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MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (192,141)
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3/21/11 11:16 A

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 12 years ago. When I was started on medication, I was given 50 mcg. Then I was tested after a month. They had to up it to 75. Then tested. Repeat that process until the dose I currently take, which is 200 mcg. Doctors do not want to increase your meds by large doses. It is an unbearably slow process. The reality is once you reach your ideal level of medication, you will not see weight drop off. You will have to work your butt off to lose 2 pounds a week. I've never been able to lose 2 pounds per week, and my TSH number has been normal for a few years.

It's really important to stay patient. Focus on feeling good first. Don't knock yourself out trying to lose weight right now until your numbers are where they should be. And even then, know that it will be a long road ahead.

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3/21/11 11:00 A

I'm going to toss some cold water on you, and sorry for that.

Generally, even with medication, your body will always be hypothyroid, as doctors are pretty loath to push the system because hyper thyroid is more dangerous than hypo. Also, the meds don't really have the same effect as someone with natural thyroid.

I'm saying this not to depress you, but to say that it is a long road, and the more you can do today to learn to eat right, the better off you will be. "losing weight" is harder and slower with synthyroid. But it can be done!!! however, far better is to not gain weight (which I wish they had told me when they nuked my thyroid).

Good luck. There are some amazing articles here on being hypothyroid with info my doctor never bothered to tell me. Read on !!! :-)

3/21/11 10:11 A

It can take about 4-8 months for your body to adjust to the medication and rebound back to a more normal state. HANG IN THERE! 2 pounds lost weekly is aggressive for MOST people, even if they to not have thyroid issues...especially if you are female. This SP articles gives more on the topic of hypothyroidism, diet and exercise---many tips and suggestions. I think you might find it helpful.

Dietitian Becky

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3/21/11 1:18 A

It took almost a year before my meds were properly adjusted. And even then I still struggled to lose weight. I was lucky to lose about 1-2 pounds a MONTH, that was with eating right according to spark people and my dietitian I was seeing for over 3 years. I was also exercising from 5-8 times a week, doubling up gym workouts and playing with the kids on top of that.

After that struggle and the subsequent accusations that I wasn't *really doing what I said I was, I stumbled upon a different way of eating. It nearly eliminated grains, particularly wheat/gluten grains. When I first heard of it I thought it was crazy and refused to try it. But, the person who taught me about it, my dad a 60 year old man, had lost a significant amount of weight and 7 inches from his waist in under 2 months. I figured it was worth a try. I decided to give it 30 days, and lost about 10 pounds the first month! By the end of 4 months I had lost 30 pounds. Since then I haven't lost too much more weight, but I have gone from 34% body fat to about 28%. So, although I would like the scale to move some more, I am only about 10 pounds from goal and if I keep building lean mass, I don't mind too much if the weight is stable.

After more research, I discovered MANY people that have hypothyroidism have difficulty with gluten. It does NOT mean they are celiac, so they might test negative for that if labs were run. But, they are still sensitive to it and the inflammation those grains cause makes it very difficult to 1) regulate the thyroid and 2) lose weight.

Did they test your anti-thyroid antibodies to see if you have Hashimoto's?

Another thing that helped me to just feel better in general was to switch from levothyroxine or syntrhoid to Armour Thyroid. It took almost 6 years for me to finally convince a doctor it was worth trying. I am so glad I did!

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3/20/11 9:52 P

When I developed hypothryodism a few years ago, I gained weight quickly. For me, that meant about 10 pounds in 3 months. The day I started meds, I felt better about 2 hours later. I felt great for the next couple of months, my weight stabilized, but I didn't lose any weight.

Twice after that, I have started feeling bad again and started gaining weight again. Both times, my dose was increased (after confirmation of the need with lab values) and I felt better. But I never lost weight.

Normalizing my thyroid levels has not caused me to lose weight. It just prevents the unreasonable, rapid weight gain that comes with exceptionally low levels. Remember, the goal of medication therapy is not to give you HYPERthroidism (that would cause you to lose weight). The therapy is designed to give you NORMAL levels that will keep your weight stable with normal levels of calories and exercise.

So ... I am working very hard, watching I what eat, and excersing regularly. Being very diligent has given me a weight loss rate of 1/2 pound per week. That's slower than I want, but I can't seem to do better than that and still maintain a "normal" healthy lifestyle. To lose faster, I would have to take drastic steps that might not be healthy.

I've read that people with hypothyroidism often have trouble losing weight even on meds that normalize their thyroid levels. I seem to be one of those people.

You might want to check out some of the Spark Teams and other resources that focus on hypothyroidism for more information -- and more interaction with other people with the same problem.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 3/20/2011 (21:55)
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3/20/11 8:34 P

I was finally diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. I say finally because I had to go through multiple doctors to find one who was actually willing to test me and not just assume I was overweight because I was lazy.

I started medication, but they restested me and come to find out I need to up the dosage. I am not really seeing any weight loss with my meds so far. If I work out I can lose around 5-7 pounds... but if not working out daily or 6 days a week I put on about 3 pounds per week (no matter how I eat). :(

In two weeks I literally have gained 6 pounds back out of the 7 I lost. My baby has been severely sick and I haven't been able to break away even to go to work.

So, I am curious about when they up my dosage. Will results be seen quickly or will it still be a very slow process? I consider quick progress to be about 2+ pounds of loss weekly and slow process seeing either no weight loss or maybe losing around 2-5 pounds a month, etc.

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