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Can lithium cause dysautonomia?

Does anyone know if lithium can cause dysautonomia?

My psychiatrist doesn't think that lithium (for depression) has caused my symptoms, but I'm not so sure.

Thanks
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875426 tn?1325528416
With me, I think the lithium made a me a little hypothyroid, if I remember correctly and prior to and post taking lithium, my TSH has always been normal.  You mention dry eye- have they made sure your estrogen levels aren't too low?  This became a big problem with me with surgical menopause- dry eye.  

And regarding your exhausted state, did they check your ferritin to find out if an iron deficiency mightn't be contributing to that (besides thyroid & dysautonomia problems)?  Iron deficiency, besides dysautonomia, can also cause dizziness and headache as well.  

It's great you have a willingness to do your utmost to be well!  Getting that ferritin checked in case it's low would be a step I'd recommend & also, a check on your female hormonal levels to see if they are out of whack.
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875426 tn?1325528416
I took lithium for awhile- not sure about the dysautonomia, but believe while I was taking it, it was the only time my thyroid function test didn't come back normal.  Have you had that tested recently?
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I already had thyroid problems for 5 years before I started the lithium. I'm trying to find out if lithium can make pre-existing low thyroid worse. My blood tests for thyroid have been up and down and all over the place for a couple of years.

But even when my levels are good, I still have symptoms.

I want to find what's caused these health problems. To find out if it's auto-immune dysautonomia, medication-induced or just one of those things. I'm so exhausted, hot,  and dizzy, with chronic dry eyes, headaches etc and I want to do whatever I can to be well.
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Hi there, sorry it took me so long to reply. Too tired!
My ferritin is fine, but I'm going to get my female hormones tested as you suggested. I never knew this could cause dry-eye!

Thank you.
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875426 tn?1325528416
I developed a bad case of dry eye myself post complete hysterectomy.  They told me to use drops at least five times a day.  You're welcome!
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