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PCOD, bipolar disorder with symptoms of thyroid - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.XXX
User :   I'm pain
User :   I was diagnosed with PCOS about two years ago and bipolar disorder about six months after that
User :   after doing some research and some family history I found out I may be at risk for thyroid problems specifically thyroiditis
User :   I was wondering if that could be the cause of all my bipolar symptoms
Doctor :   Do you have family history of bipolar disorder
User :   I have one cousin who has bipolar but no direct relatives
Doctor :   Do you have a family history of thyroiditis?
User :   my grandmother, grandfather, aunt, and mom all have thyroid problems
Doctor :   Ok
User :   my mom also has MS which I just read in a study puts me at risk for auto immune disease
Doctor :   Both thyroid and bipolar disorder have strong family preponderance
Doctor :   Yes the autoimmune disorders, thyroid, MS and bipolar disorder have family history as cause
User :   what kind of doctor should I see to get checked out? endocrinologist, osteopath?
Doctor :   Your problem is multidisciplinary, hence it is good to have one General physician who can follow you up regularly and gets a timely referral to Endocrinologist, Immunoloigst and Gynecologist
Doctor :   Where are you from?
User :   XXX, XXX
Doctor :   Even a Psychiatry referral is necessary
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Choose a doctor with MD in Internal Medicine as a primary
Doctor :   near your area where you can get easy appointments
User :   will I have to go off my bipolar meds to get my thyroid levels checked?
Doctor :   Not really
Doctor :   You can get the Thyroid profile done
Doctor :   even on medicines
Doctor :   What medicines are you taking?
User :   Abilify and Lamictal
Doctor :   The doctor can interpret the results according to the dose that you take
User :   I was thinking I've never had a euphoric manic episode in my life only irritability and rage
User :   is that common?
Doctor :   Bipoloar should typically have bot the ends of the specturm of disease
Doctor :   Depression and rage
Doctor :   But not necessarily
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