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09 Jan 2006

Endocrinology to treat Panic Attacks?
My sister-in-law suffers from panic atacks. She previously had a throid op to treat and underactive thyroid and has been on Eltroxin for approx. 15 years. The dose has recently been increased. She was also found to have very low oestrogen levels. Would visiting an endocrinologist help in treating the panic attcks? In other words could imbalances of certian hormones be causing her problems? She has been suffering with this for approx 2 years and no one seems able to treat her. She is in the Eastern Cape and there doesn't seem to be too many experts down there. She is currently being a guinea pig for various medicines. Thank you very much!
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01 Jan 0001

Most hormones have nothing to do with panic attacks, so working with them wouldn't make much difference. But the thyroid hormone ( replaced by Eltroxin ) could be relevant here --- too low a level can cause and/or look very like, Depression. Too high a level, as when a regular dose has been icnreased, can cause something very like anxiety and its symptoms. The problem ought not to be complicated for any ood doctor, but I understand that we don't always get easy access to a good doc. In fact a good local psychiatrist ought to be able to handle this, and might suggest lowering her dosage of the Eltroxin again, either to the original dose or to somwhere between that and the new dose, which may be too high for her. In a larger center with a good path lab it might be practical for thyroid function tests to be done, to get greater clarity. Low oestrogen levels might have other effects, but are not likely to be so relevant here
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