It took a long time for me to be diagnosed as well, then my numbers were normal and the new doc said I didn't need the meds. I gained alot of weight. 2 years ago I gained 25 pounds in 5 weeks and have not been able to lose it since. I eat well most days, but I am also beginning the change. About a week before TOM hits, the chocolate cravings (sometimes) are so severe that I feel like I could eat a pound of M & M's or something. Nothing stops the cravings either. Sometimes the cravings come after TOM is done and not before. My body just feels pretty much out of whack most of the time and I pretty much feel just run down. My new doc changed my meds and I did blood work yesterday to check my levels. We will see if I am finally regulated - although I still feel pretty tired most days - even on the new meds.
Yes, it was a long time. It was further complicated by the fact that I had early ovarian failure a.k.a. early menopause at the same time. My weight gain was blamed on that, even though I told them that I was eating less and exercising a LOT more. Did the hypo cause the menopause, or vice versa? Who knows....but the two of them together caused a whole lot of weight gain.
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I am sorry you guys struggle with this. It is definitely a battle. I definitely don't recommend starving yourself to lose the weight or to stop gaining. I understand sometimes it sees like the solution but it's not. I would definitely suggest convincing your doctor to increase the dosage of your medicine or see if you can take a different medicine. Personally, Synthroid (Levothyroxine) did nothing for me. Also, if you are allergic or intolerant to dairy or trees/bushes/grass then do not take it. Synthroid has Acacia and it also has an enzyme that is in dairy as well. I do much better with Armour. It takes time but you have to find what works for you & don't let the doctors try to tell you you are fine because the numbers say you are.
OMSYMBOL-7 years is a LONG time. I was frustrated out of my mind for just the period of time I went undiagnosed. I am glad you were able to get a diagnosis though. Trying is all we can do for now.
My weight gain was 60 lbs in 3 month in 2010. . It was sudden. I wasn't diagnosed until June 2011 because my results kept coming back as "normal." :( I am still mad. I was eating healthily and much less than everyone around me. I didn't understand & sometimes I am still very frustrated but I am trying. I try to be positive. Some days are better than other days. I take Armour and it is much better for the fatigue. I haven't gained weight which I am happy about but I have a lot to lose. I also have PCOS. It stinks but I have been walking & I am hoping I can find something else that works as well. I also try to eat things that don't make me feel weighed down. That helps a a lot.
Oh, I know. Other people just cut out a few carbs and a few drinks and it does wonders. I wish things could be that simple but I will still continue to try!
I am glad there is someone out there who understands that you can eat healthily & still gain weight. Weight gain doesn't always mean you are overeating!
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I gained a lot of weight fast while eating quite healthily and much less than others. To boot, i quit smoking so between the 2 I put on 50 lbs in 2.5 years not exactly sure how long I i had hypo before it was diagnosed. The synthroid is only stopping the massive gain but i am pretty sure that my metabolism is still much slower than the norm. I find that severely limiting the high glycemc carbs is helping me a bit with 500 calories of cardio 5 days a week. I also climb about 64 flights of stairs (1200 stairs up and 1200 down) on most work days split between am and mid afternoon instead of a coffee break. My friends just lower their alcohol consumption or have fewer desserts and lose weight. Not fair grrrr but I am more positive now that i have found somethong that works for me even though it is hard work
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