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I have several conditions that affect the way I respond to stress, hypothyroidism, adrenal fatigue, fibromyalgia, PMS, and PTSD. Some experts think hypo undertreated leads to fibromyalgia and adrenal fatigue, and that all these will miraculously go away once I'm on the right thyroid dose. I am gradually increasing doses until I reach that point, but in the meantime, how do I maintain calm?<br><br>
All of these conditions can be blamed for anxiety attacks and uncontrollable rage. For 2 days out of every month I go completely insane from PMS.<br><br>
Then I take steroids for the adrenal fatigue, with the hope of tapering off of them in a short period of time. Unfortunately, steroids can also contribute to feelings of rage.<br><br>
I overreact frequently, but the worst is those 2 days every month when I PMS. I'm totally irregular, so I can't even chart it to be prepared. Doctors want to give people like me antidepressants, but they can be a really bad idea when someone is hypo, because 9 times out of 10 any depression symptoms will eventually be eradicated with proper hormone treatment, and the antidepressants just make hypo symptoms worse.<br><br>
So here's the deal. Mainstream medicine says to take antidepressants. All of my research says antidepressants are not good for hypo patients, and besides, I'm not depressed, I just lose it for a couple of days every month.<br><br>
Every day I am faced with the prospect of trying to decipher every mood as either 'roid rage, hypo symptoms or in rare instances, justifiable anger. For 2 days I have been whacked from PMS, but when you are in the midst of the insanity it 'feels' justifiable. So other than staying locked in my bedroom whenever I feel angry, what can I do to protect my family from the bouts of temporary insanity?<br><br>
Has anyone out there found anything that can snap a person back to reality in an instant? I know therapy will eventually help, but is there any kind of a quick fix? Every month I have 2 days where I feel awful all day, my kids feel awful, and my husband feels awful. Then when it passes I'm ok until the next 25 to 45 days until the next bout of PMS. Would it be worth the risks for me to take the year round birth control pill to prevent the craziness of the PMS days? I get migraines for a minimum of 2 days before and during my period, and as I said, I go crazy for those 2 days also. But at almost 45 years old I think I am at increased risk for clots and strokes. I've spent the past 15 years in and out of doctors' offices, and it just feels like an endless treadmill of misdiagnosis and frustration.<br><br>
I've cried and ranted and raged for 2 days, and today I am completely wrung out. I have no feelings of rage towards my dd at all today, just a feeling of 'thank god that's over.' I wish I could sleep through those 2 days, or at least know when they are going to hit so I can hibernate. If I go see a doctor in the middle of PMS they prescribe a bunch of pills, but if I see a doc at a time when I'm not PMSing, they think I'm exaggerating my craziness. My husband writes it off as PMS, says I only get nuts for a couple of days also. My mom was pretty much the same way when I was growing up, so I can't help but think some of it is hereditary. I can't send my kids away when I go nuts, but I can't let them grow up around this, either.<br><br>
Am I the only person in the world who feels this way? Has anyone else been in a situation even remotely similar? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I have both Hypo and adrenal fatigue as well so I'll give you my opinion.....<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Then I take steroids for the adrenal fatigue, with the hope of tapering off of them in a short period of time. Unfortunately, steroids can also contribute to feelings of rage.<br><br><b>Are you taking hydrocortisone for the adrenal fatigue? In small physiological doses (20-40mg or so), which is what is normally given for adrenal fatigue, should not be giving you 'roid rage. Small doses are just replacing the cortisol that the body would normally need</b><br><br>
I overreact frequently, but the worst is those 2 days every month when I PMS. I'm totally irregular, so I can't even chart it to be prepared. Doctors want to give people like me antidepressants, but they can be a really bad idea when someone is hypo, because 9 times out of 10 any depression symptoms will eventually be eradicated with proper hormone treatment, and the antidepressants just make hypo symptoms worse.<br><br><br>
So here's the deal. Mainstream medicine says to take antidepressants. All of my research says antidepressants are not good for hypo patients, and besides, I'm not depressed, I just lose it for a couple of days every month.<br><br>
Every day I am faced with the prospect of trying to decipher every mood as either 'roid rage, hypo symptoms or in rare instances, justifiable anger. For 2 days I have been whacked from PMS, but when you are in the midst of the insanity it 'feels' justifiable. So other than staying locked in my bedroom whenever I feel angry, what can I do to protect my family from the bouts of temporary insanity?<br><br><b>Horrible PMS, irregular period are both signs that your thyroid is not yet optimized. What are you taking? What dosage are you at?<br><br>
I think that anti-depressents would be masking your symptoms, not making them any better.</b><br><br><br><br>
Has anyone out there found anything that can snap a person back to reality in an instant? I know therapy will eventually help, but is there any kind of a quick fix? Every month I have 2 days where I feel awful all day, my kids feel awful, and my husband feels awful. Then when it passes I'm ok until the next 25 to 45 days until the next bout of PMS. Would it be worth the risks for me to take the year round birth control pill to prevent the craziness of the PMS days? I get migraines for a minimum of 2 days before and during my period, and as I said, I go crazy for those 2 days also. But at almost 45 years old I think I am at increased risk for clots and strokes. I've spent the past 15 years in and out of doctors' offices, and it just feels like an endless treadmill of misdiagnosis and frustration.<br><br><br><b>I personally would never touch any hormonal contraceptive ever again. You don't need things messing up your hormone any more than they already are.<br></b><br><br>
I've cried and ranted and raged for 2 days, and today I am completely wrung out. I have no feelings of rage towards my dd at all today, just a feeling of 'thank god that's over.' I wish I could sleep through those 2 days, or at least know when they are going to hit so I can hibernate. If I go see a doctor in the middle of PMS they prescribe a bunch of pills, but if I see a doc at a time when I'm not PMSing, they think I'm exaggerating my craziness. My husband writes it off as PMS, says I only get nuts for a couple of days also. My mom was pretty much the same way when I was growing up, so I can't help but think some of it is hereditary. I can't send my kids away when I go nuts, but I can't let them grow up around this, either.<br><br><b>Are you depressed on and off during the rest of the month or are your moods completely normal except during PMS?<br><br>
I used to rage during PMS then I would just be moody, not necessarily angry for the rest of the month.<br><br>
Hypo is hereditary. I wouldn't be surprised if your mom has just never been diagnosed!</b><br><br>
Am I the only person in the world who feels this way? Has anyone else been in a situation even remotely similar? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:</div>
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If you haven't seen it there is a fantastic site & message board that deals with both hypo & adrenal fatigue.<br><a href="http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/" target="_blank">http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/community/" target="_blank">http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/community/</a><br>
Over there you'll meet many people who can sympathize<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've been sending people to that group. I rage during the 2 days, then have a general irritability the next few days, but nothing like those 2 nutso ones. The rest of the month I'm pretty happy, and the minor kid issues are no big deal.<br><br>
I'm on small doses, and I think it was just the PMS, and the fact that I'm not optimized on my thyroid yet. I had an issue about a year and a half ago where some idiot doc told me I was dangerously hyper, and as we all know that is the synthroid battle cry. I'm back on natural thyroid now, but I'm still building doses.<br><br>
Sometimes I feel like I'll never be healthy again. I hate the pill, but if it stopped the raging hormones and long cycles, it might be worth it anyway. I lose so many days to migraines still, though they are much better than they were.<br><br>
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