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Old 12-12-2001, 06:09 PM   #1
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water retention and hypothyroidism.

Hello to you all. Do any of you have water retention problems? I think I have, is there a way to tell. People are always telling me that I don't look like I weigh 160 pounds and I am 5'6. Also have been told my face looks puffy. I see that when I look at my pics. I hate having pictures taken! Anyone have any pointers for reducing this? I have asked my Dr for water pills but he ignores my request. What are ways to tell you are having water retention? I drink lots of water and do some sort of exercise everyday. Please help me! Thank you.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

Hi Brandon's Mom. A puffy face is a sign of hypothyroidism. In fact, it's one of the easier symptoms to promote accurate diagnosis. I remember my Endo teasing me that I wasn't "too puffy" when I was post-surgery and before I started supplements.

Tell your doctor. It sounds like you may need to adjust your dose.

 
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Old 12-13-2001, 10:32 AM   #3
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

Hello, I take 120 mcg of Armour. My dose has just been adjusted from 90mcg's. I wouldn't think I would have to take even more Armour, would I? Could it be the Armour that is making me so PUFFY? I am doomed to look this way forever? What about water pills? Anyone? <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif">

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

This may sound backwards, but how much water do you drink daily--not including sodas which make water retention WORSE. Drinking at least 2 quarts of water a day can go a long way toward battling water retention. It really works, and it costs virtually nothing to try.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

Meep is right. Believe it or not, drinking MORE water actually helps you eliminate excess water. But if your puffiness is due to not absorbing enough Armour med, it's actually not related to water retention.

I wouldn't advise water pills at this time. Too stressful on the kidneys, and your body is already under stress trying to adjust thyroid.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

As to your question about Armour, no, it doen't create puffiness...you may need more than you are taking now, though.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

Sometimes, I feel like I'm never the "norm" and this is another example. One of the best signs that I'm hypo is that I'm dehydrated and look rather drained. Hyper symptoms for me include water retention (actually full body edema including the face.) Is this weird or what? Sounds like everyone else is exactly the opposite.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

You are not alone, I am hypo and I am sooooooooooooo puffy! Especially my face. I know I gained a lot of weight because of the hypo, but I really do look more <I>puffy</I> than I should. Hopefully that makes sense.
This is all so depressing <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> Im hoping it doesnt get any worse and I have to go up yet <I>another</I> size jeans when I used to be pretty skinny my whole life and now I look sooo horrible.
Im sorry, I shouldnt be so pessamistic. Im just feeling pretty down lately...
Lori

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

blondegal, puffiness is a typical hypo symptom!

The thyroid med doesn't cause it, having too little thyroid hormone causes it. That is why I said one that is puffy may need MORE med than they are on.

 
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Re: water retention and hypothyroidism.

Thank you Tree Frog. I have experienced the opposite of "typical" here. This is my explanation for it, albeit it is in layman's terms but this is all that I have been able to surmise:
In my HYPER state I notice an increase in appetite, increased energy and an appetite for foods I don't normally eat (like diet soda, popcorn, salted nuts, for example.) I gain weight and retain water probably from eating more and more SALT in the diet - not from the actual overmedication itself. In my HYPO state my body is sluggish, slow and I don't have much of an appetite. My endo was always amazed at my weight loss during periods when I was under Rx'd. The HYPO thyroid state for me never caused puffiness which confused me alot because I kept reading that it did. So much of the time when I was HYPER I actually thought I was HYPO because of the confusing situation of water retention. It has been very hard to second guess these crazy symptoms. Does this make any sense at all?

Lori: I know how frustrating water retention is and when the jeans just don't fit right. Have you also noticed how on some days the water just rolls off? I tried diuretics once. For me it was a big mistake to start that viscious cycle, so I don't take them any more. It's too easy to get electrolyte imbalances when taking them and bad for the kidneys as well. Several people have mentioned drinking lots of water - absolutely true! It works.

Thanks all. Best of Health to everyone. BG

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