SparkPeople Hypothyroid Team Messageboard Hypothyroidism can cause serious weight and health issues. If you're hypothyroid, no matter the reason, please join us! SparkPeople Hypothyroid Team Messageboard Going Gluten free Has anyone had their doctor suggested going gluten free. I have a friend who was just diagnosed with Hashimoto and her doctor suggested she go gluten and dairy free? I tried it for a couple of weeks and I found I wasn't as tired. I was just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience. Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:29:42 EST Hypothyroidism or not? please help! Hello everyone! I'm writing, because I truly am so unsure on what I should do right now, I'm at a complete loss, and I'm under a great amount of stress. I haven't gained any weight yet whatsoever, but I have been experiencing most of the symptoms of Hypothyroidism,I feel tired and want to sleep every single evening no matter what time I go to bed at night, or wake up in the morning, I still feel fatigued all day, and come 5pm, every single day I'm ready to go to sleep. My hair has been fallin... Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:31:59 EST Hi everyone. I am newly diagnosed and just started medication on Tuesday. The exhaustion and weight gain is driving me crazy. Lol. I want my life back. Sun, 21 May 2017 20:00:44 EST Loosing Weight Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to introduce myself. I have graves disease and had my thyroid taken out about 9 years ago. Since them I have really gained the weight. My family keeps telling me it is not how much I eat, but what I eat. I have to agree that I get very frustrated with myself because I have a hard time sticking to a diet if I am hungry. I have rejoined Spark People to put me back on the right track. However, I need help with meal plans that include lean meats. I do no... Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:30:06 EST Why do students need to write essays frequently? Why do students need to write essays frequently? <BR> Every high school, college and university requires its students to prepare absorbing and logically constructed essay papers. This assignment is vital to young professionals whereas they learn to express their point of view in the written form. Unluckily, students find essay writing difficult because very few people are inborn writers. Some people are good at physics and mathematics. Others are strong in language and literature. <BR> Essay... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 06:37:38 EST protien On my prescription it says no diet pills, which i amm totally okay with, would protien powder be acceptable to take? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 19:39:20 EST Just wanted to say Hi I am excited to be here! Sat, 18 Jun 2016 17:43:27 EST Taking Maca and hypothyroidism Hi. I have a question. A friend of mine suggested I take Maca for my HOT flashes but I take Levothyroxine for my hypothyroidism. Has anyone heard of this supplement? Sun, 23 Aug 2015 19:50:20 EST New to being a hypo I see it's been a while since people have posted as a newbie. I am new to being a hypo but not to Sparks. I just got word that my tests show that I am slightly hypo and will be starting meds tomorrow. The druggist didn't have the meds for me so they will be delivered tomorrow. I am about 95ish pounds over weight and have tried many different ways to lose. Never been successful either any of them. Now that I finally have a diagnoses I can start a plan on how to start feeling better again. Afte... Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:43:24 EST exhausted Hi i'm about 6 months into being diagnosed and am still super tired during the day. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to be more energized? My Levo is up to 100 they say I'm in the good range and can stay at this dose, but I feel like theres a reason I'm still so tired and didnt know if it was me or the pills or just something the DR missed Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:11:42 EST Are You Following the Pan Am Games ? The Pan American Games are now being held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. <BR> They will continue until July 26th. <BR> Last night, I was watching the swimming events. One of my SparkPeople <BR> exercises is swimming, so I was particularly interested ! <BR> <BR> What is YOUR favourite Pan Am sport ? <BR> Do you participate in it ? <BR> <em>300</em> <em>60</em> <em>237</em> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <em>366</em> <BR> Pan Am Challenge - Answer the above questions, and you will ... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 00:15:07 EST Hello everyone. My name is Corliss, I am a Christian and child of the Most High God. I am a divorced mom of 11 children, all 11 are from my ex husband. Seven of them are grown and on their own. I am also a grand mother of 4 with a 5th on the way. I am engaged to a wonderful man who loves me and my children. We home school the four children that are still at home. I am from Killeen Texas but currently the six of us live in La Marque, Texas where my fiance' was born and grew up. I started with Spark Peopl... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:52:50 EST New to the Group but not to SparkPeople Hi I am new to the group but was diagnosed with hypothyroidism back in 2009 after my first husband passed away unexpectedly. I have recently gotten engaged to someone new and so I do want to lose weight but I am struggling. For awhile I had lost weight but I don't know what I did to lose the weight but it came back on. My goal is to fit at least in the dress I already bought for the wedding and just have it altered in other areas and my wedding is in 2016. Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:42:41 EST IMPORTANT Announcement Re: Team Goodies After today, June 10, 2014, Team Spark-goodies will only be <BR> awarded to Team Members who have visited the Team within <BR> the past 30 days. Our system keeps track of this, and knows <BR> who you are. So, in order to be eligible for your handsome <BR> Team goodie, please be sure to visit your Team page, and <BR> participate ! <BR> <BR> See you there ! Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:37:53 EST 3rd Time's a Charm! I'm a 30-something wife & mother of 2 boys. When I first started with SP, my only goal was to see the #s on the scale go down. Needless to say, that only lasted about a week. <BR> <BR> In 2012, I had an emergency appendectomy which led to 2 more surgeries over the next year & a half. The appendectomy led to the discovery of a ruptured ovarian cyst, followed by surgery to remove another cyst in which it was discovered I had a severe case of endometriosis and one of my ovaries and tubes w... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 12:20:52 EST I have a question I have a question and don't know if anyone can answer it or not. Due to the way my insurance works, I order all my bloodwork online and then fax the results to my MD. I have many health issues, and have struggled with loosing weight. I just went to see a GI doctor for some stomach problems and he ran a TSH and free T4. My TSH came back slightly high at 5.1 but my T4 was normal at 1.0. I haven't heard anything from the MD, I will be seeing my kidney MD in a couple of weeks so I will ask he... Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:12:45 EST My Hypothyroid Hello I am new here and I have been looking for a group with the same problems I now have with my Thyroid. I was shocked when my Doctor told me of my test results , I never new she was checking me for this , So now am searching for answers to why and how this has happened . I have a lot of Questions and I hope someone from the Sparks Page can help me with this . Thank You for reading this. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:44:08 EST Hello . Hello I have recently been diagnosed with Hypothroid , I have been taking the meds. for 11 weeks now , it is all new to me and quit frankly it freaks me out a bit . so I was wanted to get support and some good advice from those of you that have this problem , maybe tel e what to expect other then the weight gain , , I apprecate any advice , Thank you . Fri, 29 Nov 2013 18:43:00 EST New and Need Reassurance Hi all! I got a diagnosis of hypothyroid about a week and half ago. I was put on levothoraxine and had high expectations of feeling better. This is day six on the medicine and I am so exhausted I can hardly keep my head up. I have an 8 and 10 year old who need a energetic mommy and I am just not that. I am feeling so frustrated with the fatigue and my weight loss not only stopped with the introduction of levo, but also have gained a bit this week. I am so exhausted that I feel kinda dep... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:04:36 EST I'm new! Hy everybody! :) Why say Hi when I can say Hy LOL <BR> <BR> I'm new and so happy to have found you all! I just want to first say bless you for being so open and supportive of each other. It's so nice to read through all the posts and see that everyone here really understands the "joy" of hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> My story is probably fairly typical. Years ago I was on WW and lost weight at a rate of about 6-10lbs per month. No problem, right? I ate, I exercised, I did well. Over the years I gained it bac... Thu, 16 May 2013 15:27:20 EST What kind of plan are you following? I am getting increasingly frustrated as the scale lingers in the same spot. I am doing something wrong that others are doing right. I follow a low fat, lower carb, not low carb eating plan. I get exercise every single day. I drink enough. My meds are great and have me in a good spot. It isn't any of that. But somewhere I am missing a piece of this puzzle. <BR> What kind of plan are you all following and losing weight. Because I need help here. <BR> Chris Thu, 9 May 2013 11:00:08 EST Hi everybody! Hello! My name is Kirstian, and this is actually my first time posting at Sparkpeople, despite the fact that I've been a member for more than five years. My first time on Sparkpeople, I actually managed to lose around 40 pounds, however, since then, I've gone through some major life changes and have gained back all of the weight that I lost. I was also diagnosed in 2011 with hypothyroidism, and since then, I've noticed that not only is it harder for me to lose weight, my weight is definitely ... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 21:43:55 EST It's Possible to live well with Hypothyr oidisum! Thought I would post this on the Hypothyroid sites, Hope it will inspire, motivate others too! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to up date my weight loss Journey... Yes, I said that right I've loss about 14 lbs so far...since April 1st. 2012 True, it was a slow process over the course of a few months to a year... some weeks no loss others I had as much as 2 lbs loss. But just wanted to say that it had nothing to do with being Hypothyroid either. Mostly it was this: <BR> <BR> 1. State of Mind. I had to... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:08:00 EST hi, i am new to spark people Hi, My name is Karen and I am new to spark people. I joined to lose the weight, but also out of frustration from my hypothyroid. I was wondering if anyone else experienced problems losing the weight with the thyroid and what may help. <BR> Thanks, karen Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:19:16 EST New to the team... I just started this site last week so I am pretty new and finding my way around here. <BR> <BR> I have hypothyroid and I have been strongling with wieght loss since I can remember. I am also on meds for this. They are working to keep my levels reqular. I am a pretty high does, but it has been working. Its just that loosing wieght is not easy. Especially when you have food allergies as well like a candida. It is not easy. I have been doing my best, it was not until my mid 20's that we got th... Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:29:54 EST Levothyroxine I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism in November. My Tsh was at 33. Doc put me on generic levothyroxine 88 . Went in 4 weeks later and my Tah dropped to 7.9 but my liver enzymes went up high. Changed me to Synthroid and upped my dosage to 125. I go in this week. Has anyone ever had this liver issue? I am also now having issues with hands swelling and tingling . Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:59:20 EST New to SparkPeople Hey everyone... I'm a graduate student in psychology with hypothyroidism. I had a lot of trouble getting diagnosed (almost a year) and I'm still not feeling awesome. In high school, I weighed 135 and was maybe a bit too thin for my height, but now I'm at 188lbs, despite eating healthy and exercising as often as a graduate student can. I am now trying Alli to help a bit; haven't had any negative side effects so far. <BR> <BR> I like to play tennis and soccer, read, write, play video games, an... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 20:21:04 EST Hello from a newbie in NH I was diagnosed in August with Hashimoto and I have proceeded to add 8 pounds to my weight in that short time. I always was and active 140 pound woman but this gain so quickly and on synthroid has me scared. I didn't know that my meds needed to be taken with water 1 or 2 hours before I eat (and I learned that from this website). Needless to say, I need an education and a little more "head in the game" to stay on top of my weight. I'm really happy to be here and look forward to learning... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 15:25:26 EST Canadian Pharmacies - if you get your medicine Have you heard about the new FDA Safety and Innovation Act recently passed by Congress? <BR> There is a provision in this new Act that allows government agents to seize and destroy medicines that are being imported for personal use. Many people believe that this provision was obviously crafted by the drug companies in order to stop individuals, such as yourself, from being able to personally import medications. This act is not yet being enforced and we are informing our valued customers so ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:55:06 EST Top Fives - Last Week of July, 2012 <em>208</em> SparkPoints : <BR> 1. PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 2.GINNY1215 <BR> 3. FLAMENM <BR> 4. SENATOR9 <BR> 5. FJORDING <BR> <BR> <em>279</em> Fitness Minutes : <BR> 1. MIAMILAW96 <BR> 2. GINNY1215 <BR> 3. PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 4. WEEBLE65 <BR> 5. MICHELEORR <BR> <BR> Congratulations to all ! <BR> Keep up the good work ! Tue, 31 Jul 2012 23:51:52 EST I Need Encouragment So I gained a few inches back due to spiked thyroid levels ;( I got this pins and needles pain all over me and burning! Anyone have had this? Made me miserable and my throat swelled up all red. I got lab stuff done and I am waiting to hear back. It has subsided a little but I still feel pretty awful! Stinks! I went 3 months straight working out and than BAM on my back again! I need encouragement. Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:27:36 EST Inner Healing Blog Check out my inner healing blog: <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 00:23:57 EST HELP- thyroid problems worse Hi everyone: <BR> <BR> I had right half of my thyroid removed last November. Armour thyroid was not working for me so I am on Levothyroxine (sp?) and Liothyronine (T3). My T3 was high and was getting palpitations so they cut dosage in half. since I have had terrible constipation and am thinking of going for a colonic. I have chronic lyme disease also. <BR> The latest test showed my free T3 near the lower range of normal, free T4 near the higher range of normal and abnormally very low TSH. Wo... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:31:36 EST Anyone experience CYSTS with HYPO? Since battling hypothyroid I have had major cyst issues that time of month. Since being on synthroid it has helped and the pain has decreased a lot but I still notice pain monthly or when doing certain workouts. My husband and I have not been on any contraception for a year with out getting pregnant due to I guess the cysts. I will probably need to go back to the Gyno. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this??? <BR> <BR> I am happy with some inches lost and the meds for 3 months ... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:29:38 EST Hi Hi everyone. I joined the team today. I've been dealing with hypothyroid for about 10 years, diagnosed from a lab test. I have never felt the symptoms other than feeling tired and lacking energy. I've struggled with my weight all of my life. I'm joining this team to get feedback and help losing weight and keeping my diet in check. Thanks to everyone for what is to come. Fri, 11 May 2012 10:18:44 EST NEWBI Hi, <BR> I am hypothyroid I have put on a lot of weight since being 135 3 years ago. I am now 235 although a month ago I was 220. I am discouraged, I have been working out and eating right and my levels are finally normal and I got on the scale after feeling like my clothes were looser and I was 15 pounds heavier. I did drink a lot before I weighed could be part of the issue. I went ahead and swallowed my pride. I am wondering if this is muscle gain or hypothyroid stuff again? I may need to g... Thu, 10 May 2012 12:45:28 EST Top Fives - First Week of May, 2012 <em>279</em> SparkPoints : <BR> 1). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 2). GINNY1215 <BR> 3). FLAMENM <BR> 4). SENATOR9 <BR> 5). RENIESSPARKIN <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Fitness Minutes : <BR> 1). GINNY1215 <BR> 2). MIAMILAW96 <BR> 3). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 4). RENIESSPARKIN <BR> 5). HYONLFE <BR> <BR> Congratulations, everyone ! Keep up the good work ! Tue, 8 May 2012 15:23:38 EST Last Week of April 's Top Five <em>279</em> SparkPoints : <BR> 1). GINNY1215 <BR> 2). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 3). FLAMENM <BR> 4). SENATOR9 <BR> 5). SAPNA. <BR> <BR> <em>208</em> Fitness Minutes : <BR> 1). MIAMILAW96 <BR> 2). GINNY1215 <BR> 3). MARCELABATISTA <BR> 4). PRAIRIECROCUS <BR> 5). FLAMENM <BR> <BR> Congratulations, everyone ! Keep up the good work ! Thu, 3 May 2012 14:20:24 EST Just joined Hi. I am Amanda. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in June of last year. I am looking for a supportive team to help make managing this craziness a little easier. :) <BR> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:21:41 EST frustrations with Levothyroxine! Hi. I posted this on another Hypothyroid team, but I figured I would try this team as well! :) <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with Hypothryoidism in June of 2011. I was undaignosed for a little over a year before I was able to get that diagnosis & as I result I experienced a lot of dizziness and weight gain. The doctor said that my thyroid was on the lower side of things but it was "Still within the normal range." I had almost all of the symptoms but I had to have my thyroid tested 4 times before... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 16:19:32 EST Levothyroxine I have been on this hormone, for awhile now. I go next month for labs, I just have that gut feeling that they are not right. <em>24</em> Fri, 23 Mar 2012 21:11:05 EST SPARKPEOPLE Hello! I'm new to, SPARKPEOPLE. I'm 48 and have hypothyroidism. I take Levothyroxine for it. It helps for the most part, but other times. I just think to myself there has to be another way? <em>24</em> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:31:01 EST suppliment in addition to synthoid Is there a natrual suppliment I can take to help boost my thyroid in addition to the synthoid I take? My last lab test has my T-test level at 1.89. I think it's still too low, but my doctor won't increase the dosage yet. <BR> <BR> I am on a 1500 calorie diet and I am still just gaining weight. My hair is starting to get thin again like before I was on medication. Help!! <BR> <BR> Mary aka 1nonblonde Sat, 10 Mar 2012 16:29:50 EST Hello Everybody Hi, I am new here. I am 48yrs.old & been on levothyroxin since last 3 yrs. & also on highBP medicine from last 2 months. I feel very lethargic all the time & has also been gaining weight. I was once very active physically but donot know what went wrong. <BR> All & everybody's suggestion are welcome. PLEASE HELP!!!! Mon, 20 Feb 2012 17:59:16 EST Help Please. I have been taking levothyroxine for 11 days now. Since the last couple of days I have started feeling like I am having Hypo's, and my balance is going. is this due to the meds or a wrong dose or what? Can anyone help me? <BR> <BR> Myrna. <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Jan 2012 06:50:00 EST returning to spark but new to group Hi, I am returning to spark to get my weight under control. I was diagnosed with over active thyroid a couple of years ago but in the summer my doctor decided that as things werent settling down and as it was affecting my eye sight, as have thyroid eye disease as well, that he suggested i have surgery to have my thyroid removed completely. <BR> <BR> this happened in the summer and since then have been on levothyroxine - though they still havent found the right dosage for me yet. I know tha... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 05:00:29 EST help need advice thyroid biopsy results I had some potentially bad news today. Boy, I certainly do not trust Aurora docs. I am not sure who to trust. they found Hurthle cells in my biopsy of the thyroid nodule and they just wanted to let it go and wait and see for 6 months if anything changes with a new biopsy. <BR> I was not comfortable with that at all. I researched on the internet and found that the only way they can tell if Hurthle cells are benign or cancerous is to remove the nodule. So now I need to find a good endocrinologi... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 00:25:06 EST Infertility? Trouble getting pregnant? Hi, <BR> I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 5 years ago. About 2 years ago I decided to stop taking synthroid because I felt like it wasn't helping and I didn't have the extra money at the time to pay for a drug that didn't "feel" like it was working. I was gaining weight instead of losing. Well, Monday I saw my doctor because I was sick and she got on me about not being on synthroid. I am recently engaged and she said that if I don't get back on it ASAP then I could have trouble getting pre... Thu, 20 Oct 2011 13:57:38 EST WooHoo! Joined the team AND posted my first blog! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to be here. I'm Mad. I'm a Cancer Survivor. I'm here, trying to lose the weight I gained during my 'lost years.' I can't wait to meet everybody. If you get a chance, please read my blog post and let me know what you think! <BR> <BR> Mad <BR> Fri, 7 Oct 2011 13:49:39 EST I'm NEW Hi! I just joined your group. I was diagnosed with hypo a few months ago. Right after I had an appt with a new Rheumy and she said that maybe I've always had hypo and that was the cause of my joint pain and high SED rate. Although primary dr. has increased my thyroid meds - I still feel sluggish and have not been able to lose weight even though I've been counting calories and working out. So, now I'm here and wanting to check out others ideas and what's worked for them. Also want to ask ... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 10:24:13 EST Levothyroxine not working? Gaining weight? Hi! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year ago, my doctor put me on levothyroxine. The first few months I felt GREAT! Tons of energy, losing weight, happy again and all of my other symptoms went away as well, then it just seems like it stopped working. I have gained over 20lbs in the last 9 months, and almost all of my other symptoms have returned, even though they say my thyroid levels are normal now. Can levothyroxine make you gain weight? Can it just stop working? I have a doctor... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 11:47:36 EST L-Tyrosine Has anyone here ever tried to take L-Tyrosine supplements to help boost their thyroid activity? I am curious, as I've heard it works well for some hypothyroid patients. Thu, 19 May 2011 17:57:58 EST New-ish Hello all! I joined this group a while ago but haven't really interacted in this one yet. <BR> My doctor told me that my TSH levels are too low (they are around 3.5 when medicated) to even worry about the weight gain I've had being attributed to that. <BR> So, I just try to focus on other things and do what I can to activate my metabolism. Mon, 2 May 2011 18:15:08 EST Have any of you ever experienced ...... My endocrinologist recently switched my medication. Having me swing back and forth from 150 mcg's to 175mcg's on a 45 day cycle. Now this is after saying I had no symptoms other than still feeling cold and being unable to loose weight. She said my numbers were within range of normal, but they were not aligned with each other. I've been on the 175 for about four weeks, and have recently been experiencing what I would describe as HOT flashes. No other changes other than I get really warm, t... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 13:51:31 EST New with hypothyroidism Hello Spark people! I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and put on Synthroid pending a visit to an endocrinologist. I love how I feel now! I don't know how long I have had it only that I feel great now. It's my second week and I am feeling a little bit tired but I think I just over worked myself. I felt so good the day after starting the Synthroid that I have been trying to do everything I was too exhausted to do previously. My house is getting in order, I am doing better at my job... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 09:24:45 EST The brick wall here. I was diagnoised with Hypothyroidism in November and started on 25 mcg of Levo. Just went back in a couple weeks ago and my labs haven't budged and was upped to 50 mcg. I go back in another 8 weeks. I have all the lovely symptoms...weight, hair, fatigue, moods, irregular cycles, wacky this, wacky that... <BR> <BR> Anyone else notice you seemingly hit a giant 'brick wall' in the middle of the day? I can be working away at work and then BOOM. Give me a flat surface and I c... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:17:48 EST Starting Naturethroid any suggestions? Hello, <BR> I was on Synthroid for 3.5 years and it never really helped me feel better. Finally I am seeing a Natropath who put me on Naturethroid. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with it, such as not eating for a certain amount of time after taking it, or avoiding foods like dairy which I had to avoid dairy for 4 hrs after I took Synthroid. <BR> thanks! <BR> Dawn Tue, 8 Feb 2011 08:24:59 EST Surgery Results called the nurse to update her on my low grade fever that I have off and on and how I am feeling and to see if she had heard any results. An hour later the surgeon called and said YEAH all lumps are benign. They are all lipomas, like the swishy lumps I have in my arms. Even the breast lumps are lipomas. Thank God!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for all your prayers and caring messages. <BR> <BR> I talked with the surgeon about how I have been feeling. I was worried I had a staph infection but he thinks... Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:48:26 EST Nervous- Surgery Thursday I did finally hear from the doctor and he was very nice and very good about discussing things. <BR> I am having surgery Thursday morning under general anesthesia - a 2 hour surgery.7 lumps will be removed- 2 from my breasts.I am nervous!!! Please pray that the surgery goes well and I come thru it well and that the results are benign. <BR> We haven't joined a church out here yet so unfortunately I don't have any church support. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Nancy <BR> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:22:45 EST Hi- I'm New Hi: <BR> <BR> I have low thyroid and Lyme disease and fatigue and pain- chronic issues plus I think I have adrenal fatigue with all of the constant stress I have endured for years. My Lyme doc has me on a compounded form of thyroid med similar to Armour Thyroid. My primary care doc doesn't think I need thyroid meds and doesn't believe in Armour thyroid or Lyme disease. It is frustrating dealing with her. <BR> <BR> I am 55 and live in Wisconsin. <BR> Looking forward to getting to know all o... Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:46:27 EST Adrenal issues ++ Hi, <BR> <BR> I am Hypothyroid (and have PCOS), and I was wondering - has anyone else had issues with their cortisol (adrenal) values being all over the place when taking bloodtests? <BR> I've had anything from 42 mmol/L (dangerously low) to 483 mmol/L(normal) during a 2 month period. <BR> <BR> I was also wondering if anyone else "crashes" after eating - I am not talking 30 minute dinner nap, I am talking 4-5 hrs of basically sleeping off your breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever in additio... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 08:49:08 EST Back to Spark My name is Gena 49 years old. I live in Florida, I work fulltime as a dental manager and have 6 children and 5 grandchildren. I have <BR> (hashimotos disease) leading to hypothyroidism ( 3 years projection) and I am being treated with small amount of replacement hormone 25 mcg. Like to learn as much about what causes it as possible I read read read. I still believe in eating for healing. I gained 10 lbs since OCT and already had 10lbs to lose so I have goals set and have been follwing the c... Tue, 4 Jan 2011 07:11:08 EST Recently disagnosed I gained 75 lbs from several steroid injections due to a neck injruy in Iraq and also have PTSD. I have been fighting my weight since 2008 and recently have been stuck between 208 and 212. My doctor at the VA recently told me that I have a very low throid and put me on synthroid. When do you start seeing results in weight loss once you start the medication? Thu, 9 Dec 2010 07:06:20 EST reached goal no.1 It took me 6 mths to loose 50lbs. I think that is great considering I am hypothyroid and type 2 diabeties. I had half of my thyroid removed in Aug. 2010. It was a setback for awhile. I was on levathroxine 88. My ent wanted me to go on synthroid 88. While on levathroxine I had this tired feeling over me. Since I have been on synthroid I do not have that feeling. My weight had slowed down but it might have been due to my body adjusting to surgery. I am finally back on track. My blood glucose is... Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:02:13 EST old dog, new high level? Hi everyone. I am new here and I am sure when I have taken more time I will probably find all the answers I am looking for... but until then, below is a blog I posted this week, a few turned me on to you here. Please read this and help me understand what this is really gonna mean for me? =(...... <BR> Thanks so much! Becca <BR> <BR> I went to my doctor this past week (lost a grand total of 12 pounds) YIPPIE...... but wait. Dr. Tom calls me Friday and wants to know when and WHY I stoppe... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 21:02:30 EST Introduce new to this page I am a female that is in late forties. I have struggled with trying to learn more about thyroid problems. Mine was totally removed about five years ago. The specialist that removed it seems offended when i told him I wanted to learn as much as possible about thyroid problems. Can this cause you to be depressed or not feel like yourself? I can't get an answer from my doctor. I do struggle with weight gain and then lose for no reason. I have had back surgery and knee replacement. Now on road to... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 03:13:32 EST New in the group Hi! Let me introduce myself. My name is Adriana and I live in Argentina. This seems to be a very interesting group! I've had hypothyroidism for two years now. MY TSH is currently 2.50, down from 7.00! But I'm still overweight in spite of diet and gym almost every day! Maybe what I lack is support from people with the same conditions! Mon, 20 Sep 2010 07:58:14 EST Time for a change Hello, <BR> I am a 54 yr. old female and have been diagnoised with type 2 diabeties and hypothyroid.I just recently had half of the thyroid removed. I have already lost 40 lbs. I am using this website by the advice of a friend. Its a great source of infomation. When I get the okay from the dr. I want to start a excersice program and using the exercise tracker for my guide... Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:24:42 EST Anyone hear of Raw Thyroid Supplement? It is by Natural Sources and I saw it today at my local health store. Almost sounds like Armour Mon, 9 Aug 2010 21:56:28 EST So Confused.... I just discovered I'm hypothyroid.....all my symptoms could be explained away by stress, etc. But now I understand why I can't drag myself out of bed each day. My doctor is great, she has explained the facts to me, but I need to know how people who deal with hypothyroidism handle it........I am feeling so discouraged, depressed and tired..... Sat, 31 Jul 2010 15:06:24 EST Hypothyroidism and high cholesterol Hi, I am new the the Sparkpeople. I was diagnosed with HT 6 yrs ago, and I have to be honest, that this is the fist time since being diagnosed that I am trying to stick to a real diet. I am now 40lbs overweight and very recently was diagnosed with high cholesterol, both my HDL and LDL are bad so It basically was a WAKE UP call to me.. Heart Disease runs in my family. Four years ago I totally fell off the health wagon when I met my current BF who can eat anything he wants which didn't help me.... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 05:21:11 EST Question for anyone with DEACTIVED thyroid Once you get your TSH in range......what causes it to change???? <BR> <BR> Mine changes OFTEN. <BR> It has changed again; it is still in range <BR> BUT has went up to the higher end of range, <BR> not lower. <BR> <BR> They are suppose to call back to slightly adjust in order to get back to lower number. Just wondering what causes the change. This time been on same medicine since January. <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> Fri, 23 Apr 2010 18:23:24 EST Coffee and the Thyroid I drink about 2 cups of 1/2 caff coffee a day (black, no sugar). I read somewhere that with hypothyroidism, we should avoid any stimulant type of drinks like coffee, tea, and most sodas. <BR> <BR> I switched to Folgers 1/2 Caff a month ago and really like it, and wonder how others are doing with coffee and if anyone has weaned themselves off it. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 18:22:46 EST Vitamins Is it okay to take a multivitamin? I take .75mcg of levothyroxine and I am starting to feel better, but still feel like something is missing. I used to take a multi-vitamin everyday and stopped when I started the levothyroxine. Or maybe I should take individual vitamins and minerals? Any advice? Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:09:14 EST I finally Ran a 5K race Non Stop! I met and Bet my Weekly Challenge! <BR> <BR> Yup, I did it. I couldn't believe it but I did . I ran in our Local 5K this morning: The Miller Park Zoo Stampede which was the first race of the Circuit Race season. The weather was Sunny but a cool 45 degrees. <BR> <BR> My pace was a 10:25mi/mi The Course was some what hilly? For some of the faster runners they were just a hiccup, But also can be a Challenge for most who never ran a 5k with any kind of hills, <BR> <BR> I didn't panic, ... Sat, 6 Mar 2010 17:57:51 EST Medication Since Armour is off the market, is anyone currently using Thyroid by Erfa (Canada)? Tue, 2 Mar 2010 10:08:49 EST new to hypothroidism I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 1.5 months ago and have been taking synthroid since. My mother and her mother both had hypothroidism, so I guess I was expecting it. In the past few years, I have gained weight and have been struggling with the exhaustion that comes with hypothyroidism. Since I'm still in high school, hypothroidism has been a real pain. I currently am trying to lose weight (apprx. 15 lbs) and have been working out and eating a balanced vegan diet (I have been veg for 5 ... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:55:28 EST Udate... I lost another 2lbs :-) Another good week, last week. I weighed myself today, and lost another 2lbs. <em>244</em> I'm currently 157 lbs. I'm feeling better and stronger every day! <BR> <BR> Yes, it is possible to loose weight with hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> Sun, 7 Feb 2010 18:27:30 EST Cannot seem to get enough to eat I was only diagnosed back around Halloween, and was deathly ill with something else right after that. Since coming out of my illness over the last 2 months, I've felt like I'm starving. It is such a different feeling than eating out of boredom or emotional eating. I drink a lot of water or unsweetened green teas and a lot of fruits and veggies. But, within an hour after I've eaten, I am literally famished. <BR> <BR> I didn't know if it was related to my thyroid or all of the fun antibiotics... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 15:38:12 EST Recently diagnosed Hi! I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year after I complained to my doctor that I was consistently falling asleep in class which is a horrible situation for me because I'm in medical school. <BR> <BR> Now that I am taking Synthroid, I have noticed that I love to work out and am read to face my weight issues head on! Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:36:12 EST New to this board and need some guidance I have been diagnosed and treated for hypothyroidism for over 10 years and am monitored for levels every 6 months and sometimes more often. Over the past 7 years I have experienced progressing tremors. It started in my thumb and has progressed to arms/legs and jaw. This primnarily occurs upon use of the muscles. I also seem to have more anxiety over the past couple of years following relocating to a new city. Any ideas or is anyone else experiencing this? Thu, 21 Jan 2010 16:19:00 EST Dr. Doekle in B-ham, Al Has anyone used this dr before? I got his name off of the top doc web site. I am hoping he will be able to get this managed. <BR> <BR> I have tried many many drs including 2 endos and have not been able to get this hypothyroidism symptoms under control. <BR> <BR> my values are "in range" but that means nothing, except to the dr that doesn't want to work with you. <BR> <BR> Thank you and a very blessed New Year to you and yours! Sun, 27 Dec 2009 14:18:59 EST hello i am new to this hello everyone.. i have been hypo since i was about 19 , saw a specialist when i was 25 who said i had hashimoto's , i did not know this was any different until i started reading up about the diease.. i was on .175 sythroid now my doctor has dropped it .125 , now i am feeling so lousy, its so bad i cannot seem to surf this program, think i have rejoined this team about forgive me please if this is the case..hopeful i will get better at it..i have lost over 70lb in 2 years , but i ... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 21:16:40 EST Do you really believe in those Goitergen foods? Okay, I've been reading and reading and listening to various people who I know that have Hypothyroidism. Most of those who I know and live locally where I live, Never heard of it what's so ever, they eat those foods and never had any problems. I told my sister about it as she is Hypothroid and she said she isn't going to change and she just lost a ton of weight this past summer the only thing she did is just watched her calories but still ate those foods that are in the Goitergen food lists. ... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 08:35:24 EST Losing weight ?? I would like to know if anyone out there is able to lose weight with this condition? I have been trying to for quite awhile and have only lost 2 pounds since Sept. I did just get my tsh and free T4 drawn the other day and my doc increased my levothyroxine.I just want someone to tell me that it is possible.I'll continue to work hard at it but I'm getting discouraged.I really don't have that much to lose but it is frustrating !!! Sat, 21 Nov 2009 12:38:56 EST Diagnosed this morning Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> To start off, my doctor just put me on levothyroxine as of today. I had been struggling with a sudden 30 lb weight gain earlier this year that I've been had no luck in really getting rid of. The doctor finally decided to check my thyroid after I said I was tired of being exhausted all of the time. Blood results came in this morning. <BR> <BR> I've been a member here since February this year. I've come close to 10 lb weight loss, but it always comes back. I even tr... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 17:29:20 EST SparkPeople on Opra Got this off the Team Leaders Page. <BR> <BR> Jane on Guam <BR> <BR> <BR> has a link for people to suggest guests/topics for her show! <BR> <BR> Let's show Oprah how much we would like to see Chris Downie and featured on her show! <BR> <BR> Here's the link: <BR> <BR><BR>6 <BR> <BR> Post your best plug out there for SparkPeople...woo hoo! <BR> <BR> Please cross post this to your other SparkTeams! <BR> <BR> Don <B... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 05:43:06 EST Seeing the Endo, couldn't get my point across? So I went in to see the Endo this morning...boy was that a waist of time? I was armed with all the information that I had gathered about the different meds, and how they might be able to help me feel better. <BR> <BR> He didn't seem to listen that much, It came across to me that My regular Doctor too many extensive Thyroid tests that only one was needed the TSH. He had his mind set on what he perscribes which is only T4 meds, (Sounds like he was Brain washed by the Pharmacudicals companys t... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 17:05:05 EST Challenge? Try a Trail Run race? Wow! talk about a exhilarating Experience... I got up this morning and Ran a 5k Trail run. Sure, when I got up, I felt alittle tired, But I had to prove to myself that life go's on, the world doesn't stop because I can't do it, Heck I'm a Athlete, and I'm also a bit competative in my own right. <BR> <BR> Boy itwas Muddy! Lots of Woods, soft grass, dirt (mud) covered in leaves, wood chips and limestone. Sharp hairpin turns with steep ditches and a Ravine. Well, it wasn't very easy to ... Sat, 3 Oct 2009 19:03:14 EST Any Vegans or Vegetarians? So I just became a vegetarian, and now I see all this stuff about soy. I was diagnosed today with hypo, and of course the med say tell your dr. if you eat lots of soy and fiber as the dose may need to be more...and of course I eat both. Can anyone recommend websites of things to eat or not eat? or books to read? Thanks Fri, 2 Oct 2009 20:40:22 EST Morning Coffee I really LOVE having my morning coffee. SO instead of using half and half...I have used a powdered non dairy creamer. <BR> Does anyone know if this is okay? Mon, 28 Sep 2009 07:47:45 EST New To Thyroid Hello All, I just realized I have not introduced myself. My name is Deb and I just learned on Sept 24 that I have hypo thyroid. <BR> <BR> My weight loss journey started before spark. My weight had just started fluctuating up and down when I found sparks. It's all been good, I eat healthy etc but found myself in this awful hole. I thought it was more due from Diabetes and anti depressants a Primary care doctor put me on. It cast me into the pits of.... <BR> <BR> I am type 2 diabetic, migh... Mon, 28 Sep 2009 07:36:18 EST Hi all - new to this group. My name is Maggie, and I was diagnosed with low thyroid last week. Dr put me on 50 mcg Levothyroxin, and I experienced an allergic reaction (general itching/pruritis). Called the dr & she said I should switch to Synthroid, but I'm concerned about getting the same reaction. Apparently it's the fillers that can cause the reaction. <BR> <BR> If you had your choice of sticking with the generic or going with the brand name Synthroid, which would you choose? I've heard that if the pharmacy run... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:43:11 EST SEEING DOC ON TUESDAY- ANY ADVICE??? I'm new to this board, I was referd from teh other thyroid board taht I'm new to as well! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> any whooo...... I was diagnosed about a year and a half ago. The last test, my levels were normal, but I'm exhausted all the time agian, muscles are sore all the time and I can't lose wieght to save my life (literaly!!) <BR> <BR> so..I am a bit nervous about going in on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> I'll give her my schpeel. I'm exhausted (finding myself going to bed at like 8:30-9:00 when I ... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 18:43:40 EST Preventing spread of flu virus w/iodine I was emailed a short article about helping to prevent <BR> the spread of virus' and thought that I would share it since it could be of great importance to those with compromised immune systems. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/derry.9.19.09.htm </link> Mon, 21 Sep 2009 10:37:57 EST Good morning! Good morning, all! I have been a member of sparkpeople for a while, but haven't been by the site in a while. <BR> <BR> I was diagnosed with hypothyroid in July of this year. My blood levels are all technically within normal range (though some are on the very lowest end of normal), but I have *many* of the symptoms. Finally found a doctor who actually listened to me and he had me start taking my basal temperature, blood pressure, and pulse every morning. Based on those numbers, he diagnosed m... Sun, 30 Aug 2009 10:19:33 EST I'm new to the Boad! Hi, just wanted to drop in and say Hi! I've been Hypothyroid all my life (52 years) was diagnoised as Cretinisum back in the 1950's. Now a days you don't see that because they now test children as soon as they are born for it. Mostly now, people will get hypothyroid in later years either with Hashimoto's or with surgery. <BR> <BR> I will note that I read on one of the posts here about Synthroid, they mentioned that the medication ingredients had changed since the mid 1980's? Well, I don't ... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:27:53 EST Has anyone tried SSKI Potasium Iodide? I just heard that SSKI can help with Thyroid conditions. Does anyone have any information on this? Thanks! Dawn Sun, 23 Aug 2009 09:53:52 EST Gaining Weight? I'm following the number and kind of calories to get per day. I'm doing at least the amount of cardio and strength training, and tracking those calories independently, since it seems SparkPeople might be inflating their calorie counts. I'm taking my meds every day. I'm more active and eating better than ever, and I'm putting on weight every week! Could it be a side-effect of as-yet unregulated thyroid issues? Has this happened to anyone else? Mon, 17 Aug 2009 14:29:59 EST hi everyone hey, i'm Heather, This is my first time trying to lose weight and i would really love support i have a long way to go to meet my goals. I also would really like to be supportive to others while on their journey. Helping others while helping myself will keep me more focused on track so add me as a friend so we can help eachother. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 17:15:54 EST Being referred to an Endo. Questions to ask? My OBGYN has decided that it's time for me to go see an endo, so I have an appointment on Sept 1. I wanted to come on here and ask what questions I should be asking him and information I should be giving him since I have a month to get everything together. Hopefully I'll be able to get some insight on this problem and help with the side effects/symptoms I'm having! <BR> I have been having a horrible time sleeping (awake until 4am every day)The synthroid (I am on 50 mcg now) for my hypothyroid... Mon, 3 Aug 2009 22:18:00 EST Just Diagnosed (7.7) Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> I was just diagnosed this week and I have been searching the net for whatever information I can find. I also have Fibromyalgia, and suffer from Treatment Resistant Depression, I am Bipolar II, I have Degenerative Disc Disease and Sacroilitis. Along with some other illnesses. But those are the ones that cause me to live with sever pain on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> If anyone can help me by providing a good website or reading material to understand this disease I ... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 13:29:41 EST Low on Vitamin D I just went for full blood work and was told my Vitamin D levels were very low. Anyone else had this tested? I am taking Synthroid which I know can effect Calcium and take extra calcium to compensate. <BR> <BR> Now I'm taking extra vitamin D too. I am very pale and rarely go out in the sun...wonder if that makes a big difference? Fri, 31 Jul 2009 12:32:16 EST Strange pain in Achilles Tendon I am hoping some one may have an answer. <BR> <BR> Periodically, and it seems to happen most often when I am sleeping, I get shooting pains in my Achilles tendon. <BR> <BR> It actually feels like little electic currents are racing down my legs (though that causes no pain) that once they hit my Achilles tendon just Pop with electricity causing a twitching pain. It seems to happen more w/my left leg than my right. <BR> <BR> I really think it has something to do w/my hypothyroidism, fibromy... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:58:21 EST An Introduction I was diagnosed last week with Hashimoto's. I've been on Spark People since March of this year, but have been admittedly lassez-faire. I am so relieved to find a hypothyroid group here at SparkPeople! I am having a hard time finding anyone who knows what I'm going through and can help me with the specific challenges that come with the condition. No one can give support like those who have lived with it, too! I look forward to working alongside you in achieving goals. Sat, 18 Jul 2009 18:03:01 EST Hello-I'm New help-I must lose this weight-I can't continue <BR> Everyday I fight to lose and I diet, Eating less than 1400 calories, working out at the Y 1 1/2 hours a day and Still the scale goes UP. HELP Tue, 7 Jul 2009 09:13:43 EST Saliva test results are in !! Well it took a while, but my results are finally in. <BR> <BR> Adrenal Fatigue. My cortisol levels were anywhere from 1/2 to 1/4 of what they should be during the day. My progesterone levels were shockingly low, testosterone was just low, and estrogen was ok. <BR> <BR> I think what I find most frightening is that they say it takes your adrenal glands a year of rest in order to recharge/heal themselves. I have been resting for a year and a half and the cortisol levels are still this low? W... Mon, 6 Jul 2009 13:15:34 EST New to spark but old to thyroid issues hi yall.... I am new to the spark environment but I have had hypothyroid for 28yrs. I was 3 weeks old when i was diagnosed which was pretty rare back then. I've grown up on a dialy dose of synthroid and probably answer a lot of questions if you're new to having the disease. Feel free to ask and I'll help in anyway I can. Wed, 1 Jul 2009 05:18:00 EST Hi, and I need your help! I live in Dallas, TX (more or less) <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I am hoping to find someone from my area that has a good or knows of a good Internist or Endocrinologist that specializes in Thyroid/Adrenal problems. <BR> <BR> I have two requirements #1, they have to be willing to prescribe Armour. I started out on Synthroid and immediately became sick. I took it for 3 days before the doc said to get rid of it! It will not pass these lips again. #2 they have to be willing to accept insurance. My h... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:32:10 EST SO tired after starting meds! Help! I started taking Levothyroxin 25mcg about 10 days ago. I had not taken anything before this as my thyroid has just now become an issue. Since I started them I have been completely exhausted and foggy. I don't know if I'm jumping the gun and this is how you should feel as you are getting used to the drugs, or what is going on. I am calling my OBGYN to see what she has to say, but she's also off for the next few days so I wanted to see what someone else might think about it in the meantime.... Tue, 2 Jun 2009 12:43:29 EST New girl to the group and to thyroid problems I'm new here and new to being told I have elevated levels a week ago today. The doc (my obgyn) never actually told me I have hypothyroid, but that's what it says it's for on the Levothyroxin she prescribed me. I'm pretty confused about it all as of now as I have no appointment scheduled and my regular doctor whom I saw today (I saw the nurse practitioner actually) didn't seem at all concerned or even cared about the subject. <BR> I am so happy to have found this group as just reading throug... Fri, 29 May 2009 23:37:56 EST hi Hi I just found out about 3 weeks ago I have a hypothyroid problem. If you guys have any advice, I could use it. I have been dieting and exercising for months and not losing any weight and it is very frustrating. thanks Fri, 29 May 2009 22:39:34 EST hi Hi I just found out about 3 weeks ago I have a hypothyroid problem. If you guys have any advice, I could use it. I have been dieting and exercising for months and not losing any weight and it is very frustrating. thanks Fri, 29 May 2009 22:39:15 EST Hey Hi! I'm Kelly, and I'm new here. I'm 21 years old and I have a one year old son. My long term goal is to lose 70 lbs in a year. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid on Halloween 2008. I'm currently taking levothyroxine 125 mcg a day and have stayed level from my diagnosis. Sun, 3 May 2009 17:12:41 EST Hypothyroid Hi, I have been struggling with hypo for a year now. Ever since my weight has been steadily increasing despite being on synthroid and excercising. I think I need to change my diet, I eat pretty good but from my research think I am not eating enough hopefully by joining this group I will find the right balance and support. I am very leary of eating more but nothing else is working. Sun, 29 Mar 2009 12:05:42 EST New Here My name is Missy. Hi. <BR> I was finally dx 3 weeks ago with hypothyroidism. My levels are so low the doc told me my thytoid is basically not exsistant. They put me on synthroid. Hopeing it kicks in sometime soon. I have been trying for a while to lose weight but couldn't but now i understand why. It was my gyn that sent me for the blood test due to me excessively bleeding for 6 weeks straight. He was checking my blood work before i was supposed to go get my uterus corterized(burned) to slow ... Thu, 26 Mar 2009 04:52:55 EST Will you always have bad days? Hello everyone . Well I am was told I had hypothyroidism in December. Last week I went for my second set of blood test. My t3 and T4 levels were in normal ranges. My TSH level was 4 so my Endo raised my levothyroxin to 75 mcg on the 2nd day of the new amount I started feeling better and for 3 day after I was really enjoying my "new found" energy. Its not there today. I am really struggling with the up and down levels of energy. He also informed me that I was a pre diabetic. I really ... Mon, 23 Mar 2009 21:44:13 EST Newly Diagnosed - Seeing Doctor Tomorrow Hi! I was just diagnosed on Friday with hypothyroidism. I am seeing my doctor tomorrow morning. What questions should I ask? <BR> <BR> *She prescribed 50 mcg Synthroid, and the pharmacist gave me generic. I plan to switch it to brand-name. <BR> <BR> *Another questions to ask? <BR> <BR> *Also, to what degree should my thyroid be blamed for my 18 lb weight gain since the summer? Mon, 16 Mar 2009 17:52:22 EST Hi eveyone! My name is Joelle and I've just joined this forum. I've had hypothyroidism for about four years now, and it really discourages me. I read down the forum, and many of you have been told what causes your hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's, etc.) No one ever bothered doing that for me...I suppose they were content that my thyroid stopped working for a few months after my first daughter was born and completely shut down after dd #2. I also have hypothyroidism in my family. <BR> <BR> I joined this forum... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:24:28 EST Hi eveyone! My name is Joelle and I've just joined this forum. I've had hypothyroidism for about four years now, and it really discourages me. I read down the forum, and many of you have been told what causes your hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's, etc.) No one ever bothered doing that for me...I suppose they were content that my thyroid stopped working for a few months after my first daughter was born and completely shut down after dd #2. I also have hypothyroidism in my family. <BR> <BR> I joined this forum... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:24:22 EST Hi eveyone! My name is Joelle and I've just joined this forum. I've had hypothyroidism for about four years now, and it really discourages me. I read down the forum, and many of you have been told what causes your hypothyroidism (Hashimoto's, etc.) No one ever bothered doing that for me...I suppose they were content that my thyroid stopped working for a few months after my first daughter was born and completely shut down after dd #2. I also have hypothyroidism in my family. <BR> <BR> I joined this forum... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:15:40 EST Greetings from Charlotte, NC Hello Team, <BR> Greetings from Charlotte NC. I was diagnosed with Hypo T in March 2008. I am on 50 mg of Synthroid but as of Dec '08 started feeling exhausted again. So since I am 7 mo away from Menopause, and also Hypo T,I decided to see an Endocrinologist in conjunction with my Gyno to make sure I am going down the right path. <BR> I have kept off 20 lbs for over 30 years and currently weigh 102 lbs. For a 5' food addicted Italian gal, that's an accomplishment! <BR> <BR> I look forwar... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:55:23 EST New diagnosis, scared of weight gain from meds Hi my name is Mantissa Schuler, and I was just diagnosed yesterday w/ hypothyroid. At first I was relieved to have found a cause for my weight gain, as I was exercising daily, and I was still gaining. Now however I have been reading that the medicine can cause weight gain. Any one have a really positive experience w/ weight loss on Synthroid? I need some encouragement. I am the mother of a 3 month old, and I started losing the weight w/ exercise, but began gaining it back, about 5 of the 8 I ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:46:22 EST Feeling Hopeless I have been doing Sparkpeople since October after having my daughter in August. I lost 35 pounds between Sparkpeople and Turbo jam, but last week I weighed myself and I only lost .4 lbs and this week I gained 1.1 lbs. I just found out I have Hypothyroidism and started taking medication for it. I am so worried that now no matter how hard I work i will never lose the weight. I am very frustrated as I have been working so hard, keeping my calories within range and my carbs low, and working out a... Mon, 2 Feb 2009 09:33:09 EST Losing Weight and TSH Levels I have been HypoThyroid and taking medication for over 15 years. I have lost 80 lbs in the last 13 months. <BR> I was taking .150 mg of Synthroid. I went to get my Cholesterol and Thyroid Blood Tests and my TSH was very low .13, so the doctor LOWERED my dosage from .150 to .125 mg (Synthroid to Levothyroxine). <BR> I took the new dosage for 6 weeks and retested my TSH and it was still low. Now I am on .100 mg Levothyroxine. <BR> Does it make sense that he is lowering my dosage instead of... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:27:19 EST Seeing is believing.... ............. I've lost another 1-3/4 pounds today ~ Weigh-In Monday....I'm so excited!! I am on Curves Smart Gold Star Board showing my name and weight lost! I am a visual person so see is believing for me!! It's been a very long time since I've lost weight...since joining Sparkes I have a better understanding about food and my thyroid problem. I WAS EATING FOOD I SHOULD BE AVOIDING. I have been avoiding these foods and the results ~ losing weight. I am so thankful for Spark and my Spark Buddies. I'm a ... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:25:42 EST Newbie - Hello everyone I am disabled, (RA and Fibromyalgia), for eight years now. I was at my correct weight at the time and very active. I slowly gained 125 pounds over those eight years. Exercise is hard for me. For one thing I can't walk without a cane (not very far). I have to use a wheelchair for cooking, shopping, etc. etc. So, I was diagnosed with hypothyroid two years ago. My doctor will not up my dosage *50 mg because of the side effects *bone loss since I have RA in my back. <BR> <BR> I have been in a... Mon, 26 Jan 2009 06:19:08 EST Hello <em>240</em> <BR> Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Hashi's last year and hypothyroid. I also have PCOS and am/was anemic and Vitamin D deficient. When my hypothyroidism was undiagnosed, I gained 20 pounds in a short time and lost my muscle tone. I am getting married on May 2 this year and would like to lose some of the 20 pounds I've gained before the wedding. Looking forward to learning from other people like me about what works for you. Thanks! Sun, 18 Jan 2009 19:44:48 EST Anyone with recipes and foods to avoid & to eat... Hi, <BR> I would like anyone who has information on the types of foods I should be eating & the ones to avoid. I notice all the food I "love" are in the avoid list <em>24</em> <BR> What can we eat?? Any recipes! Now I know why I haven't been losing weight ~ It's the food!! I've been exercising in vain (but thank God I did...I could weigh more). <BR> Anyone that can HELP I would very much appreciate. <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 15 Jan 2009 07:26:13 EST please help !!! not sure what to eat Hi im new and very confused im just starting meds 3 weeks now 50 mcg of Levothyroxine. im reading a lot and it seems there are a lot of foods you should not eat . i was eating alot of soy products did not know i should'nt be. does anyone know the good and bads . <BR> are there any diets to follow . please help <BR> Sat, 10 Jan 2009 21:31:15 EST I found the right doctor for me! Hi Guys I haven't been on for an while due to being to busy and my hb taking over the computer but I found the right doctor for me apparrantly he tested me for T3 & T4 and my T3 levels weren't good enough so this week I have to come off my T4 medication for 10 days then I have to start my T3 medication for ten days then I reintroduced T4 medication for the rest of my life I am so looking forward to feeling so much better! I have to travel an long way for him but if it means that I am going t... Fri, 9 Jan 2009 07:35:09 EST Re-join from Cookeville Hello. My name is Nicole. I am a former SP member (teddyrux98). I gave up about mid-year 2008 but decided to give my health attention again this year. I knew SP would be the site to help so I rejoined. Fri, 2 Jan 2009 16:37:44 EST Hi My name is Drew. I'm new to this and to hypothyroidism. Was hypertyroid for years and finally had the radiation treatment 6 months ago. Will probably be on synthroid very soon as I am having many hypo symptoms at this point -- although up to 30 days ago, blood was in normal zone. <BR> <BR> Having been overweight from 20 to 40 lbs while being hyper, I am very nervous about weight gain. I have gained about 10 to 15 lbs during last 6 months and am determined to figure out how to eat so that I c... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:40:45 EST Ciao, bella! Thyroid conditions are complicated, fuzzy, frenetic little things. Mine has turned my world upside down and shaken it like a snow globe. This is further complicated by the misinformation abounding. I am seeking asylum. And maybe a few good recipes. <BR> <BR> (I'm totally cheating on my other SP thyroid forum. Don't tell.) <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Thu, 11 Dec 2008 20:29:33 EST depressed but trying to be positive dec 08 i had to have a tetanus vaccine. to which i had an allergic reaction to.. 2 weeks later the flu hit assume due to immune syst, dwn post allergic reaction. at this time i was on 150mgn of synthroid. i went into atrial fib... t4 was off cardiologist tried to blame all on that fact.. mitral valve prolapse diagnosed... so g.p. to be safe took me off of the synthroid for 5 weeks needless to say it bottomed my whole system. by march i was on 25mgn and now in nov i'm up to 88mgns have asked f... Tue, 4 Nov 2008 08:00:52 EST new to the group Hi I'm Vivian, <BR> I have had hyothyroids since 1987 But I beleive it was bad as a child looking back at everything. But it got really bad in "87" Drs wasn't checking for it. I also have Hypoglycima. It makes it really hard to lose the waight. I went from 118 lbs to 175 in "87" and have went up to 218 last year. I'm down to 210 right now. I also have an a arthritis that is fusing my bones, fibromyalgia and Ashma. I'm 51 yrs old. It is hard when if you do 1 thing it causes problems with some... Sun, 19 Oct 2008 19:40:34 EST Newbie Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in the fall of 2006. I couldn't believe it. I was so flabbergasted that I had them draw for an antibodies test. Yes it was positive for antibodies, so I guess that officially makes it Hashimoto's. I was looking at the other Hypothyroid teams and decided that this one looked like the most supportive and informative of all of them. Just goes to prove, bigger is not always better. <BR> <BR> I'm 44 and addicted to carbs. I've been taking .7... Fri, 3 Oct 2008 15:14:41 EST Greetings from the Hypothyroid fog Hi everyone <BR> <BR> I'm new to the Hypothyroid team. After looking at dozens of teams, I chose this group because the postings I read were really helpful. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis three years ago. I also have other autoimmune diseases, but the thyroid disease is often the most difficult to manage. I know how frustrating it is to work hard at managing calories and exercise and not get any results. I look forward to participating in the forums. Thank you, Pandi Thu, 18 Sep 2008 17:55:41 EST Correct blood levels forTSH & T4 I know what the ranges are for the TSH & T4 blood levels, but where within those ranges is the best for these readings? I know I read this information a few months ago and I should have made notes. Mon, 8 Sep 2008 12:45:41 EST Irregular periods! Hi guys I was just wondering if anyone has experienced irregular periods! Looking for support! Thu, 4 Sep 2008 20:00:24 EST Low libido I was diagnosed two years ago with hypothyroid, and have been taking Synthroid ever since. I'm not sure if it's the medication, but I still have a very low libido. Any one else have this problem after taking thyroid medicine? Thu, 4 Sep 2008 17:40:57 EST Too Tired!!! I have been taking Synthroid for 2 years, and now I find myself battling insomnia and fatigue. Does anyone else have this problem? I'm not sure it's the Synthroid, because I take it early in the morning. Any suggestions on getting a better night sleep? Some nights I may only get 4 hours of sleep. Mon, 25 Aug 2008 18:24:24 EST Have Trouble with ALL the Thyroid Drugs....... Hi. New here, but a long-time thyroid patient. <BR> Boy, do I hate being one! I do crummy on all the <BR> available thyroid-replacement drugs, like Synthroid, <BR> Armours, all of them. They ALL give me symptoms of <BR> both high and low thyroid at the same time, plus <BR> they give me new symptoms I never had before. Yuck! <BR> <BR> Was treated for Grave's (hyperthyroid) back in <BR> 1975 when I was eleven with radio-isotope drinks. <BR> Have little thyroid gland left that works. Used to <... Thu, 21 Aug 2008 09:14:05 EST New to Spark People Hi, my name is Marge. I am 41 years old and was diagnosed 2 years ago with hypothyroidism. Just recently I have gained over 10 pounds (Yuck) and am having trouble losing any. I hope someone may have advice on how to lose it. Thank you. <em>240</em> Sat, 16 Aug 2008 17:31:11 EST Dry Skin? Cuz of HypoThyroid, does anyone have Extra Dry Skin? <BR> <BR> My Skin is so dry and very Sensitive that i have to put vaseline on over and over again. And now sometimes this weekend m gonna buy disposable gloves so i can put the vaseline on and wear disposable gloves on before sleeping. <BR> <BR> So if u guys have extra dry skin, what lotion / cream do u guys put on? Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:53:36 EST i'm new to the forums I have hypo thyroid for about 2 years now. my weight increases and decreases whenever my weight feels like it :(. When i had my baby i lost all my fatty weight and when i had thyroid it all came back :(. Now i wanna loose my fat once and for all. Thu, 14 Aug 2008 23:46:16 EST Need advice? or encouragement? UGH! <BR> <BR> I just received a call my from my new endocrinologist. And I am still trying to figure out all that she said to me. Sure would love to hear from you about what was said to me. <BR> <BR> My TSH is 0, and it was explained to me that I am getting too much thyroid. So, she is going to cut back my synthyroid. When I argued that I was already feeling yucky. I was given the too much hormone can cause other health problems. What does a 0 mean anyways? <BR> <BR> When I asked ab... Thu, 14 Aug 2008 15:47:17 EST Armour question Today I saw my first endocron. in 18 years of being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I found her to be very attentive, and she is the first Dr. to run some tests to find out why my thyroid is working correctly. Blood tests today - ultrasound tomorrow....does the fun ever stop? <em>20</em> <BR> <BR> Before I left her office, she told me to read up on Armour because she would be willing to switch me to it, if I was interested. <BR> <BR> I've been reading past posts...but wanted to bring th... Fri, 8 Aug 2008 16:57:40 EST hives Has anyone had a problem with hives from their thyroid or their meds? I have been dealing with this since May and going crazy Thu, 7 Aug 2008 00:27:02 EST Introducing: Wilma Hello friends: <BR> <BR> I'll try to write you an introduction to me that kinda explains me. I was born in the Netherlands in 1954 and immigrated to Canada in 1976. I live in Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. I have never been at my "ideal" weight. I entered the world at 10 lbs. and have been growing ever since, except for the period with diet centre, when I got down to 200 lbs. and gained it all and more back. I have been on low call diets on and off since I was a young teenager. I also hav... Mon, 4 Aug 2008 20:29:06 EST Good Morning <em>67</em> <BR> Good morning everyone. Just stopped in to say HI. <BR> Have great sparkling day. <BR> <em>247</em> and <em>212</em> <BR> Carole Fri, 1 Aug 2008 10:30:21 EST Feeling discouraged? Hi <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if you're feeling discouraged like me? <BR> <BR> A friend across the street from me is following Spark People to lose weight - just like me. <BR> <BR> Only unlike me, her pounds are melting off even though I'm eating better and exercising more! <BR> <BR> Trying my hardest to focus on the positives of just getting healthy. <BR> <BR> But it's hard! <em>33</em> Sun, 27 Jul 2008 22:21:19 EST Diet tips? I was diagnosed with hypo about 6 months ago, and i've just started researching why i'm not loosing weight. I thought that once i had my thyriod level straight (just had a check up and they look good) it seems that diet is a key point of loosing weight with this condition. <BR> <BR> So, does anyone have diet tips? Wed, 16 Jul 2008 22:15:04 EST hi! Hi, my name is Laura and I'm new to this team. I was recently diagnosed with hypo-thyriodism (about 6 months ago) and I'm still working with my doctor to get me on the right dosage. <BR> <BR> It's really good to know that there are other people who have the same difficulty that I do when it comes to loosing weight. I have friends who eat worse and work out less then I do and the pounds just fall off them. Where as I'm usually stuck being the same size and same weight. It's so not fair <em>2... Mon, 7 Jul 2008 19:33:28 EST New to team... ..but not to Hypothyroidism. I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 1990 - it's been quite a jouney ever since! <BR> <BR> Looking for friends who want to share ups and downs of hypothyroidism and the battle of the bulge <em>15</em> Sun, 29 Jun 2008 16:44:26 EST Should I switch doctors? i've been dealing with hypothyroidism for about 5 years now. I started out testing every 3 months, than 6 months and at last I only had to go once a year. Well I went two years or more feeling ok. In that time period I lost over 65#'s. I was doing awesome. Well I kinda sat there at that weight-170. My goal was to get to 128. Anyway........I decided that I was lonely & bored and wanted someone to talk to (I'm alone at night). So we got a puppy. I thought that would also get me out more.... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 23:18:36 EST Hello I was diagnosed about a year ago with hypothyroid. Took 6 months for them to decide what the right dosage was, and now I am back to having symptoms. I have been trying to lose 10 pounds forever, and have simply decided to change tactics. I am going to try to focus on healthy, and not numbers. I have been walking about a month and no weight loss. I am trying to deal. My doctor needs to be replaced too I think. They just today ordered me another 6 month prescription and I haven't had my levels ... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:57:32 EST Hello I was diagnosed about a year ago with hypothyroid. Took 6 months for them to decide what the right dosage was, and now I am back to having symptoms. I have been trying to lose 10 pounds forever, and have simply decided to change tactics. I am going to try to focus on healthy, and not numbers. I have been walking about a month and no weight loss. I am trying to deal. My doctor needs to be replaced too I think. They just today ordered me another 6 month prescription and I haven't had my levels ... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:57:27 EST Hello I was diagnosed about a year ago with hypothyroid. Took 6 months for them to decide what the right dosage was, and now I am back to having symptoms. I have been trying to lose 10 pounds forever, and have simply decided to change tactics. I am going to try to focus on healthy, and not numbers. I have been walking about a month and no weight loss. I am trying to deal. My doctor needs to be replaced too I think. They just today ordered me another 6 month prescription and I haven't had my levels ... Thu, 26 Jun 2008 18:57:02 EST Soy Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I know not another soy question - sorry! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering does anyone know how much soy is too much soy? I am hypothyroid. Are we allowed to have any? I have heard we can have a little but how much is a little? So many foods have soy in them. <BR> <BR> Does anyone know of any veggie burgers without SOY? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:35:18 EST New to Hypothyroid Hello, everyone! I was just diagnosed with hypothyroidism last week! YAY, right?! WRONG!!! It is so horrible. I knew that something was wrong with me when my hair started falling out a lot more than usual a few months back. I have always had thin hair, and have almost always been overweight, but not like now. I was diagnosed with Polycistic Ovary Syndrome last year, and I thought "finally an answer to all of my I can fix myself!" Well, when the pounds wouldn't drop (no matter w... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 16:27:30 EST Borderline Hypothyroid and have questions Hello. I hope that you ladies can grace me with your experience and knowledge. <BR> <BR> I went for my annual OB/GYN appt. in May and I mentioned that I seem to be gaining weight and was stressed out all the time. Could just be normal being a SAHM with no friends/family/babysitter to cut hubby and myself a break. Anyway.... he had me get a blood draw. They told me everything looks fine, but my TSH is a little high, but since I wasn't trying to get pregnant, it wouldn't matter. When I go... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 20:19:43 EST weight loss after partial thyroid removal I am trying once again to lose weight after having 90% of my thyroid taken out about 5 years ago. At one point I was over 300 pounds. I have worked my way down to 286 at this point but obviously have quite a way to go. I am looking for some friends who are in the same boat I am. I've seen on different sites everything from you can't lose weight at all after thyroid surgery to you can lose weight but it is very difficult and you can only expect to lose a small amount. I chose not to belie... Thu, 12 Jun 2008 18:43:06 EST Hashimoto's and Looking for Advice I have had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis since I was 18. In the past four years, it has become so asymptomatic that my syntroid dosages keep having to be adjusted up and down. <BR> I just had it reduced from 150 to 100 because, suddenly, it was sending me into hyperactive and giving me chest pain/rapid heartbeat/shortness of breath. I've only been on the 100 since Friday (five days now) and the last two days I feel like I've been run over by a mack truck about 10 times. All I want to do is crawl... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:45:07 EST How Are You Feeling, Ladies? :) Hi Ladies, <BR> <BR> I was thinking of all of you and wondering how everyone was doing. I know we are all at different points. <BR> <BR> As for me...I feel like my old self again! And I am so grateful. I do have some not so good days, but they are fewer and far between. I am back to all of the classes at my gym that I loved so much...step aerobics, kickboxing and body sculpting. The classes are generally an hour long, and I feel great after class just like I used to. <BR> <BR> For ... Mon, 2 Jun 2008 16:48:49 EST Soy and Hypothyroidism I have been hypothyroid for nearly 20 years and just last November my dosage was increased from 100-125mcg. I started complaining of always feeling cold (the ONLY person where I work). It seemed to help with the problem. Within the past couple off weeks this feeling is coming back again. I lay in bed with flannel jammies, blanket (sometimes turned on) and I still feel chilled. I know I cannot possibly be cold but that's how I feel. <BR> Today when I was talking to my sister she told me she re... Sun, 25 May 2008 21:49:50 EST update on my thyroid levels I went to the doctor Monday to have blood drawn so they could check my levels. My TSH was .40 which, finally, they are normal. She told me to stay on the .75 MCG of Levothyroxin and to check it again in 3 months. :) I am so glad they are finally normal. I feel SOO much better now. Thu, 22 May 2008 22:14:02 EST I feel so wiped out Hi Everyone i am new here .and i just want you all to know this past few weeks have been so hard for me .i have been under doctors care and i have my blood test and they are saying that my thyroid is very low and they need to do something i have been trying to lose pound and all i am doing is going up and up more .i cant take this i am up too 181 now and just 3 weeks ago i was 173 .i am so tired and i dont feel like doing anything i dont want to eat or anything i dont want to get any biger i ... Mon, 19 May 2008 17:03:48 EST Looking to Belong? No Thyroid Anymore! I'm trying thyroid teams in order to find support & information on exercise, nutrition, weight problems, Med's, etc. <BR> It seems that now that I no longer have a Thyroid (surgically removed on 3/13/08) not even the doctors know what I should or shouldn't do or expect! I'm exhausted all the time & immune system is shot! Now I have Bronchitis I can't get rid of & my weight is like a yo-yo. So frustrated I could scream! <BR> I hope this group & Sparks can help me? <em>198</em> Fri, 9 May 2008 18:35:03 EST Doctor Recommendation Anyone got a great doctor in the Gwinnett (Georgia) and surrounding area? One who doesn't necessarily rely completely on the test results and will look at symptoms as part of the picture. Mon, 5 May 2008 22:05:23 EST Hi Ladies! My latest TSH is 7 :) Yippeee!!! Hi Ladies! <BR> <BR> For all of you who are kind enough to care and requested an update, as of last week my TSH is down to 7, which is a lot better than the 50 it was in Jan.!! <BR> <BR> The new dosage seems to be working well. My energy is up, and I am feeling really good. I cannot tell you how grateful I am about that!! Thank you, Lord!!! <BR> <BR> I have read Mary Shomon's Living Well with Hypothroidism and her Thyroid Diet book as well, along with another book called The Thyroid Sol... Mon, 5 May 2008 08:37:34 EST Medullary Thyroid Cancer & Thyroidectomy Hello everyone. <BR> <BR> I had medullary thyroid cancer and a total thyroidectomy in January. I <BR> felt ok until about a month after surgery. I was put on 137 MCGs 8 Xs <BR> a week and since the surgery I've gained over 10 pounds (all in the <BR> middle area), had a Raynaud's phenomenon the other day, my nails are <BR> starting to peel, I'm FATIGUED, and I cry very easily. <BR> <BR> I'm 33 years old and am now at 150 pounds (5' 5"). For the first time <BR> in my life, I am overweight and... Sat, 3 May 2008 00:19:36 EST hypothyroidism hypothyroidism is when your thyroid does not produce enough thyroxin and you have to take a supplement for the rest of your life and here is one key to losing some weight drink plenty of water, eat small portions and excersise even if you only go for long walks that will help you as i have been doing this for 3 weeks and i have dropped 20 pounds Wed, 30 Apr 2008 18:54:26 EST why is my stomach so big I have hypothyroidism <BR> <BR> I have started working out since Jan 15 I did weigh 173 pounds but now I'm @ 152 and counting. But my stomach is still big. It look like I'm about two months. I did look about 6 months. So, I guess I'm doing something right. Sat, 26 Apr 2008 22:48:32 EST New, with questions Hi, my name is Lisa. I've been trying to lose some weight for a while now, without any success. I just got off the phone with my doctor who I had an appointment with at the beginning of the week. My lab tests had come back and he said my thyroid is under active and he's going to start me on some medication. Also, my liver enzymes are above average. <BR> <BR> In some respects, I feel vindicated. Now, I understand that I wasn't just being lazy... I really, really have felt so damn tired lately... Thu, 24 Apr 2008 23:56:08 EST Hey there all Another newbie here. I just wanted to say hello and I have been hypo for about 2yrs. now and I have been up, down and on and off my meds yet I think my doc has got it this time(fingers crossed),find out on the 29th. Well much luck to all. Thu, 17 Apr 2008 21:02:26 EST Hi everyone I would appreciate any information you have regarding losing weight with hypothyroidism. Even cutting my caloric intake isn't working. <BR> <BR> I'm on synthroid and my doctor tells me my bloodwork is right where it should be. <BR> Thu, 17 Apr 2008 10:22:05 EST feeling down/jittery Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> How do you cope with residual symptoms? I get anxiety attacks and it's very hard for me to come down from them. Also, lately I've been feeling kinda down and not feeling motivated. My doctor told me that I'll never be 100% normal with these, but I'm wondering if anyone has any tips. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 18:27:49 EST New Here Hello, my name is Crystal. I am 22 years old and married with 2 children. My son is 3 1/2 years old and my daughter is 9 months old. My daughter was born 12 weeks early due to severe pre-eclampsia. Two weeks after I had her, I developed a blood clot in my right lung and was put on Coumadin. I stayed on it for 7 months and am finally glad to be off of it. I also had my gall bladder taken out 1 month after I had my daughter. A few weeks later, I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. A few months ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:45:33 EST Being "hypothyroid tired" is NOT the same as tired Hi Everyone! I am newly diagnosed hypothyroid (since Jan. of this year. I've been taking Levothyroxine and am gradually feeling better. I am just SO frustrated that I want to cry sometimes over the fatigue and feeling that no one around me truly understands how awful it can be. It is not your "normal" I've had a busy day at work or with the kids kind of tired. It's not oh I don't get enough sleep kind of tired. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, I know all of you out there KNOW the kind of debili... Thu, 3 Apr 2008 15:58:05 EST Feeling Good! Hi everyone, I just wanted to check in send positive vibes out to you all. <BR> <BR> The sunshine is finally out for a bit here in WA state, so I'm feeling good. <BR> <BR> I do think that my thyroid meds have kicked in because my energy level seems to be getting a little better everyday. <BR> <BR> I hope you're keeping a positive attitude and know that you're not alone :) <BR> <BR> Love and hugs to each of you, <BR> Dana Thu, 3 Apr 2008 14:43:51 EST One week update... Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> It's been one week. I've weighed myself, and I've lost a couple of pounds. Yay!!!! I always hear of hypothyroids not being able to eat certain foods. What is this all about? I don't totally want to change my diet due to pseudoscience. Tue, 1 Apr 2008 14:28:32 EST Weekends I'm very discouraged. I've been tracking calorie intake during the week and did quite well than the weekend came and I really messed up. But how could I have gained 7 pounds just like that. I didn't go that much over! and I just started and have done nothing but gain. I'm perplexed? and sad. Can't stay motived at night and weekends. I don't know why I even care. I'm alone and old. Tue, 11 Mar 2008 17:56:04 EST Hi Everyone! Hi, I'm Dana... I just found out this morning that my thyroid is about to quit working for me, so here I am. I'm happy to meet all of you and look forward to all the advice you can send my way. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 13:40:14 EST New to the group Hi, I'm new. I have Hashimoto's. I read a lot of the links about those taking Armour. If it's not working or you don't want to take it, find a compounding pharmacy and ask your Dr. to get you on the right dose of pure T3. I work for two female Doc's and they found my Thyroid disorder in my lab work recently. I've probably had it for awhile. After switching to Levoxyl and T3, I started feeling better in 2 weeks. Haven't lost any weight yet, but that's another story. <BR> Just wanted to join t... Sun, 2 Mar 2008 14:33:08 EST Hi, I'm new to hypothyroid My doctor recently left me a message that I have hypothyroidism but I don't know what the numbers are. I will have to find out. I don't even know what they are suppose to be at. I have been gaining weight over the years, tired and my skin has been itchy. I just started medication and I really don't know what to expect. I was also prescribed cholesterol medication but I stopped taking it until my body gets used to the thyroid medication because I was getting headache. My mother has thyroid pr... Sat, 1 Mar 2008 19:40:45 EST Off meds I have been off synthroid for a few months now because I have no insurance and not making enough to afford the blood tests. I am really feeling the effects. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do until I can get back on the synthroid? Fri, 22 Feb 2008 12:34:38 EST New here! Hi--I'm Lisa and glad to have found this board. Hypothyroidism certainly has changed my life, as I'm sure it has many of you. At first you don't know what's going on in your body...and then you finally end up trying all flavors of thyroid meds. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is getting on track with feeling "well" again, and making strides with their weight loss goals. I believe that this site will allow me to move forward with taking responsibility for what is happening beneath my skin, as we... Wed, 20 Feb 2008 21:18:49 EST Anyone newly diagnosed? I was just diagnosed on February 7th. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know how soon you've noticed an improvement. I'm already feeling lots better. I have seen a loss on the scale every day since I started taking the medication (Levoxyl). <BR> <BR> Today's workout was so easy. My heart rate was up, but I felt energized, not drained, like I normally do. Wed, 13 Feb 2008 01:22:25 EST Great, people like me Hi everyone, I am 54 years old and I have Hypothyroidism and parathyroid. I have been fighting my doctors for over 5 years to get them to listen to me that I have a problem. Last year, I got some answer. I am now on medication and actually feel like getting up in the mornings. Still have the problem of getting all the extra weight off. I watch what I eat (around 1600 calories a day) and I walk 3 miles a day for ride my standard bicycle. Anyone with a suggest would be great. I get frustrated w... Sat, 2 Feb 2008 20:02:28 EST lose weight with hypothyroid Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Thought I'd introduce myself. I'm not new to spark... just revisiting after about a few months away from it. But, I'm glad to have found this team... it seems really supportive! <BR> <BR> I really need to lose weight with hypothyroid. pls advise me if any one have any ideas can help to change our life style and food to lose weight. Tue, 29 Jan 2008 09:55:50 EST Hi I'm new here Hi-I'm 19 and I was born without an active thyroid gland. I've been gaining a lot of weight lately, having severe headaches, and all sorts of issues that I'm sure that I don't have to tell you all anything about. I'm trying to get my weight under control, but I'm struggling and my endo has not changed my thyroid medicine despite my low test levels. I'm so frustrated because nothing I do or take seems to change the way I feel. Sat, 26 Jan 2008 14:44:40 EST Headaches Hi there! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 4 1/2 years ago and have been on varying doses of Synthroid since then. I was wondering if anyone else has had issues with headaches. They're not real strong, but they're pretty much constant, just strong enough to drive me insane, and to top it off medications (like advil, tylenol) don't work. Any advice, help? <BR> <BR> thanks, <BR> Lisa Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:43:34 EST Hi, I'm new here Hi, I'm new to SP. I have had thyroid problems for 10 years. I started out with hypothyroidism at 140 lbs. I blossomed up to 170 lbs. I developed a goiter, had it treated and went to the opposite end of the spectrum. I lost all the weight. After my meds were regulated, I began to gain weight, again, and I am and have been hypo for the last 5 years. I chose not to have the operation or have my thyroid removed because either way, I would be on meds the rest of my life. By not having my thyroid ... Mon, 7 Jan 2008 21:22:15 EST New to the group Hi, i am Zoni. I am new to Sparkpeople and to this forum. I had my thyroid completely removed the summer of 06. It was cancerous so i had to do radiation and all that fun stuff. I am now on Synthriod and never seem to have enough of it. I am glad to be here and look forward to getting to know everyone. Zoni Sat, 5 Jan 2008 23:42:57 EST Have had hypothyroidism for 12 years Need advice as to how to get weight off with this disease. I am 52 years old. <em>303</em> Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:02:19 EST new to the board Has anyone been able to become pregnant being hypothyroid. I was diagnosed last year and would like to get pregnant. I am 27 years old. I don't have any idea what my numbers are. Should I contact my doctor and find out? Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:11:20 EST Another Armour Question Has anyone ever switched to Armour and had it not work for them? I'm just wondering because I have recently be diagnosised with hypothroid and the synthroid that the Dr. has prescribed isn't making me feel better. When I mentioned a Armour, she just kind of beat around the bush around it. Didn't really say anything. <BR> <BR> Thanks to anyone who replies. <BR> Linda Mon, 26 Nov 2007 15:00:21 EST I am so new to hypothyroi ism...what do these #'s I was just diagnosed yesterday with Dr's nurse called me w/ my blood results and told me to go pick up my pills at the pharmacy and then to come back to the lab to have my blood redrawn in January. The medication he put me on is called levothyroid (that's the generic name the name brand is called Synthroid). I am sort of confused becasue I got no info from the nurse who I talked to to about what this is and the sideffects of the med and what to expect...all that stuff. ... Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:26:03 EST An update on me I had surgery on my left knee on Oct. 18 to repair both the inner and outer meniscus. I've been in misery ever since. Sitting in any chair other the recliner is so painful. I'm having trouble sleeping at night too unless I'm in that chair. I just wanted to say that I'm still part of SP. Just will take awhile to get back to doing a lot of posting. Tue, 6 Nov 2007 11:29:23 EST COVEREDBYGRACE, Welcome and I'm sure you'll find the support you need here at SP. GOD bless and help you on your quest. With 7 young ones cheering you on, I'm sure you'll do it. <BR> <BR> Toni <BR> <BR> <em>199</em> Thu, 27 Sep 2007 16:30:04 EST new I was just diagnosed with Hashimotos, it took about 6 months to get a firm diagnosis. I just started synthyroid 5 days ago. My husband keeps telling me I need to be more assertive with the MD. I've been so exhausted that doing anything completely wipes me out. I keep asking myself if its all in my head. <BR> <BR> Today I took a shower and went to the store and it did me in. I work 12hour nights as an RN and knew there was no way I could do it. I called my Endo who wasn't in and the RN ... Mon, 17 Sep 2007 19:59:10 EST Doesn't it just tick you off? I have been on the vegetarian diet for 3 weeks. While my husband eats anything he wants and stays at 155 lbs, I eat fresh fruits and veggies, brown rice, a wonderful verity of Morning Star and Boca products, work out for 1 to 2 hours a day doing a verity of cardio and strength exercises, and a still considered obese because I am 5'5 and weigh 196 lbs? My labs show I am in a very dangerous stage and yet I take my meds and eat like I should. We went out for breakfast this morning and it is a... Sun, 2 Sep 2007 15:30:57 EST Hashimotos How many people have Hashimotos Thyroiditis? Just wondering because it seems to run in my family but I have heard that it is not that common. My meds have already been upped twice in less than a year (Levothyroxine) and are going to increase for the rest of my life. <BR> <BR> I had a hell of a time getting diagnosed because my physician kept telling me that a) I was too young to have a thyroid disorder b) my family history involves HYPERthyroidism, not hypo (for the most part) and c) I pr... Thu, 16 Aug 2007 12:20:11 EST How Important is it to have an Endocrin ologist? How important is it to be treated by an actual endocrinologist? I have always been treated by my regular family physician. <BR> <BR> The ONE time she sent me to an endocrinologist, the endo. made me SO MAD that I swore I'd never see another one. I know it's wrong to stereotype, but I don't like doctors to begin with - I particularly dislike arrogant doctors who don't listen. <BR> <BR> Is it worth trying to find one? <BR> Sat, 11 Aug 2007 15:19:26 EST Armour thyroid question I'm new here and was reading over several of the older posts. I came across message postings about Armour thyroid pills. I went to the web site and was reading about it. It is supposted to be a natural thyroid hormone supplement/replacement. Do any of you currently use it? I'm on synthroid and would like to hear your comparisons between the 2. thanks Wed, 1 Aug 2007 16:21:27 EST New Here! Hi, my name is MaryFrances. Gee, where do you start? I just joined Sparks Friday. I started my calorie counting and logging yesterday (so far, I'm doing really good). I've come to the conclusion there is no miracle cure to reduce the weight, except to burn it off by reducing the intake! About 10 years ago, when phen-phen was the hot rage, I went for a blood test and it was discovered I had hypothyroidism. The phen-phen was giving me the energy just for day-to-day living. NO NO NO, the ... Wed, 1 Aug 2007 15:44:42 EST Greetings from the Puget Sound I've been a part of SP for over a year now, but left for awhile after I got discouraged at my lack of success. I've been back about two weeks now with the goal of bettering my nutrition and overall health. <BR> <BR> I quit smoking a year and a half ago. That was step one. I tried to work my weight down last year, but instead continued to gain weight - an average of about a pound a week... regardless of what I did do or didn't consume. <BR> <BR> I went to the Dr. in October, who ran a b... Sun, 22 Jul 2007 20:58:32 EST Hi! Not new to Sparks, New to HT Hello! I am Vicki and I just found out yesterday that my thyroid levels are low. We found out because I went to the doctor with unbelievable body pain. At first we thought it was Lyme's but it turned out to be my thyroid. Do you all have body pains like that? <BR> <BR> I just started Synthroid, 25mg. I go back to the doctor in a month. He says it may be a virus. I am thinking that's the case since I just lost 55 pounds in under six months, then blam, nothing. What a disappointment. ... Fri, 20 Jul 2007 09:55:19 EST new to sp hi, i'm ren and new to sp. i've been hypothroid for 6 years. since that time weight has continued to come on and not go off. i actually used to be skinny. and while i don't need to be as small as i was i do need to lose weight. i want to look good in clothes again. Wed, 4 Jul 2007 17:51:54 EST Hello, I am hypothyroid & new to sparkpeople.... I switched to Armour Thyroid after 25 years of feeling lousy on Synthorid. I was given every excuse about why I felt so bad except the correct one; which was that my free T3 level was at the bottom of the range! Tue, 26 Jun 2007 08:47:25 EST Freakin' out over probably nothing About the time I decided to really knuckle down and lose weight, I had an adjustment in my thyroid medication - quite an increase actually. When I went back to have my TSH looked at again, the dr. cut back the dosage some (now .15mg/day; then .2 mg/day). I can tell a distinct difference in my energy level - I was a little more "on" before. <BR> <BR> It's only been a week, but I've managed to convince myself that my weight loss has come to a stop, and I'm not ready for that - I'm still gun... Sun, 24 Jun 2007 15:44:15 EST Happy to join SparkPeople with Hypothyroidism. I am 62 and have had the diagnosis for about 20 yrs. and take hormone replacement for it. I have about 15 lbs. more than I usually carry, have just been told that my triglycerides and cholesterol is up. There is no family history of high cholesterol. Fri, 22 Jun 2007 21:02:48 EST Giving up....... <insert treat here> In another team that I frequent someone posted that she was going to give up ice cream until Saturday, and that if she could make it then she'd try to keep it up until the following Saturday.. and so on. <BR> <BR> I'm not a big ice cream fan, however I do enjoy a glass of wine out on the front porch each evening while watching the sun go down. I decided to join her by giving up most of my wine. <BR> <BR> Anyone else want to join me by giving up (or just limiting) one of their treats? Thu, 21 Jun 2007 15:28:25 EST Just checkin' in! I'm still slowly but surely losing weight. I'm feeling tons better than I did with the thyroid med adjustment. <BR> <BR> I helped some friends plant a garden, so pretty soon we're going to have fresh fruits and vegetables! <BR> <BR> My daughter is at Girl Scout camp this week; and my son spend most of his time in his room or at his friends' house, so things are kind of quiet around here. I'm using the time and the peace to update my website It's just a place for me to... Wed, 13 Jun 2007 10:43:40 EST Fatigue and Over-eating I have been adjusting my dose of Synthroid for the past couple of weeks because my old dose wasn't doing well. I am so exhausted that I can hardly take care of my kids - let alone exercise, etc. My biggest problem though is that when I am so tired I cannot stop eating. I always feel like eating is the only thing I can do, and that maybe somehow it will give me the energy I need to pull my life together. I know this is a mental problem that I need to just get over, but does anyone have any sug... Wed, 13 Jun 2007 02:25:55 EST Hi I'm new I have had a thyroid problem for 15 years, 7 years ago I blew my back out and had to have surgery to fix it, since then I have trouble losing weight and keeping it off. Almost everything I try either hurts my back or messes my thyroid up. Does any one have any ideas? Tue, 5 Jun 2007 18:20:34 EST List of great docs I'm seeing a lot of posts about people having problems finding great doctors to help them. What do you all think of creating a post where we list the great doctors we have found and what city they are in? Mon, 4 Jun 2007 21:50:35 EST Why can't some one listen I am just seething. I have been watching my weight climb and my energy decrease for last months. I went to my doctor 2 months ago and all she said was to come back for a thyroid recheck.Today the doctor told me my level was 6. Out of range. When I complained of my symptoms especially the not being able to lose weight she dismissed it. I did convince her To increase my dose but why don't they dose on how you feel not by numbers. I kow I am off kilter. Then to dismiss my symptoms grrrrrrrrrr <e... Tue, 29 May 2007 15:26:38 EST Happy Mother's Day! If no one has told you yet, I will....Happy Mother's Day! Sun, 13 May 2007 10:05:42 EST venting sorry i had to let it out somewhere and didnt know where else to come but to my fellow hypo's. i am tired of losing and gaining the same 5lbs over and over. <BR> i don't want to compare myself to others but its so hard sometimes hearing how much someone has lost. <BR> i was doing so great on my new plan dropping everyday even only ozs but still dropping. this morning up a pound. so so frustrating just when i think i have it it goes haywire. <BR> i want to just cry and give up. i know it won't help... Mon, 7 May 2007 07:49:39 EST Introduct ion-Kelly Lee I couldn't access the thread to introduce myself, so I'm doing it the old fashioned way! <BR> <BR> I'm a 41yo homeschooling mother of three (one is grown, though). I've had thyroid problems since I was 28; and just today had to have my thyroid replacement med increased due to an elevated TSH. <BR> <BR> My goal is to reduce my BMI to a healthy level, learn to enjoy eating healthy foods, and to make daily exercise an automatic thing. That's a lot for someone like me to accomplish! <BR> <BR... Wed, 2 May 2007 20:48:39 EST Elliptical trainers -- anyone else got one? My husband and I bought a used elliptical from a friend of ours. I'm hoping that having it in the house will make exercising easier for me since I constantly suffer from Don't Have Time Syndrome. <BR> <BR> So far so good, but this thing is seriously kicking my butt. Anyone else got one? Tue, 1 May 2007 20:17:25 EST Does anyone else have this problem? I've tried and tried to use the Healthy Life Scale. I rarely seem to satisfy it's wants. Most of the time I do not eat enough calories. But when I do, I feel miserable and bloated and like there's 10 lbs. of lead in my belly and I start gaining again. I am just so frustrated that I could cry some days. <BR> <BR> I also posted this on the IBS board because I don't know what causes this. It just makes me miserable. <BR> Tue, 1 May 2007 11:09:11 EST New guidelines for Thyroid therapy.<BR>/OnlineGuide/PublishedGuidelines/Thyro<BR>idDisease/ThyroidDiseasePDF.htm <BR> <BR> This is the link for the new guidelines. It is made for physicians and very wordy, but if you download the TSH document look at pg 6. (It's PDF btw). <BR> <BR> It says "A serum TSH result between 0.5 and 2.0 mIU/L is generally considered the therapeutic target for a standard L-T4 replacement dose for primary hypothyroidism." It also says: "A typical schedule for ... Wed, 18 Apr 2007 18:44:15 EST asking questions It is really important, as has been mentioned, to ask questions. I sat down and wrote a lengthy letter to my doctor with all of my concerns and questions and asked for one more office visit to discuss it before getting the radioactive iodine treatment. I faxed it to his office and he took the time to respond to everything in writing, and he scheduled me for an appointment to go over it again. I also recommend that you take someone with you. My husband came along to get clarification on th... Wed, 11 Apr 2007 08:33:25 EST Hi All Just wanted to say hello, I just joined sparkpeople today. Tue, 10 Apr 2007 13:40:47 EST Getting to know you.... I saw this in another forum and thought it might be fun to do here, especially since we are such a small group, still. It looks like a nice way to get to know each other. <BR> <BR> name: <BR> <BR> age: <BR> <BR> Marital status: <BR> <BR> Children: <BR> <BR> Where I live: <BR> <BR> Occupation: <BR> <BR> What pets I have: <BR> <BR> Favorite color: <BR> <BR> Favorite pass time: <BR> <BR> Favorite season of the year: <BR> <BR> Favorite television shows: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 04:12:09 EST oops, I'm still new to this message board thing I forgot to say nice to meet all of you! <em>30</em> Sun, 8 Apr 2007 22:00:15 EST Hello! So this is my very first day on SP. It was relief to find a small team that I definitely belong in. I have been diagnosed with Hashimoto's Hypothyroiditis since 2003. I was diagnosed while undergoing infertility treatment. Happily, it worked and I have a two(soon-to-be- three) year old at home with me. Sun, 8 Apr 2007 21:58:33 EST Happy Easter! Happy Easter -- a bit early, lol. <BR> <BR> I've spent all day running around trying to make sure everything is ready for the in-laws, who will be staying with us through Monday. This is my first year "cooking" at Easter. Since I ususally put on a huge dinner for Thanksgiving (15 people), complete with appetizer trays, I decided that I was just going to let Boston Market do the cooking for me this time. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I ordered dinner on their website and picked it up on Thursd... Sat, 7 Apr 2007 13:17:45 EST How much do you have to lose? So, everyone -- how much do you have to lose? <BR> <BR> My goal is 40lbs. I want to be back down around 135. That's what I weighed before I had the RAI. <BR> <BR> <em>193</em> Sat, 7 Apr 2007 13:11:01 EST How was your day? I'm not having a great day. For some reason I have a lot of edema today and joint pain. Usually the doctor says that is from my thyroid being low. It sure makes moving around hard. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else have this problem? <BR> <BR> Does it ever seem like some days your thyroid med is working, and other days you feel like you are walking through water? Thu, 5 Apr 2007 19:21:40 EST Special Diet Considerations One of the ways that many people manage their hypothyroidism is to eat iodine-rich foods that encourage thyroid growth. Unfortunately I can't do that because it would also mean a Graves Disease flare-up, but lots of people can. <BR> <BR> So, here's a list: <BR> <BR> - Cauliflower <BR> - Soy <BR> - Iodized salt <BR> - Turnips <BR> - Rutabegga <BR> <BR> Any others? Tue, 3 Apr 2007 09:34:59 EST New members, introdice yourselves here!! I started this team because there weren't any thyroid teams yet. <BR> <BR> I'm 31 now, and received Radio-Active Iodine therapy for Graves disease in 2001. It's left me permanently hypothyroid. Unfortunately, it's also left me with some weight management issues as I've gotten older. <BR> <BR> That's me in a nutshell! Tue, 3 Apr 2007 09:32:00 EST