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    Old 10-27-2004, 05:38 PM   #1
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    Weight Spiralling Out of Control

    I went to my doctor on Monday and must say got pretty depressed afterwards!

    My brief history is: diagnosed hypothyroid mid-June and was started on 25mcg, increasing by 25mcg every two weeks until 175mcg.

    Initial Blood Test Results mid-June:
    TSH: 5.4 (0.5-5)
    Free T4: 12 (10-25)

    Blood Test Results: 25 August
    TSH: 4.3 (0.5-5)
    Free T4: 14 (10-25)

    Blood Test Results: 25 October
    TSH: <0.1 (0.5-5)
    Free: T4 18 (10-25)

    Basically I went 'hyper' according to TSH on 25 Oct blood test. No biggie as it's just a case of finding the right dosage I guess but what the doctor found suprising and that I've found suprising/depressing/frustrating still is that I have not lost all the weight I've put on - even despite going hypo! And I've actually now put on three stone in three years! (And one stone of that in the few months since I was diagnosed!)

    I eat a healthy, balance vegetarian diet (really no bad eating habits - no cookies, crisps, ice cream, snacking etc) and have cut down or out all foods apparently not good for thyroid function so it's really worrying me now. I don't know what more I can do... I feel I have absolutely NO control over my spiralling weight.

    I had been assured by various doctors that when the meds kicked in and reached optimum dosage that I would slowly start to lose the excess weight but it just ain't happening and four months ago when diagnosed I've been holding out for the time around now when this should happen...

    The doctor now thinks there could be something going on and is checking me out for glucose levels and cortisol levels. Anyone any idea what this could mean?

    Incidentally, I asked her for a T3 test and she said that they don't do them in the Netherlands as T4 is 'a sufficient indication/tells the whole story' - though I read in Thyroid Power (I think) that although your Free T4 level might be good, your T3 might be off and could cause you to put on weight.

    I hardly recognise my body anymore. I have to be a public person in my line of work and it's really affecting my appearance and self-confidence. Not least that the extra weight is unhealthy in itself. I keep hearing horror stories from people who are hypo-T and can't lose weight and have a lifetime battle with it. I simply cannot live like this. Anyone experience similar?


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    Old 10-27-2004, 06:49 PM   #2
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    I have had hypothyroidism since I was a little child. My medicine is forever changing and I really get tired of it. My weight always goes up and up and I have to work really hard almost drive myself crazy with exercise jsut too lose a little weight. I too eat healthy I always have but us hypos will always have it bad I have found out. Last year I worked out daily(about killed myself) and ate low carb and lost 35 pounds I felt great but only too find out that this was happening because I had too much medicine in me so I was going Hyper. We moved away and relocated so I havent had insurance for about nine months so I have put on that weight again cause I have been out of medicine. It is tough being hypo, my hair falls out, I am always cold, brittle nails, mood swings, depression, no energy, short term memory, etc...I never knew those were symtoms until I started going to a specialist a few years ago. So dont feel alone. I have felt this way for years.

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    Old 10-28-2004, 04:43 AM   #3
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    Thanks Hypo4ever and very sorry to hear of your ongoing situation...

    Old 10-28-2004, 04:52 AM   #4
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    I feel for both of you...I can't drop any weight(I haven't exactly tried hard either) but I thought when you would get your thyroid med at least it would help. I guess not. I try not to eat a ton of food but I don't think it will matter.

    Old 10-28-2004, 04:37 PM   #5
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    Please... has anyone on the boards sorted out their weight gain problems after adjusting their dosage for hypothyroidism? Am pretty desperate here and need some hope to keep going...

    Old 10-28-2004, 06:01 PM   #6
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    I am not exactly sure what you're asking , but I am having success with weight loss after a long span of weight loss futility, but I am dieting to lose the isn't just falling off without effort.

    Before being diagnosed and treated I spent about 10 months trying to lose weight. I lost a little at first but then went many months on 1200 calories a day with major workouts at the gym 3-4 times a week only to find that I couldnt seem to lose any weight at all. After giving up on the dieting and cutting way back on the exersice I gained another 14 lbs pretty quickly.

    Recently I began to feel better, more energenic and my temps are almost normal so I decided to try dieting again. I have lost 7 lbs in under 4 weeks by just eating 1200 calories a real extra exercise yet ( I'm saving that for when the loss slows down). My recent test results seem to bear out that my system is getting back to normal as the result of 6 months of Levoxyl so I guess you could say that I am having success with weight loss, tho it is not without effort on my part. I dont mind working at it so long as it pays off. I got very discouraged before when I was really trying hard and just couldnt lose anything at all.

    I've got about another 20 lbs to go before I will be happy again with my weight. I've always had decent willpower so if my thyroid will continue cooperating, I think I will make it all the way down. I've never been fat like this before ( dont even recognize myself in the mirror at this weight) and I am not comfortable with it at all.

    It looks like you eat really healthy. Maybe some of your gain is fluids? I think I am carrying more fluids since being hypo. I even have a 2nd chin...looks like a rabbit's dewlap and I swear it's all fluid. I really hate it

    Hang in there and it will get better. It may always take a little more effort for us hypo folks but that doesn't mean we can't be thinner. Just takes patience and perseverance.

    Old 10-29-2004, 12:32 AM   #7
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    Hi all,

    I've noticed that the people who can and do lose weight, seem to be those who have stabilized on their meds???

    I have almost given up for the time being as my body seems to have been taken over by fat aliens! As long as I am not gaining too much and can increase my activity level, this will do for now. But once I am stable, I'm going for it!

    Felix x

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