I'm new here and hoping I'm on the correct board...I am 59 y/o female. I have only had yo-yo weight problems since I was in my early 40's, until I had a hysterectomy. Then I was able to slim down, and stay that way for years.
So, I tossed it up to hormonal problems. Then my spine started degenerating on me, and lack of exercise caused me to gain back the 30 pounds I had lost. Now, I have developed fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and have had 3 spinal fusions, so exercise has to be limited to walking, swimming, low impact at best. If I strain myself in any form, I'm down for days.
Anyway, my question is, with the chronic fatigue, I'm considering trying a thyroid supplement (herbal). I've had the T3, T4 tests, and they're always 'slightly' low, but docs never feel low enough to supplement with prescriptions.
I'm on various pain meds, anti-depressant, nerve med, and hormonal supplements. And as a disabled nurse, I AM concerned about taking just anything. I know that just because it's labled 'natural' doesn't always mean it's completely safe. My hope is that it would not only give me more energy, but help me burn some calories, too.
Anyone out there have any ideas, experience, wisdom in this arena? I walk 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and swim when the weather allows (which is about most days for 4-5 months in Arizona). NOTHING is working to get rid of this weight!
I monitor my calories and rarely take in more than 1100/day. Thanks for reading and helping out, if you can.