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I have been diagnosed with an nderactive thyroid and am feeling really ill

i have been diagnosed with an underactive thyroid and am feeling really ill,i have been put on thyroxine today and was wondering if i can claim disability allowance i am feeling very poorly, i have an underactive thyroid and have been put on thyroxine 100mg a day starting today, i have a racing heart , shakes and not eating much at all, can i claim any disability allowance
Sun, 19 Jun 2011
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so far as my knowledge goes, thyroid problem is not covered under disability. But, more important than that, u need to be aware of the fact that hypothyoridism is commonly associated with depression or anxiety (symptoms may be decreased apetite, sleep problem, worry, palpitation, loss of interest in work, and finally, feel like disabled, leaving job etc). And this can very well be treated by medications, by a psychiatrist. To add, treatment of hypothyoridism is complete if we treat associated depression or anxiety, if any, and vice-versa.
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