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7/20/09 7:31 A

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Yes, I am dealing with a similar situation.

My background health is not very good, so I can't tell you much about how a weight loss and exercise program works with meds.

I do know that with a basic attempt to "hold steady" my body has, as I would have expected, responded precisely to whatever the doctor was doing with my medications, and one way I knew that the meds were effective was that I was returning to my pre-Graves weight.

I wasn't really surprised to find that, with a third chronic disease and other stuff going on in my life I couldn't maintain the disease generated weight loss.

The best information I've read, however, makes it clear that "normal" free T3 and T4 levels vary widely according to individuals. I, too, am on Tapazole (also called Northyx or methimazole). You've actually been diagnosed a little longer than I have.

For me, it has been important to take the attitude that developing the right habits is more important than seeing results on the scale.

Also, don't forget that we lose muscle strength with Graves, so if you're getting in those lower body strength workouts, you might be trading off fat for regained strength, which would be good!

This FAQ seemed relevant to me:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask
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Besides that, you might just like to ask that question on the Fitness and Exercise Board where the Spark Experts check:

http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messa
geboard_topics.asp?imboard=6

Congratulations about being cleared to exercise! I got an okay to try a very little exercise, and I'm thrilled with it. I wish you the best.

If you're looking for the lowdown on TSH T3, T4 and all that, it's somewhere else around here, but it sounded, from your message, as if you were only worried about the failure of the scale to respond to your efforts.

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BARTOLI81 Posts: 3
7/15/09 12:59 P

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Hi my name is Sarah and I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in December of 2008. I am new to Sparkspeople.com and am looking to connect with people that are dealing with Graves Disease. I have been on taposol since then and the weight has been coming on. I have been working out everyday for a month and a half and watching my diet, but am not losing any weight. Has anyone else been dealing with this?? Anyone have any ideas. Please!!! I was cleared to begin excersing again a month an a half ago. I do not see my Endo again until the middle of August. Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated!!

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