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    Old 10-03-2007, 02:55 PM   #1
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    hypothyroid and weight gain

    Does anyone else out there have trouble loosing weight and is hypo???? my husband has graves and did the rai treatment then he went hypo. the doc keeps adjusting his synthroid. he did have lots of fluid on his body when he first went hypo and lost 18 pounds in 2 weeks after starting the synthroid. The fluid was so bad he was even have trouble breathing. so far he had lost 25 pounds , but then the doc cut his thyroid med down to .150 and the weight lose stopped. He runs and exercises every day. Anyone else having the same problem?????

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    Re: hypothyroid and weight gain

    The MD should be measuring his free T4 and free T3. If he's only measuring his TSH to adjust the dose, it isn't the ideal way.

    If your husband's free T4/T3 are below the middle of their lab ranges, his metabolism will be sluggish and weight gain could follow. He also may be a person who needs supplemental T3 in addition to the T4 med (Synthroid) he takes now. It's quite possible to have enough T4 in one's system without having enough T3. That would account for weight gain as well.

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