Depression, Thyroid, Non-Insurance

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Joined: Jul 19
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Posted: 05 Jul 2019, 19:49
First, I do not have health insurance. I am a teacher, a single mom, and I work at 3 schools. I honestly have no clue if I qualify for state insurance or anything, but that's a subject for a different day. I'm doing my best just to keep my head above water. So in the meantime I need to do low-cost, out of pocket if at all humanly possible.

Now having said that. I went through TERRIBLE, debilitating depression a couple years ago and only just last year came out of "the fog" with it returning every so often still. I was tipped off by a friend that maybe my thyroid is a cause and I took a diagnostics test through the mail where I had to submit blood swipe samples from my finger. The test showed I had HIGH T3, which generically described me as hypothyroid... but trust me I'm not experiencing weight loss, my weight is at an all time high! Some days I'm just so exhausted that I'm not even sure honestly if it's depression, my thyroid, or just general bad eating habits holding me back!

Bottomline is I have 2 young daughters and I do not want to miss a minute with them. I need to resolve this but just have such a muddled mess of awful options to wade through. Do I go to a doctor first? Do I ask for a blood panel? How much might that cost... does anyone know? Do I skip the doctor and just double down on trying to exercise and lose this weight (because it's going to be a factor no matter what, right)? I mean... if this were you... what would YOU do?

Incidentally, if you have any thyroid diet tips, I would also appreciate those. I find the diet description to be confusing and all over the place. You can't eat raw strawberries but you can eat cooked ones? I mean who ever heard of that! I'm just at a loss with how to make all this work. I feel like kid who was handed a bike for the first time and I'm just supposed to magically figure it out on my own.

Joined: Jan 20
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Posted: 26 Jan 2020, 16:52
I'm just joining the website today, and I saw your post. My mom was a single mom when I was little, and she often went without health insurance so I could have it. Honestly, those home testing kits can be a bit tricky. My recommendation from years of health struggles is to see a general practitioner/family doctor for an overall check up and blood panel. There are places you can go outside of your doctor's office to have them done at a low cost. Ask your doctor what kind of plan would work best for you and your life style. They should be able to help.
I think you may have confused hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism usually signals high metabolism and weight loss. Hypothyroidism signals for a lower metabolism and makes it harder for people to lose weight.

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