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#1 Margaret

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:04 PM

Hi Everyone,

To put it bluntly, Gareth has been acting Dr J and Mr Hyde for the past several weeks. Depression, anger, belligerence, tiredness, schizo....you name it. I really thought it was from his seizure medications. Today, I found out that his TSH thyroid level is over 5 (normal is 2-3) and that could be the cause of his severe behavioral changes. So, starting tomorrow morning, we add yet another med to his list. I find it hard to believe that such a low fluctuation in thyroid levels could cause such behavioral changes, but the psych nurse said that it could. Hopefully, in 3-4 days, I will have my happy, go lucky, Gareth back!!!

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 03:15 PM

Hi Margaret,

Oh dear. I hope that is the cause and that Gareth can get back to being his usual good-natured self, very shortly. Here's an extra hug, so there's one for both of you!

Plus here is the link to our Thyroid page, too.
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 05:21 PM

Hi Margaret,

Right now it's only a dog that's playing up in our house. The youngest, biggest collie has decided to become a quivering mass of nerves during our daily thunderstorms. Having a very large dog determined to sit on your lap (when you are standing up!) is trying... Nothing compared to a teenager in full rampage, but I do sympathise! So I'm sending double hugs too. (By the way, saying 'sit! stay!' very firmly would probably not work with Gareth either~)

Enormous hugs!
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Posted 16 June 2009 - 06:03 PM

Hi Margaret,

How scary. I'm sorry this is happening. I've never heard of this, but that means nothing. Let us know how it goes. I think you are an amazing woman for all that you do.
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Posted 17 June 2009 - 09:24 PM

I do take medication for my thyroid. If it needs altering I know straight away as I have even less energy than usual, and I am more tired than usual. It is fantastic how much better you feel when you are taking the right level of medication

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 04:40 AM

Hi Margaret,

I'm really glad they discovered what the culprit is...So complex our bodies are!

Sending {{{Huge Hugs}}} to you both....
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Posted 18 June 2009 - 09:29 AM

Hi Everyone~~~

Thanks for the well wishes. I have learned a lot over the past two days Googling about thyroid issues and Lyrica. He was put on Lyrica six weeks ago to help the Dilantin for his seizures. Well........it seems that Lyrica has a few *issues* of it's own and FDA warnings galore that I didn't know about. If you are on Lyrica, be sure to watch for liver or thyroid changes and suicidal tendencies. I know that some meds are miracle drugs to some but we can never forget those 'rare and severe side affects' that are also listed. He started Synthroid two days ago and has been weaned off the Lyrica. I hope to see his personality return soon!!!.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret.

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 02:40 PM

Hi, Everyone ,

Gareth had a good day today!!! I am back to being called Mom and not the 'robot'. His personality is returning after 4 days on Synthroid and 4 days off Lyrica. The pharmacist said it would take 5-10 days for the Lyrica to get out of his system. I don't understand the chemistry behind this mess, I am just glad my Gareth is returning!!! He ate normal today --- the past week it's been half a bagel for breakfast and a bowl of Cheerios for supper . He's slept most of the week away but only took a 2 hr nap today. I kiddingly said this afternoon "I am glad you're back" and he said "I sorry I mad." I felt bad for him and told him "it was OK because he was very sick." He had more blood work done yesterday to r/o any liver problems due to the Lyrica. Thank you all for keeping him in your thoughts.

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 03:58 PM

Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum and website overall, I have hypothyroidism and it stinks!!!! I was diagnosed about 10 years ago when I was 14 and still don't know everything about it. I also have Hashimoto's, so it is extremely hard to regulate my thyroid. Mood swings are my biggest problem. Nice meeting everyone!!

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 01:09 AM

<<Mood swings are my biggest problem.>>

Hi Mrs Optimistic ,

Welcome to the group. As you can see, I am just learning about thyroid issues. Thank you for letting on about the mood swings. My son has very limited communication due to Down Syndrome/Autism and I struggle to find the cause of his behaviors. These past 2 weeks have been horrible......hopefully, there is a light being seen at the end of the tunnel!!!

Take care, Everyone.
Margaret

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:37 AM

The thyroid controls so much of your body, your temperature, metabolism, condition of your hair and nails, energy....these are just some of the things that I know about, there is still so much more to learn. I hope the doctors can get a hold of your sons thyroid and control the levels of it. I can definitely tell the difference when I miss a day of medication. I am starting to search for more natural ways of controlling it. I went to a nutritionist and she told me to eat gluten free, but that is a big commitment for me. EVERYTHING has gluten in it and I have a son who loves to eat healthy, but he's 6 so he still likes junk! If I have junk in the house I am destined to eat it.

Take care,
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:52 AM

Well, I've learnt something new here. I will also have to watch out for my liver function tests as I'm on this mixture of medications, too.

I have Hashimoto's thyroidism so take thyroxine, and also take Lyrica for cluster headsches. I also have autoimmune hepatitis, (one of 6 autoimmune conditions) so thanks for all the advice.

Good luck, Margaret, hope Gareth is feeling better now.

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 03:01 PM

Im glad to help any one that I can to understand thyroid issues. My grandmother had it, my mom and aunt have it; it runs in my family unfortunately. I am still learning however after 10 years of having the hypothyroidism.
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