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Depression and Thyroid

Posted by Lee on April 14, 1999, at 1:02:19

I am a 32 year old female who has suffered from depression almost all of my life. Seven years ago I was put on Prozac and Librium, and wow...I never felt better in my life. Obesity had always been a problem as well, and I lost a significant amount of weight and had enormous energy. But, my medication was stopped when I got pregnant, (though I had to return to taking prozac during the final phase of my pregnancy) and after I had my child, I developed hyperthyroidism. Medication didn't work, so I had to undergo radioactive iodine treatment to basically destroy the thyroid. Since then, I've been on synthroid, and the depression remains (though the thyroid is "supposedly" stable.) I've been on just about every type of antidepressant there is, all of the SSRIs, a few of the Tricylics, as well as Effexor (which I had a bad reaction to). I'm currently on Prozac and Xanax, and it's having no effect on me whatsoever. Obesity is once again a problem, even though I really don't eat much fat or high calorie foods. Migraine headaches, fatigue, agoraphobia and nonsocial behavior are also a problem. I don't understand why Prozac worked so well for me before, but now isn't working at all. I don't want to try any more tricylic drugs because of the weight gain side effect, and of course, I live in one of those parts of the country where there's neither a psychiatrist nor an endocrinologist to monitor my psychotropic drugs or thyroid disorder. So I've had to rely on the judgment of a nurse practitioner. I've heard that thyroid tests, although appearing normal, can still be abnormal. Could this be the reason for my constant depression, fatigue and inability to lose weight? Or could it have been the combination of Prozac and Librium that worked before? This has been going on for 5 years now, and it's sooo frustrating. Help?




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