... that show definite Hashimoto's (a previous blood test from May showed that I was hyperthyroid). I've never been diagnosed with Hashimoto's until now. I've been experiencing episodes of intense anxiety, hand tremors, lump in throat, depression, mood swings, insomnia, etc... I was reading that these can all be due to the Hashimoto's; however, I consulted with my cousin who is an endocrinologist and he told me that because my TSH is normal now (at the time of my blood test two weeks ago), these symptoms are not likely related to my thyroid. Now I'm wondering if I have a psychiatric condition like Bipolar. Can Hashimoto's produce these symptoms?
I believe that depression has been linked to Hashimoto's though I'm not sure if Hashimoto's causes depression or the other way around. I don't know anything about bipolar so I can't comment on it but I believe your symptoms could be caused by other things. Oddly enough, anxiety is now believed to be caused by candida (yeast) overgrowth in many people. You might want to try some natural remedies to see if they make a difference. AZO Yeast can be purchased over-the-counter or just a standard probiotic (such as Align). Fish Oil is thought to boost mood but if you're worried about mercury, you can ask your doctor for a prescription for Lovaza. It's prescribed for high cholesterol but also used to treat depression. I take it for mixed hyperlipidemia but my stomach can't tolerate the full dose. Even so, it still seems to help with my mood.
I notice a change if I don't take it for a week.
You mentioned that you had been hypothyroid for years but then tested hyper. Did your cousin mention that your thyroid might be surging at times? When I'm stressed, my TSH results will vary from week to week. (I also have Hashimoto's. They found it first.) It is my understanding that hyperthyroid will cause anxious feelings and hypo will cause depression. This could explain why you feel like you're moody. The doctors say that you're TSH blood test is a picture of the previous month but since mine has varied greatly within a week, I wonder how reliable that really is. It seems to be more of a snapshot of that day from my experience but I'm not an endocrinologist. Good luck and keep us posted on your progress!
So, just to start I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's Disease since 2010. The last 4 years of my life had been nothing but hell on earth and doctors, including endocrinologists who said that my labs were doing "okay" so that they did not need to change anything in my meds/diet, never told me what kinds of vitamins to take; they only went off my labs and if labs were normal than I must be experiencing these horrible symptoms such as depression, tremors, hair falling out, horrible insomnia, but insane fatigue during the day due to some other reason. Finally, 6 months ago I had had it. I went to a women's health specialist. She has changed my life!! I am not 100%, mind you, but I am probably at 75% to 80% "back to normal" feeling and she treated my symptoms, not my labs.
She wanted ME to feel better and didn't care if the labs were normal, if I wasn't feeling tip top. I definitely feel as though your mood swings, anxiety ect... are linked to your Hashi's and Hypo. Can I ask what you take? Not just prescribed wise but what vitamins are you supplementing with? Has your cousin or your doctor talked to you about adaptogens, your adrenal glands, candida overgrowth ect??? I would like to hear more about your regimen on how you "deal" with being Hash and Hypo. Hope you are feeling better, this diagnoses is a nightmare but I went from feeling like my life was over to slowly getting my life back and I think a lot of doctors/Endo's that we look to for help do not know exactly what they are talking about. I had horrible experiences with my Endo before I switched to where I am at now... I just realized we have a similar username, haha, that's funny. Just wanted to point that out. Good Luck. Hope to hear back from you.
Hashimoto's is hypothyroidism, while hyperthyroidism is its opposite. If you have both then it's super complicated to properly diagnose. If your TSH levels were off in a previous blood test it's worth continuing trying to get to the bottom of the problem and the thyroid can be tricky. Your symptoms fit with a theropod disorder so I wouldn't throw out that possibility. Even if mental health is also an issue, your symptoms sound nothing like Bipolar Disorder. Autoimmune diseases are odd because they don't always show up in every (or sometimes any) blood tests, but it doesn't mean they're not present.
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