I was hyper and had graves disease. I had my throid removed and am on synthoid now so I don't have a thyoid anymore but I have the symptoms of hypo now. People who have thyroid problems need to watch their sugar/carb intake. After I had mine out I was severly hypo before the meds kicked in. I gained 40lbs in 3months and I hardly ate anything but my metabloism was ziltch!! I then had to watch everything I ate. Started Slimfast for 6months and did pretty wwell. Switched to ATkins and did great. But I have struggled with the last20 lbs (I have lost 65lbs total!)and thats why I am here. Not sure if the herb would help my meds or not! Keep me posted.annes73
thanks hon. whats graves? i dunno what i have but from what she described, i think its hashimoto's. i need to talk to her though b/c i think its motre than thyroid, i think i also suffer glucose intolerance too b/c if i eat carbs w/o my phaseolamin i starve& i know that atkins say its normal, but it cant be b/c i used to do ww& never had that problem. i cant havew meds yet.
Graves is when your thyroid produces an antibody that attacks your own system. I had it when I was preg with my 4th and my antibodies were attacking my unborn babies thyroid as well. They search for a thyroid! Pretty creepy eh? anyways, she is perfectly fine, she doesn't have graves or thyroid problems since she was born. (shes 2 now!). I too cannot tolerate carbs very well. Not only am I very hungry, but it is like it does something to my brain where I go on very strong sugar binges and then feel sick from all the sugar. I have to watch everything I eat. let me know what happens.annes73
annes- How long after you started Synthyroid did you start losing weight?
I am hypo and am starting Synthyroid...I have gained 30 lbs and would love to start losing weight...how long will it take?? Is it true that synthyroid makes you more hyper and actually may help you to lose weight?
Go to the 'thyroid disorders' board -- there is tons of information on graves and hashimoto's there.
Cut and past this link specifically for the thyroid disorders board 'information archive' -- it's extremely helpful!
It took me about 4 months before I started losing, but I was under medicated. It takes a while to see if you are on the right dosage. I went through 3 changes before it was right. It was very frustrating because I gaind 30lbs in the meantime!! Be patient!
Most people who are hypo need to watch their sugar/carb intake. Are you on an eating plan?
Well I had been doing the atkins diet all summer and didn't lose a pound. I have been on the diet before with success so I knew something was wrong. I was just tested and am hypo. Now I want the weight to come off. I was hoping that as soon as I start synthyroid I would start losing w/o much trouble...but if not I guess I can stick to Atkins and maybe I will see results.
What do you think?
Tx: I know how you feel. I am going through the same thing as you are. I have to see the doc next month to see how my meds are working. I have only been on them for 6 weeks. I too wish this weight would come off.-Roni
I just posted on the thyroid section of this board about weight loss and dealing with hypo. Maybe I will get some good responses. Those of you going through the same thing may want to check this out.-Roni
Roni, have you lost any weight?
Do you think upping the dosage would help you lose weight?
I can't wait to start my meds...I really need to lose weight soon. I'm a diver in college and being this heavy makes it very difficult!
I haven't really lost much weight. Mostly water. It has been a big struggle for me. I run 1 mile almost everyday and do pilates and stretches. I eat pretty healthy but I do have a bad weakness for sweets. I don't go overboard on the sweets. I have cut out bread, pasta, and potatoes from my diet. It hasn't helped much. I am hoping when I see the doctor he will have a lot of answers for me. I am a little worried because I have heard of people being on medication and not losing at all. I think all the work I have put in to losing weight is just helping me not move up on the scale. For now that is better than weighing more than I did before I got on the boards. I'll keep you updated after the doc's appt.-Roni
Hey everyone, be patient!! As I said in my post it took from September to January before I saw any change!! You need to be gentle on your body and give it time to accept your medication. There is no quick fix or weight loss when dealing with thyroid. Once your meds are accurate you will (I guarantee!!!) see the weight start to come off. It will be something that you will have to be aware of forever. I realized this summer how quickly I gain weight now as well. Most peopke could cheat or have a *bad* weekend and gain 1 pound or nothing. i gained 10lbs!!! People with thyroid really need to be careful with sugar and carb intake.
In the meantime, don't give up on your eating plans and exercise. You are conditioning your body and believe it or not you are making a difference. Once you are medicated properly you will see the weight come off and you will be in a great routine of meals and activity! Please don't give up!!
I realize I probably won't lose very much weight if any at all while I am on this med. But I still need to diet in order to maintain it. I am also running and exercising just so I can tone up a little. It is frustrating and I wish I could see results soon but I have to be realistic and I know it will be some time before some good weight will be dropped.
Annes do you believe l-tyrosine, kelp, and mecca root help in any way? http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/confused.gif-Roni
Hi roni- I haven't tried an of those just because i don't know enough about them I will look into them and see whatI can ind out. I know some people say they help, but I don't have a thyroid soI'm not sure if it will help.
Hi trishki- I take .2mg of synthoid . it seems ok right now but we will see when i get tested again. I think some natural products will help certain people but check with your doc first. as I said I don't have athyroid so I'm not sure how they would work for me.