Welcome to our team! Many people who are hyperthyroid become quite thin... some do not.
Once the thyroid is removed you've got to find the right amount/combination of thyroid medication as its removal means you are now completely dependent on supplemental thyroid hormone... a pill... for all your thyroid hormone needs.
Since every cell in the body needs thyroid hormone, you literally can't do without.
Sometimes the adrenals become stressed, so those need to be tended to as well. This means getting adequate sleep (its suggested to be in bed by 10 pm), avoiding situations that cause stress, finding ways to cope with stressors. Making sure your diet contains plenty of vitamin C, since the adrenals are the one place in the body that this vitamin is concentrated. And a range of B vitamins as these act as catalysts, co-enzymes for creating a variety of adrenal hormones.
I'd chose gentle exercises like walking and yoga until your adrenals build back up.
This is a good time to clean up your diet, choosing fresh, preferable organic produce, lean preferably grass fed meats, low fat organic pastured dairy and eggs, fatty fish. Limited amounts of nuts, whole grains and beans if you don't have allergy. Pure water.
This is a lot of info.... hope some of it helps. : ) Mzzchief
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I'm also a 30 year old female. I had a total thyroidectomy due to papillary carcinoma about 3 years ago. Throughout the whole ordeal I've gained about 55 pounds. It's very frustrating and I've found the medical community is not too helpful when your labs are "within range."
Unlike you, it took me a few years to put on all my weight. However, I was also fairly thin before all of this. I feel like a different person now. I eat about half of what my friends eat and I still cannot lose weight without severely severely restricting calories. I'm just too tired to exercise. Not sure if it's from the weight gain, from restricting calories too much, or just what to expect from life on Levoxyl.
Sorry, is that depressing? lol. I am hopeful most days. I'm certainly happy to be alive and cancer-free now. Just wanted to reach out and let you know you aren't alone.
How goes the luck on Spark People? I keep losing a couple pounds and then gaining them back.
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I'm not a doctor!!! But it sounds like you may have had a goiter that was active. So essentially you'd have extra thyroid tissue, pumping out extra thyroid hormones. Which could make you hyperthyroid. When you say you were hyper, do you mean you were tested for hyperthyroidism, or just that you were very active? :) (Mzzchief may have another explanation for you.)
I was hyperthyroid, too, but from Graves' disease (autoimmune). I was put on methimazole, and because I wasn't currently watching what I ate or anything, I ended up gaining some weight, maybe 10 to 15 pounds. Then it was discovered that I had a nodule, which turned out to be papillary carcinoma, so I had a total thyroidectomy last year, followed by RAI 6 months later. I gained more weight then, too, probably another 15 - 20. I think I ended up about 30 pounds heavier than I was when I was first diagnosed, but I don't know for sure because, as I said before, I wasn't watching what I was eating, and I have no idea what I weighed then!
So I guess I can say I have had a similar experience. Not 60 pounds, but then again, I wasn't thin or in shape to begin with, so I ended up about 50 - 60 pounds overweight.
But the good news is, you can lose weight, it just might take you a bit longer. And I find you really do need a good doctor (or doctors) to make sure you're medicated correctly, and, just like everyone else, you need to figure out what works for you. Especially when it comes to the thyroid, its especially frustrating because it affects so many different parts of your body, and on top of that, it effects everyone differently! But - you can do it!!!!
Good luck!! And if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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Merry, from what I understand, it is not uncommon to gain a lot of weight when you have your thyroid removed. Did the doctor put you on any thyroid supplement? Are you on one now? The thyroid affects all the other glands in our body so you do need something.
This team is great in giving ideas and encouragement so do stick with us.
Hi everyone! I recently joined Spark People. I am 30 years old and had my thyroid removed five years ago because it was "precancerous". The tissue in the tumors was atypical and they were pressing on my windpipe. I had been very hyper and thin before my thyroid went out. Then I gained 60 pounds in 3 months. Does anyone else have a similar experience?
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