Posted by fleeting flutterby on September 29, 2008, at 20:07:07
In reply to Re: Thyroid levels and Serotonin, posted by bulldog2 on September 29, 2008, at 18:39:04
> I think I will try to make this simple since I'm not sure I totally understand all of this. The higher the tsh means the harder your thyroid is working to convert t4 into t3.<<
------Yes, that's how I've had it explained to me. and when my levels were "through the roof"(as the doc said)-- I was very hypothroid-- was told my thyroid was working way way too hard.
>>The hypothesis seems to be this than disrupts the production of other hormones. By supplementing the body with synthroid you supplement the body with needed t4 or some supplement with t4 and t3 and this takes the load off the thyroid gland. As the tsh goes down the gland is now not working as hard and this may improve other hormonal functions.<<
----hmmmm yea, that makes sense.
> I think the doctor had a hypothesis that ssris by boosting serotonin help the thyroid function better and bring the tsh down.<<
---- Oh! so those that don't have an actual thyroid disease might still have low thyroid levels and thus SSRIs may jump the thyroid levels to more normal functioning? Is that what this is saying? if that's the case then SSRIs can be quite beneficial for those that need a little thyroid "push".
> Or in some cases thyroid meds plus an ssri bring about even a better response.<<
-----Oh, I see. that's interesting. Well I don't think Lexapro is working that way for me. maybe I should switch to something else...... I have to think about this.....
thank you bulldog for simplifying it.