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Depression and Hyperthyroidism??

Hi All, Can anyone help? I had a really bad experience of anxiety just before Christmas. Couldn't stop crying and struggling to get negative thoughts out of my head. I felt like I couldn't breath for the anxious feeling. I spoke with my Endocrinologist and he says I'm depressed and my symptoms are not related to my Hyperthyroidism. Does anyone else suffer these symptoms? I feel quite strongly that it's my condition and not depression. Whilst going through this period I accidentally missed taking my Carbimazole for two days and the feeling of anxiety went away. I wanted to reduce my dose further but I feel like my Endocrinologist won't even enter into a conversation about it. When first diagnosed my TSH read less than 0.01, FT4 36.2 and FT3 15.7. In May TSH 5.0. (0.30-6.00) In June TSH 4.2. In Sept TSH 0.95. In December TSH 1.3. (I don't think my T3 and T4 have been tested since initial diagnosis) I am on month 11 of the 18 months plan with carbimazole and I take 5mg per day. Also I feel like my symptoms reflect under active more than over active now. Can anyone help please?? Is there a reason why it can't be reduced further? Can you be over and then under? HELP PLEASE!!!

Thanks!!

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I'm sorry you are feeling so unwell. I agree that it's most likely your symptoms are related to your thyroid treatment. Stick to your views and refute the Endo's assertion that you are depressed rigorously.

It's our experience on this forum that the accusation of depression or anxiety is often levelled at the patient when very often the problem is down to poor or incorrect treatment of thyroid conditions.

If you post your results here then people can give you helpful suggestions. Please get a copy of all your blood test results along with lab ranges. Also post your results here from the point of diagnosis if possible and say what medication if any you were taking at the time

People have a lot of experience and knowledge on this forum and will try to help.

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To edit press the down arrow and select Edit and you can add in hyper........

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It is a pity that no Endocrinologist/doctor/specialist know any clinical symptoms of their chosen career in Endocrinology except the very, very basic i.e. TSH and T4.

I am sure you will tick off quite a few symptoms which will most probably be due to your hyperthyroidism.

I am hypo but if you edit your heading to include hyperthyroidism, those who have/had it will respond.

Most questions are about hypo.

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/about_...

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Thanks I have changed it, I just wanted all views to see if there was a crossover. Thanks for your help.

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Many members have lots of knowledge about different aspects of hyper/hypo and hashimoto's.

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Thanks for the advice

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You need to have your FT3 and FT4 tested. In my experience anxiety was a hyper problem and depression a hypo one.

Have you had antibodies tested?

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Yes I think my antibodies were at 4. He said he thought it was graves that had caused it. I am due to the Docs tomorrow so I am going to ask for my T3 and T4 to be tested. Thanks

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Hi there i was hyper in july and my symptons were like yours dreadful anxiety and panic attacks and bouts of crying,tremvling and shaki g, breathless with every move its all part of the illness and i would not take a antidepressant as you are not depressed it will get better, i was exactly the same and many people here did and atill do. I am now hypo and still not right yet but hang on in there, it has been a long hard fight since july but the crying will get less and the over anxiousness once meds start to work but unfortunatley everything is slow with the thyroid- this site has been a godsend to me when first hyper and also now-no need to be afraid there is always someone who will pull you through-be strong and you will see this through-you dont need ad's just your carbi or ptu.xx 😊 rest and rest plenty-this will be my 6th month of work, so nothing happens quickly, we are all different.

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Hi ki41.... I have had exactly the same anxiety panic attacks crying not wanting to go out I lowered my carbimazole dose (told the endo I had done it) and had acupuncture weekly for a month and these symptoms have subsided I do have occasional down days and I just remember it’s the carbs fault not mine! I never had a mental illness before so I don’t see why it should suddenly appear. When I feel like this I try and do something empty the dish washer, clean 🤦🏻‍♀️ or go for a walk even if I end up crying walking back 🙄😂 stupid carbimazole!! I think this lasted for around a month or so and now I just have odd days. I just believe these down days will only go for good once I’m off the carbimazole. I hope your symptoms subside soon too 😊

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Thanks for your responses and concern Rmichelle and Lisa254! I was a mess before my diagnosis every symptom in the book and then the Carbimazole was like a magic wand. Until May last year when the dark mood reappeared. My Endo then dropped my meds and that seemed to work great, until December. I expected him to reduce my meds again thinking that maybe I was returning to normal and the Carbimazole dose was to high. But he just dismissed my symptoms and didn't look at my bloods, and referred me to my GP for depression. But I feel like changing my dose has made a difference to my mood. I just wasn't sure what was best to do and wanted to do a bit of research to help back my concerns. He is a little ignorant and speaks to my husband instead of me.

Thanks for the Help and I wish you both well!!!

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