i registered just to respond to your question and i hope i can help. my husband is a wonderful man and put up with my depression for three years until it finally became clear what the problem was and i received PROPER treatment. i am hypothyroid with hashimoto's disease. i was on a synthetic medication called synthroid for many years (maybe 15-16) and after the birth of our second child decided it was time to go to the gym and work out like a crazy person to finally lose the excess baby weight. i became extremely fatigued, lethargic, anxious and was in so much pain i could not stand upright. walking was difficult as my feet were swollen and ached all the time. depression set in quickly and i could not function at all. i slept on the couch all day, setting an alarm so i could retrieve our kids from school. nothing was done around the house. i wouldn't do laundry or clean up or even shower. i was so exhausted and found myself screaming at everyone. it was for sure, the lowest point of my life.
i finally found a doctor who put me on ARMOUR THYROID which is a natural desiccated thyroid medication and i was able to stand and walk without pain, i could go out and live again. my depression cleared and i was a functioning person once again.
if your wife has a thyroid condition it is very important you get her PROPER TREATMENT. getting a diagnosis is the biggest part of the battle. even if her TSH is within range she may still be suffering from hypothyroidism. PLEASE do some research from reputable sites and educate yourself. it does not sound as if your wife is able to do this on her own as she is completely overwhelmed and undoubtedly feeling completely hopeless. please visit Hypothyroid Mistreatment and Thyroid Treatment Scandal | Stop The Thyroid Madness
and read up on thyroid disease and proper treatment. i have no idea if my message will be edited to delete the above site (i don't know if it's allowed to refer people to other sites) so if you need to feel free to email me at: email@example.com
please also note: while armour thyroid improved my condition and restored my health, they have since reformulated that medication. it is not the same as it used to be and many (myself included) became sick again. i am now taking a canadian pharmaceutical (still a natural desiccated thyroid med) called THYROID put out by ERFA pharmaceuticals. below is a link from mary shomon's about.com thyroid site. you should look her up as well, as she has many books which have helped many patients. all are available through amazon.com. below is a link for recommended doc's by state. DO NOT be mistaken into thinking your family practitioner is competent enough to treat your wife. chances are, he/she is NOT. do yourself -and especially your wife a favor and seek out a professional who is capable and knowledgeable. unfortunately this will probably not be easy, which is why YOU need to read up and understand what is going on with your wife. i wish you both good health and peace. and if your wife IS in fact suffering from thyroid disease i can tell you that it is absolutely VITAL you find help for her. it will be worth it, you WILL get her back, it is completely POSSIBLE! - i promise. here's the doc list, and don't forget to visit www.stopthethyroidmadness
as well as get a few titles by mary shomon. Thyroid Disease Top Doctors Directory -- Best Practitioners for Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism & More
wishing you all the best,
-who is no longer sleeping on the couch and able to take care of herself as well as her kids and dh!