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Re: Low Thyroid and lithium Pfinstegg

Posted by BarbaraCat on January 17, 2003, at 0:08:51

In reply to Re: Noa, Ritch: Low Thyroid and lithium BarbaraCat, posted by Pfinstegg on January 16, 2003, at 22:05:10

I agree it's getting too high too quickly and have stopped lithium. I'm taking Lamictal but it's not helping with anxiety as lithium was and all benzos lose their efficacy very quickly. Not sure where to go at this point but will bring it up with my pdoc. I'm really really really viewing this whole pharmaceutical jungle with a jaundiced eye, however the thyroid issue is crucial to address.

How did you get approved for TMS or did you pay out of pocket? If you can provide a link to your past posts I'd appreciate it. I've had a strong feeling that so much of what I, at least, am dealing with is as much electrical as chemical. I'm ready to start pulsing heavy duty Radio Shack magnets on my left frontal lobe. But maybe the key is to adopt the Buddhist path of non-judgment and non-attachment - life is suffering and clinging and expecting otherwise is the surest path to more suffering. My worst fear is fear and meds don't seem to be exorcizing that particular demon. - Barbara

> Hi.. Your TSH is getting so high! Do you have to stay with Lithium, or is another mood-stabilizer a possibility?
>
> My endocrinologist thinks that an important aspect of treating depression is keeping the TSH between 0.5 and 1.0, and also using cytomel as well as synthroid, in case you are a person who doesn't convert the synthroid to T3 naturally. (I'm sure this is all stuff you know ).It didn't resolve my depression, but I do think it helped it become less severe after about a month. (And after 15 TMS treatments I am feeling great- I just have to keep putting that into my posts, as I know not many people have had it, so it's basically an unknown).
>
> I hope you can get your TSH low again!
>
> Pfinstegg


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