About a year ago, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which is an autoimmune disease. I had gone quite a distance from my home to a women's health institute for menopause issues, and they are the ones who diagnosed the hypothyroidism. Many things were tried that included a special diet and lots of different kinds of meds, but none of it made any difference for me.
Since it was such a distance from my home, quite expensive, and I wasn't seeing results, after six months I switched to our local clinic and was told I just had to live with the menopause symptoms because I'm supposedly at the end of menopause, and I was put on Synthroid, which I have been on for 6 months. I honestly thought that would take care of the problem.
I quit the high-stress job and have a pretty low-key life now. This past winter I've noticed that I was not feeling all that great, but didn't know why or even think too much about it. Winter is a slow-paced time here on the farm, and I took life pretty slow. I did do aerobics 5-6 times a week for 60-80 minutes and did watch the calorie intake. If I had done the calories in/calories out, I should have been dropping the pounds. I not only did not lose any weight, I even gained some. Very frustrating. I did search for answers but didn't find any.
Then the other day I stumbled across some information that gave me a wake-up call. I realized that I still have almost all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism ... hair loss, weight gain, fatigue to name just three and my menopause symptoms can actually be thyroid related like hot flashes. I realized that Synthroid (T4 hormone only) is doing absolutely nothing to help me.
So, I went to a new doctor after I did a lot of reading up on hypothyroidism. This doctor chatted with me, and he listened. He agreed to put me on Armour, which has both T4 and T3 hormones. Reading testimonies many have found relief with both the T3 and T4. I just started Armour this morning.
From all I've been reading, it sounds like many have problems finding a doctor who will help them get their meds adjusted correctly. Knowing what blood tests to use is pretty important.
Only time will tell if we have it right even yet. But I'm going to keep reading and informing myself about this disease, and hopefully, eventually, the weight will come off. I'm not giving up. I still exercise about an hour a day, and I'm still watching those calories. The one plus in all this is I did lose some inches.
If you are reading this and are not seeing any results even though you are doing it "right," I'd encourage you to get your thyroid checked. But before you do, read up on it and get informed and don't just trust the doctor to know everything like I did. They are only human after all and only God knows everything!
Below is a link to Mary Shomon's site on the thyroid. There are teams on SparkPeople that deal with this issue, and SparkPeople has a very good article, too. People with hypo or hyperthyroidism CAN lose weight. There are testimonials to this. I'm hoping I'll be one of them ... and soon!