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Old 03-12-2008, 03:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy too much Armour so why am I gaining weight?

I have recently (past 6 mo.) had a slow but steady weight gain. I'm putting on about 1-2 pounds per month, when my weight has been very steady for years. I was diagnosed hypo about 4 years ago and my levels had become stable on 90mg of Thyroid Armour. I then moved to a new town...didn't get a doctor, etc. I recently started feeling so badly that I found a doc, he told me I'm taking too much Armour. (after tsh test) Wouldn't it seem like I'd be losing weight instead of gaining? Do some of the same symptoms occur no matter which way I'm off balance? My symptoms had me thinking I wasn't taking ENOUGH! Symptoms are: weight gain, FOG BRAIN, fatigue, nervousness, trembling, weakness.

My problem is that he told me not to change my meds right now as I'm going in for full hysterectomy in a week...I'm so miserable. Encouragement?

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Re: too much Armour so why am I gaining weight?

If your MD tested only TSH, he cannot possibly know whether your dose is too high, too low, or just right. Armour nearly always suppresses TSH, which is fine as long as the free thyroid hormones are in optimal range. My own TSH has never been higher than .02 on a range where .3 is minimum, but my free Ts are well within the normal range.

My guess is your dose might be too low, not too high. Insist that your MD order free T4 and free T3 tests for you. That's the only way to tell if your dose is right.

Old 03-13-2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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Re: too much Armour so why am I gaining weight?

Hi! I agree that more information is needed. FT3 and FT4 levels are in order; I've learned here that a TSH alone on Armour means little. I can say that I have had the experience of gaining weight on too much Armour. I also had fatigue, heart pounding, difficulty breathing, anxiety, and "dropsy" (I was constantly dropping things). My dose was decreased from 75mg to 45mg, and I have started to lose weight. The other symptoms are much better as well. I also started on b12 shots, which has helped. I am due for my first blood draw after decreasing my dose next week; it should be interesting! Best of luck to you; please keep us posted. Be well.

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