My Mother-In-Law had her thyroid removed a year ago. Immediately after, she complained of severe back pain and fatigue. Now, a year has passed and her condition has not only not improved, it has become such a serious issue that she recently attempted suicide (thankfully without success). But let me back up to the beginning... She is no longer having back pain (that only lasted a few weeks), but she is having many other symptoms that have grown worse throughout the course of a year. She is always tired, and she sleeps 12-16 hours a day. She was once a very active person and has become so much a hermet that she does not leave the house to even let the dog out. When the family forces her to leave to take a walk or go to dinner, it tires her so much that we often have to cut the outting short. She has lost around 30 lbs (and only weighed about 130 to begin with). She looks so frail, that i'm afraid to hug her when I see her. She has lost all motivation for living, and she sometimes refuses to see her sons. She know longer sees or talks to any of her once close friends. She doesn't answer the phone when my husband calls - she use to call him 3 times a day. She has stopped brushing her hair, putting on makeup, getting dressed and even taking regular baths. She gets out of bed only to use the restroom and when someone makes her come eat. I have tried to hold my tounge when it comes to her healthcare, so I do not know all the medications they have tried but I do know they have tried a variety of cocktails. I just know her depression is somehow linked to her thyroid being removed, but the family and doctors don't seem to put any weight on that. I just can't fathom that it's a coincidence, maybe not completely the cause but it had to have at least triggered her depression. I know that everyone is different, and I know they have tried so many different medications and nothing seems to help. One of them made helped her out of bed, but she only to pace anxiously around the house, sit back down, get up and pace around again, and do it all over again all day. That honestly was scarier than her sleeping all day. Most recently, the doctors have tried taking her off of her medications alltogether, and a week or so later, she attempted suicide. Thank God, she is fine. I know this disease is hard to understand, but there has to be some sort of relief. Something that can help. I have such a mix of emotions, i'm confused, and sad and scared and MAD. And I know my husband is too. It would really help to know what questions to ask the doctors...what questions to ask her family...it's hard to help when I am so confused about what's wrong! I'm so desperate to make her better, please help me! How can you make someone want to live?
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