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I have as posted had trouble finding out where my symptoms stem from. But, in addition to all the hypothyroid symptoms I have... I have also been plagued with mood swings, depression that waxes and wanes... I will sometimes cry for no reason, or get angry at things that really shouldn't affect me. I feel like I'm losing my mind.. my relationship with my boyfriend is suffering... I just was wondering if anyone has had any trouble with any of the like?

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I am having the same problem. I was actually diagnosed with Grave's Disease a few years ago, did the treatment and am now Hypo...but the doctors are still trying to get my levels adjusted. I am currently on a lower dose for a total of 6 weeks so that they can get a baseline reading on June 30. Meanwhile, I am so moody, I feel depressed, crying at EVERYTHING, so angry I could practically cause harm to someone, my menstrual cycle is way out of whack, never know when it is going to come, I could completely live without sex, but yet, I am losing weight....My husband and I have only been married for 9 months and I am constantly nagging at him for the stupidest stuff...and even though I realize I am being this way, I can't seem to change it. Hopefully your boyfriend will try to understand that the mood swings, etc. are not really under your control. I feel like I am losing my mind as well...and I am sorry to hear that someone else is going through the same hell that I am....hang in there :)

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YES! and many more have these same symptoms, you are not alone. Have you been had blood tests? are u Diagnosed? symptoms of thyroid issues do cross over from hypo to hyper. do your own research and educate yourself and your boyfriend about what is going on with you.

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Yes, had a lot of blood tests, been trying to find a good Dr for a while. I came across some postings and articles about functional medicine and I finally found someone in my area that practices with that approach. Nothing jumps out as THE cause for why I feel how I do. My TSH and T4 are right smack in the middle of normal range, my T3 was on the low side. My inflamation markers were higher than she feels they should be and my blood sugar is a little higher than she'd like to see it. Trying Seratonin and symphora for my moods and mind fog. Filled the T3 drug yesterday, she wanted me to take this other stuff for 2 weeks before starting the T3 mostly I think she we can know what helps if something does. She thinks I should see an improvement very quickly if it is the reason why I am so exhausted etc., but said that if my body didn't want more T3 then I would feel super anxious and to stop taking it and I should feel better in about 12 hours due to it's short half life.

I have tried so long and hard to explain myself to my boyfriend, he doesn't get it and is sick of putting up with my moods. He doesn't get how one thing can throw everything off and how mean and awful hormones are in our body's and how that plays a role in everything and in our lives... I'm also the heaviest I have ever been non-pregnant... trying to explain that it isn't because I don't want to exercise but that I can't as in have absolutely no energy to exert for exercise is hard... he seems to not believe me, and just passes it off as laziness and that is why I am gaining and not losing weight. When I have tried to push myself to exert myself in an effort to lose weight I am tired and dragging for days after... when I used to run 3-5 miles a day just 3 years ago...

Thank you for posting... it does make me feel better than I am not alone but at times I really feel like I must be losing it... I was worried I was having a psychiatric breakdown or something... but I really don't feel this is a mental illness, but something manifesting itself as a lot of different things. I haven't been diagnosed as Hypo/hyper etc., yet, but I really have every symptom of hypothyroidism. I am FREEZING all the time, it's awful. I did read an article online about some environmental thing that can affect the thyroid, in a way where the labs run normal but the T3 is low and has something to do with T4 not converting into T3 or something along those lines...not sure. I'm going to start the T3 tomorrow and pray that it's the answer, and I have an AHA! moment... it would feel soooo good, just to be right and to be able to prove to those who have doubted me and how I feel and say, look ! I told you!

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OH, yes. You are definitely not alone. As for myself. I was diagnosed w clinical depression 1st. Then later on a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. I still wonder if maybe the low thyroid caused the depression or if it's the other way around. I'm 50 yrs old, for 25 years now I have lived in a constant state of exhaustion. Without Paxil & Wellbutrin I would probably be in the mental ward. Right b4 I started taking the meds, I was exceedingly moody,angry for no reason,crying jags,anxiety,had a couple of panic attacks,weight fluctuates all over the graph. Don't give up looking for the right answers,do a lot of reading on possible reasons,and don't stand on formality when talking to doctors, let them know that you need some answers. Best of wishes.

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YES!!!!!!! I am going through this right now. I feel so alone and crazy? I had half of my thyroid removed a year ago (cancer) and no Dr has been able to get my med's right. I am so tired, depressed, cold chills and have NO sex drive at all....would be fine laying in bed all day every day which is impossible as I am a wife and mother of two small children. Let me know if anyone can help. Best of luck & God Bless

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I had and was treated for Graves' disease in 1989. I have never been the same.. the worst thing for me is the emotional impact this disease has had on me. I am majorly depressed, often irritable, moody, weepy, overwrought, anxious etc etc- and though I was never a "stiff upper lip" kind of person I was never this kind of an emotional basket case. I would say from my experience and my perspective that your mood issues are very very likely caused by the issues you have with your thyroid levels.
You are probably not losing your mind- but it still feel slike you are.. the best free advice I can give you is to get as much information as you can on the thyroid and how it works etc, the second things is to tell your boyfriend he will have to be patient with you- and thirdly is to find the BEST endocrinologist that you can afford.
Fortunately there is now an intenet and thses kinds of helpful boards... I was just fortunately to have an autute doctor... and a decent public library..
one more thing is that MOST patients are treated and have minimal problems after treatment- so hang in there and be nice to yourself- and avoid major stressors in your life

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it isn't your fault!! I have been there too- be nice to yourslef and remember that you are ill- even if you aren't bleeding or whatever- you are ILL!! take care...

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Melinda,
how are you doing these days? and your relationship? Are you doing anything to try to reduce stress in your life? Please, please remember that you are sick and that you need to be kind to yourself first and foremost, you cannot help anyone without getting yourself better first, and that may take a while, be patient. i have come to the conclusion that thyroid disease can only be explained to, or accepted by those who have gone through it, or something similiar (i did loose a great long term relationship becuz of this and the mental issues it caused). And then, not everyone has the same symptoms. You are never alone! Best Wishes!

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Eh, some days relationship wise things are good, but others not so much. It's taken a toll so all little things end up being bigger than they are since my mood swings etc., over the last couple years... it's changed us, and changed how he is as well. There are other outside circumstances that put a strain on our relationship as well that have nothing to do with Thyroid but all this other stuff hasn't helped.
I started going to a functional MD, we ran all my levels and my T3 she said was lower than she'd like to see it. I was started on Thyroxonine (prob not spelling that correctly) the generic for cytomel I think it's called. Very small dose. At first I thought it may have given me a little energy but then really not so much, I would get tired midway through the day and the energy I got was so small it wasn't like aha! I'm better with this...which is what I'd hoped for. But I know nothing is that easy. Anyway, we've run a mess of other tests and it turns out that I have inflamation markers and poor absorption -digestive wise... so I'm on some digestive enzymes and probiotics and the T3. But I am still exhausted all the time. I had blood sent to Gennova labs to test for food sensitivities to rule that out as well. Had my thryoid checked again and my levels I think look normal Free T4 is 1.03 Free T3 is 3.2 TSH is 0.93 so I don't know if this rules me out for having a thyroid issue or not... no clue...it's all so frustrating, and strange. How can we send people to the moon but they can't tell me why at 34 I am so darn tired all the time?! and I know you know that when I say tired it really isn't just tired, its this fatigue that drags me down and just takes hold and won't let me be me, or any form of a fully functioning adult... sure I work 40 hours a week, but some days my mind isn't here and it's a real challenge to get through the day. The mind fog too is so awful, I forget things all the time... I'm hoping for answers still but so far none. I'm 34, and I feel like I'm 94. I fall asleep on the couch at 6:30 some nights...and usually in bed sleeping by 9... I feel like my life is passing me by, and I feel like everyone just thinks I must be a hypochondriac...since so many tests, so little answers - including my boyfriend who says he believes me, but certain things said and actions wouldn't indicate he believes me. Life is just not the best for me right now. But hopefully with patience ( the little I have left) I will get better and get out of this dark hole. Thanks for asking about me : ) it helps to have someone understand.

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Melinda,
i am glad that you are still around the board. i know that having no answers is a difficult place to be in life. Hang in there and make sure to take care of yourself, you still have a long life to live. Do you have the energy to get out for walks, get some sun? do some yoga to help quiet the mind with all these questions? concentrate on your breathing? How is your breathing by the way, do you have shortness of breath? something/anything to help yourself deal with all this stress? Did your doctor check for adrenal failure or iron deficiency? i do not want to speculate on lab results because i am just not a doctor...but there are folks out there that understand what you are going thru and are blessing you to your highest degree!!! Be patient, keep talking and take care of yourself!

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i forgot, it is best to start slowly on T3, move up slowly in dosage because they can really, really mess with your body and mind.

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I know exactly how you feel. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and I am scared out of my mind. I feel like I am going crazy and no one really understands. I was so relieved when I found this forum. I kinda don't feel so alone knowing that their are others like me out there. I don't know what to do this is all so new to me and I am so scared of what my symptoms are turning me into. I don't feel like me anymore. I am pretty sure I might have lost my boyfriend. He is very understanding of my condition, but I have hurt him deeply with some of the things I have said during my moments of insanity. I love him deeply, but he wants to take a break and see where we go from here once I get a better handle on my condition. I am so afraid that I have pushed him so far away that he will never want to come back. I don't want him to give up on what have, because what we had was amazing before my symptoms escalated (I hope I spelled that right??). I don't know who to turn to for treatment or what kinda treatment is right for me. I just really need help and support.

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I haven't been diagnosed yet, still in search of the exact cause... but I totally can relate... I have had moments of "insanity" as well... but I am hoping the Dr. I have now who speciallizes more in functional medicine,... hoping she can help me get down to the causes of how cruddy I feel... I feel like a small fraction of the person I am... I just want to feel great, have energy and be able to feel happy again... I have some good days occasionally... still exhausted but have a better sense of hope... and then there are the darker days, where I feel there is no hope... Trying to not get frustrated as I continue to get tested ... and tested again with no answers still. I just know it's not "all in my head." I think as good and "advanced" as modern medicine is these days... they don't know everything, and only we the patient know how exactly we feel... and I'm not stopping until I feel better! Good luck to you and hope you feel better soon! : )

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Just wanted to give you a little of my story now... i have lost my lady after 5 years together the exact same week i was diagnosed with Graves in March 2011. We, or more like i have been struggling for a couple of years with this disease... We tried to talk, counseling and more, but my health issues would not let me be myself and we eventually decided to separate. Last Saturday, we had our first date after 6 months or so of each of us concentrating on ourselves, and me getting to a place where i could be myself again. I am working hard to pay attention and be aware of myself, practicing Yoga and Qi-gong to quiet my mind a little and relieve stress from this disease. there were no expectations of anything, we each were just happy to see each other again and talk/catch up. Take care of yourselves!!! thyroid disease is something you will get through just fine!!

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I have hypothyroid symptoms similar to yours. I have mood swings, depression,my relationship with my son's father is suffering. Don't know what to, don't really have anybody to talk to about it. I live in New Jersey and I wish I could find someone to workout with and talk to who has hypothyroid symptoms also.

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I have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and have the same problems, luckily my fiancee is understanding. It is tough going through all the symptoms and trying to live a normal happy life. I hope things get better for you.

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I just found this site and I'm so grateful. I'm having the same symptoms as well and I starting to think that I was going crazy. I'm always tired no matter how much rest I get, sex is the last thing on my mind, I'm always cold and I'm very short tempered. This is the complete opposite of the person I was before. I'm doing everything the doctor tells me to do; I just want to feel better.

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I know this post is old, but I just got diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I have been with my boyfriend for almost 2 years and I know I treated him badly by snapping at him and being moody all the time, but I knew it wasn't just me. I finally got help and got diagnosed, but now he doesn't want to be with me. It's really hard because I feel like if I would have just gone to the doctor sooner all of this wouldn't have happened. We live together and he wants me to move out. He says it's too late to change and that he's been trying the whole relationship and he can't anymore. I've had mood problems (anxiety, depression, moodswings, irritablility) for years now but I didn't know why and now I do.. and to top it off I have extremely low estrogen levels, but now its too late :( i just feel so sad and I was happy that I'm getting help but it doesn't even matter.

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I feel for you. I too have suffered that way. I got pregnant late in life, 42, and my Mom got diagnosed with pancreatic cancer when I was almost 6 months pregnant. She died 4 days before my daughter was born. This crushed me in ways I can't describe. I was living in Ca. my Mom lived in RI w/ the rest of my family. I was put on bed rest at 5 months, so I was unable to visit her for fear of losing the baby. She asked me to not risk it. I honored her wish, for fear I may lose the baby and she would feel responsible. The result was that I sat on a couch in Ca. while my Mom slowly died from the disease. I made it home 10 days before she died. My daughter ended up a week over due, therefore my Mom never got to see her. This crippled me. AFter 2 yrs of depression and anger, I got diagnosed w/ thryroid. My husband was at his wits end. I would have angry outbursts. My daugher would have a temper tantrum or not sleep and I would get so mad I would scare myself. I would picture smacking her all over the house to keep from screaming. Finally I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and put on synthroid and it's been better. But not perfect. I've got 1/2 my sex drive back, I don't walk around as angry. But I worry that I've taught my 2 year old to be angry. She has seen me throw things in anger, get mad when she's spilled things. I've managed to not hit her, but some days I will slip and give her a quick spank out of pure inability to handle my temper. I've never smacked her around, but I've said I would. And I'm so worried I've taught her to be an angry kid. I have gotten so much better over the last year, and now I'm working on that with her. Hopefully she will see the changes I'm implementing and follow suit. She doesn't walk around afraid of me, which tells me I'm not over the top, but I have ranted like a nut when angry to avoid an outburst. My relationship has survived, things are getting better, because I'm getting better. My husband is starting to relax again, as I have stopped nagging and being so disgusted w/ everything, we are starting to laugh together again. There is hope. My daugher turns 3 in December, I'll update her progress as time passes. She's such an agreeable child, but she has an angry streak I hope I can help her change.

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I know how you feel things are the same with my man and I. He just simply doesn't understand what I am going through. I was diagnosed recently with hypothyroidism and have started on medication. I have been going to the doctor for this for years but none of them have ever done anything about it other than this doctor I see now. I'm currently on 20mcgs and going back for blood tests to see how my levels are. But today I totally lost my patience as we have an inflatable pool that has been emptied and just sitting in the back yard I had asked my man to help me clean it for ages and there was always an excuse. He knew that today I was having a bad day after I had cracked the Shits he then went out and started to clean the pool I ended up throwing the pool in the bin I can't understand why he caused all that hassle just to clean it anyway. I'm really confused what to do. I'm under enough stress as it is as I am battling in court for the custody of my son from his grandparents. And now I'm constantly under stress with my relationship I really don't want to lose my partner is there anyone who can give me some advice how to make him realise what is happening to me?

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Hi Melinda! I know it's been a while since you were here last but I hope you still get this.
I have recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and, to make a story short, I have realized I also have Celiac Disease. It's a gluten intolerance/allergy that causes a million problems that are very similar to hypothyroidism. Sometimes, Celiac Disease can CAUSE hypothyroidism. And since you said before that you had a digestive issue diagnosed as well, maybe this could be the root of your problem?? I know that I had been having headaches and neck pains, irritability, and all the many symptoms that come with hypot., but I accidentally stopped eating gluten and for the first time in 2 months I was pain and almost symptom free.
There is a way to confirm if you have Celiac Disease, but the only treatment is to stop eating gluten, which is found in almost every processed food.
I just thought I could give you a heads up and hopefully you can find out if this is the root of your illnesses.
Best of luck!!

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I'm so glad I came upon your comment. I have known since I was 12 I had a hypothyroid . I have been off my medication for 8 months. I am going threw the same troubles you have stated above.. My husband and I have been together for 5 years we have two boys together. I have the hardest time being patient with them. My husband an I are on the line of getting divorced because he can not take my mood swings! He says their is no way my thyroid is causing this it has to be something else. I am glad to know I am not the only one going threw this. I'm looking forward to showing him this when he gets home thank you!

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I think by the volume of responses you can definitely tell many people have experienced that same issues and feelings you are. I myself have experienced all the emotional issues you mentioned plus almost all of the physical symptoms of hypo and it all definitely effected the relationship I was in at the time. I finally got so tired of not understanding what the hell I was doing and feeling, that I went searching for the answer at the doctors. Initially my test results came back "normal" but I wasn't satisfied and told my general doc that I had done my research and my numbers were most definitely not normal, presented him with my findings, and I wanted him to refer me to a specialist. Which he did. Since then, I was put on a daily dose of Levothyroxine. It was a life and relationship saver. To start feeling better took about 1 mo. Since then we have adjusted my Levothyroxine levels twice, and I think we may need to adjust them again, as many of my symptoms have returned =(. Just remember, once you are diagnosed and you start therapy, even if you begin to feel the symptoms again, it begins to get easier to control the mood swings because you know what is causing it.

Whomever you are with should understand what your condition is about and the symptoms that can arise from it. That way you can work through it all together instead of situations turning into something that they are not.

There are also other things that you can do to really help you feel better in addition to the medication. Eating healthy and working out on a regular basis. I know it sounds typical and doctorly to say, but it's true. For me, staying away from salts and anything deep fried are huge in making me feel better. Also, I took up hot yoga. Its great for sweating out toxins and also focuses on mental/spiritual clarity as well as body awareness and wellbeing.

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I am having the same problem. I was actually diagnosed with Grave's Disease a few years ago, did the treatment and am now Hypo...but the doctors are still trying to get my levels adjusted. I am currently on a lower dose for a total of 6 weeks so that they can get a baseline reading on June 30. Meanwhile, I am so moody, I feel depressed, crying at EVERYTHING, so angry I could practically cause harm to someone, my menstrual cycle is way out of whack, never know when it is going to come, I could completely live without sex, but yet, I am losing weight.

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I Think I might have this because
I have alot of the symptoms

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Melinda, You are not alone. I get so frustrated with this disease because it causes so many symtoms that i feel like i'm losing it sometimes. I was hyperthyroid and went through a terrible ordeal and then turned hypothroid which was all of the opposite side effects so I can only say feeling somewhat better but the symtons don't go away.

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Hi. Im 24 yrs old. I was diagnosis with a hyperthyroid just recently after suffering for a year and still is today. I started taking the meds in june. I had two good weeks from taking the meds felt alive again and now back to square one. I know what it all about ppl dont believe how much things can a person go through or be that sick everyday and was called lazy or pretending etc. I been with my bf for 7 years and having an illness is really taking a toll on my relationship. I could completely live with out sex, have no sex drive what so ever. Which is a huge factor that hinders a relationship. My moods are out of control. My bf once told me i was bi polar. I wouldnt be surprise if we split up. I try to explain to him what happeneing but seem not to understand. He once told me i need to be hospitalize becuz i cant fuction in life. Believe it tuff illness to live with. Im tired all time, get heaaches

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Bodyaches, stomachache, pressure around eyes, lights bother my eyes, hot flashes, pounding heart, anexity,panics attacks, feel like im freezing to death, cant take the heat, weakness, nauseas, bad dreams, sinus problems, breathless, throat feel tight and feel like i cant swollow at times, ringing in ears, chest pain,dry mouth etc. U name it i done felt every symptoms in the book. It literally feel like your going in insane. It horrible illness. My panic attcks been bad it felt like i was gonna die. I dont know how im gona live with this as i get older. I feel for each one of you. Im so glad i found this site it make u feel alot better that their are ppl out their with the same problem and your not krazy. May god bless

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Hello, My best advise for anyone that has to take a thyroid hormone is use only ARMOUR THRYOID. My wife lost her thyroid due to cancer and was treated with SYNTHROID.
She started having palpitations, high blood pressure, didn't have any energy for more than an hour of being out of bed!!, real bad panic attacks and mood swings. She went to every endocrinologist in the Springfield, Mo. and none of them wanted to or believed her about the side effects. She had symptoms of hypo and hyperthyroidism. They even eventually recommended her to a psychiatrist. She also almost went completely blind and couldn't get out in the light of day at all without the light hurting her eyes. She could read in the dark!! We only had one light on in the house and the curtains closed. She finally got clear of the cancer and she requested her primary care to put her on Armor Thyroid
and within a few weeks things started to return to normal.
Her vision returned to almost normal, her anxiety, energy levels, blood pressure and everything else returned to normal. She takes a dose that keeps her TSH level to just a little about 0. Armor Thyroid doses don't fluctuate like the synthetics have to. She has been on the same dose since getting here TSH to the near 0. The synthetics are not always
able to be converted to T3 which is what the body uses. T4 is just stored in the thyroid and converts to T3 when needed.
What about T1 and T2?? All are in Armor Thyroid. The only side effects of Armor is Hypo or Hyper if you take too much or not enough. Hope this helps you to a full recovery. BIll

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Hi Melinda,

I've just come across your discussions. I'm in the UK but have the exact same problems as you. I'm fatigued all the time, I wake up feeling like I've only slept for an hour. I get sporadic night & day sweats. I'm always cold, dry hair and skin etc etc

I have been tested for everything, Thyroid (which is rife in my family)
, early menopause, anemia, I even got sent to a hormone specialist.
All my tests came back normal, and my thyroid level slap in the middle normal.

I'm 33 and this has been going on for years, I have no idea why I feel like this but know I just can't be normal !!!
My diet could probably be a bit better but it's not terrible.

I was just wondering if you've had any improvements yet?

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