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3/10/11 4:34 P

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I also take Cytomel with my levothyroxine. I started out on 5 mg, then the doctor increased it to 12.5 mg, 1/2 of a 25 mg tablet. She said to watch out for heart palpitations at the higher dose. I've been on the increased dose for about a month & I do occasionally have the palpitations, so I'm going to see her on Monday. It could be the Cytomel, or I might have to decrese the amount of coffee I drink. We'll see.

As far as diet goes, some people lose faster on a lower-carb diet. I did Atkins a few years ago and not only did I lose, but my total cholesterol went down, as well as my triglycerides. My dr said low-carb has that effect on some people. I only stayed on Atkins for 6 months because it was too restrictive, and had a hard time getting enough fiber. I decided that I didn't want to take Benefiber daily for the rest of my life. So, I'm more or less following South Beach which is less restrictive. About the only carbs I restrict are those from white flour (white bread, white pasta,etc), and sweets & sweetened cereals. Good thing I like oatmeal - lol.

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3/10/11 11:19 A

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According to an Spark People article entitled "Eating with Hypothyroidism", it recommends that of the total calories we eat per day, that we have the following percentages:

Carbohydrates = 50%
Protein = 30%
Fat = 20%

I have included the link to this article.

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JANEKK Posts: 9
3/10/11 6:18 A

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Good. I also take cytomel,I take a half of the tablet(25). Did the dr start you at the 50? I haven't had any reaction.Hopefully it is just an adjustment.Good luck.

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3/9/11 2:15 P

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Thank you JANEKK for responding. I went back to my Dr yesterday morning to plead my case. He added Cytomol, not sure if I'm spelling it right, to my levo. I took it this morning and felt a little off, like a nervous feeling. I guess I need to get use to it, but I am also getting sick so it may be that. He put me on a really low dose. I need to find out more about Cytomol.

I just got my daughters blood results, she is 14 and her TSH in a bit high, 4.78. They are testing her again in a Month, hopefully it will be normal.

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3/9/11 1:46 P

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I would definately talk to my dr. a little stronger. I had to. I got the same speech of being in the "normal" range. You have to force them to find YOUR normal range. Just because it falls in the middle of the medical chart they are content with that. I finally got my dr to increase my meds after telling him how I felt, how I couldn't lose weight for the amount I was working out, SOMETHING wasn't right. And when I had to change meds completely dr wanted to start at the lowest dose. I said no to start me at the equivalant of what I am getting now. Sometimes it surprises them that you research these things. My level is close to hyper. My dr is a little nervous about it but this is me, this is where I feel good,I am able to lose weight without working out like an athlete. I am good at this level. Keep fighting for how you feel.After dealing with a couple drs, I think they take thyroid levels a little to lightly.They really(i think) take thyroid levels way too lightly. FIND YOUR NORMAL!! not thiers

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1/24/11 7:34 P

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I don't think I'm too pleased with my Dr. I did call him, because I think 2.5 is too high for my TSH.
I read an artical where it should be 3, so 2.5 would be on the high side. My TSH was over 13 at one point, so I guess 2.5 is good. They will not increase my meds - they say because it is within range.

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1/23/11 12:14 A

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A healthy woman's TSH is 1.4 or lower. I take dessicated thyroid (which has T4 and T3) and my TSH is under 1.0. I think your TSH is too high for you (though it is under the 3.0 max range). See if you can get your doc to try an increase in meds to see how you feel.

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1/19/11 2:15 P

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Quote[Calories is my biggest confusion. If I go above the 1500 range I gain. I try to eat as clean as possible with the mini meals of a complex carb, protein and healthy fat. I try not to eat carbs in the evening if I'm not going to burn them. Maybe because of my age (49) I need to eat less.]

If you mean 1500 Food calories a day? Your with me, I can't seem to eat anymore than that or I will gain too. You work outs seem pretty good. I would say you may have to give your body more time to get used to the adjustments of being normal. But I know that being Hypothyroid your always going to work alot harder both on diet and exercise, meaning on your diet, make sure you don't go below 1200 a day and on exercise don't over do it to the point of causing injury.



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1/18/11 2:24 P

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I actually have a hand held body fat analyzer and the same for a stand on scale. That motivates me too :)

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1/18/11 1:08 P

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Don't forget that you could also be gaining muscle so it might be showing as a gain/maintain. If you can find one, I would get a scale that shows you water and fat percentages. It helps me stay motivated when the scale doesn't move. Good luck!

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1/18/11 12:38 P

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I think I am making some progress, I lost 3 pounds. Hopefully it's not water.

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1/17/11 5:43 P

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Thank you for your responses

I do change things around actually quite a bit. Some workouts I do Pyramids, Some drop sets, I sometimes do split training depending on the time I have at the gym. I work with a trainer once in a while and he makes sure I shake things up. I even mix up my cardio - zumba, step class, dreadmill and elliptical. I've been lifting for quite a while now and I'm in the process of being a certified trainer myself.

Calories is my biggest confusion. If I go above the 1500 range I gain. I try to eat as clean as possible with the mini meals of a complex carb, protein and healthy fat. I try not to eat carbs in the evening if I'm not going to burn them. Maybe because of my age (49) I need to eat less.

It has only been with-in the past 3 months that my thyroid was stabilized, do you think I'm not giving it enough time?



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AZURE-SKY Posts: 1,509
1/17/11 3:50 P

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It's also possible that you're not eating enough to compensate for the high level of exercise.

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1/17/11 2:15 P

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How long have you been doing this exercise routine? Perhaps your body has gotten use to it? I know that I need to change things up once in a while.

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Hello team

I need help or advise. I just got my TSH results and they are 2.5. Dr. did not test for t3 or t4, but when I asked I was told that if the TSH is normal my t3 and t4 levels should be fine. Anyhow, I still can't figure out why I can't lose weight. I'm doing 1 hour of Zumba 3 times a week, and I lift weights quite heavy most the times. I eat between 1200-1500 calories a day, workout days on the higher end. Even if my TSH is normal, could my thyroid still be preventing me from losing weight even though my TSH is normal?

Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you

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