SparkPeople Hypothyroidism with P.C.O.S Team Messageboard A team for women trying to loose weight with the double whammy of having P.C.O.S and Hypothyroidism! Yes you can still lose weight and feel well again! SparkPeople Hypothyroidism with P.C.O.S Team Messageboard Hi everyone! My name is Heather and I am a 34 year old mom of 1. My son is 7 and has aspergers syndrome, my husband is a truck driver and is out 2 weeks at a time, and my mom (who lives with us) was just recently diagnosed with cancer. Life around here is pretty stressful right now and I don't get alot of time to focus on working on me. When I'm not stressing out about everyone else I like to play video games, mostly sim type games or tycoon games.I am also going back to school to get my high school diplo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:43:27 EST Anyone facing/faced Infertility? Hi Fellow Sparkers! <BR> <BR> Anyone of you facing infertility like I am facing?Just share your stories if you faced/facing.And how you cope with it. <BR> I would love to hear some success stories :) Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:16:15 EST WOW.. i did not know WOW.. I stumbled across Spark people 2 days ago.. and since then I have learned so much and almost information overload.. LOL!! I have hypo thyroid have for 7 years and PCOS Diagnosed Oct 5h 2012.. also Servere Periodontal desease for 10 years. I had no clue some of the symptoms I felt were related to all this. I have low energy, over weight.. have not concieved, low vitamin D, low iron levels and I gain then loose , gain then loose. I just would like to know more.. and what suggestions I ... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:22:47 EST WOW!!! How this team has grown in my absence! HI Everyone <BR> <BR> New members, old members, in between members, my this team has grown while I've been away. <BR> <BR> Many of you will be wondering who on earth I am, quite rightly so as I have been rather preoccupied and haven't spent much time on this forum for probably around a year and a bit. I'm Lyndsay and I started this group many moons ago after realising that hypothyroidism and PCOS seemed to be close friends of many ladies. <BR> <BR> I am based in Scotland (UK) and have be... Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:04:03 EST Hi all! Hello! My Name is Tammy and I live in Lincoln, Ne and have been married to my husband Charlie for almost 15 years. We have three very different dogs, Frank is our old man, Molly is our three legged Boarder Collie & Lucy is our 70 lb lap dog! <BR> I was finally diagnosed with PCOS and insulin resistance about 5 years ago. I have never had a "normal" cycle and at about 16 I started to have other symptoms such as weight gain and more body hair than the average Jane. I went to doctor after doc... Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:02:02 EST What Works For You Please feel free to post what works for you as far as diet, exercise and medication goes! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Personally, I eat low carb and low sugar because this is what I read would work best for these disorders. My doctor however just told me that a vegetarian diet would melt my weight off. (I may or may not try it, I enjoy my steak too much!) Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:39:11 EST Armour vs. Synthroid? My alternative medicine practitioner prefers Armour for hypothyoidism. My internist said Armour dose is hard to regulate and prefers I switch to Synthroid. There is so much on the web advocating for one or the other. What have been your personal experiences (good or bad) with either? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 11:40:23 EST Lost in Translation! Alright...I'm feeling somewhat lost at the moment...trying to use spark as my guiding star of sorts. So many things on my mind... <BR> 1) how to use spark to the fullest when it comes to Hypo and PCOS...ranges for calories, carbs, etc.... <BR> 2) Has a nutritionist helped any of you girls? Just signed up for an appointment around Sept 25th. <BR> 3) Anyone try D-Chiro-inositol or Inositol and Choline? What did you notice? <BR> <BR> I'm just feeling like there are so many 'try this not that,... Sun, 2 Sep 2012 19:04:03 EST New Team Leader That's me! I would really like to get an idea of who is still active on here!!! <BR> :) Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:35:47 EST Hi everyone I was diagnosed with PCOS at 18, and hypothyroidism about 3 months ago (I'm 20 now). <BR> I was at about 285 pounds for the last 2 years and wasn't losing no matter what I did. I found that a low carb, high protein diet is the best solution and I'm currently down to 260 pounds as of this morning and I've only been doing this for about 2.5 weeks!! It's definitely possible to lose weight with these diseases and to feel GOOD! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 19:42:57 EST New Member Hello! I have recently been diagnosed with PCOS and have just started to do my research on it. I had my thyroid completely removed in 2008. I track all my eating and activity elsewhere, but I have gained so much information and knowledge from Spark. Any suggestions are always welcomed. <BR> <BR> Trish Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:52:14 EST New Member For me... I have always been over weight, but in my second year of college (despite healthy diet and exercise) I gained 80 pounds. I was diagnosed with thyroid problems 2 years ago this June (two years after I started gaining weight), at that point it had been about 3 years since I had had a period, I was moving around a lot with college and family and didn't have a doctor, and when i found a doctor she did blood work for thyroid and PCOS. The blood work was positive for thyroid and negative ... Sat, 19 May 2012 00:15:52 EST frustrated with lack of progress for the past 4 weeks now i have been on a very rigorous workout program. for the first time ever i put in daily workouts of at least an hour, with one day off (though on my "day off" i do something for an hour, like yoga, or light walking, etc). <BR> <BR> i decided not to focus on my calories, and only track my food and make sure i get my water, my veggies/fruits, and follow the IR diet rules (no more than 30 grams of sugar at a meal, balanced with 15 g of protein). As I was a huge soda (re... Thu, 17 May 2012 13:51:06 EST hypo and pcos Hello everybody! I have had pcos since the age of 13yrs old, just 3 years ago diganosed with hypothyroidism, high blood pressure and everything that goes with having pcos. Im 41yrs old and been TTC with no luck! And im over weight too. Is there anybody that has any advice or succsess with dealing with what im going through, please let me know! Thank u! Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:12:29 EST new member, having an issue~ help? Hi~ I'm 45, have PCOS, hypothyroidism, diabetes, bipolar, depression, you name it :P <BR> <BR> My sister just got diagnosed with breast cancer and my mother had overian cancer so I'm "high risk". <BR> <BR> I have been on my period for 29 days. YES 29 DAYS. And it's not just spotting!! <BR> <BR> Any ideas, suggestions, etc? I'm seeing my doc tomorrow but I'm not thrilled about the idea of birth control what with the cancer history in my family. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 17:55:16 EST Soy products and... So, I just read that soy products were no good for thyroid med absorption and neither is fiber. Well there goes that. I am officially soy free as of yesterday. Are there any other foods that you know of that we should be avoiding? Sun, 8 Apr 2012 14:49:52 EST Could this be the perfect group? My name is Jenn and I am fast approaching my 36th birthday. I am celebrating my unfortunate 10 year diagnosis of PCOS. Soon after, when weight loss came to a screeching halt, my hair started falling out and the weight piled on again. I knew what was up. I fought with the ends years earlier to treat me for thyroid but he insisted it wasn't a problem yet and I would know when it was. Several endos later, I found my answer. I have been on levothyroxine since 2006. I have done weight watch... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 14:27:37 EST A dose of encouragement for ALL of you. :) I know it is incredibly frustrating to deal with pcos and Hypo at the same time but I have found that accepting that it is going to take a lot of hard work, determination and creative thinking helps. <BR> <BR> I get too overwhelmed thinking about the big goals so some girls on another team suggested making smaller goals. I am not going to focus so much on goals that have to do with the numbers. I think it is so much more positve when you can make a small daily or weekly goal that is in r... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 13:40:01 EST Want it SO badly... I want to start working out and getting some weight off SO badly but I am SO exhausted. I get exhausted. I am hoping this changes soon. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:00:19 EST I don't think I can take anymore!!! I am so exhausted and fed up of dealing with these stupid hormonal issues!!! They have wreaked so much havoc on my life and I don't think I can take anymore. In march, 2010, I was the same weight I always was. Then 3 months later I was way heavier. Stupid PCOS and Hypothyroidism!!!! I ate healthy meals. I exercised. I eat less than everyone around me and healthier than everyone around me too but do they keep gaining weight? NO! AND I am so tired of people saying stupid things like eat less an... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 05:31:29 EST Help!! pcos & hypothyr idism..I need tips!! Hello-I have pcos & I'm hypothyroid. I have been battling with my weight for the past 15 years. I've tried low carb diets, but I can't stick to them & then i gain more weight back. I'm an RN and a fitness instructor. I eat fairly healthy and exercise. My weight keeps climbing and I'm very frustrated. My doctor increased my thyroid medication, but I'm just gaining more weight. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:16:33 EST A VERY DISCOURAGD PERSON WITH HYPOTHROIDISM I am a 38, 39 in August, female that has always had a problem loosing weight. I have a under active thyroid problem, weighing 180 pounds and not feeling good about myself. I am on my last try to loose weight before I give up FOREVER! I am reaching out for help from anyone that would be willing to help me. I have tried every diet that I could find and none of them had worked, I just keep gaining weight. I really could use some advice and some help so hopefully I begin to loose weight and not g... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 09:44:45 EST One month challenge Hey gang, lets pick one healthy habit that we would like to develop over the next month. I pick walking one mile per day. Check in and tell me what your healthy habit or change will be. <BR> <BR> oh, I picked that one because I see a difference in my weight when I exercise consistently. And at least 20 minutes a day of exercise has been said to be good for those of us with insulin resistance. I also add 5 minutes of weight bearing exercise afterwards, but I right now I want to make the w... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:35:01 EST Wow! Hello! I've recently been trying to get my life together and try to lose some of the weight I've put on in the last four years. I didn't really think about it when I was diagnosed with both PCOS and hypothyroid about the doubly whammy aspect until I started trying to lose weight. <BR> Last year I exercised 6 days a week with a friend who was joining the military all summer to help her prepare for basic training. She lost 20 pounds and gained enough muscle to max out all her stats and I lost two, do... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:47:27 EST Wondering if anyone takes iodine I was wondering if any one uses iodine to supplement instead of thyroid meds? Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:26:08 EST The New Year I know we have not gotten through all the holidays yet, but January will be here before you know it. What changes would like to see this year. I have stopped calling them New Year's resolutions, and have made it a point to make it a lifestyle change. Some have really stuck, and some changes come and go depending on the stress level of life. In the next couple of weeks, can you think of one thing that you would like to begin in January and do for 30 days to make it a habit? <BR> <BR> I h... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 21:49:59 EST I found you guys! :) Hi everyone. I am so happy I found this team. <BR> Well, I knew I had PCOS for a long time because I would research my symptoms but I wasn't officially diagnosed until this June. I had a lot of the same symptoms as everyone else. I got my period at an early age (10), then I gained weight, then I kept gaining weight even when I would eat mostly healthy, facial hair, heavy periods (most women have the opposite problem as far as I have heard), and of course depression. <BR> I was also diagnosed... Fri, 9 Dec 2011 20:17:13 EST Let's get real... Okay, I know that PCOS and hypothyroid all have some pretty nasty symptoms. How could they not, considering that they affect hormones. Lately, I have been kinda freaking out because I am getting the dreaded facial hair. Gross and UGH! Have any of you ladies had this happen and, if so, what can you do about it? Wed, 7 Dec 2011 19:29:34 EST glad to see.. I am so happy to see there are other like me who suffer from both hypothyroid and PCOS. Add me as a buddy! Tue, 6 Dec 2011 02:14:33 EST December 2011 Let's set a personal goal/challenge for ourselves this month to stay focused during the holiday season. <BR> <BR> My goal/challenge for myself is to make better choices during parties and family get togethers, and to eat til i'm full, not stuffed like the turkey. I also challenge myself to maintain my weight during this month with just a pound or two fluctuation. <BR> <BR> What will your challenge be this month? <BR> <BR> Hope to hear from you.... Thu, 1 Dec 2011 08:23:15 EST Hi! Hi- <BR> I was recently diagnosed with PCOS and I was put on Metformin. I took 500 mg for the first week and then added another 500 mg (I am working up to 2000 mg). I am having extreme stomach issues. Has this happened to anyone else??? I am horrified that it's never going to end! HELP! Wed, 2 Nov 2011 17:49:41 EST Hi Hi! I've been living with depression my entire life. Things are pretty good right now. What's funny is that I've been tested for hypothyroidism since college because of the depression and I've always had normal results until a couple of years ago. About a year ago, I was diagnosed w/PCOS due to my fatness, irregular period and extra unwanted hair. I've been on bc since then, but I still have the facial hair. <em>234</em> <BR> <BR> I'm on what seems like an annual "get healthy" kick that ne... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:28:53 EST Hello Hi, I am Tammie and I just joined SparkPeople this week. I am so happy to find a group dealing with the same nightmare I am, Hypothyroid and PCOS! I put on over 130 lbs in just 2 years. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago and have had little success treating it. I was diagnosed with PCOS in January of 2011 by my gyno, but he said there was no treatment for it. I switched to a new general practitioner (this time I went with a woman dr) in March and she immediately started ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 01:27:55 EST July 2011 check-in Hello all and welcome, soon, to July 2011! Please share what you plan on doing towards your health goals, adventures you have planned for yourself, or any other fun activities about to take place now that the school year has ended and vacations are about to begin! <BR> <BR> Just to remind you again, please consider joining the Team Goals (and if you need any help locating where this is, do not hesitate to ask me or anyone else!). I changed them to be more realistic for the number of members ... Mon, 27 Jun 2011 22:04:52 EST Hi! I am a new member of the Spark community as of yesterday! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a couple of years ago and after reading about it realized that I must have been hyperthyroid as a teenager and young adult (anxiety, depression & rashes on my shins) but am now definitely hypothyroid. I take levothyroxine but have some difficulties with feeling the dosage is right (50 is too low, 75 is too high, taking one for 3 days and the other for 4 isn't working out so well either) so I'm thinki... Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:50:21 EST Hi I am glad that I found all of you. I am frustrated! It seems that the more I workout and watch what I eat the more I gain. I have never been as heavy as I am right now. I tried looking online for a diet I should be following and did not find a whole lot. I am really worried that I am going to get really heavy. I have set a goal to run a mile a day and I am also hoping to throw a power 90 workout in once a day also. I know that part of my weight gain might be from lack of sleep. I ave... Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:11:09 EST Hi all I'm 51 years old with hypothyroidism, p.c.o.s., pre diabetic, and going threw menopause. I've been trying dieting and it seems I lose a few pds then gain them back again. I take thyroid meds plus hormones. I'm wondering if anyone has bleeding problems with the hypothyroidism and pcos? My gyn/ob says I'm having so many problems because of it along with menopause. That they can all contribute. He increased my thyroid medicine because he said if we can get it corrected it should help the problem... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 15:46:23 EST June 2011: What will you change? Any ideas for June challenges? Wed, 1 Jun 2011 08:18:17 EST Nice to know I'm not alone!! Hello everyone!! My name is Jess and have only been on SP for about a week. I was checking out the SparkTeams and happened to run across this one and was really excited. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in March of 2010 and diagnosed with PCOS in March of this year. I have always been the big girl and am tired of it. I refuse to let these conditions control me!! I just need the motivation to continue!! Look forward to getting to know everyone! Tue, 31 May 2011 00:04:57 EST New month, new you! May 2011 Challenges Hello all! What are your goals for May? I plan on losing 10 lbs. Anyone else want to jump on that bandwagon, or suggest another? Mon, 2 May 2011 12:58:21 EST Other people have hypo AND PCOS??? Well, I knew there were others out there but it is so nice to find a team of people! <BR> <BR> I have Hashimoto's and PCOS. As you guys know, it's been a huge struggle to lose weight. My energy levels are terrible right now...I've been on meds since October and I just feel like I'm getting worse. It's so discouraging (not to mention I haven't lost a single pound). <BR> <BR> I've also been gluten-free since December (okay, I cheated the past three days because my period hit me HARD). I teste... Sun, 1 May 2011 19:21:28 EST Hi There! I'm another one with PCOS and hypothyroidism. Just reached goal recently. Tough road! Been a SparkPerson for a while now. Pleased to meet you! Tue, 8 Mar 2011 19:09:50 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> My name is Shannon and I have been on Sparkpeople for a lil' while now but just found this group. My thyroid was removed a few years ago and I am on Levothyroxine for the rest of my life. I was diagnosed with PCOS and Thyroid issues about 5 years ago. Until then the doctors tried to put me on 1500 Cal diets and they never worked. Fought with doctors that I was doing what they said but nothing worked. <BR> <BR> After MANY years of trying to get pregnant I found a great fert... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 20:38:36 EST High RT3 anyone? I know you can't believe everything you read, but wondering if any of you ladies get your RT3 levels checked? I've never been to a specialist, but I do have an apt with my regular dr next Tue. I'm hoping that he'll refer me to one or that he'll test my RT3, cortisol, and leptin levels. I'm praying this is the piece of the puzzle that's been missing. For the record, I've been on the generic synthroid for 14 years - started out at like .01 and now I'm up to .275 - never had success losing we... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:34:52 EST weight gain with strength training Okay, I started Jillian Michaels shred (which is a circuit training video) this week and I've noticed my weight consistently going up all week and I have not really changed my eating habits. One day I did really bad calorie wise but for the most part I'm keeping my calories at approximately 1800 calories a day. I had been interval training on my treadmill and had lost a couple of pounds doing that. This week I erased those pounds and went up higher than where I had been. Has anyone else h... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 08:28:09 EST Well, Hello world! LOL! So my doctor says he thinks I have PCOS. He said if he didn't pursue this diagnosis, I should fire him, because I have the obvious signs etc etc etc. Anyway, started Metaformin yesterday and holy snikeys!! I feel like a whole new person! Its AWESOME! <BR> <BR> I also have hypothyriodism, which is why this board grabbed my attention! <BR> <BR> I'm a SAHM of 2 girls, age 6 and 4. I live in Texas and love my very gentle very laid back pit bull dog, Sarge. <BR> <BR> So, how do I find my way a... Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:59:11 EST D-Chiro- Inositol DCI for PCOS I have been having success, losing some weight (while working out really hard and also taking metformin and synthroid) while on DCI supplement pills.... prior to the DCI, I also worked hard and took metformin and the scale barely or rarely moved downward... <BR> <BR> However, I have not been on the DCI supplement too long... it has definitely helped me sleep better, lessened the acne... <BR> <BR> Has anyone else lost weight with DCI- D-Chiro-inositol? (This is not the same thing as Inosi... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:31:46 EST Sticking to it even though the scale did not move <em>198</em> <BR> So I have been taking synthroid and Metformin and DCI and cinnamon extract and green tea and vitamin D, sticking to 1300 calories or less a day and doing 500 to 1000 calories of exercise on my elliptical machine every day, even if I have to stay up until 2 am to get the time to do it, because it takes me almost 2 hrs to get 1000 calories on the elliptical machine. And.. the scale DID NOT move down like I expected. I did not gain, but come on, anyone without these medica... Sat, 8 Jan 2011 15:50:36 EST Hello Everyone Hello Everyone, <BR> I have spent the last few days getting acquainted with the site and wanted to stop in and introduce myself. I was very excited to find a website and now find a team dealing with these topics. I am excited to make new friends and hear what is and isn't working for everyone. It has been a long journey for me (as I know it has been for most) and I can continue to get frustrated or look at it as a challenge that I am going to overcome. I look forward to meeting you all! ... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:16:58 EST Sorry for the dumb question... ...but how do you make those cool goal trackers you all have posted below? <em>30</em> Sat, 1 Jan 2011 17:13:26 EST Hi everyone :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am brand new to SparkPeople, having stumbled on it just today. I was so excited to see this team because I have been diagnosed with both PCOS and Hypothyroidism in the last year. <BR> <BR> I have struggled with my weight since high school (with a brother and sister who both actually have a hard time putting on weight, this was murder on my self esteem....they both relished in calling me "Fatty", "Chunky" and my personal favorite, "Chub Sack" for years...ahh, sibling... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 16:56:50 EST Hi Hi, my name is Tiffany. I'm in Virginia and I have about 75 lbs to lose. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 9 years ago, and this year I was diagnosed with PCOS. I've only been on Sparkpeople for a few days and I'm still trying to figure it all out. I joined a gym tonight and did Zumba for the first time. It was hard, but I burned a lot of calories and I'm proud of myself for going. <BR> <BR> Mon, 20 Dec 2010 21:35:47 EST Learning to live with PCOS Shortly after I turned 30 this year, I found out that I have PCOS. While I have struggled with my weight for a long time, it is more critical now to focus on loosing weight. I'm starting a blog to chronical my adjustment to a new way of life...come be a part of my journey towards health! Fri, 3 Dec 2010 11:01:46 EST 2011 New Year's Resolutions for a Healthier You Share your short term or long term goals for the new year! Make it attainable. There is nothing more frustrating than a goal out of reach. <em>236</em> Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:46:23 EST December Weigh In No Judgement here! Post your weigh in to track successes and get support for those challenging no weight loss or weight gain weeks. I have been at a plateau for weeks, struggling between 219-221 myself. Extremely frustrating, but I am trying to keep my motivation to keep going. I need out of the 220s for good to get back on track with my goal for next year! Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:44:48 EST December Fitness Minutes Please feel free to log your minutes and share your successes and challenges in getting that exercise in! Thu, 2 Dec 2010 07:42:21 EST November Weigh In This is voluntary and not part of the challenge. I liked logging my weight success and challenges. You might too. Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:37:00 EST Thanksgiving Exercise Challenge If you are interested, Please sign in on this thread to say you are interested initially. You can join at any time. I will post an announcement for weekly winners. <BR> On Saturday, post your weekly exercise minutes and your weekly sit up count (jack knife, crunches count too) <BR> ex: Week one 11/6: _____ fitness minutes <BR> _____ sit ups or equivalent Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:35:25 EST Low immune system? Has anyone ever felt that maybe because of our condition, we have a lower than usual immune system? Lately, it seems that I catch every virus that is going around. It seems like I am getting sick almost every week. Please let me know what you are experiencing and what you are doing to boost your immune system. Boy do I need help! Sat, 16 Oct 2010 13:56:57 EST Taking Synthroid at night I've found it really difficult to start my day with a healthy breakfast while I've been taking Synthroid in the morning, because I have to avoid high fiber foods, some of my other medications, and arguably things like soy and dairy. <BR> <BR> Does anyone take their thyroid meds at night before bed? Have you noticed a change in how you feel and/or your weight loss? <BR> <BR> I took mine at night last night and I woke up feeling really good--not groggy and tired, like I usually am, and havi... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 11:56:51 EST October Goal Progress I have increased/continued to walk 4-5 days per week over the last week and increased my exercise routine to include Wii fit aerobics, yoga, and/or strengthening daily. Only skipped one day for an appointment. My goal is to keep this up all month. Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:13:24 EST October Weighin 10/1: 223 Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:11:21 EST October Challenge Let's try a challenge. I was hoping for some input, but I did a challenge on another team that really got me motivated. Set a weekly weigh in goal and one other goal. Post your goals under this topic "October Challenge". I will also add "October Weighin" and "October Goal Progress" to track your goals weekly. Let's see what we can accomplish! Fri, 1 Oct 2010 08:08:19 EST Good morning (least it is right now - lol) Hi, I'm fairly new to Sparkpeople. I haven't really got going with it yet, still finding my feet. Like everyone here I've been blessed with 2 conditions that make you fat! Woo! My choices are, find a way to lose weight or move somewhere they worhsip fat ladies. I think it's going to have to be the former!! <BR> <BR> I've never been skinny but I was never huge as a child, however once I hit puberty the weight started going on. I've yo-yoed ever since. I plucked up the courage to go and get a ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 03:57:57 EST Hoping to be a LOSER !! My name is Kristen. I'm 27 years old. I'm also a mother of 2 sweet boys, ages 9 and 3. My husband and I have been together for 10 years. He has been my rock for so long and he is supporting me but he just doesn't fully understand what I am going through. <BR> <BR> I've probably had PCOS since hitting puberty but I wasn't officially diagnosed with it until 2004, the same time I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism. <BR> <BR> After we had our first son in 2001 my weight just got out of contr... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:16:39 EST Crashing after exercise??? I was just wondering if this happens to anyone else on here...... <BR> After I exercise I get extremely sleepy. And its not like normal tiredness from working out hard. I feel like I can barely hold my eyes open. There has been a few times that I have left the gym (about 2-3 mins from my house) and felt like I couldn't make it home. <BR> I'm not sure if the meds I'm on can be a cause from this or not. I take Synthroid, Metformin, and Simvastatin. <BR> Any ideas??? <BR> TIA Wed, 29 Sep 2010 11:09:33 EST Hello Wow...never thought there were so many out there who have both of these "wammys"...I'm very happy, though to see a team devoted to it. <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:44:41 EST Feel like sharing? Ok, since doctor's don't seem to have to much info on PCOS. I'd like to ask all of you, "What are YOUR symptoms? What tests has your doctor given you to diagnose PCOS? What treatment are you on? What special diet works for you?" Feel like sharing? Mon, 27 Sep 2010 18:48:26 EST another newbie here.... Hi everyone! My name is Misty and I am currently living in Tybee Island, GA. We have only been here about 4 months now....My hubby is in the Coast Guard so we move around a lot. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year after my youngest daughter was born (so about 6 years ago). And diagnosed with PCOS about a year ago. I supposedly am regulated on my meds right now but I am having more symptoms now than when I was first diagnosed. Its hard to switch drs so much because everyone of ... Mon, 27 Sep 2010 11:43:23 EST Metformin Although my endo diagnosed me with PCOS, on top of my lovely hypothyroidism, she will not help me with the PCOS. I am taking Armour for the thyroid problem, but when I ask her about Metformin for the PCOS she told me it doesn't help, only gives you diarhea. So, please tell me if you are taking Metformin or any other med for PCOS and if it is helping. Please also include vitamins and minerals if they have given you a measure of success. I actually have a regular cycle and had no problem co... Wed, 8 Sep 2010 15:27:41 EST New member intto Hi. I am 36 and have had weight problems progressively since starting college. My sister was diagnosed with PCOS as a teen, and I talked to my doctor about my symptoms and infertility issues in 2003 as I was trying to get pregnant for the second time. He said my 1999 bloodwork showed that I had PCOS but he does not consider it as a diagnosis, only symptoms to be treated. I lost 45 pounds on the South Beach Diet in an attempt to get pregnant but gained most of it back with the hormones I t... Tue, 3 Aug 2010 20:45:46 EST Hello everyone :) Hello all! Another new member to the group :). <BR> <BR> I've struggled with PCOS since being diagnosed at age 18. It was a long process to finally be diagnosed at that point, and I was still really young. Basically they kept giving me pregnancy tests even though the only way I could have been pregnant is if I was touched my the hand of God! I know they need to make sure before they start treating you for not having a period in over 11 months (I wasn't on any birth control what so ever). Se... Fri, 9 Jul 2010 21:43:47 EST Heeellllo People! Just wanted to say hi to everyone. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism last year, but I had a gut feeling that it was PCOS (both or instead.. that's still unclear). I've pretty much had cysts since I was 14. Instead of being diagnosed, the doc just put me on the pill. Things cleared up, but now at almost 24, I said, "Wait a minute, I should be DIAGNOSED so if other problems arise - insulin resistance or infertility - it can be addressed properly!" Sooo, after a little bit of fight and st... Thu, 1 Jul 2010 12:35:18 EST Introduction I am a 49 year old woman. I have PCOS, Hypothyroidism, type two Diabetes,sleep apnea,high blood pressure,and Depression. I am being treated and I am compliant with my treatment. I work full time as a college Instructor in the healthcare field. <BR> <BR> Each story I read here on this team reminds me of myself at different points in my life. Living with PCOS all my life has left me childless despite spending thousands and thousands on infertility treatments and lots of worry and heart break.I... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 12:59:35 EST TeaLeaf finally saying hello I haven't officially made the rounds at introducing myself to all the Teams I've been joining, so here I go! <BR> <BR> Hi! My name is Trisha and I'm a senior music education major at Oakland University. I've wanted to teach music, and have been, since 4th grade. You can eaisily read more about this on my SparkPage and feel free to ask me any sorts of musical questions there or emailing me personally! <BR> <BR> The reason I'm on SparkPeople is because firstly, it is a WONDERFUL sight. Every ... Fri, 18 Jun 2010 01:31:54 EST Tap Water and Hypothyroidism Hi All: <BR> <BR> Some of my recent reading has changed how I feel about tap water. Tap water is processed by your city's water purification plants. They add fluoride to the water. But guess what?! Fluoride contributes to hypothyroidism! I've switched to bottled water now and just couldn't go back because they taste completely different. Also makes it easier for me to keep track of my 8 glass a day (4 - 500ml bottles). Thu, 17 Jun 2010 15:34:23 EST It sure is a double whammy! Hi All, <BR> <BR> My name is Leith. I joined SP about 4 weeks ago as I figured it was more than time for me to work on my weight. In those 4 weeks I've dropped 5lbs so far and am feeling on track. <BR> <BR> What is frustrating for me is that I have PCOS and a subclinical low thyroid. My doctor is aware of this but isn't inclined to treat my PCOS with metformin. She has changed my birth control pill to Yaz though and said that should help with the hair growth. Then there's the fact that... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:04:01 EST Never really knew I believe that for many years have had PCOS despite not having been dx'd with it. Finding this makes me feel loads less insane! <BR> <BR> Also have Hypothyroidism, finally just dx'd recently. <BR> <BR> Those symptoms I have had and for decades are - in addition to repeated miscarriages. <BR> <BR> * irregular or no menstrual periods <BR> * acne <BR> * obesity/weight gain/inability to lose weight <BR> * infertility <BR> * skin discolorations <BR> * high cholesterol l... Tue, 8 Jun 2010 19:55:25 EST PCOS now have HT So Discouraged I don't even know where to start. I was dx with PCOS 3 yrs ago this July after over 10 yrs of going to dr after dr telling them I was gaining wt for no reason, exercising, watching what I ate still gaining weight. No one listened just gave me advice "watch what you eat, exercise more". Finally, after gaining 70lbs an OBGYN dx me. She gave me metformin and recently I had to get off it due to side effects. I have not gained any weight for 3 years but I have not been able to lose 1lb. Not ... Tue, 1 Jun 2010 02:38:47 EST Armour thyroid and levothyroxine Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> My NP has me on 30mg of Armour Thyroid right now and we jsut did some current bloodwork. She wants to add a low dose of levothyroxine. Just wondering if anyone is on these seperate or together and what kinds of results you've had. <BR> <BR> I understand everyone is different and I'm not looking at this to take any place of my medical care. Just some info. <BR> <BR> Thanks!!! Sun, 9 May 2010 14:20:15 EST Length of cycle Has anyone else noticed that the length of their cycle shortens with regular exercise? I usually run around 35 days but as I exercise, it gradually shortens to the "normal" 28 day cycle. I have also noticed that if I don't exercise, my cycle will get longer (from the 28 days). It never gets lonter than 35 days. <BR> <BR> Anyways, just curious if anyone else has noticed this... Mon, 19 Apr 2010 17:16:36 EST Greetings Well, what to say. I am turning 30 here in a few weeks. I have always been fat. ALWAYS! Since I was 6 months old. I have been to more docs on the subject than I care to relate. I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was 15; hypothyroidism at 19. I have always felt like loosing weight was something that I just couldn't do, and all my previous attempts have always supported that fact. I have never lost more than 26lbs. <BR> <BR> A couple of months ago, I went to the doc and he said, "Honey, I just ... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 19:38:50 EST Hi everyone... I'm 32yo, married, and ttc for about 5 years. I've been told I have PCOS and low thyroid but "not technically" hypothyroid. It still amazes me that women suffer from either of these, much less at the same time, and yet, no docs will/can detect it. After doing tons of research, I think my PCOS stems from long-term use (8 years maybe) of using depo-provera for b.c. Has anyone else ever done depo? <BR> <BR> I've just picked up two books: Master Your Metabolism (Jillian Michaels) and The Eat-C... Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:11:00 EST Taking Orlistat/Alli whilst on Levothyroxine Hi Everyone... <BR> <BR> I felt I should put something on here after I stumbled acros this info on the et regarding taking levothyroxine and orlistat. APPARENTLY you should not take Orlistat within the four hours preceeding or after you take levothyroxine as it prevents/significantly reduces absorption. <BR> <BR> I only found this out as I have been feeling absolutely dreadful of recent (prediagnosis awful type dreadful) tired, achy muscles, foggy head etc etc. My GP (doctor) wrote me up f... Sun, 28 Feb 2010 15:47:13 EST I thought I was alone with both these issues I was diagnosed when I was 18 with PCOS but it was never a concern until I tried to get pregnant for the first time, though she came rather easy 3 cycles of clomid and boom. That was 8 years ago when I was 31 and then when I tried to get pregnant with my son several years later, it wasn't so easy. A couple of miscarriges later he finally stuck with no outside interventions. <BR> <BR> I actually started my thyroid journey with hyperthyroid and lost a tremendous amount of weight from it b... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 20:45:49 EST New and relieved to find this board I was very surprised to see this board since I've always felt I had too many things going on at once to fit into one board. It's great that others have the same issues I do. My official diagnosis is Thyroiditis and they tell me that my thyroid will eventually die from it. In the mean time I am flipping all over the place and never know what kind of day I'm going to have. I've been trying to follow the plan and it really seems to be too many calories for me. I consistently eat 300 - 400 c... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:45:37 EST So thankful! A co-worker turned me on to SP today and I am so very thankful. It is nice to know that there are others dealing with the double whammy of PCOS and hypothyroidism. I don't feel so lost. I look forward to reading everyone's post and snagging ideas from you that help you be successful and I hope to share some one day too! Tue, 12 Jan 2010 23:24:40 EST hi gang . . . i'm new and have no clue what to do . . . i'm 54, married with one child (try explaining *that* to the endocrinologist . . . lol) who's 12 1/2 now. i have pcos and hypothyroidism and a whole gang of other stuff going on (which i will not bore you with now ;). i have a ton of weight to lose (again!) and of course, the first team that was suggested to me was "over 50 with 100 lbs to lose" . . . but then i searched out "bad knees" (which i have due to a fall down a flight of concrete stairs in... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 03:21:44 EST Happy New Year...Lets Make It A Great Oone!! Hi Ladies!! <BR> <BR> Well my new year was ushered in with a less than great start by permanently falling out with my in laws and deciding the only way forward is to cease all contact with them and my now ex partner! <BR> <BR> I wont go in to things as that's what has motivated me to make this statement. As I sat internally fuming about the wrongs I feel I have been done and feeling genuinely upset about having to cut my partner out of my life to preserve my sanity I had an epiphony! Perh... Sun, 3 Jan 2010 13:38:26 EST Hello! Hi everyone! I don't know how active this group is, but I figured I'd introduce myself. I have PCOS, plus hypothyroid. <BR> <BR> I am 26 years old, just got married. I'm a grad student at Washington University in St. Louis, working on my masters in Social work. Right now I'm doing work in foster care, but ultimately I'd like to work with the mentally ill homeless. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 01:39:36 EST Hoe did you find out about your PCOS and/or HT? I was diagnosed at 22 with PCOS, mainly because of my weight. I have been fine with it, probably because I am not in the market for children yet. In July I had a routine blood test for my physical and they discovered that one of my thyroid hormones was off. They took a just wait and see attitude until a retest in September. Then the doctor decided that I should start levothyroxin to see if that might kick start the one hormone that is off. I go for my first follow up test in late Decembe... Sat, 5 Dec 2009 10:37:03 EST I need a kick in the butt please!!!!! As any of you who read the group email I sent out yesterday things have not been running as smoothly recently for my healthy lifestyle as I had become accustomed to. Lots of distractions,charity fundraisers, personal illness, family illness...the list goes on. <BR> <BR> Last night I had a serious food binge, I had had the mother of all days, plus I was feeling drowsy and weak due to the Amitryptilene I had to take to get to sleep the night before (due to pain from oral surgery last friday)! ... Tue, 1 Dec 2009 04:23:57 EST Who is Blueangellk??? Hi. My name is Linda and I live in Wisconsin. I have been with SP since January 2009 and have lost 30 pounds. I have about 100 more pounds to lose. Lately I have been finding some of them and getting frustrated, but I am here and that will make all the difference. <BR> <BR> I am by no means an expert at weight loss, health, or consistency, but I am here to do what I can and be supportive in reaching your goals. This will, in turn help me achieve mine. <BR> <BR> When I am not Sparkin... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 19:46:54 EST Newbie I am not sure if this is an active group or not, but I couldn't believe there was a group devoted to people with both hypothyroidism and PCOS. I knew there were others out there, but didn't imagine I could interact with them! <BR> <BR> I'm Megs (26), mother of 2 (4 and 2). I'm a SAHM. I hope to get to know some of you soon! Mon, 30 Nov 2009 16:09:59 EST I'm back, sorry for neglecting you all! Hi Folks! I'm Lyndsay (aka Diva600781) founder of this team. <BR> <BR> I haven't dropped by in a couple of months. I didn't even realise it had been that long until I received a request from Blueangel to take over the team (there's mutiny a foot LOL only kidding). <BR> <BR> Thought I owed you all a bit of an explaination. Things have been pretty hectic in my life for the last couple of months. Firstly my physio ordered me to cut back on my cardio (which gave my motivationa bit of a dunt t... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 10:03:45 EST Another Newbie Hi I'm new to SparkPeople and was just diagnosed with PCOS and Hypothyroidism. I'm still trying to decide how I feel - I'm angry because I feel like the deck is double-stacked against me, but I'm also relieved because I now understand that my inability to lose weight is not simply a matter of me being lazy and lacking self-control. I was glad to find this team and hope to make some new friends here. Sun, 22 Nov 2009 10:54:41 EST one week on spark people and I have lost 10 pounds I am so happy! it has been hard to get used to the new diet and I have to admit one day I totally cheated but got back on track the next...this week I start my exercise plan! I am on my way to being healthy :) Sun, 6 Sep 2009 19:48:45 EST Finally Some Good News! Okay apparently the eating a low carb diet and exercising has paid off because I found out yesterday that I'm PREGNANT! I am so excited but scared too since I know my hypo puts me at a higher risk for miscarriage and other problems. I called my Dr.'s office yesterday and they want to wait to check TSH until week 8 but I think I may have to get a little demanding and ask for it now. Fri, 4 Sep 2009 10:42:09 EST scared! Hi everyone, my name is Ana and I have just been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and PCOS...all my life I have been struggling with my weight issues but when it started affecting my reproductory system I got super scared ca use I am just 30 and have no kids yet and I am planning to wed my boyfriend next read all these things in the internet that make you anxious and nervous and you wonder if you will be able to lose the weight, have the kids, be healthy...I am just super scared...I n... Fri, 28 Aug 2009 09:51:17 EST Hi everyone! These intros always give me the giggles. Hi, I'm BethAnn and I'm 33. Diagnosed hypothyroid age 17. Self diagnosed and medically verified PCOS 2001. Currently I take 175 mcg Synthroid TWICE daily. Yes, you read correctly...350 mcg or .350 mg Synthroid a day. Yes, I know that's too much, but my TSH is still 8. Endocrinologist (new one I just went to) is working on seeing what we can do to change these things. As you can imagine, I have very little energy. I work 1 full time and 1 as-ne... Tue, 18 Aug 2009 02:37:20 EST Critical Medical Info!!!! I get regular emails from this site and thought this one was quite important so thought I would copy it here and let you read. Also though it may be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to any particularly apt medical updates you may come across. <BR> <BR> !!!!THE PROBLEM WITH SOY!!!!! <BR> <BR> ThyroidHelp: Are you still buying this stuff?þ <BR> From: on behalf of Gail & Monica ( <BR> Sent: 31 July 2009 14:55:29 <BR> To: Lyndsay ... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:16:36 EST Finally seeing success, but need advice on step 2. Hello ladies! <BR> <BR> I really need your advice. Since coming to SP, I have lost 6.8 lbs. For me, this is AMAZING progress. However, I am concerned about implementing exercise. You see, from Sept-Dec I was sort of watching what I was eating and went from 275 - 246. I was doing the JM 30 DS as well as walking daily. <BR> <BR> Then, something reversed in my body. No matter what I did, or how I modified my diet, I was gaining. I put on 30 lbs in 3 weeks! It has taken me since January to rev... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 21:48:13 EST Seeking New Spark Hello! I am new to this team and looking to give myself a boost in the right direction. I have PCOS, am hypothyroid, and 4 months post a total thyroidectomy for papillary cancer. Pre surgery I had managed to lose 50lbs, but have now gained back 45. I am struggling to corral energy and time for a proper life style while working 2 jobs. I would love to make friends who are working with similar circumstances. Sun, 26 Jul 2009 16:00:51 EST PICK ME UP!! HELP EMERGENCY I've been having a tough few days with generally feeling unwell and having ALOT of pain in my joints etc as a result of running out of my NSAIDS so my own stupid fault I suppose. I managed to walk most days despite how I've felt but today I have just felt totally wiped out and have slept most of the day. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling quite proud in that, this is normally when I am at my weakest with regards comfort eating and junk food and so far I have managed to stay within my calorie range and o... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:12:19 EST Daily Chat Does anyone else get migraines regularly? I've been fighting one going on three days now. I am on a very low dose BC and it wasn't up until about 6 weeks ago that I began to have migraines several time a month. Makes it difficult to do anything like exercise, read and just be productive. Thu, 9 Jul 2009 22:18:22 EST Dr. Visit Today I hope everyone is doing good today! I started seeing a new OB/GYN today and I really liked him. He spent the first 30 minutes just talking to me. He also said he wanted to rule out a few more things and then if that doesn't pan out, he is going to send me to an endocrinologist (thank god)! Because I am still so tired and not losing very much weight he wants to rule out Mono and sleep apnea before he sends me on. He is also going to check my vitamin D levels. He also told me he believes there... Wed, 8 Jul 2009 12:36:01 EST Motivational quotes and statements. I found this great quote on abusiness email I received and thought you may all like it as it seems particularly applicable to our situation. Please feel free to add quotes or even your own inspirational statements. <BR> <BR> "Happiness is to be found along the way, not at the end of the road, for then the journey is over and it is too late. Today, this hour, this minute is the day, the hour, the minute for each of us to sense the fact that life is good, with all of its trials and troubles, a... Tue, 7 Jul 2009 06:05:50 EST Lost alot of weight after childbirth but.... I never gained weight in any of my pregnancies, 4 children, girls it can be done . But immediately after lot a ton of weigth went down to a size 6, by the end of 6 week I had gained it all back even while taying on a 1300 calorie diet. Any one else have this happen to them? Sun, 5 Jul 2009 23:29:10 EST Hello I saw this group and HAD to join. I was diagnosed with both of these in March. I have been complaining of my thyroid since I was 14 and now at 23 they listen. My hypothyroidism caused my PCOS. Currently my testosterone levels are at 124. I have been put on 1500 mg of metformin and just now have been placed on .075 mg of synthroid. I am having to buy new clothes every two weeks because I am gaining weight so fast. My big problem is my hips, legs and shoulders. Will these get small again? My sh... Wed, 1 Jul 2009 22:17:08 EST Move Your Butt! I thought we should start a thread that encourages us to get moving and it's a good way to hold us accountable while allowing us to share our fitness accomplishments. I know some of you are doing the Firm, others are doing the 30 Day Shred and some are running half marathons. Whatever your exercise of choice share it here! Mon, 29 Jun 2009 20:42:40 EST Hi, I am new! Hola! My name is Heather and I am 23. I live in Indiana. I have been married since 6/7/2008. At my highest, I was 317 lbs. I recently was at 246, however, my lovely thyroid weirded out and I ballooned back to 275 within 2 weeks. (Thanks a lot! :( ) Now I am 280 and I refuse to let anything get me down. My first mini-goal is under 250. I can't wait to finally chat with some girls that know EXACTLY my specific circumstance! <BR> <BR> Doesn't PCOS make everything like 10 times harder? Throw in... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:31:40 EST Working hard & eating carefully but still gaining! I need some help ladies, I really really need some help. <BR> <BR> I've upped my training as I'm training towards running a 10K in October. So I now do 28 minutes minimum (2.55 miles) on the treadmill in the gym twice a week and am running outside to try to build up my endurance. I'm still doing strength training in the gym too but haven't changed my weights or reps. I am sticking ridgidly to a 1500 to 1900 calories a day limit and drinking at least 3 litres of water (I believe you can view... Sat, 27 Jun 2009 04:11:47 EST Informational Sites I have been doing quite a bit of reading on hypothyroidism and PCOS and have come across some very good sites for information. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR><BR>ry-syndrome-pcos-topic-overview <BR> <BR><BR>hyroidism-topic-overview Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:37:59 EST