I had thyroid cancer 7.5 years ago and am on a really high dose of Synthroid to keep it from coming back. My doc say the depression and anxiety are unrelated.
I, too, had half of my thyroid removed about 15 years ago for suspected cancer. My lump was benign, thank goodness. I didn't go on thryoid supplements until about 7 or 8 years ago, which was after I started taking an antidepressant. I found that taking the thyroid medication seemed to help my antidepressant work better. I don't exactly understand why a high dose of Synthroid would keep the cancer from coming back but too high a dose can certainly cause anxiety. I'm sure your doctor knows a lot more than I do, but if you're not comfortable with his reasoning why not try a different doctor? You're totally right in saying that you know better because of your own experiences and that of your support group. Viibryd or another antidepressant might very well help but I think I'd get the thyroid issues ironed out to my satisfaction before trying that.
I took Synthroid along with Viibryd for some time. Ultimately, after my thyroid testing continued to be normal without it, I went off the thyroid med. I was pleased about this because I experienced some hair loss and other unpleasant side effects. My MD determined that I had Thyroidosis, only a temporary condition. In any case, no problems occurred while I took the two meds together. Wishing you the best to get it all sorted out.
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