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I was Hyper, now Hypo -- and 30 pounds heavier....what should I do?!

I was Hyper, now Hypo -- and 30 pounds heavier....what should I do?!

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Posted by Shana on October 25, 2000 at 20:14:47:

OK, here is my health history...

I am a 28 year-old woman. From age 13-22 I was 5'2 and always weighed 85 pounds from being hyperthyroid. I had all the symptoms -- the frail body, the buggy eyes, insomnia, huge appetite.

I got on "The Pill" (oral contraceptive) when I was 22 and was on it until the age of 25. I had to stop taking the Pill because I gained so much weight in such a short amount of time.

The scary thing is, the weight never came off, and it won't budge. No diet works for me, and no amount of exercise works, either. Now I have this HUGE fat roll around my midsection and I look matronly and dumpy! Me, who always weighed 85 pounds and wore a size 0-2.

I went to an endocrinologist and she, at first glance of my thyroid said, "Your thyroid is huge." She said I was hypothyroid at that time.

After a run of thyroid tests, she then changed her mind and said that since I had been hyperthyroid for so long, my thyroid basically burned out and now it's just normal and in a normal range, whereas to me it seems like I'm fat. And she wasn't sympathetic.

So now I'm back to square one. What do I do? All you hypothyroid people know what I'm talking about. You know how hard it is to lose weight, especially in your midsection. You know how resistant diets are for you, no matter how hard you try.

I am uncomfortable with all this extra weight around my middle, and my face looks chunky to me. I hate this! I just want my old body back!

Since my endocrinologist had no suggestions and basically just sent me on my merry way, I have to treat myself. I simply don't have the desire to go through that whole rigamarole with yet another doctor.

I am currently on Depakote (750 mgs. daily) for manic depression (I gained the extra weight way before the Depakote), and I don't know how Armour Thyroid will react with my medication.

A friend I know has some Armour Thyroid and I am tempted to try it to see how it affects me. I just want to lose this 30 pounds and get back to my thyroid's former metabolism. How can I speed it up?

Should I take a huge amount of kelp? Should I take some Armour Thyroid -- and how much? Also, how long will I need to take this stuff until I notice that my metabolism has speeded up and losing some real weight?

Please, do tell!

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