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Just wondering if anyone knows about the relationship between BP and thyroid problems.

and if you have taken a thyroid test? or are taking any meds for your thyroid problem, like T4 or T3?  i came across this site today thyroid/BP and my wife now wants me to get tested.  but after reading the symptoms i found that depression was the only i had.  any thoughts

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You should have a complete physical workup to eliminate any factors before you ever go see a pdoc. Thyroid test is one of the main ones but you need a complete workup. If everything comes out negative then it's time to see the pdoc.

Your GP should be able to recommend a good psychiatrist if this is the case.

BTW- Lithium carbonate can screw up your thyroid. It should be checked when you have your serum levels checked.

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i intially went to see my GP about mania/depression he then referred to me a pDoc for evaluation.  since my mother is bipolar, i think everyone just assumed it was the case.  a full work up is not a bad idea though, since it has been several years since i had a full check up.

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I have been on medicaton  and or tx for hypo and hyper thyroidism.  I t runs in our family.  It causes depression, anziety, lethargy , mania, dry skin, hair problems on, and on.

No such thing as chemical imbalance! (just had to throw that in)

My sister had a pituitary tumor, thyroid nodules and other variousand assorted body crazies!

My mother had goiter.  Please  insist on testing if youcan afford it.  doxie

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michael,

I take thyroid meds now due to lithium induced hypothyroidism ( I no loner take the lithium). Thyroid conditions can cause problems with mood disorders. According to studies in Kay Jamison's text book on Manic Depressive Illness there is also some evidence linking thyriod problems with rapid cycling in BP, although this mostly has been found to be the case in women with BP.

I would also suggest having a complete physical including complete blood work. If there is a thyroid problem make sure that T3 and T4 levels are checked not just the TSH levels.

Erika

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I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, hurthle cell carcinoma.  They took out my thyroid and a year later I was diagnosed as bipolar.  My hubby believes that the hypothyroidism made the bp worse and thats why it came to light.  I don't understand or know anything about the link between bipolar and thyroid disease, but there is something to be said about it.  It is there.

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thanks for the advice.  i see my pDoc today and we have been talking about adding lithium so i am sure thyroids will come up.  since i started my search about thyroids and Bp, it seems that there is defiently a link between the two.  how the link works they are not sure.

LifesEmbrace sorry to hear about the cancer. 

anyways i got i little distracted...  i guess my next question would be can you have both hypo and hyperthryroidism?  not at the same but can you go between the two?

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i guess my next question would be can you have both hypo and hyperthryroidism?  not at the same but can you go between the two?
Michaellee, I had hyperthyroidism in my early twenties which my gp decided wasn't serious enough to treat as if they shrunk my thyroid (at least I think that was the course of action way back then) and later in life I became hypothyroid there would be little they could do.  He put me on a tranquilizer, then an antidepressant to offset the downer of the tranq and I basically became a zombie.  Anyway, 30 or so years later I discovered a lump on my thyroid and had it checked out for cancer and they decided I am now hypothyroid.  I went every 3 months, then 6 months and now I don't bother.  I have been put on synthroid and will have to take it for life.  (Excuse the verbal diarrhea).  If you do decide to try Lithium if possible ask for your thyroid levels to be checked BEFORE you start taking the Lithium, then they will have a better picture of what your normal readings are.  Oh and I am bipolar II.
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Sulu, 

    I was dx with hypo when I was 14.  I'm in my 40"s and my blood test results said I was HYPPERthyroid.  I had a thyroid scan and I have an apt. with an endorinologist  at the end of this month. 

Are you a Doc.?  If so , I would appreciate any insights.  Could  my perimenopause hormones affect this?  I would love answers and helpfl tx.    doxie

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Doxie, no I am not a doc.  I apologize if I come off sounding like a know it all, I just like to share my  experiences and opinions.  In no way do I consider myself an expert on anything.

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Sulu,

  I am just desparate for relief.  In no way did you come off likd a "know it all" 

I have a relative who is a Doc. in another  state

, but he is just part of the system.

You are very kind hearted and I am a bit desparate. Love-doxie

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Doxie, I know this shit is scarey but more often than not, it can be taken care of with meds.  A few years ago my best friend had just discovered she had cancer after having a lump in her neck checked out which after many, many tests, they discovered was lung cancer.  Needless to say when I found a lump in mine about a month later I freaked.  Went to family doc and he sent me for ultrasound, scans, biopsy etc.  It turned out to be cyst on my thyroid, which I followed up on with frequent trips to a specialist who dealt a lot with fine needle aspiration/biopsies which drained the cyst each time but no cancer showed up.  But I was freaked enough to read up on thyroid cancer and other conditions and found out that the good news was that most thyroid cancers are treated fairly easily.

I would suspect that perimenopause might affect things (like i said i don't really know jackshit but will always share my opinion) due to the craziness of hormones.  The good thing about hyperthyroid IMHO is the weight loss, and the energy that often comes with it, as opposed to the weight gaining sluggishness of hypothyroidism. Aah isn't it great getting old!  Hope some of this is helpful.  Please let me know how you make out with endocrinologist.  All the best, Sulu

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Thyroid problems often present themselves the same as depression or bipolar, am I right? That's why I had to do some kind of thyroid test to rule out that option before going on meds.

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Erm there may be a link as I have recently been dx witha underacting thyroid and now have to take thyroxine (when i remember!!)

I didnt have any problems with it prior to starting these meds, although iv been on serequal for 2 nearly 3 years and only got dx a few wks back with the thyroid problems...........

I have been on a whole cocktail of meds includeing lithium, sodium valporate, carbamabazine ..............

meep

I just wish the pdocs would warn us of the long term effects of our crazy meds prior to starting to take the crazy meds......

Lea

xxx

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