I bet you’ve been told some pretty awful stuff by your doctors over the years. Maybe they’ve told you that you’re crazy, or that you have depression or bipolar. Maybe they’ve written off your symptoms to normal aging or menopause, or that your anxiety, fatigue or brain fog are all in your head.
I felt inspired to write this today because one of my daughters shared a story with me. She works at a clinic in Connecticut. She encountered a patient, let’s call her Beth, who came in seeking the advice of the doctor there. Beth had hallmark symptoms of hypothyroidism such as weight gain, hair falling out easily, dry skin, fatigue, neuropathy and anxiety.
Beth’s biggest concern was the anxiety which manifested as mild social phobia, a sense of despair (mainly about her declining health), and constant worry. The physician diagnosed her with hypothyroidism and gave her Levothyroxine immediately. He should have ordered a complete thyroid panel including levels of thyroid antibodies. But he didn’t; instead, he just handed her a prescription without getting a baseline.
Beth’s symptoms sound to me like autoimmune thyroid disease, particularly Hashimoto’s, which has anxiety as a primary symptom. Again, no tests ordered.
The scariest part is he also prescribed a benzodiazepine drug, alprazolam 0.25 mg, to be taken up to three times daily if needed. And he gave her a two month supply!
Alprazolam, a commonly-prescribed sedative that treats anxiety and panic disorders, will make Beth feel really good. She will no doubt want more and may become physically dependent in as little as 3 weeks. A trial run of thyroid medication alone could have worked, because when you normalize thyroid hormone, anxiousness stops. Personally, I believe he should have prescribed an NDT drug that combines T3 and T4, rather than just a pure T4 drug (Levo), or even better, a short trial of a pure T3 medication like Compounded T3 or Cytomel. The reason is because Levo preferentially forms reverse T3, which is not biologically active.
So now, poor Beth is on a track to hell. She is not being tested for Hashimoto’s, so nothing will be done to reduce the attack on her thyroid gland, which will die little by little. She was not offered the opportunity to improve feelings of anxiety using just thyroid medicine, and because she’s on a benzo now, she will be referred to a psychiatrist for a psyche eval, who will undoubtedly prescribe more psychoactive drugs for that “depression” they sense when she begins crying over her awful state of affairs.
Do you relate? Do you worry something has been overlooked in your treatment? I’ve covered this topic of thyroid and anxiety very extensively in my paperback book, Thyroid Healthy: Lose Weight, Look Beautiful and Live the Life You Imagine, available at Amazon and on my website. If you’d like a little excerpt, I’ll even give you one of the chapters as a free gift. It’s one of the more complex chapters because it is intended to help keep you from getting misdiagnosed. Remember, a misdiagnosis can ruin your whole life! You can download the excerpt here which I’ve retitled as Hypothyroidism- 5 Reasons You Don’t Get Well.
I’m fired up about this because it almost happened to me. If you don’t learn what I’m offering to teach you right now for free, you might be labeled with bipolar, Lyme, depression, you name it. Your physicians want to give you a quick fix, and will prescribe what they think are the appropriate drugs to address these problems. What if you’ve been misdiagnosed?
If your doctors are wrong, the only person who pays the price is you.