I'm 71, but have had this for years, quit taking med after my husband died 2 years ago, and just thought my depression and tiredness was from grief, but had a blood test and no, it's very low thyroid. Been reading up on it, seems to be the main basis of a lot of my fatigue. So starting again on the med, and will have another blood test in 4 weeks to see if the med is enough. Will work on weight loss, again, and exercise, etc. Yes, all the women in my family had this, my mother lived to be 102.
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Hi. I am dealing with a lot of symptoms that seem to point to hypothyroidism. I am so tired and have no energy to do anything, my muscles feel weak, I have become even more intolerant of the cold (unless I am having a hot flash), I am having muscle cramps and aches, I am constipated to the point of having an impacted bowel, my always on time period is a week late every month, and my memory and concentration are s%#t. Oh, and obviously I am having significant insomnia, as I am posting on a board at almost 1am. My doctor just ran blood tests and my TSH is at .52. She is off for a month, so there will be no follow up for awhile. Could I possibly be hypothyroid with a TSH that low? I feel like I am grasping at straws at this point trying to figure out where these symptoms are coming from.
Hi. I have Hypothyroid forever, truly it runs in my family. I have Aunts and Uncles who have many different types of thyroid problems. I just had my meds reduced. I have a hard time losing weight, fatigue, and other problems from thyroid for years that I have learned to cope. My Mom has different problems with thyroid, she is 96yrs and has stayed the about same weight 150lbs. you can email me if you have a question
Thank you everyone. I am so glad I found you. I have hypothyroid also. I am thirty lb. overweight. That's not the worst of it. I also have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and arthritis in my upper back so bad I am on morphine. If I do not find someway to lose weight and be able to shop and eat healthy food. I will die soon or get a disease and die. Sorry to be so morbid. If anyone knows of other boards for the other conditions, I would truly be blessed. I am on a roller coaster. I get pain relief for a week or two, then I am bedridden for up to 6 weeks. They are getting to the point that b/c of the nations drug problem, they are trying to get non-cancer pain patient off these meds. I am in such severe pain, that I would be out of here if I were not more affraid of going to Hell. Thanks for listening.
Hello! I can't imagine that I'm going to bring much to the convo's that have been happening, but I was diagnosed with Hypo/Hash's just 3 months ago, 36yo. Started on Synthroid 100mcg and I don't notice much of a change although my numbers have improved considerably. I wish I wasn't so tired all the time, and this weight gain thing is really bummin' me out, and the brittle thinning hair / dry skin is the pits. I have my first appt with an Endo in October so I'm hoping for more answers when I meet with him but this whole diagnosis has really got me down. I have zero energy to do anything but I constantly daydream about working out and looking better. Any advice or words of encouragement welcomed. TYIA :-)
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I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's hypothyroidism 2 years ago. I have gained 35 lbs. since then and it seems almost impossible to lose any of it. I am on Levothyroxine but it doesn't seem to help any of my symtoms at all. I am convinced that there has to be a better solution than just taking a pill every day for the rest of my life but my doctor doesn't seem very educated on the subject. I'm starting the paleo diet at the beginning of June to see if it helps...it's supposed to be good for people with autoimmune disorders.
I have only been diagnosed as being hypothyroid for about four weeks now. So I have not been on medication that long, but have been struggling with weight loss for several years. I am trying to decide on a weight loss plan. I have tried low carb, weight watchers and calorie counting without much success. I also walk and work out. Nothing is helping. What plans have you had success on?
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I was diagnosed 10 years ago and my doctor kept bumping up my dosage of Levothyroxine because I would get into the normal range and then 6 months later be out of it. Finally at 300 micrograms he said he wanted me to see a specialist. She put me on Synthroid (Brand, not generic) and 9 months later, I'm down to 275 micrograms and have a lot more energy and generally feel better. Of course my insurance won't pay for the name brand, so I am dropping a ton of cash. It's worth it, but damn it's expensive.
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20 years diagnosed. My hig struggle is constipation. Sorry! But its the truth. Am seeing endocrinologist end of month and want to find out my BMR, exactly what in the heck IS my calorie range supposed to be? It seems like I gain weight if I go over 1500 on any regular basis. It's a struggle! So glad I found this group.
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I have been taking levothyroxine for about 6 months. Yesterday, at the dr., I weighed more than i ever have. It is so frustrating. Some days, like today, I just wonder why I bother. Then I read that others have the same issues - sleepiness, sleeplessness, weight gain. It certainly does help to hear that you are not alone. SARAHESMITH22, I also have trouble concentrating, especially at work. I'm not maintaining my weight - I'm gaining! It truly freaks me out. However, I am trying to make some big (for me) dietary changes; going lower carb, generally limiting calories. I have to believe there is a way to make the weight go down again. We can do this! Best of luck to you in your fight! We are strong!
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I have been on Thyroid meds for 15 years plus. I was on synthroid or Levothyroxine till I stopped sleeping... test showed that I was in normal range. I accidentally took an extra pill about12 hours apart which caused me to an anxiety attack which lasted weeks... lost 30 pounds in a short time. Finally a Doctor put me on Armour Thyroid with anxiety meds. In two months I was able to go off the anxiety meds and started sleeping. Most Doctors will not do Armour Thyroid....but it sure saved me.
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I was diagnosed around 10 years ago, and I take Levothyroxine. I've still managed to lose substantial weight a few times in the last 10 years -- most recently, I've lost 20 pounds over the last three months or so. I've gained all the weight back every time, but mostly because I fell off the wagon/stopped exercising/made poor food choices/overate. As long as thyroid hormones are well-managed, it shouldn't be a roadblock as far as losing weight goes.
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I'm 54 years young and was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism after having my son 19 years ago. I underwent radioactive iodine treatment of kill off my thyroid and have been taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism every since. It's been under control for most part, but every now and then I have moments I feel out of it. Inot the passed I've found it hard to stay encourage when losing weight, but being a part of Sparks has made it a little easy.
Hey there, I have Hashimotos/Hypothyroid. I have found that limiting breads has really helped with my weight. My doctor put me on a no grain, no dairy, no nuts plan along with switching to coconut milk which is hard to find in the store. I did stick to that diet for 8 weeks last fall and I did lose about 12 pounds. But, I was also tracking and staying at 1200 calories and working out regularly. Tough, but my doctor was sure pleased!! I was also!! I do eat nuts, some dairy, but limit my grains to almost none and have dropped a few more pounds. I would love to be 20# down (total) since I've seen her last year. I need to make an appointment since it's been almost a year.
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Hi I am new here. 2006 my thyroid gland was removed after 10 yrs w/ Graves Disease untreated/undiagnosed; I have run the gamut of Synthroid & levo,found Armour Thyroid 1 grain (60mg) works best for me. My MD poo pooed me for months until yesterday he gave me a script for NP Thyroid 30 mg-so this means I will have to take 2 not 1 as he prescribed, to get the same amount of 60 mg of Armour. I was sending to Canada for Armour because no one would prescribe it.Meanwhile my weight has gone to 175 now down from 190 when the gland was removed; I used to weigh 135; This is very disturbing that I will never be thin again. I'd like to know if I should take 2 of the 30mg's of NP otherwise if I take only 30 I'll be tired & will gain again; I eat hardly nothing; no coffee, meat, no milk, breads eggs. no fats ever;.I starve almost but never lose. Dr. says exercise-it is too hot and I have spine issues osteo and cannot exercise; I can walk but not in the heat, I hate it. This is hard to live with. I have fibro also kidney issues. I had a goitre, toxic diffuse & pre-cancer; I had to wait 1 month before being put on thyroid med, then it was just synthroid, which doesn't convert to T-3. I can't make the dr. understand I need T-3, it is frustrating. I went to Armour on my own. I still have the Abnormal blood test from 1996 my dr. back then ignored. 10 years later the gland was removed, & I was very sick...I just would like to know if anyone has used NP Thyroid? And it makes sense I'd take 2 to get 60 mg because that is my dose now of Armour which I ordered from Canada. Thank you much:)
I am 55, surgically thrown into Menopause years ago, and have battled Hypothyroidism for 5+ years. Doc said I also need to eat more fish, take fish supplement, and B & D vitamins. I take 150mcg of Synthroid daily (I must have one messed up thyroid!) I also do not like to eat fish.. shrimp, lobster, crab...yes. Not fish. But I have found that if I steam tilapia with LOADS of Cajun seasoning.. it's not bad at all. In fact some days I crave it just for the seasoning. So I steam my fish with broccoli and cauliflower. One 'good for me' meal! I lay a bit of weight blame on my condition... but in my case: I'm to blame for 3/4 of it. Drink way too much soda pop and don't eat regular meals IF I eat a meal at all. I find I tend to go a day or more at times before I realize I haven't ate. So any sugar I put in goes straight to fat storage. And I've been inactive for a few years. I just got a fitbit; now I just need it to zap me with a current if I don't get a move on. I need to go to 'camp' to learn how to implement and stay on a routine!
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Just found your post , you said the test said you were positive for cancer , so you had it out , but it was not cancer ? So how can they make that kind of mistake ? My story - 3 yrs ago my blood work was a little of TSH , had an ultrasound of thyroid,found 3 nodules , went for test where you swallow something , go back next day and they take pics, said mine was still warm ? Dr checked blood work 6 months later and it was good , fast forward April 25 2016 - went for MRI of back ,found 3 cm cyst on thyroid, told dr can't come in was having knee surgery that week, it's been 3 weeks and I feel like I have a constant lump on the left side of my throat, I am afraid to go to dr because they will want to do FNB and I'm afraid they will want to do surgery, my health ins has a 2,600.00 deductible and is only good through the end of September, I was going to try and wait till October when my new policy would start so I would have the whole year, your thoughts
Hi, going gluten free wasn't a myth for me. I experienced immediate results. After IgG testing and discovering so many foods that I'm sensitive to I'm basically vegeterian and don't eat any gluten and when I do I experience severe bloating and am exhausted. I was diagnosed with Hashimotos 2 years ago. My antibodies were 760 and I've gotten them down to 246. I went gluten free about a year later and all my bloating disappeared. I'm on 45 mg Armour and after removing foods that I'm sensitive too I've dropped 15 lbs and feeling about 80%. Still working on healing my adrenals and working with my extremely slow digestion but I'm feeling hopeful.
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3/16/16 12:56 P
18 years old diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 6 months ago. Have little to no motivation to do anything and sleep through my alarms on the regular. Even with 10+ set within 30 mins. I'm struggling to maintain my weight even while eating right and exercising. Also have a very hard time focusing and completing a task at once. Such a struggle anyone with the same problems?
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3/10/16 1:43 A
I was diagnosed with hypothyroid about a year ago. My doctor put me on levothyroxine and it made me feel even worse, so I stopped taking it and started looking into natural remedies. I started taking a natural thyroid support supplement and cut wheat out of my diet and I feel a million times better! I do intend to ask my doctor for a different medication, but in the mean time this is working for me.
Hi there. I'm not sure if I belong on this thread. I had thyroid cancer 5 years ago and had to have my entire thyroid removed. I am cancer free, yay. But I do struggle with weight since the surgery. I am on Synthroid, of course and my weight goes up and down. I doctor says I need to get control of my metabolism.
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I am 42 and was suffering so badly with tiredness as well as other problems. I finally went to the doctors in September and blood tests were ordered, I was called back to see my gp regarding my results, he told me my thyroid wasn't working, when I asked what do you mean 'isn't working', he replied 'at all'. I had previously had months off with depression that antidepressants did nothing for no matter how much he increased my dosage and now I know why. I have been on 100mg levothyroxine, I have cut my working hours down from full time to 4 hours a day, I have an 11 year old with behavioural issues and a lively 5 year old. I am still struggling everyday to get up, can't stay awake in the evenings, sleep pattern is rubbish so always feeling shattered and lifeless. I know I am still not right but my levels are 'normal'. Any advice please I can't cope with feeling so tired all the time, it is such a different tired from normal tired, feels like I haven't slept in weeks all the time, that can't be right.
I'm with you. Just diagnosed at 33 but it took YEARS of trying to figure out what was happening. I had so many tests and they actually still shake their head in confusion. I'm just on the edge, and sometimes I can maintain it, sometimes I can't. I have celiacs which messes with it also sometimes. But doctors can't verify that a trace of gluten will mess it up. I can personally tell you it does, but their tests can't verify it. It's a struggle everyday, but at least I know what it is so when my weight gain comes on quickly I know what to blame :0
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I was diagnosed with Graves (hyper) when I was 18. When I was 21 I was radiated to remove my thyroid, so now I am hypo. I have been battling my weight for almost 14 years =( I lose weight, but then I make dumb decisions and I gain it all back. Drives me nuts, but I know that it is me that is doing it.
I take two different doses of synthroid. Lucky lucky me!
I am 54yrs old and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism about 15 yrs ago. I have steadily gained weight. I have been going to the gym for 2yrs now and I lose a little and then gain it back again. I really need to get my head around the eating thing. I know to lose weight you should eat fish, however, all fish tastes fishy to me so I don't like it. My doctor says it's because I do not process the iodine in the fish like others without my diagnosis does. Am trying SparkPeople again, need to really change my eating habits and start sticking to the tracking of my food intake. Here's to working on a new healthy habit.