling to feel normal including myself,this gets me too the question that I've asked myself for many years, should I have never been on antidepressants in the first place? Over the first 16 years I've had many failed attempts to come off it with both the GPs help and on my own mainly because of weight gain, foggy head, high blood pressure (also on long term 10mg Ramipril for that) etc.Finally managed to get off paroxetine about 4 years ago after a two year struggle that felt like my going to hell with all the withdrawal symptoms, at that with various things going on in my life and with the GPs advice I went to see a leading psychologist privately in Bristol who appeared now not to offer me anything else other then prescribing me another antidepressant,(was this a expensive mistake)? after reluctantly accepting this I started taking 60mg of Duloxetine, which I've taken daily until ten days ago( now stopped completely !!) the reason behind this decision although I can hear some of you saying AM I MAD is that at the moment the symptoms are mild compared to coming off Paroxetine and having seen another psychologist he couldn't see at that moment why I needed to be on Duloxetine and sent a letter to my new GP stating this and felt they should be looking at my Thyroid function being at optimal levels first of all.
So I am here at this point today on the following meds/supplements;
50microgram Levothyroxine taken with water just before bedtime
10mg Ramipril with food at breakfast time along with;
1000mg Cod Liver Oil which it's says is rich in Omega-3 / Vitamin A / Vitamin D;
Multivitamins one a day tablet ; just started taken as I read on here that that the following are good Vitamins for Thyroid function
Vitamin D my total daily intake from the above; 10 ug or mcg
Vitamin B12 my total daily intake from the above; 25 ug .
I feel I soon will have cut back to the the basics so I can start a fresh with getting to grips with this Thyroid function, so I would welcome any good advice from others on here.
Many thanks Antony