Blood Test results are back.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Everything came back normal so far. In a way I am happy, but I am frustrated at the same time.
I know numbers don't always paint the whole picture but I am happy when everything comes back normal because it shows the doctors that I must be doing something right. In other words, I am not lying to them about my eating and exercise habits.
On another note, I get frustrated when everything comes back normal because it's confusing and the frustration builds up and then you get angry and then you calm down and try to stay positive as long as possible. The routine goes a little something like this:
Take thyroid pill every morning, eat right, exercise. Be patient. Weigh in. Scale stays the same or goes up. Maybe if I cut down on this or that, it will help. It doesn't help. Continue the process and hope that in time, the scale will budge. It doesn't. The frustration begins and then it builds up and turns into anger and disappointment. You are putting in the work so you feel like you deserve some results.
Just a note: I take my thyroid pills exactly as instructed, I change up my exercise routines and all of those obvious things. Why do I have a strange feeling that someone is going to list something obvious that I don't have listed here?
I don't feel too frustrated today. I am just wondering if there is something I am missing.
My appointment is on Tuesday and I am trying to think of anything I want to ask the doctor but I don't know what else to ask yet. I am sure something will pop into my mind soon.
I don't know all the tests the doctor ordered so I don't know if I am waiting on anything else or that's it.
I hope everyone is having a good day.
If you aren't, maybe the picture will cheer you up. :)
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Remember that medicine is an inexact science. Just because these tests came back 'normal' (remember that every doctor, specialty, and clinic has a different range of what is normal, so if you're at the low or high end you might not be considered normal by another doctor) doesn't mean there isn't something wrong. It could be they just have found it yet. (I went nearly 31 years without a doctor diagnosing a genetic joint defect that's been affecting me and my sister our whole lives.) There are thousands and thousands of conditions out there, and more that aren't fully understood. If you are honestly doing all you can and doing it properly, then you might have to just keep seeing doctors, specialists, nutritionists, trainers, etc, and trying to figure it out.
Also, ask a doctor, or several doctors, about your medications. What are the side effects? What are they really looking for to know that they're working or not? How long will the wait to determine if they are working or not? What else can they try in addition to these meds? If a medication has the side effect of weight gain, even if it's working can/should you try another medication instead?
Many medications cause weight gain even if you eat better and exercise. If someone is already overweight , it can make it even more difficult to lose weight.
1651 days ago
I'm so glad that your bloodwork came back good. I hear you with your frustration with your weight. have you heard of PCOS? That's a condition that can cause weight gain. There's a website for it if you want to check it out or maybe you already have and maybe you don't have that. Hope not! I'm just trying to think of some things beside hypothyroid that could make it tough for you to lose weight. Hang in there Dearie. We're all here for you!
ps............I love the picture! Talk about beauty beyond beauty!
1652 days ago
Comment edited on: 10/21/2012 7:04:43 PM
Frustrating! I can see your point, keep at it! Sometimes when I am eating within range and exercising my weight goes up and sometimes when I am not so good it goes down, go figure. I do feel the being hypothyroid makes it harder to lose the weight even when the blood work shows it in the ideal range! My Dr. tries to keep it on the low end of normal. I think even with the medication the levels flucuate and therefore we are constantly fighting for good health. Here is what ehow health says and it is the same as what I read in the Thyroid Foundation of Canada web site.
Iodine, a mineral which is found in certain foods, is essential for the production of T3 and T4. In fact, the three and four in T3 and T4 refer to the number of iodine molecules. Also, the thyroid is the only part of the body that absorbs iodine. If an individual has hypothyroidism, they may want to consume more foods that are rich in iodine, along with their prescribed hormone replacement medications. Examples of foods that aid the thyroid include kelp, bananas, spinach, carrots, egg yolks, potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, squash, seafood and asparagus.
Aside from regulating the body's metabolism, the thyroid aids in body temperature regulation and is partially responsible for the functioning of other organs, such as the heart. Also, iodine that is circulated through hormones from a normal thyroid gland regulates stress, sleep patterns, and brain function.
Foods that have a lack of iodine include cabbage, kale, peanuts, mustard, soybeans, pears, cauliflower and brussels sprouts and should be avoided if an individual has hypothyroidism. For an over-active thyroid, a person should take the opposite action and eat these foods in order to help suppress the thyroid gland from producing too many hormones. The treatment of hypothyroidism will require the usage of hormone replacement drugs, which directly help the thyroid gland to function properly.
Read more: Thyroid Gland Functions | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5328377_t
1652 days ago
Cute little guy! Would it help to spend a little extra money and ask for advice from a nutritionist or perhaps a personal trainer. They may be able to help tweak your routine.
1652 days ago
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