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Have serious under active thyroid. Had three blood tests, given no medication. Taking medication for mental health & arthritis. Help?

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I have been advised by my dr that I have a serious under active thyroid but she has not advised me on what it is or what i should do. I've had 3 blood tests all showing the same but given no medication. I know I am always tired but I've put this down to the other medication I am taking for mental health & arthritis.
Posted Fri, 30 Aug 2013 in Mental Health
Answered by Dr. Sadiq Mughal 1 hour later
Hi thanks for writing to us.
You have not attached with this question reports of your thyroid profile. It would have been better if you would have posted the result of your thyroid profile. Any way Hypothyroidism does produces tiredness, lethargy along with many more symptoms of decreased metabolic activities. If your three blood test result shows you are hypothyroid for three times consecutively, your physician should not wait. You should check with another physician alternatively. May I know what is TSH, Free T3 and Free T4 values?

Dr Sadiq.
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Follow-up: Have serious under active thyroid. Had three blood tests, given no medication. Taking medication for mental health & arthritis. Help? 45 hours later
my doctor has not told me what the results are she just said that that it was seriously under active. I previously saw another doctor at the same surgery & he said exactly the same initially so did the second test. So have had the second opinion.
They don't tell you what the reading is or what a profile is.
i was getting to the stage I would sleep for days & no one could wake me so had to take time off sick.
I'm so desperate at the moment I've stopped taking my depakote, quetiapine & venlafaxine even my pain killers to try & stay awake to be able to go to work & focus. Now my bosses have discovered i am withdrawing from the other meds so can't win. I've got quite manic over the past few weeks, but now am getting depressed again.
I've hidden all my unused medicines & am having suicidal feelings. My bosses have just told me I will loose my job if I take more time off sick but also if I don't take my mental health meds will not allow me to continue working as they are worried about what may happen to either myself or other staff.
I've lost my faith in the NHS so am wondering if there is any point any more.

ok last question what will kill me....not going back to the doctor & hoping I go into a coma, or going to the GP getting the meds then taking them along with all the others I've saved up.
I'm serious and desperate now.
Answered by Dr. Sadiq Mughal 16 hours later
The first thing you do is relax. You don’t have such a type of disease which is not curable. Your all diseases ailments are treatable from hypothyroidism to mental health. Feeling sleepy all the time is symptom of both sever hypothyroidism and depression, for which you were on treatment and you have stopped that. Suicidal tendencies are part of your mental health problem and you have developed this tendency because you have stopped medication. My first suggestion to you is you resume your mental health medication. That will take care of your depression and suicidal tendencies and you will feel happy normal and alert and you will be able to perform your duties well, that is what your boss wants from you. Sever Hypothyroidism, if not treated can lead to coma, but that is also treatable. Revisit your treating physician or your GP and you can ask from him/her a prescription for hypothyroidism on the basis of result of your thyroid profile.. Alternately you can consult a new physician with this history and I am sure he/she or she will put you medicine for hypothyroidism after repeat test. Meanwhile you resume all your mental health medicine along with medicine for arthritis. The more time you will remain away from medicine, more difficult will be your problem to treat later on.
Take care.
Dr Sadiq.
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Follow-up: Have serious under active thyroid. Had three blood tests, given no medication. Taking medication for mental health & arthritis. Help? 30 hours later
too late already taken thr overdise
Answered by Dr. Sadiq Mughal 2 days later

Thanks for your feed back.

It is good that you have started taking medicine, but please take prescribed dose, not over dose. Medicine will take some time to act and take you to your normal health, but over dose is XXXXXXX Hope you understands that.

Take care.
Best Regards.
Dr Sadiq
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