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Old 04-10-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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puffy and tired

I am now about 17 days off of my levothyroxine, getting ready for RAI. I Felt absolutely fine until yesterday. It was like I hit a wall. Does anybody know the biology of why the face and eyes get so puffy in the hypo state? I mean I understand it's fluid retention, but exactly why does that happen? The upside is my skin looks younger with the wrinkles puffed up. My eyebrows feel unusually heavy. Well, the next couple weeks will be interesting. I'm a strange sort of makes my head feel funny, not uncomfortable, just different. I also feel like I constantly have the urge to burp??? What's with that? Is that related to this hypo state? It's sort of a nauseating feeling on and off during the day.
Well, I'm working a 12 hour day today, so that isn't helping matters. I just took a quick nap on the floor behind my desk! It's time to head down to Family Fun Night (I work at a school). Working the "cake walk" and I plan on enjoing some too! My "last supper". LI diet starts tomorrow, I'm going to live it up while I can. Bring on the ice cream!

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Old 04-10-2008, 04:27 PM   #2
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Re: puffy and tired

You can actually have sorbet/ices without iodine---just avoid anything with the red lake #40 dye.

Your metabolism is slowing, which slows down kidney function, which causes fluid retention, so that's where your swelling comes from. After a while, you might have water weight gain, but that goes away when you get back on meds for a bit.

Old 04-11-2008, 06:22 AM   #3
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Re: puffy and tired

That makes sense...didn't think of the slowing of kidney function. I forget that virtually every system in the body is affected by thyroid homone in some way.
Thanks again Reece. I appreciate your responses. I don't think there are many others on the board with quite this same situation.

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