Hi there, I have multiple issues as well. I look back and think I suffered longer than I know. My son is almost 13. Before he was born, my weight was great & I didn't think I had a problem. After he was born, not only had I gained an extraordinary amount of weight, but I couldn't lose it (previously never had this type of problem).
Ten years ago, I finally got them to test me and I was low thyroid. The medicine helped but not a whole lot, they wouldn't adjust my dose because my levels were "normal". I quit taking the prescription and went to an herbal supplement that supported my thyroid. I felt great and lost about 20 pounds.
I started working more stressful hours and my life became more hectic, so when I started gaining weight, sleeping fitfully and a whole host of other problems (dizziness, headaches daily) I chalked it up to stress and eating bad. That was part of it, but the dizziness started getting problematic.
I finally went to an ENT for my ears, thinking the dizziness was that. They didn't find anything so sent me to a neurologist, I thought I should go to my regular doctor for bloodwork and a check up since it had been a while.
It had been 4 years. They called me and told me to quit taking my prescription. When I told them I had not taken it in about 8 years, they ordered a sonogram, which got me to an endocrinologist.
My right lobe had nodules all over it with a big one that had blood vessels feeding it. The left lobe had lesions. The specific bloodwork came back that I did indeed have Hashimoto's, making me low thyroid. The right lobe was making me high thyroid. No wonder I was messed up.
They took my thyroid out last month, due to the factors listed above and I have a family history of thyroid cancer.
Right now, I am just trying to figure out how to survive. They adjusted my meds yesterday and hopefully I will start sleeping better. I am using powdered magnesium to stop my restless legs and taking more vitamin B complex. Hopefully I will lose some weight. I am 50 pounds more than before I had my son.
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welcome to the team and good luck on your weight loss journey. Thanks for all the info. I also have problems with my thyroid one under active and the other is over active (the thyroid and para thyroid). At this stage I am not having treatment. Local doctors recommends treatment but the Specialists do not want to treat it at this stage. The TSH is .01 very low. I also have multiple nodules.
Edited by: WENDYJM4 at: 12/13/2011 (06:48)
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weight loss progress lost 23.9 kgs total or 52.58 lbs
I'm glad I've found this thyroid community team. I'm currently a member of hypothyroids unite, but I've got more than just that thyroid issue going on. Sorry - this might be a bit long for an introductory post! lol
In April 2010, I was diagnosed with Graves' disease, went on methimazole, and gained approximately 15 pounds. I didn't realize till after I went on the meds that all those sleep issues I had were related to my thyroid! After about 3 weeks on, I actually woke up feeling refreshed for the first time in about 5 years!
At the same time, my endo also felt a small nodule, so I had an ultrasound, then a biopsy, and in September 2010, I was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma.
Because of the Graves', the surgeon and I decided the best route was to do a total thyroidectomy, so in January 2011, the whole thing was removed.
During the surgery, the surgeon took out some lymph nodes for testing, and it came back that there was thyroid tissue in the lymph nodes, so in June 2011, I did radioactive iodine ablation. Gained another 10 pounds because of the surgery and because I had to go off my medication for 3 1/2 weeks for the RAI.
I also had more ultrasounds and a second biopsy on a lymph node in my neck in September, but thankfully that came back clean and normal!!!
Currently, I'm working towards getting my synthroid levels balanced, but my doctor told me that as I lose weight, the medication will have to be adjusted. And I have lost weight... I'm now back down to where I was before my thyroid diagnosis! (goodbye 25 pounds!!!) But, of course, I'm not done (see ticker below, lol). I guess, for someone who is hypothyroid, I'm kind of lucky in some ways because they want to medicate me to the point where my TSH is around 0.5 or less to prevent any remaining thyroid tissue, and therefore the cancer, from growing back. This should help with my weight issues, but I'm starting to find I'm not sleeping well again, which hopefully means my meds need to be reduced (I see the endo next week).
If anyone is currently going through any of what I've been through, and would like to hear what my experience was like, or perhaps some things they can talk about with their doctor, please don't hesitate to ask. I'm not a medical professional, but I very much encourage people to be active and aware about their conditions and treatments, and that starts with knowing the right questions to ask their doctor.
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