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#1 Sept. 7, 2020 18:52:17

From: Lakeland, FL
Registered: 2020-09-07
Posts: 1

Dealing With Depression After Thyroidectomy

I was diagnosed with Graves Disease about 6 years ago and after taking Methimazole, it went into remission. In Dec. 2019, the Graves Disease returned and my doctor recommended a complete thyroidectomy. I had surgery in May 2020. I started on Levothyroxine about two weeks after my surgery and have been dealing with anxiety and depression since then. I already deal with anxiety and take medication for it, but it is a lot worse after the surgery. I had panic attacks and depression. I feel like my emotions are on a roller coaster. I'm better than I was at first, but am still dealing with depression some days. I'm also going through a divorce, but I was dealing with that before the surgery. My endocrinologist says my TSH levels are in the normal range and doesn't think the depression is caused from the thyroid being removed. I disagree because I definitely don't feel normal since my surgery. I have days that I feel great and it's like a switch inside that I'll get depressed for no reason. Has anyone else dealt with this and what helps? My psychiatrist thinks it is from the thyroid being removed and said it can take six months or more to feel “normal”. I'm looking for any kind of help. I feel like I'm going crazy and wish I hadn't had this surgery.


#2 Sept. 8, 2020 17:10:33

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Dealing With Depression After Thyroidectomy

Hello and welcome. Sorry to hear that you are going through this, but glad that you found us. Sometimes, thyroid imbalance can mimic symptoms of depression/anxiety, but in other cases, there *can* be another underlying condition that can benefit from separate treatment. This video is one of our most popular - The Emotional Impact of Graves' Disease - and will hopefully be of interest. Perhaps your doc and psychologist would be interested as well.


Testing TSH alone is great for patients who are stable and feeling well, but since you are still symptomatic, it might be helpful to get a read on your T3/T4 as well, just to see where those are.

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