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    pugeebunnie posted:
    Hi everyone, this is a follow-up post to a previous discussion I had posted -

    So, here goes - After fluctuating back and forth for several months, my thyroid has stabilized and I've been taken off medication. Two weeks ago, my TSH levels showed a drop from 5. something to 2.43. I felt great a short while and then came down with a very nasty infection/virus. The doctor believed it to be strep throat (although I was given no official culture). I've struggled with anxiety my entire life, and this diagnosis, of course, sent me into worrying constantly that the illness would affect my TSH levels and I would start feeling spacey and fatigued again. Well, perhaps it's a self-fulfilling prophecy, because starting on Friday evening, I've felt out-of-it and exhausted. I spoke with my therapist and she believes the culprit is anxiety, not my thyroid since my symptoms returned so abrubtly. I've also spoken with my dad, a doctor, who said, though lovingly, "You're a hypochondriac and a nervous wreck right now! Have been for months! It's not your thyroid - it's your anxiety and you're allowing it to consume your life!" I'm not sure he isn't right...things changed so quickly, quicker than I believe a TSH level can change. I'm just so tired, spacey - I think about this crap all the time, I obsess over it. So, WHAT DO YOU ALL THINK? BRUTAL HONESTY - DO YOU THINK THIS IS THYROID OR ANXIETY?
    pugeebunnie responded:
    P.S. My dad has also taken care of thyroid patients for years and says that a minor change in TSH levels would also not send me reeling like this - he has bad anxiety and says that he truly feels I'm creating my own exhaustio, spaciness, etc. from my severe anxiety....I hope he's right - I can deal with it then with therapy!
    pugeebunnie replied to pugeebunnie's response:
    DOGDANCING_TCOS replied to pugeebunnie's response:
    from a online board I used to post on. Not sure who to site as author.

    "Thyroid conditioned can exasperate existing mental problems or even mimic mental illness.Thyroid problem, both underactive and overactive, can cause mood swings. An overactive thyroid may exhibit marked anxiety and tension, emotional liability, impatience and irritability, distractible overactivity, exaggerated sensitivity to noise, and fluctuating depression with sadness and problems with sleep and the appetite. In extreme cases, they may appear schizophrenic, losing touch with reality and becoming delirious or hallucinating.However the most common effect of an overactive thyroid is anxiety.An underactive thyroid can lead to progressive loss of interest and initiative, slowing of mental processes, poor memory for recent events, fading of the personality's color and vivacity, general intellectual deterioration, depression with a paranoid flavor, and eventually, if not checked, to dementia and permanent harmful effects on the brain. In instances of each condition, some persons have been wrongly diagnosed, hospitalized for months, and treated unsuccessfully for psychosis."

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