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6/17/09 11:57 A

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That was very well stated Ruby :) And welcome to the group RSBREN. I completely agree- check with your endo, because we all have different effects from various doses of replacement hormone. Best of luck to you!

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6/16/09 12:00 P

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The thyroid is a bit confusing to understand. When the TSH is low, you are on the hyperthyroid side which means you have a LOT of thyroid hormone in your system.

An elevated TSH indicates hypothyroid, or a low amount of thyroid hormone in your body.

TSH means Thyroid Stimulating Hormone and it is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland in the brain. TSH's job is to stimulate the thyroid cells in the thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone in response to the body's need.

After surgery & radiation for thyroid cancer, we must get our thyroid hormone from pills.

After thyroidectomy for thyroid cancer, we are kept on the hyperthyroid (low TSH) range to keep any possible thyroid cells in the body from becoming stimulated. It is assumed that any thyroid cells in the body which have survived surgery and radiation are cancerous. High levels of thyroid hormone (synthroid) will keep these cells inactive.

You can read this article here for more info - it's pretty good but a bit wordy.

That said, it's important to understand that people who are have high levels of thyroid hormone do not always necessarily feel "energetic". Sometimes our bodies are working so hard, we are simply exhausted. This was the case for me and I ended up lowering my dose a bit and have felt better. Thyroid hormone levels that are too high can cause us to have sleep problems and feel very run down and tired.

It is simply not true that being hyperthyroid will cause weight loss in all people.

I would highly recommend you speak with your endo about your levels. You may need to actually lower your medicine a bit. Make sure you consult with an endocrinologist to get your dosages correct - this may take some time so be patient!

Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss more in private. I also highly recommend visiting for more information on thyroid cancer.

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6/12/09 5:25 P

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cancer returning, making it impossible to have normal energy level or lose weight?
This is my first time contributing to any msg board or group. I am writing because I have read only one post where the hypothyroidism is due to thyroid cancer,which I suffered from almost 6 years ago. My entire e thyroid was also remove,given radiation thru a pill to blast it all out and I am clear of cancer since.

I had always had a yo-yo weight problem since childhood, started strength training and eating a higher protein,lower carb diet 11 years ago and lost about 65 lbs. i kept it off and continued exercising, bur started to put some weight back on and my workouts were suffering,when the cancer was detected. Until the synthetic hormone kicked in after the thyroidectomy, I GAINED ABOUT 50 LBS IN TWO MONTHS. I tried to lose weight and kept exercising, but I was tired and would last about three weeks and quit. So I got bariatric surgery several years ago, lost about 50 lbs(only 1/2-2/3
of my goal) and now slowly pounds are creeping back. Any endo I have seen insists on keeping my TSH level low(so I feel almost dead) because they say they are afraid of the cancer returning. Meanwhile every article I read and every trainer I have worked with says its calories in vs. calories out. " If you eat less and exercise more, you have to lose" I feel like a hypochondriac who just makes excuses for herself. I would love to speak with someone who has had gastric surgery and hear their experience. i would like to know If I am just kidding myself. I could really use some help from someone and some intelligent honesty. Thanks for listening

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