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emoticon info & advice everyone! emoticon

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You should be OK eating foods with calcium and iron while on Synthroid - just move those foods to lunch time, so your body has a chance to absorb the medication. I find having a lunch type meal for breakfast makes it easier to create a meal plan that works and does not leave me searching for what I can eat. So while I may have a vegetable omelet, I may also have soup with rice noodles or brown rice and lentils with mushrooms for example



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Being gluten-free can help reduce fatigue, joint aches and feeling 'fuzzy-headed' as well. It's work, but worth it. Luckily, there are more and more gluten-free products becoming available; just be sure to check sugar content on them, as it can sometimes be high.



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Hi! New hear. Diagnosed as hypothyroid 3 wks ago. TSH gradually was increasing over the last 4-5 years and latest result was 5.7. Am starting with low dose levothyroxine and would like to get this weight off and feel better. I used to weigh 130's after my kids but now up to 180 and feeling terrible-tired, hunger cravings, bloated. Also have had weird menstrual cycles for the last 3 months with heavy bleeding, so was put on Junel (low dose BCP). Was taking thyroid med at night but it makes me extremely sleepy during afternoon. I am going to change it to afternoon to see if this makes a difference.



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Thanks for the recommendation to the vitiligo site. I'll definitely check it.

TCM is getting better support in this country these days. I wish I could find a practitioner locally. Of course, we have a great *veterinary* practitioner who hosts classes and things, but he can't touch humans (officially). I've got an appointment with a Functional Medicine practitioner next week, which is about as close as I'm likely to get to TCM here. I'm hoping, anyway.

I'd love to ask what therapy your doctor recommended for you - but TCM isn't like our medicine, in which you can give the same thing to several people and expect similar results. Your medicine is formulated specifically for each individual. I'm curious, but I know I can't just apply that to my case, unfortunately!

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Has anyone had any luck with a gluten free diet - I am doing the hypothydroidism eating plan now and this says no gluten which makes me much less bloated then i have been. Id like to know how you all eat and if you feel this helps



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I was diagnosed with hashimotos 5 years ago. My weight and aches have been on a steady rise since then. I am currently on 88 macs of levothyroxine. I have aweful digestive issues. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I am self pay so I have avoided the endocrinologist and am working with my family physician.





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I suffer from vitligo when I was very young ,my parents went to doctors in many places with the hope of curing me of the disease. However, my conditions did not get any better despite the expense of a lot of money. They decided to have a try and took me to a Chinese hospital. The affected sites on my body had improved significantly in less than a month. After reinforcement treatment of experts, I have completely recuperated my health and I have become cheerful. I would like to share this with you, hope it will help your son,you can talk to their doctors on the website of vitiligotcm.



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I happen to have absurdly high levels of antibodies against my thyroid (anti-TPO I believe it is called). My doctors believe those antibodies are really detrimental, and I've tried various things to get them down. (A medical study found that gluten free worked well to bring antibodies down for some significant percentage of folks with Hashi; as does taking selenium. Neither has worked for me.) I stay away from Armour out of concern that it will increase the antibodies. The notion is that if the pig thyroid is close enough to the human thyroid (it must be somewhat close since it works as a replacement), my body will create even more antibodies to fight that thyroid. I haven't been able to find any studies on this particular aspect of Armour. Just thought I would mention it in case anyone else is focusing on getting their antibodies down.



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I was diagnosed in 1975 and losing weight has been a struggle for me too. I'm at goal weight now but without exercise and strict dieting I would never have made it. Don't give up. You can do it inspite of a lazy thyroid.



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I suffered from same problem too, but I was cured now. It was bad, and makes me very unhappy. I live in China. Here we use Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat skin problems, I went to many hospitals like this and tried many different treatments, but the effect is not very good until I went to a hospital in the North of China. It works, and now I am a happy person again, I am glad to share this with you, you may not able to go there, but you can talk to their doctors for advice. you can find more information on the website of vitiligotcm com



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I have an autoimmune condition which has been associated with hypothyroid.
I see a houseful of specialists... one of which is an endocrinologist. He's put us on his standard diet and I'm also on levothyroxine (5 mcg once a day).
My T4s and TSH have been within my lab's reference ranges, but my Total T3 is only in the 0.3 range. I have many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, but those overlap with my other autoimmune symptoms, so it's hard to know the true source.
When I queried him about iodine supplementation, he very quickly said, "no! that will mess you up!" So now I'm at a loss. He does his labs in-house, so it might behoove me to request a more comprehensive panel from a commercial/reference lab to assay thyroid function. My PCP is pretty good about ordering whatever tests I ask for. We'll see.

Endocrinology is one of those topics which strikes fear and special caution in my heart! I was raised in a medical family, and spent my career in an allied health field, so I've had the usual training in the subject... but that was just enough for me to know how very fouled up we can make ourselves by fiddling about with hormones. The endocrine system is replete with feedback loops and metabolic interactions - if you get one thing out of balance, everything else goes right to h*ll in the same handbasket.

I would strongly encourage anyone with confusion or questions about thyroid and any other endocrine matters to rely on your endocrinologist! If you need a second opinion, don't hesitate to get it.
My rheumatologist is my primary proponent in my autoimmune disease, and I intend to bring my concerns about thyroid to him as well, since thyroid disease is also considered autoimmune - a rheumatologist's specialty.

To comment on some other members' remarks here...

Someone said not to take Synthroid™ with calcium or iron... my first thought wasn't in what not to eat so you can take the med, but when to change the scheduling of that med. I see someone else addressed that later in the comments here, though.

Thank you to whoever posted that nice link to the thyroid article! In there it mentioned that *fermented* soy is okay - it's just the (so-called) "healthy" soy that we're continually being pressed toward that's the problem. I use soy - Kikkoman™, which is fermented... and you can also use a product called "coconut aminos" which taste just like soy. You don't have to give up your soy! I love mine, too.

Any autoimmune condition is exacerbated by inflammation. Some people don't recognize this as a health issue - they feel that so long as they have no digestive disturbances, everything is fine. Inflammatory processes (such as leaky gut) manifest in many ways - and most of them *not* digestive. We, in the autoimmune community, know this. In that light, carbs can be very contributory to inflammation.
Our endocrinologist's "special diet" is restricted carb... he uses it for all his patients - most of whom are diabetic, but many who are simply "metabolically deranged" (his term, but I love it! haha). We're admonished strongly toward real, whole foods; nothing processed. Referencing the article posted again, some veggies are notably inflammatory: I can't touch cruciferous (cabbage-family) veggies. Just try to do low-carb without broccoli and cauliflower! sheesh And, when you're reducing your carbs, you ABSOLUTELY MUST NOT reduce fats! Healthy fats (and yes, I do mean saturated and animal fats) are *not* evil or unhealthy. If you're hungry, don't load up on protein (which simply gets converted to glucose when eaten in excess anyway). Add fats. Real butter, whole dairy, real whole eggs (and get rid of those whites and cartonized things!). Eat the chicken skin! Enjoy marbled meats; if you can get them grass-finished you're better off due to the omega ratio, but unless you're eating nothing *but* those meats, it shouldn't be too bad (so long as you ditch all the other processed junk).

To the OP - yes, I think you need a second opinion, since you have questions. It would probably be beneficial to do all the online research (of reliable and reputable sites) that you can so that you will be able to ask the right questions and understand the answers you're given.
Healthcare is different now from what it once was. We have to be partners with our healthcare teams to achieve good health. But while it's a bit more difficult, I prefer to have some responsibility, rather than to just abandon myself to fate.

Good luck to you - I hope you'll post again when you get some answers. We'll all benefit from that!


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Not sure if any of you have experienced this, but I went in to see a new doctor the other week due to an extreme amount of fatigue I was experiencing (among quite a few other things). She ran quite a few tests on me, including a few to check my thyroid. When my test results came in, she said everything was normal. The problem is that she told me my T3 level was 31, and when I went online to check normal T3 levels it said they are between 80-200. Is my T3 level something I should get checked out by another doctor? It just seems odd to me that she would say everything was normal, when that level seems so low compared to what is considered an acceptable level. Thanks in advance for all of your help!!



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I just noticed there is a note on my prescription bottle of Synthroid warning not to take antacids or products containing calcium or iron within 4 hours of taking this medication. What is a good breakfast choice? Everything I eat in the morning has calcium and iron :(



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I'm not sure if this is the right group topic, but I am on 45 mg of armour for about 3 months now, I was on levothyroxine for over 5 yrs 50mcg. The problem I'm having is hunger I have gained 4 pounds in 3 months I have hunger pains and wan carbs, which I normally do not eat. My doctor said my labs were good six weeks into it. Also my hair started to fall out again in the past few weeks. I'm feel tired agin. In the beginning I felt great now not so much. How do you know if you are on a dose that is to low or to high. Help




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i have hashimotoes hypothyroidism......and yes i did gain alot of weight for me. however i have lost the weight now. for me it was the case of giving up bread and pasta. i have learned some carbohydrate foods are good for u whilst others u should avoid like the plague. i have a low fat diet however i supplement it by taking krill oil tablets once a day. i steam my fish and chicken and grill lean meat to minimise excess fat plus eat lots of veggies and fruit. seafood is a great way of getting iodine in your diet. as iodine helps the thyroid produce the hormones u need for your body. i don't take an iodine supplement because too much iodine can cause medical problems in your body. the most important thing is to exercise even if its only walking for an hour every day



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I have Hashimotos/hypothyroid.

We have Great Pyrenees twins who are aged 6 now. About 3 years ago, one of them began to gain a lot of weight and would hardly move. You could tell moving was hard for him. He got so heavy that fat folds were making it hard for him to see. Both dogs live on 5 acres with our horses. We monitor their food carefully.

We had his thyroid tested and he was hypothyroid. He was put on meds and he quickly lost weight, gained energy, and now he's as active and fit as his brother. Amazing!


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I'm not, but our almost 6 year old cocker spaniel is. I have to give her .2 mg thyroxine 2 x a day. Easy to get a dog to take her medicine with a dolop of peanut butter in a small piece of whole wheat bread folded over it. emoticon



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Yep, me too. All the females in my mother's family have it. Though I've been prescribed Synthroid, I don't use it. I use Standard Process's Thytrophin PMG.



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Took years for doctors to determine I had hypothyroidism and now on medication. Even with the medication it was a constant struggle to lose weight. I just recently started the Virgin diet and lost 7 pounds the first week and was thrilled. I did cheat over the holiday weekend and paid the price, gained 3 pounds back. Basically inflammation, but holiday over and I'm right back at it to finish the program. Don't know how much it will work for anyone else but may be worth your time to see if you have an intolerance to these 7 foods or GMO's. I'm excited to get back on track and see where it leads.

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I've been in the club for over 10 years. Found out by accident after getting chronic hives. My TSH at the onset was fine. It wasn't until the allergist did deeper testing for the hives that she found I had Hashimoto's. After being on prednisone and other meds for many years and gaining lots of weight, not being able to go to the gym because it would bring on hives when I overheated I can say I am now stabilized. I also read everything I can get my hands on about Hashimoto's & hypothyroidism. Because of the hives I stay away from tomatoes, nuts, chocolate and alcohol. They are all triggers, not actual allergens. I'm careful about what I eat and I go to the gym 3 days a week. I too as someone posted find that it is the strength training that really does the trick for me. It adds muscle that not only burns calories but it helps to reshape your body.



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I have this for a long, long time. I do take medication.



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FLORIDALAURA-no problem! I hope you do see the results that you are looking for :)

Sometimes the way I write can come across the wrong way. I apologize if I offend anyone. I also have a habit of writing LOOOOOOOONG posts. Again, my apologies.


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velvetmerlin...thank you for the tip on strength training. I do tend to do more cardio and have not seen the results I was hoping for. I will give it a shot and add more time on the strength machines and free weights.
I also read about the fiber being so beneficial.. I added psyllium husk supplements to my list of daily vitamins. I also get lots of fiber in fresh veggies and some fruits!




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I haven't read all the posts since there are so many, so please forgive me if this has been said.

I have had it for at least 25 years, maybe longer. I am not currently on any medication for a variety of reasons, but experts recommend getting 35-40 grams of fiber per day and focus more on strength training than aerobic exercise. You can walk until you are blue in the face, but strength training actually helps the weight loss a lot more for people with hypothyroidism (I'm not dissing walking, BTW-I love to walk!). I have definitely noticed this. If I don't do any strength straining and get low fiber, nothing; it's almost immediate (it shows the next day on the scale, usually) when I actually do it and get a lot of fiber. It does come off slower than normal, but it does come off. Right now I am managing about 1 pound every 11 days; part of that is because I have been slacking a little bit. When I was right on it, eating nothing but healthy food and strength training every one to two days, I can average 8 pounds per month.

I was reading Mary Shomon's Thyroid Diet and although informative, I find the diet to be too restrictive. Everything I like to eat is not supposed to be eaten with a low thyroid, and I'm still experimenting with alternative foods to replace the ones you shouldn't eat (radishes, potatoes, chocolate, caffeine, just to name a few).

Our new boarder is trying to convince me that if I try the Raw Diet, the weight should come off easily-supposedly she lost 100 pounds in 2 months (gained it back and then some though)-and it should help the thyroid (she doesn't really get it). One, I REFUSE to try anything that drastic and two, um....just...no. I can't do restrictive diets-after 3 days I will eat everything in the house.

Sorry to ramble. Anyway, that's what I heard! I think it was in Mary Shomon's book, too; can't remember.

Sometimes the way I write can come across the wrong way. I apologize if I offend anyone. I also have a habit of writing LOOOOOOOONG posts. Again, my apologies.


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I am getting increasingly frustrated as the scale lingers in the same spot, week after week after week.
I am doing something wrong that others are doing right. I follow a low fat, lower carb, not low carb eating plan. I eat the balance suggested on this site, and everyday, my numbers of calories protein fat etc are good.
I get exercise every single day. I drink enough. My meds are great and have me in a good spot. It isn't any of that. But somewhere I am missing a piece of this puzzle.
What kind of plan are you all following and losing weight. Because I need help here.
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Yeah, I'm reading the same book! That is where I got my info.....re receptor sites that receive the Thyroid hormones not functioning properly.
Iam always trying to read and understand so that I may better help myself. It is v confusing.

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Thank you!



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Sometimes the usual test is not thorough enough, need to ask doctor for more extensive tests or go to a specialist, like if you might have Hashimotos, that doesn't come out in standard tests.



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I am not sure if anyone is on this, but I did notice (along with myself) how all of our readings fall into the normal range, but yet we still have some or all of the symptoms. I recently purchased a book for my android called, "Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Tests Are Normal." I have been doing a lot of research and am realizing that the thyroid is just one of many symptoms of an auto immune disease. I hope this added information helps.




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I just found out less than 2 weeks I am have hypothyroid. I was told mine was probably caused by being on chemo for so long. (I have on chemo since April 2010 for stage IV breast cancer.)
My oncologist checked my thyroid because I have been more fatigued than usual. I was already tired from anemia, but it felt like the fatigue was getting worse.

I just started on Synthroid, I haven't been on it for even 2 weeks yet, so it's too early to tell if it will make me start feeling better.

I've also live with chronic pain, and I have noticed in the past few months, my pain seems to be worse, I am wondering if a hypothyroid can make joint pain worse?


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I have not yet joined this group but I have Hashimoto's. I am not yet on any meds because my TSH and free T3 & T4 results were in the normal range around 6 months ago. The endo group at my local hospital would not take me. From reading, i decided to become Gluten free, and from another member's suggestion i take .5 brazil nut for selenium and chlorella powder.
I am starting to feel supremely discouraged as my wgt has not shifted.
I have been reading about the need to check TH1 and TH2.....I don't know if this helps Laura but here is one DR's explanation about still experiencing symptoms while on synthroid.

Your immune system
communicates through little proteins called cytokines. Well, the
cytokines that cause your immune system to attack and chew up your
thyroid gland also block thyroid receptor sites.

In order for the thyroid hormone to work it must bind to a cell and
cause a metabolic change inside the cell. Because of the autoimmune
attack, your cells can't respond to thyroid hormones, real or
synthetic. This means that even though your labs can show that you
have a normal level of hormones circulating in your blood, you still
won't get the effect of the thyroid hormones.
Hope that this helps to explain.
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You're welcome!



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Thank You FLORIDALAURA!!



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If this thread is still active, I found a great website with tons of info I found helpful...thought I would share
www.cncahealth.com/health-info/general/thy
roid-health-nutrition.htm




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I don't have that but I sometimes think they misdiagnosis me when I did test for it. I have a lot of the symptoms. I am glad I don't, it's hard.

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I wanted to introduce myself after reading many of the previous pages, going back to 2006 I believe on this thread.
My name is Laura and I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease in 2011 I gained about 20 pounds before being put on 88mcg of synthroid after my "hyperthyroid" symptoms stopped. (heart palpitations, etc) Once my meds were started I was able to lose 10 pounds but I have not lost any more since.
Last month I joined a gym and have been going 4-5 times a week for 1.5 hours each time, mixing treadmill with strength training. I have also changed my diet to max 1500 calories a day, all from veggies, fruits, occasional whole grains and lean proteins. I have upped my water intake to 125-175 oz a day. With all of that said I have not lost a pound, I actually gained a few, which I know when building muscle you may gain, and I am ok with that, but I look so bloated and feel miserable. In the last 2 weeks I have noticed my hair was beginning to fall out again and I am exhausted. Almost like before I was given synthroid. I just had my endo appt in Feb and all my numbers looked great, but here it is not even 8 weeks later and I feel terrible.
I was proactive today and called the endo office, hoping they might just put me on the next higher dosage and see how I do, if not I will request new blood work and appt.

Has this happened to anyone before....going along all great and wham it starts again, the hair loss, the extreme fatigue the weight gain and the bloated feeling?

Hope I didnt rattle on too much...thanks in advance for any suggestions or help!!!

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Just started taking Levothyroxine over a week ago, and will check back with the doctor in 2 weeks. Used to take Levoxl or something like that 8 yrs. ago, but I quit taking it after I lost weight and it was making me cold and nervous.



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I was diagnosed over 10yrs ago with Graves Disease. Its been a roller coaster! I have had my medication up'd quite a few times I'm now on the 3rd or 4th highest dose from the top of the list and for two yrs this has finally been under control. Although dieting is not an easy task when you have this. It takes twice as long and twice as much work just to lose a lb. in a week but I continue to push. I've gone through the radioactive iodine therapy as well...every day is a struggle from pushing to lose weight, to hair falling out to finally having to get my eyebrows tattoo b/c my eyebrow hair fell out! but with the right meds and a great dr. I finally have it under control!

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See your Dr., and explain your circumstances. There will be a way to get the meds you need. I don't think you can mess around with thyroid. It affects so many aspects and one by one, you're going to feel like you're falling apart. I've been on thyroid meds for hypo for probably 18 years. My Dr. said it's a for life medication.

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I joined (involuntarily) the Hashimoto's club many years ago and this team a few weeks ago and thought I'd stop by to introduce myself. Howdy everybody!


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Hello everyone, so happy to have found this group and others who are struggling along. I have had thyroid issues for too many years to count, having Hashimoto's as well as several nodules that were biopsied and measured more times than I can count. I know I am struggling with weight loss and wish everyone else here success, and hope I can be successful too.
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Hello, I just wanted to clarify that you aren't taking any thyroid medication?



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I wondered if I had Hypothyroidism b/c of my symptoms (sore feet first thing in the a.m., sore neck, sore/burning tongue)- although my symptoms have improved SLOWLY, but my doc says no (after testing me). I am border-line anemic and tested low for vitamin D also. I am taking supplements now and my doc wants to do blood work again in 3 months. Hate feeling sore and fatigued! It can be so debilitating.



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Hi I just stumbled along Sparkpeople whilst researching Hypothyroidism meal plans. About a week ago I found out that I had it. It explains a lot of why I am the way I am today. I have been taking my meds for a week now so I know I won't really see any results for about a month I am told. I am sort of at a lost as I really have to rethink what I put into my mouth. I began the year with a combination of Reboot and Clean Eating and when I struggle to stay vertical for more then five minutes to complete the dishes or collapse when I made the kids lunches I thought I was being punished for eating so healthily. So I took myself to the doctor and he did a blood test for me and it confirmed my thyroid was under active so he did another one to confirm it was actually hypothyroidism and not something else.
This weekend I plan on taking a harden up pill and clean out my fridge and pantry while the kids are at their fathers house. I will miss my soy sauce and rye bread and pretty much everything with gluten in it. Won't miss Broccoli will miss strawberries as they are a core ingredient in my protein shakes. Lucky my protein powder is whey based and has no soy in it or gluten. I don't want to look up if Raspberries are goitrogens because they are my most favoured fruit I love love love.
Enough of what I will miss, and a bit more about me. I live with my three children a boy and two girls 7, 5, and 3 in April in Western Australia. I run a doTERRA essential oil business called Oils of Nature and believe in healing naturally. No pill is really going to have any long term effect. Struggling right now with stress, fatigue and muscle pain in my legs but will attempt to walk my kids to school as exercise apparently takes away fatigue....(I say this trying to make myself believe it) I think keeping busy is a key there so you don't notice it so much until your head hits the pillow at night. Okay so that is the end of my ramblings any points would be great as I have know idea where to start. Thanks and merry meet all :)



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Hi Erin! It is good to here from you. Happy that things are okay with you. Thank you for the birthday wishes. It was a good one!

Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!

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Hi everyone,

Since 10/2012 my TSH levels were very low .28. Never been that low before. I went to an Endo on 11/8/2012 and he said in one month have it tested again. So I did on 12/8/2012 and my levels went up to .52. I thought maybe he should increase my Synthroid from 100mcg to 125mcg, but according the recent results he feels there doesn't have to be an adjustment in my dosage. So I can continue with the same dosage I've always been taking. That's good news. Since 11/8/2012 to 11/22/2012 I took my Synthroid @ 3AM, because you aren't suppose to take Synthroid with calcium. It interferes with it. Then after 11/22/2012, I decided to take my Synthroid before I went to bed on an empty stomach, because I didn't want to wake up @ 3AM anymore to take my pill. So taking my Synthroid before bed must have increased my levels where it suppose to be @ .52, which is good. Now I'm within the normal range again. That's a good thing. I still am concerned regarding the side effects which is weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, etc. A few symptoms of Thyroid problems. With the symptoms I'm having I told my Endo that I thought maybe the dosage should be increased, but that's not the case. To increase the dosage means that the levels will go down further and decreasing the dosage means that the levels will go up higher. I do take Paxil for anxiety and I've been told that Paxil is notorious for weight gain, I think. I want to get off of Paxil and not even take anything, but am afraid too.
I'm afraid to ask my doctor if it's ok to wean off of Paxil all together, but I was on Zoloft for years and weaned off of that and transferred to Paxil instead. Not sure what to do about that.
Other than that I was concerned about my TSH levels before and now it seems to be normal now. That's good.

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Hi LADYROSE49,

Your welcome. I will definitely let you know when I have my blood work tested again in Dec. I had a good Thanksgiving. I had to cook @ my house. Happy Holiday's to you and everyone on this thread as well.

Happy Birthday early!

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Hi DWROBERGE,

If you don't mind me asking, but what does lxne mean? Please clarify. I feel so dumb!

Thx,

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Hi Ashley,

Thanks for the feedback. I don't mind you asking at all. In fact I like it when people respond to my concerns, discouragements, worries, positives, negatives, etc. That tells me there are people out there who care and are experiencing the same thing I'm going through and I'm not alone in this. SP is wonderful for that.
I do have days where I feel like I'm dragging my feet. I'm seeing my Dr. and having my blood test taken again in Dec. I guess we will see if the results are better or not. I will definitely let you know what I find out.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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Hi Ev,

Thank you so much for letting me know. Please, also, let me know about your next visit in Dec. The 8th is my birthday!

Hope you had a wonderful Thankgiving!

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Thanks, Ev1957! I asked b/c I've noticed that a lot of my hair seems to come out when I wash it. I've read (online mostly) that this and a sore/burning tongue (and throat), both of which I have experienced, are two of the many symptoms of hypothyroidism (although I could be off base!). Also, this summer I felt absolutely exhausted, like I was dragging around heavy blocks attached to my legs! I was miserable; it took so much effort for me to move! My symptoms have improved since August, but not completely. I'm going to ask my PCP (at my physical in January) to check my thyroid just in case there's an issue with it.
I appreciate your writing back; hope you didn't mind my asking about your experience.
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Hi ASHLEYGILLE,

No not really. It's not like my hair is coming out in clumps. Just a few strands here and there while I'm brushing my hair. It can be annoying to see a few strands in my bathroom sink all the time.

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Ev1959: Did he gave any other possible reasons for your hairloss? Thx!



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Hi LADYROSE49,

I did go to my Endo on 11/8/12. He was very helpful. He said that because my TSH level is .28 didn't mean I had changed from Hypo to Hyper. The reason is because my past readings have been normal and this current reading is probably just a temporary thing. He said he wants me to get it tested again around 12/8, which is in a month. He also said that the low readings could affect things as far as weight gain, hair loss, etc., but it could be other things that are causing that. He did agree that taking my Synthroid in the morning on an empty stomach is good, but don't take Synthroid with calcium too soon. Wait to take my vitamins (including calcium 4-5 hours after. The calcium and Synthroid does interfere taken together and the Synthroid does not work as well in your system like it's suppose to.
Also, I told him I heard some take their Synthroid in the middle of the night (like 3AM) and then wait 4-5 hours and take your vitamins with your Breakfast. Then I researched online to see if I could take my Synthroid at night before bed. You can, so I started taking my Synthroid on Thanksgiving before bed. I hate to interrupt my sleep in the middle of the night to take my meds. So I've changed the time to take it. I made a note of this to share with my Endo when I get tested again and see him. Right now I'm on 100MCG. When I get tested again, he said he may decrease the dosage to raise the levels up. I did find out that decreasing the dosage makes the levels go up and increasing it makes the levels go down. It works just the opposite. I didn't not know that. I wish my doctor would have explained that to me before.

Anyway, I will let you know what happens when I get tested again in less than a month.

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Hi I just was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism on Tuesday and started taking Levothyroxine 88MCG. I dont know if that is a high dose or low dose. I have not actually spoke with the doctor yet since this happened right at the holidays and the offices are closed.
This is the first time I have had a thyroid test and did not ask for it. However I had talked with the doctor when going in for my Cholesterol test that since Menopause 8 years ago I have gained so much weight and especially this last year. Nothing works for me , I lose and then gain it back plus more. I was tired all the time. After reading some articles seems I had more symptoms as well. The hoarse voice which I thought it was a cold for the last 6 weeks.

My first question - will I lose weight by taking the medication and 2nd question what is the best diet to be on? Any help would be appreciated. Katy PS new member to Sparks

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My story reads a lot like yours. I have found the best resource for thyroid info is Mary Shomons website at about.com. Read what this doctor has to say. It is very interesting: http://thyroid.about.com/cs/drdavidderry/a/derry.htm
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I was diagnosed hypothyroid about 10 years ago and started on 60mg of armour. At the time all my labs were normal. My doc kept me on this despite the fact I began complaining of extreme fatigue 5 years ago and 2 years ago I became very ill and was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue. Finally I insisted my doc increase my dose of Armour thyroid to 90mg. At the time my TSH was .43 which is the low normal range. Now after three months my TSH is .007 and the doctor insists I am hyperthyroid even though I don't have any symptoms. I feel fine for the first time in years. The doctor has frightened me by telling me my body will not be able to use the calcium to maintain my bones and i will start having broken bones. Have you ever heard of anyone having such a low TSH and not being hyperthyroid. The doctor has decreased my Armour and now I am back to feeling awful and needing naps throughout the day and being cold even when the room is 80 degrees. Does anyone have any ideas. I just read an article by a Canadian doctor that says the minimum effective dose of Armour is 180mg.



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Yes, Ev...Please, do let us know what the Endo says. I do hope that you get some satisfaction!

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Hi, I'm back,

So here's the update from my new doctor. On Oct 15th, I saw my new doctor. I typed up all of my meds and ? I had to ask her. I had at least 4 pages of typed up stuff. The things we discussed are my symptoms of hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, etc. Asked her if I should increase my dosage of Synthroid from 100mg to 125mg? or higher? So she called in a prescription for 125mg, because I was insistant in having her increase my dosage. I got frustrated because I hadn't heard from my new doctor in a week as to what I needed to do and what she wanted me to do. So I kept calling and we were playing phone tag. We finally connected (my doctors nurse). I told her I wanted to know how my TSH works as far as increasing or decreasing my dosage? I felt it wasn't explained in detail as to how my TSH works. I went to the internet to find answers. See back in January I had my TSH tested and it read 0.47, which was fairly good. Within the normal range, so my other doctor kept me on 100mg. My new doctor suggested I get my TSH tested again, so she ordered it the same day. I went in for them to draw my blood. The results came back at 0.28. Out of the normal range. At this point I was really confused as to what to do. The results were handed down to another doctor to look at and he suggested I decrease my dosage to make the levels go up. I thought to increase my dosage would increase my levels, but that is not the case. To increase the dosage will decrease the levels and decrease the dosage will increase the levels. I guess it works just the opposite.
Now I'm still on 100mg until I go to an Endo, which she referred me to. Maybe the Endo will help me understand it better. So now I'm waiting to hear from the Endo and set up an appointment. It's been a week and I haven't heard from the Endo yet.
Oh brother what a time I've had in the past few weeks with this.
I did explain to them that my TSH levels were normal for many years since my surgery in 2004 and now all of a sudden my TSH levels are way down. I've been Hypo for many years and now all of a sudden I'm Hyper? That doesn't make sense either.

Later I will let you know what the Endo says.

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Goodluck melissa!

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woo hoo i thought i was alone!!!!!!!!!! I have lost 20 pounds but have been stuck for the last 4 weeks at the same weight. I am eating 1000-1200cal per day and cannot lose if i eat more...lots and lots of veggies to help with this one but i was feeling a little down and read an article on sk about bieng hypo and weight loss and found this one!!!!!! you all have given me the bump i needed today to keep going on this journey and not give up!!!! my levels are in control for the last year and i just am going to keep plugging along so i will be back to let you all know how it is going!



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I was just diagnosed with Hypothyriod disease at the beginning of August. I didn't really have any symptoms other than being tired after doing nothing. My moods are a little more on edge now too. I take my medicine everyday and my doctor just checked my levels again and said they were good. I lost about 30lbs before I started my medication and once I started it I couldn't lose any weight for about 2 weeks. Now I am back to losing but only about 1lb a week and I workout at least 8hrs a week.

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Thank you! I'll call my doc in the a.m. and ask if he can order the proper blood test.



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Definitely could be. It is an easy blood test just your doc to order it. I would also consider going to a rheumatologist. To just see what he/she might say about your health conditions.

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Last March (2012), I started feeling awful. I was exhausted, had a very sore/burning neck and tongue, and gradually became quite anxious and depressed b/c of it all. I saw my PCP who put me on antibiotics, and later a GI and ENT (b/c of my sore neck/throat and tongue). Both thought that I might have silent reflux for which I now take a daily med (Zegerid). Since this time, I've been eating better and my throat/tongue symptoms aren't quite as bad as they were this past spring; but they STILL exist. More recently, I started waking up with really sore feet! I've been doing some reading on-line and it looks like some of these things that I'm describing may be signs of hypothyroidism. It's been a rough 8 months and I'm still not 100% sure if I really suffer from silent refux or something else altogether (like hypothyroidism). Over the last few weeks, I've noticed that I'm losing a lot of hair when I shower and I'm constantly cold. Does this sound familiar, like possible signs of Hypothyroidism? Or am I totally off base? Any advice or me? In advance, many, many thanks!!



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Paxil is notorious for weight gain. You should talk to your doctor about possibly Buspar for anxiety? It's a non-narcotic medication.



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My med's have just been changed from synthroid to armor. The strength is different.
I was told to chew the tablet than swallow it with 8 ounces of water at least a half hour before eating. Chewing is supposed to help it absorb better.



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I love subway too as the healthier fast food. The whole grain and wheat breads with chicken/turkey. I even get the tuna occasionally. Mmmm

MnJones: I would absolutely get tested. Most people get tested every 6 months in the beginning, then it can usually slow to once a year.

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I have been diagnosed but my doctor said I wasnt that low.... that was a couple of years ago and I am thinking I need to be retested to see where everything is now. Both my sisters take meds for thyroid.... sigh





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I have been put on 50 mcg of synthroid. Prior to that the doctor tried me on Iodoral iodine/iodide supplement to see if that would regulate my thyroid. It brought my tsh down to 6 from 37, but stayed at the 6 and wouldn't go down any further. I have been fighting taking synthroid, but finally succumbed. I feel so much better and now have the energy to exercise again. I used to do Zumba, and floorwork and bicycle and now can do that again. I've been biking anywhere from 10-18 miles a day now.
To the person who has Raynaud's Syndrome....I also have that my fingers/hands go white, cold and numb feeling (or did). I could see the blood pool behind my fingers on the inside of my hand/palm side when they got that cold, but since starting on this Synthroid have NOT had that happen. I believe in eating a quite a bit of protein/not many carbs nor sugars. Also the protein should be unprocessed. Subway has a roasted chicken breast that is really good. The chicken breast is not a processed meat such as most of the others.


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I take my synthroid at 7 AM and then I take my vitamins after supper somewhere between 5 and 7 PM.

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Mental health . I specialize in corrections.

Every pharmacIst I talked said vitamins are best taken 8-12 hours apart. I take mline 12 hours apart. 7am and 7pm. But I know many people who take them at the same time.

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Thanks for your positive feedback. Yeah, I got married on 9/3/2011. Just celebrated my 1 year anniversary. Unfortunately I don't have a dog and where I live I can't have animals. My husband and I are allergic to animals. My husband has a lot of allergies and sinus problems.
I am definitely going to ask my doc to increase my dosage.

I do take a lot of vitamins. Does it make a difference if I take my Synthroid right when I get up in the morning (6:00AM) on an empty stomach and then before I leave for work in the morning I eat my breakfast and take my vitamins all at once (7:00AM). I would say between the Synthroid and the vitamins, it's about 1 hour between. I guess I want to take them all at once before I leave, so I don't forget them or have to worry about taking them later. I'll ask my doc about that too!

What kind of therapist are you? I think that is interesting. I try to research about health, nutrition, this topic we are discussing and what helps with weight loss.

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Congratulations on the marriage! Always fun :) I can relate on going for walks alone. That is why I love my dogs. If one doesn't want to go, the other one does. Maybe think about rescuing an active dog?

As far as asking your doc to increase your dosage. I would absolutely do it! It can't hurt. He/she will either say yes or no. If she/he comes right out and says no, then maybe suggest you'l be going to someone else then and he/she may change her mind because let's face it most doctor's offices don't want to lose your service.

You are like a vitamin queen! lol You take a lot. I seriously hope you are taking them at least 8-12 hours apart from your synthroid.

I am definitely not a nurse or doctor. I try to make it very known that I am neither. I am a therapist which has nothing to do with my knowledge with this topic. I am interested in this field because of my experiences. I have done a lot of research. Also I just follow this topic because I am interested, I dont' run it and I didn't start it. lol!



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I take my Synthyroid right when I wake up with water. I was told to take my Synthyroid 100mg on an empty stomach. I also am taking an anti-depressant (Paxil). I'm on a very low dose for anxiety.
I take vitamins every morning. Calcium, Vit C, magnesium, mult-vitamin, Vit D every day(1,000 mg) + Vit D once a month (50,000 mg), the Omega 3-6-9, Raspberry Ketones, low dose (81mg) of coated aspirin. I'm lost without my vitamins.
I am going to see a new doctor in Oct and thought I would mention to her that I'm struggling with some weight gain and wondered if it's possible to increase my Synthyroid dosage. I've been on 100 mg since 2004, when I had part of the Thyroid removed. I'm 53 years old and noticed a change in my weight. I eat right, no sweets, water all the time with lemon, no pop. I don't exercise as much as I'd like, but I am on a wellness program with my work. Being I work all day and get home @ 4:30pm, I'm so tired. I just got married last year and we've been talking about taking walks together, but he's either out of town or I'm too tired and really don't like to go by myself.
Is it possible to ask my Dr. if it would help me to increase my dosage of Synthyroid to boost my metabolism up? I've been taking Raspberry Ketones twice a day to help curb my appetite. Have you heard of Raspberry Ketones? Also, I did try Green Coffee Bean extract in a capsule form that was highly recommended by Dr. OZ, if you know who he is. Supposely it was suppose to work, but I didn't see a difference.
I'm really not a big eater. I do watch my intakes, but the weight is still there. Are you a registered nurse or Dr? You seem to have some knowledge of what's good and what's not. Do you research a lot? I try to.
I accepted you as a friend.

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Yeah a lot of people swear by taking vitamins with your medication and have labs adjusted so you don't have to take them 8-12 hours apart, whch can be annoying. But most pharmacist will tell you the absorption will change with each individual vitamin because of the varying potency. Which can cause ups and downs of the absorption of the levothyroxine which can cause all kinds of not so goodness including mood swings O_o

So I do try to take my vitamins in the evening, which does cause me to forget take them occasionally.

Good luck with your weight loss, We can all share your pain here when it comes to trying to get it off. I struggling the last couple days because of moving. I made a huge batch of soup and have been eating that robably for the past two days. It is a very healthy soup but not quite healthy balanced meals for soup morning, lunch and dinner. lol Add me as and a friend and we can try to motivate each other. Tips for people with thyroid disorders, are no different than any other tips. I don't really know much about being on growth hormones.
Andyou don't need money to exercise! I started walking in January and now I am running/jogging. I have lots of exercise videos thatI will pop in when I am motivated to do so. You could go to yard sales or dollar stores to find cheap ones. Some exercise videos on SP and online. I have a set of hand weights and also do a lot of sitting on the floor and stretching. I do kind of want to join a gym now but I'm going to wait until I get settled maybe the beginning of next month, we'll see.
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As a little kid i was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism/Growth Hormone Deficiency. At the age of 3 I was smaller than my younger sister that was only 15 months younger and when I was just born I was the growing pretty normal from what my doctor could tell. As I got older they noticed that I was not growing. I got put on some medication for growth hormone and thyroid medicine over the years and quite a bit of other medicine. I now am 19 and am 5' 11'' and am going to be on growth hormone and many of my other medicines for the rest of my life. I was pretty skinny up to freshman year in high school and then gained a lot of weight and have been trying to loose weight since I gained it. I do not like the weight that I am and am wanting to be able to fit into some of my old clothes again. I am not just tall but I have to wear plus size clothes I also have big feet so I have a terrible time finding clothes and am hoping that if i loose some weight that I might actually be able to buy clothes from more than just a few stores. AND at my age I would like to wear clothes that look like young adult clothes instead of clothes that do not fit my age range and the new style of my age range.... CAN ANYONE HELP ME WITH SOME TIPS TO POSSIBLY LOOSING WEIGHT....I use an elliptical and try to do as much weight lifting with out going to the gym at the time I do not really have the extra money afford the gym, but I also would like tips about the gym because I am eventually when I get the money hoping to use the gym.. I need to loose weight from everywhere on my body (the mid section, the legs and inner legs, arms, and everything else....)



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I am taking syntroid and my doctor put me on calcium but forewarned me that my level might get a little off so if you are taking iron or calcium you are supposed to get your level tested after a little bit and then retested. Right when I was put on calcium i got it checked multiple times just to make sure my level was where it was supposed to be at and they had to adjust my dose but after, but they got it to the proper level I was good to go and then i just get a check up when my doctor tells me to for my normal blood work.



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Hi, I had graves disease (hyper) and had rai and became hypo, you need to have your tsh, t3, t4, free t3 and free t4 tested, the tsh doesnt give you a clear picture, only then you can tell how the meds are working. It takes a long time to get your levels correct.



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Well I don't know how people feel about weight loss drugs overall on this site and I don't work for SP and I am relatively new to this website/forum but I don't think weight loss drugs help more than they hurt. In my experience along with my research of them. Generally the side effects are serious and the placebo effect is more common then any actual results. Most weight loss drugs do not have any long term studies done, to monitor long term side effects and especially with individuals with other disorders like thyroid disorders. Along with the fact that once you stop taking it, the same things come into play again, and a person hasn't learned to cope with the issues they were dealing with prior to the drugs.

Personally I am glad that you are doing well and have had more energy but what will you do when you stop taking the medication? When was the last time your thryoid labs were done? Dry mouth is common with hyperthyroidism along with more energy. Dry mouth is also common in diabetes which is actually a side effect listed with phentermine.

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It's been about three months. I go back to the doctor this week or next, so we'll see if she wants to continue it or not. I'm on a lower dose than is prescribed to most patients as Im not obese. I really feel like the only reason that its helping me lose weight is that I actually have the energy to go out and do things, instead of having to nap for 3 hours during the day and still being tired. We tried this kind of extreme measure because I was doing all that I could with the energy that I had, but I wasn't able to live normally. I know the general attitude here is anti weight loss drug, but this has really changed my life. I felt some side effects at first but they have largely gone away except for some dry mouth.



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I ask because it shouldn't be prescribed to children and only indicated for those in the obese category and when the patient is at a serious increase risk for other medical conditions. Phentermine is like any other diet drug that acts as a stimulant and if you are still on after a period of time, your lab work should be checked every 2-3 months at least to make sure your your levels have not dropped you into hyperthyroidism, which is extremely common with 1) weight loss and 2) psychostimulants.

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Hw long has he been prescribing Phentermine?

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Hello! I was diagnosed with hypothyroid when I was about 12 (an odd age, I know). I got tested when my neck swelled to about twice its normal size. I'm 21 and my medication has been a little off ever since I started taking it. Last year I was exhausted all the time and gaining weight even though I was eating healthy and exercising daily. My endo and I tried new medicine (armour thyroid, it has both t3 and t4 hormone), which didn't really help, so she switched me back to synthroid and added phentermine. Phentermine is a weight loss drug with stimulant. At first I was really nervous and unsure about taking a weight loss drug, but it has honestly been a revelation in my life. I went from planning on when I could take a nap that day as soon as I woke up to having enough energy to do everything I want in the day. It noticeably curved my appetite the first couple of weeks, but now it just feels normal to eat at 1200 calories. I know this is an odd route to take for hypothyroidism but it has worked really well for me.



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Oh and Good luck! I know it is scary to realize you have a disorder that you have to take a pill now for the restof your life.

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So your doctor is doing the right thing it seems to me. Your TSH is high, starting you out on levothyroxine and increasing it slowly. It can take anywhere from 1-6 months for levothyroxine to reflect in your THS levels in your lab work. If your family doctor seems uninterested in hypothryoidism, it is probably because it is very common and he/she just follows what the lab work says. He doens't really need to put much thought into it.

As for not knowing you had this disorder is something you'll never know. Just make sure you get your daughter's tested at birth and every yearly check up after.

You'll be feeling a lot better in no time. As for diet and exercise with hypothyroidism, it is the same with anyone who wants to lose weight. And even with a TSH lvl of 13+ for several years, it wouldn't solely explain your weight gain. I would start monitoring your calories in and slowly get back into walking or swimming.

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My name is Alicia. I was diagnosed with hypo in April. They started me on 100mcg of levothyroxine, my TSH level was at a 13. About 10 weeks later the doctor took my blood and my TSH went down to 11. Now i am on 125mcg. My doctor doest seem to know much of anything, and i think he could care less! I would like some advice from people who have been through it. I gained 60lbs being pregnant, lost 40 and gained back 30lbs. Over the last couple of years iv gained nearly 100lbs! This is very depressing being that I am only 20 years old and used to be very active. I swam on a competitive team for 4 years and never lost a pound, so I'm wondering if iv had this disease for the majority of my life. I recently have been on a 1200 calorie diet and gained 2 pounds :( I just dont know what to do! Does anyone know how long TSH levels take to go down and any tips on dieting and exercise?



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Good luck Fay! We are all on this weight loss journey together :)

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Hello everyone My real name is Fay. I was diagnosed several years ago with Graves disease (Hyperthyroidism). It was great until found out the real reason they call it Graves disease. This means if they don't slow my thyroid down I would be 6 feet under. So my journey to a slow thyroid began, I put on a lot of weight instead of losing alot of weight. I am depressed not even the doctors know what to do sometimes. I have lost a little of the weight but my age and my disease slow me down but I am determined to get this weight off. I need help Doctors just see a fat woman and that ends any conversations most of the time. I am glad to see I am not a lone but, I am feeling good since I started my own weight loss journey. I am going to have to motivate myself. Thank you for all the wonderful messages I have read a new beginning again but I have to start somewhere. : )emoticon



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Good luck Erin and please, let me know what the new doctor says. Take Care & have a Great new week! emoticon

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I had to change doctors, because my doctor decided to retire and be a stay at home mom.
When I see my new doctor in Oct. 2012, I will mention the dosage I'm on and see if she thinks I should be a on a higher dose or if she knows of other alternatives. I'm within the normal range, but still feel bloated and feel it around my stomach area. Hopefully my new doctor is not narrow minded. We will see. Wish me luck.

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I don't exercise like I should, but I do not drink soda at all. I drink one to two cups of coffee a day to wake me up in the morning. Coffee has been known to be good for you. It has more antioxidants than soda. I do drink a lot of water everyday. I make sure I take my vitamins everyday. I watch my carbs and eat as healthy as I can. I don't eat much bread or pasta. I check the calorie and nutritional readings on packages all the time. Everything I eat including bread needs to be wheat. Not enriched whole wheat flour, but the first ingredient needs to be Whole Wheat flour. I eat bananas everyday. I'm on Synthroid 100mg a day. My levels have been tested and they are within normal range. I still feel bloated and it's around my stomach area that I'm concerned about and feel quite uncomfortable.

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I take a combination of the 3 omega oils in one capsule. You know the Fish, Flax and Borage oils? I take this every single day. It does help. I also try to lather down with lotions after showering. At bed time I use petroleum jelly or vaseline on my hands, feet and face. My husband said that Doris Day use to lather herself down with Vaseline everyday and night. I have noticed when I blowdry my hair the sink gets a few loose hairs falling out of my head. It is frustrating sometimes.

I'm trying Green Coffee Bean Extract capsules to maintain my weight and also going to try Raspberry Ketone Extract Capsules. They are natural and recommended by Dr. Oz.

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I too am hypothyroid. While going through menopause;I got a triple whammy not only diagnosed with the thyroid but cholesterol, and high blood pressure. I was on meds for the last two, but took my self off them when I started to have side effects. I have been on Armour Thyroid meds for several years, and my numbers are always in the good range, but I know my body and when I am out of sorts. So last time I had my blood work I asked about my T-3 and T-4's and yep they were out of whack. Lately I have been so tired and can't seem to get going. So I started taking B vitamins and Adrenal Support which seems to help somewhat. I too have such a yo yo effect with my weight, so as others have stated I am going my low carb, high protein and fat. The low fat diet seemed to work for a bit but then my hunger was never satisfied. I am hoping with support from others who suffer with this disease, we can help each other when it seems doctors can't. There is a good website site called "STOP THE THYROID MADNESS", that might help others. Good luck to all!!!

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