By Suzy Cohen
I bet you’ve been told some pretty awful stuff by your doctors over the years. It’s not all in your head, you’re not going crazy, you may really not have depression or bipolar. You don’t have to suffer with chronic fatigue and brain fog.
I felt inspired to 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, her hair was falling out easily, she had 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, that included levels of thyroid antibodies. He didn’t, he just handed her a prescription without getting a baseline.
Beth’s symptoms sound like autoimmune thyroid disease, particularly Hashimoto’s, which has anxiety as a primary symptom. Again, no tests ordered.
The scariest part is he prescribed a benzodiazepine drug, alprazolam 0.25 mg to be taken up to three times daily if needed. He gave her a two month supply!
This drug will make her feel really good, she will no doubt want more and become physically dependent 3 weeks. A trial run of thyroid medication alone could have worked, because when you normalize thyroid hormone, anxiousness stops.
Personally, he should have precribed 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, Beth is on a track to Hell. She is not being tested for Hashimoto’s, therefore nothing will be done to reduce the attack on her thyroid gland which will die little by litte. 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 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, available at Amazon and my website. But since some of you can’t buy it, I’m going to give you a free gift, an excerpt from this very book. This way you can learn and see if you have been misdiagnosed. Sign up for my newsletter atsuzycohen.com
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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’ll be labeled with bipolar, Lyme, depression and more. Your physicians just want to fix you, and will quickly prescribe the appropriate drugs to address these problems. What if you’ve been misdiagnosed? If they’re wrong, the only person who pays the price is you.