"I'm usually midly elevated and my dr tried a couple times to lower my dosage" What's usually elevated?
Depression can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, and may indicate a need for adjustment in your medication. Many of us have suffered depression/anxiety when hypo. I, personally, was on anti-anxiety med for about a year; no longer need it.
Please post your most current lab results, so members can better assess your testing/treatment. You should be getting test from Free T3, Free T4 and TSH every time you have labs. Be sure to include reference ranges, since ranges vary lab to lab and have to come from your own report.
Also, please indicate the dosages of both Synthroid and cytomel that you're on, as well as the length of time you've been on them.
I have hashimotos thyroiditis for about 20 years now. I also have depression and have been put on a low dosage of Prozac. My doctor informed me that many individuals with Hashimotos also often need an antidepressant. We tried increasing my thyroid meds first but that was awful and I went Hyperthyroid. I have been on the antidepressant for years now and it seems to really have helped me. I have tried to come off the antidepressants in the summer and it just doesn't work for me. I feel the best with taking the Synthroid and 20 mg of Prozac.
"The following tables list selected natural treatments for depression that have good scientific support for a beneficial role for treating depression.
Alternative Treatments for Depression: Nutrients and Herbs:
Nutrients and Herbs - Presumed Mechanism of Action:
Inositol - Intracellular Second Mechanism
S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) - Improves Methylation Pathways
Fish Oil - Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid
Tyrosine - Amino Acid, body uses to make Norepinephrine and Dopamine
Eliminate Wheat Gluten - May apply if blood antibody test is abnormal
Anti-Hypoglycemia Style Diet - Mood Stabilizing Effect
Folic Acid Improves - Methylation Pathways
Vitamin B12 - Improves Methylation Pathways
Tryptophan - Amino Acid, body uses to make Serotonin
L-Carnitine - Improves mitochondrial energy metabolism
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) - May help energy pathways
“Allergy” Elimination Diet - May be helpful for some
Alternative Treatments for Depression: Herbs and Hormones:
Herbs and Hormones Presumed Mechanism of Action:
St. John's Wort- Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor
Estrogen - Often helps in perimenopause; usually does not help during menopause
Testosterone - Possibly helpful for both men and women
Thyroid, especially T3 form - Double Blind Studies Show Improvement even if thyroid blood tests are normal
DHEA - Adrenal gland hormone
Appropriately paced exercise conditioning - Many studies show benefit"
Excerpt from: Alternative Treatments for Anxiety, Depression, and Stress-Related Disorders: Dr. Podell’s Perspective on Brain, Mind, and Mood.