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Question: Thyroid problems and anxiety

 Deean - Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:45 am


I had my thyroid removed about 7 years ago because of a goiter the size of a tennis ball. Anyway since then things have been rather okay - till the last couple of months.

My weight has ballooned, as in I've put on well over 10kg, my hair is coming out more in my brush... I have been tired, and yet it takes me forever to get to sleep.

I've also developed, which has gotten worse in the last week or 2, an anxiety - the fear of death... which pretty much leads into a depression of wondering what the point of life is, leaving me somewhat listless. On top of that I have become more irritable and I'm getting my period more frequently.

Is it possible that my thyroid medication needs to be tweaked? Because I would love to feel healthy and well again, both mentally and physically.

Thank you for taking to time to read.

 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Feb 03, 2009 9:14 pm

User avatar Hello -

Given your description of the symptoms you're experiencing, I was expecting to learn you hadn't been put on any supplemental thyroid medication, so yes, I'd be willing to bet your medication needs to be tweaked, probably a good deal. What you're experiencing is classic for someone with a non-functioning thyroid, as I'm sure you already know, and the replacement therapy is aimed at preventing this and keeping things balanced and even. It seems not to be working.

By all means have yourself worked up with an eye toward upping the medication.

I hope this is helpful. Please follow up with us here. Good luck to you.

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