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Hallucinations and thyroid problems
Posted by: anbazhagang
Date: September 26, 2012 8:28 PM

My wife is diagnosed with schizophrenia and she has got hallucinations for the last 3-4 years It got very bad for the last few months.In 1999 she was diagnosed hypothyroidism and she was on Synthroid..In 2009 she stopped taking that. I noticed her problems in 2008 and slowly it got worse. I saw your write-up on Internet.Here is my wife's TSH for the last 5 years.As you can see below the TSH was higher in 2008 and her doctors are saying it is with in the range. Recently they tested Free T4 and FT3 and saying all with in the range. In addition to hallucinations, she is losing hair, very dry skin and too much blood during menstruation.
4/7/2007 12/15/2007 9/6/2008 1/30/2011 12/17/2011 8/31/2012
0.9 0.6 1.1 2.38 4.58 2.5
She delivered our 3rd baby in November 2005 and the problem started after that.She is 46 years old.She currently on prolixin/stelazine/lithium and there is no improvements. Can you please let me know if you have any advice.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at September 27, 2012 6:21 PM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Hallucinations and thyroid problems
Posted by: drron
Date: September 27, 2012 6:31 PM

Schizophrenia is a very difficult disorder to treat. It can be made worse by hormone imbalance (especially thyroid), but it is not caused by hormone imbalance. The actual cause is not agreed on at the present time. It usually presents before age 40. There seems to be some genetic component and one interesting hypothesis is that some brain cells migrate to the wrong place in the brain in the development of the embryo. However, that does not explain why the usual long delay before symptoms develop. Best advice I can give is to guard her health in every way possible and stay in treatment with the best psychiatrist you can find. Whoever finds the cure for this most difficult of psychiatric disorders will be hailed as a conquering hero in medicine. One more thing - although it may have nothing to do with her symptoms, in your place I would have her evaluated for heavy metal toxicity.

Re: Hallucinations and thyroid problems
Posted by: anbazhagang
Date: September 27, 2012 6:47 PM

Thank you for the response. In addition to hallucinations, she is losing hair, very dry skin and too much blood during menstruation .We have reached a stage, where she started following what the voices are telling her.so there is no choice but to keep her on the medications though they are not working.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at September 27, 2012 7:25 PM by Dr. Kennedy.



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