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Old 01-27-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
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I've recently been diagnosed with hypothroid and started taking Synthroid .05 two days ago. I've researched and read many articles
and items on the net. I have found so many bad stories. I thought
going on this medicine was supposed to ease some of the symptoms
but it seems everyone is complaining they got the symptoms after
getting on the meds. My doctor told me I may gain some weight.
I exercise 4-5 times a week - strength, aerobics, and yoga. Does
everyone gain weight on the meds? I've found no answer for that. And
what is in the meds that makes you gain weight? I would like to find
something to prevent that if possible (supplements, etc.). I thought
if it speeds your metabolism up, why would that cause weight gain.
I cannot find any resources on this, does anyone have any?

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Old 01-27-2005, 11:26 AM   #2
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Most often people lose weight after being on medication. You shouldn't gain weight unless you are undermedicated. I didn't lose weight until I got on a combination of synthroid and cytomel (T3). Your doctor does not sound very knowledeable in thyroid treatment. Also, you should always get your Free T4 and Free T3 checked when they do the TSH test. It gives a much better picture of what is going on.

Old 01-27-2005, 12:43 PM   #3
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I don't understand why I am reading so many terrible stories about this.
Everyone was complaining about weight gain, hair loss, coldness, etc. Seems
alot of people aren't on the right meds then.

Old 01-27-2005, 02:51 PM   #4
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It is either because of being undermedicated or wrong medication. It does take some time to get the right meds and dosage. It has taken me over 7 years.

Old 01-27-2005, 04:32 PM   #5
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I was overmedicated in the beginning which was a big mistake. The med has done wonders for me. I believe it's been around for a long time. I did loose some of my hair in the beginning but that only lasted for like a month. I just noticed it in the shower mostly. I didn't gain any weight, in fact, i lost weight. It doesn't really make sense that your doc told you that you may gain weight. From things I have read this med is everything but that. Are you seeing and Endocrinologist? I strongly recommend going to a specialist. I started with the GP and switched two weeks into it.

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