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Feel restless, mood swings, thyroid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Thyroid or mental health problem or both?
From early childhood on I've been overweight, always had a low body temperature, cold hands and feet. I struggled with depression in high school and really REALLY bad migraines. I went to college and naturally without trying lost about 50 lbs in about 6-8 months. I loved all the attention I was getting and started exercising and under eating to loose even more weight. I eventually wound up with anorexia. That's when my mood swings started. I'd get depressed, rage, rant. I have even become violent on a number of occasions. I went to a gynecologist to get my hormones tested and she diagnosed me with PCOS but suspected bipolar as the source of my mood swings. I was sent to a psychiatrist and immediately (on the first visit) diagnosed with bipolar 2 mixed states with rapid cycling. Strangely though I have never experienced a euphoric manic episode in my life. When I am "manic" I actually feel tired, exhausted even, but I can't sleep. I have lots of energy and feel restless. I feel hungry all the time when I'm "manic", overeat and have gained back all the weight I lost in college. I have developed very bad panic attacks, tachycardia, and stomach problems. I find it strange that my mood swings were kicked off by the anorexia. I was reading in a bipolar book that anyone suspected of having bipolar should have their thyroid checked because it could be a thyroid problem. I just found out my grandmother, grandfather, and aunt all have thyroid problems. Anyways I was wondering does any of this sound like a thyroid problem? And what kind of thyroid problem could it be?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read the query.
User :   okay
Doctor :   Your symptoms are definitely in line with the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Doctor :   Hence I agree that you need to get your thyroid hormones checked too.
User :   could it explain my bipolar or is that a separate issue?
Doctor :   Since I have not counselled you, I cannot comment if your symptoms are only caused by bipolar illness.
Doctor :   However there are also chances that you may be having both the conditions too,.
Doctor :   Hence I would suggest you to get the thyroid hormone analysis checked too.
User :   what kind of test should I have done?
Doctor :   If you seem to have thyroid problems,then you may need treatment for these too.
Doctor :   You need to first test the TSH levels and based on the values the other two tests may be necessary.
Doctor :   An endocrinologist will be able to guide you.
User :   I don't have any health insurance is their a cheaper way to get tested?
Doctor :   May I know your location.
User :   Winder, GA
Doctor :   You do not need to visit the hospital, you consult an endocrinologist at a clinic.
Doctor :   Give me a few minutes, to look if I can find you one near your location.
User :   oky
User :   thanks
Doctor :   I am unable to find one at winder.
Doctor :   But I do have one at atlanta.
Doctor :   I shall send you the details any way.
User :   thanks, that's not too far away
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXXXX Meacham
Doctor :   The address is 2015 Upper Gate Dr Ne
Atlanta, GA 30322
Doctor :   Do you have any other query.
User :   no, I think I'm good
User :   thanks so much!
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