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Feeling sad and hypothyroidism

Crying or Very sad Hi Everyone,

About 2 months ago after suffering with weight gain, fatique, forgetfulness, dry skin, drenching night sweats, etc. I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I knew something was wrong, but it took me persistance to finally find the right specialist and research via the internet to find out that this can be treated. I was very lucky to find a compassinate, kind, understanding endocrinologist. I started taking 75mcl of synthroid and was told I should start feeling better in a couple of weeks. So after 3 weeks I called the office, explained that I was not feeling any relief they had the results of my blood work. I had extremely low levels of vitamin D which causes horrible bone pain, and sleepiness. All I have been doing is sleeping 16 hours or more a day. I care for my lovely grandson, his mom passed 7/4/2008, and I feel like I am neglecting him. I am so frustrated I cry. I feel like i'm a disappointment to Jennifer, my daughter who passed because I am not able to care for him properly and she put all her trust in me. I'm angry because I can't pull my own weight around the home. I am also bi-polar but with medication I have not had any problems. But this long recovery is getting to me. I am so sad, and I do not want to go into a deep depression, I am fighting it. But unfortunately that is also a side effect. I have been on high doses of vitamin D but have found out it takes months to resolve the issue. am so sad, crying slone so much. Also I have other medical issues which most likely will require mahor surgery. I am overwhelmed. I feel like openly talking about it sometimes helps.
Cindy
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replied May 11th, 2010
What is your daily diet? how many times a day do you eat?

Do you have trouble breathing at times? shortness of breath?

Since when did 'you' begin feeling depressed, or was it since 2008?

I don't have enough information, but it seems like the weight gain is only temporary, through persistence you'll make it, though I do not underestimate the negative impact it has had on you.

Awaiting Your Response.
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replied May 11th, 2010
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Hello cindyrelli57!
Don't be depressed and take a patience there will be a time in that you will get perfect fitness. Depression is an extensive period of sadness, hopelessness, blankness and helplessness that does not change with environment or situation. The feelings do not pass and they tend to worsen. If your symptoms do not get any better or get worse over a period of two weeks it is imperative that you seek help. It is better to be safe than sorry and seek out help even if there is only an off chance that you are depressed. The sooner you get help in treating depression, the better it will be for the efficiency of the treatment you choose.
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replied May 12th, 2010
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Thank you both for responding, your kindess, and concern. I want you both to know I am not suicidal, I think it is a very selfish act, and something I would never consider. In the past when things have escalated to the point where I was of no use to anyone I chose to admit myself into a psychiatric ward. Sometimes you need to have all the specialists at your disposal. I have a great psychiatrist, who is understanding and compassionate. He knows the struggles I have been through and has said it's amazing you cope so well.

I am currently suffering with illnesses that actually cause depression, physical pain, and extreme fatique. I am not sleeping out of sadness, but from a medical cause. Their are so many side effects to hypothyroidism, and vitamin d deficiency. If you would like to learn more about it their are many informative sights.

My family has been literally plagued with issues, financial, emotional, and physical over the last eight years. Six months after my daughter passed my husband of 34 years had a massive heart attack on his birthday, had a quadruple bypass but is doing much better. He was off work for four months only adding to our financial problems. We lost our home just prior to my daughter's death. My husband has diabetes, hypotension, and barret's esophugus (pre cancer), my mother almost died in Sept last year after back surgery. She developed a serious staph infection, had to be on 7 weeks of IV antibiotics. I also cared for her. Two months ago my uncle passed, my nephew has been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a terminal cancer, he is 28. Nathan a very contented child, happy, outgoing, and loving. He had been going to greiving classes at school, and I happened to read what his greatest fear is, and he wrote losing my grandma and grandpa. My health and my husband's is really worrying him. He knows I have always been active, involved, energetic, and now he sees me always tired, and sleepy. Is aware that I am seeing doctors, and keeps asking if I'm okay. I always reassure him. I am so frustrated that it seems to be taking forever to get my strength back. I hate the fact I cannot do all the things I normally could with him.

Sometimes we all have situational depression, it's normal and caused by issues that happen out of our control. I am very spiritual, believe in the power of prayer and I know I will get through this. But I do feel sad, and depressed. However I refuse to let this get the better of me. I will get past this, and hopefully by July I will have the energy back to do all the things I have planned for Nathans summer.
Thank You both for your kindness.
Cindy
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replied June 22nd, 2010
Ive read that taking lithium ( medicine usually to treat bipolarism) can cause the hypothyroidism. I took lithium at 400mg for 5 years for bipolarism.

I know how you feel when it comes to sleeping. I sleep at least 13 hours a day because of hypothyroidism and it gets me very depressed because I cant take care of my day to day things without being sleepy. My body hurts doing everything and I cant lose weight. I have the night sweats too and im always burning up. I dont know if it helps at all but there are many people out their that can relate to your symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Im sorry you have to go through the things you go through, just try to appreciate the little things because sometimes thats all that can keep us going Smile
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replied June 22nd, 2010
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Thank you all for your support,

I had a bowel resection on May 27th, they had to remove 12 inches of my colon. This has really set me back once again physically. Since it has been about 3 weeks I really dont know at this point if the surgery has set me back or its the hypothyroidism. I am seeing both my surgeon and my endocrinologist on the 29th of June. I hope I will get some answers. I am 5'8" tall and weighed 183 at my doctors appt. prior to my surgery. About a year ago I started to put on weight without any changes to my diet. After a year it was 35lbs. I was 147lbs for years and happy at my age with my figure. After my surgery because of all the fluids they give I came home swollen and wieghing 202lbs. It you think about that amount of weight can really slow you down. I was in the hospital for 8 days. I am happy to say I am now 170lbs so I think the synthroid is working. My endo was encouraging and said it would help with my weight. If you can imagine carrying around 3 10lb bags or potatoes that could also explain my energy level. As far as my diet goes I am very health concious. My husband suffers from diabetes, so we eat fresh veggies, fruit, lean meat, and fish. All fresh, I really dont like boxed foods because of all the chemicals they put in them. I hate to say I am still so fatiqued. I know I am frustrating my daughter, she is loving, helps so much but since she has always been healthy its hard for her to understand or relate to how I am feeling. The anniversity of my daughters death is soon approaching so I am crying a little more, thinking alot of her, but I know the grieving process takes a long time. I have been to grieving classes and it is different for all of us. Thank you all for your kind words, I will keep you updated on how I am doing.

Cindy
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replied July 6th, 2010
Hope you are feeling better
Hi Cindy, I hope that you are feeling better. It certainly seems as if you have had more than your share of challenges. It sounds as if even absent a dx of hypothyroidism, your body has been put thru the wringer. I hope that your energy is on the rebound. I have an 8 yr old grandson.....they are so intuitive.. Take good care of yourself. I'll keep you in my prayers.
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replied July 7th, 2010
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Thank you Ellimae,

My endo has double my dose of medication. It seemed to help, I was doing more physical things, and did not have the urge to sleep during the day. Well Saturday I started to get a sore throat, Sunday woke up severely congested, so I took my temp, it was 102.7. I had my doctor call in a script for antibiotics so I am hoping I will feel better soon. In the meantime I feel bad that all I can do is lay around. I am lucky my grandson can entertain himself but I still feel guilty that I have not been able to do many of the things we had planned. We have a tripped planned in two weeks so at least we have that to look forward too.

Cindy
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