Depression, Thyroid, Non-Insurance

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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.

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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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Posted: 10 Aug 2020, 16:48
Hi, Alisha. I suffer from both hypothyroidism, depression, and anxiety. You should be able to find medical care that is on a sliding scale, based on income. That way, you pay what you can and do not go into debt to restore your health.

Did you know that thyroid medication can potentially cure 32 different ailments? Obesity and depression are among those 32 ailments.

When I was tested for thyroid issues, I was going to bed at 6 PM each night. I could not hold my head up after 6 PM. The test showed that I do not make T2, T3, or T4, so I take 2 thyroid medications. You will be tested to see if your T3 is converting itself to T4.

Your depression may resolve after taking thyroid medication, or it may not. Testing, medication, and time will tell.

I also have an issue with metabolizing folic acid, and 60% of the country has the same issue I have. To combat the inability to properly metabolize folic acid, I take a supplement I order from Amazon. It's called Methyl B Complete. The maker is Pure Therapro RX. This is a methylated form of folic acid that those of us, who have issues metabolizing it, can absorb. My doctor told me that years ago, many with depression were only given this supplement, and it cured their depressive issues. I can definitely say that it did lighten up my depression a bit, and it provided more energy. My doctor said you can take the cheapest supplement out there. The reason I take this particular brand is because my daughter's pediatrician recommended this brand and had strong feelings about it.

Once you find out what your body is missing, other things like weight and depression will fall into place. You will feel as if you're thriving and not only surviving.

All the best,


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Posted: 19 Aug 2020, 11:53
I also have hypothyroidism and have only heard that strawberries are high in iodine which is excellent for the thyroid. I've never heard of cooking them, only washing in vinegar to kill bacteria and clean from sprays that they get.
The only foods that are harmful to they thyroid are the night shade veggies like brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli et. and I steam them for 1 minute to kill the enzyme that works against the thyroid.
I also love a broth with seaweed in it, very high in iodine and you should google foods that are high in iodine, there's many.
a very simple test is to buy a small bottle of iodine from the drug store its very cheap. swipe some on the inside of your forearm. Watch how fast your body absorbs it. if it disappears quick (about 5 seconds) then you have a need for meds for your thyroid.
Dr's will balk at this because they love to order expensive tests. They are trained to diagnose and prescribe but their knowledge of nutrition is very limited. Unfortunately a Nutritionist costs money so do your own research and learn as much as you can before you go to the dr's.
There is some good advice here so keep asking and keep reading.
Best of luck
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Posted: 25 Aug 2020, 14:54
I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease when I was 24 and am now 76. Buggy eyes, hand tremors, goiter starting to grow were the signs. Now I take levothyroxine every day. Have always had to fight to keep off fat (most people with this disease have the opposite problem); exercise is the biggest help. A really knowledgeable source of information on thyroid, problems, diet, treatment, etc. are books by Mary Shomon. Get at library or a good investment if you have thyroid-related illness.

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