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Hypothyroidism causing depression and anxiety - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi, for the past month, i've been having tingling feeling in my chest and wrist? it happends every night.Im pretty worried, when it happends, i feel very nervous and have a great deal of anxiety.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age
User :   52
Doctor :   Do you wake up from your sleep due to these symptoms?
User :   yes i do
Doctor :   Since when are you having this?
User :   around a month
Doctor :   Do you have associated symptoms such as numbness, burning sensation, abnormal movements of the limbs?
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol or use illicit drugs?
User :   no I don't
User :   I don't drink alcohol or smoke, I do take prescription drugs
Doctor :   May I know the reason for using the prescription medications?
Doctor :   Do you have diabetes, hypertension, skin disorders in the past?
Doctor :   Do you have thyroid problems?
User :   I've been taking prozac and xanax for drepression and anxiety for around 14 years, but I'ved never had this feeling before
User :   yes, I have hypothyrodism (excuse my spelling)
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The medications that you mentioned do not contain thyroid supplements, are you not on them?
User :   I'm also taking synthroid
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   Based on your description, I do not find any obvious medical conditions causing your symptoms,
Doctor :   It is probably somatic in nature secondary to anxiety and depression.
Doctor :   Hypothyroidism can influence depression and anxiety,
Doctor :   and can explain new symptoms too.
Doctor :   However, since I am unable to perform a physical examination, I cannot predict if thyroid deficiencies are the probable cause.
User :   I don't know!! all I know is that I just woke up with this very uncofortable feeling and I xanax can't get rid of it.
Doctor :   I would hence suggest you to consider reporting this symptom to your treating doctor.
Doctor :   You may need modification of the medications that you are presently on,
Doctor :   and you may also need to recheck the thyroid hormones too.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I will, it's very hard to deal with. I forgot to mentioned that I started drinking coffee 2 months ago, it never bother me until a month ago, Im not sure if is related to caffeine
Doctor :   No, caffeine has no role to play with your current symptoms.
Doctor :   Good destressing measures, proper sleep, regular diet along with proper treatment of anxiety/depression/hypothyroidism will prevent and treat your symptoms.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   No, i was hoping I would have an idea on what could be the problem, but i will make an appoinment with my doctor tomorrow.
User :   Thanks very much.
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Good Night
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