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In reality getting on the right kind of thyroid medication is just the start. You will also need to check ALL of your hormone levels. You can learn more about it here: Started with 60 mg, down to 30 mg but Dr. Tried a cleansing diet, lost 12 lbs.
Thank you for the article, hope I can print it to take to my next visit as it may help to get the Dr. If your doctor is open to at least looking at the literature then you stand a good chance! I have been on Synthroid 88 MCG for over 37 years. I also have Fibromyalgia and my whole body hurts all the time especially joints. I have lost my eyebrows and eyelashes which have come back somewhat.
I get depressed very easily because I am so tired of being sick and tired. I also developed a goiter when I was nursing my daughter which was 37 years ago. Can you help me please get back on track I am 68 years old and sometimes feel a lot older. The truth is that your lab tests are probably not normal, I wrote a very detailed article about it here: Since then constant weight gain. This year brought more fatigue then normal and severe muscle and joint pain along with edema.
I tell my doctor and endocrinologist about the pain and they shrug their shoulders with no comment. Really starting to effect my lifestyle. I live in Phoenix. Are you accepting new patients? I continue to gain weight no matter how healthy I eat.
The edema continues to get worse along with fatigue and worsening joint pain. I have been to so many doctors in a plea for help but I am making no progress. One thing is for sure there are a ton of similarities in almost every patient I see and the bottom line is that most are being under treated. The best thing you can do is keep searching for a doctor locally to help you.
How does the iron levels in the body and also the estrogen hormone levels affect to this conversion and thyroid hormone functions? But just realize that every patient is unique. I have been on Synthroid since when I had my first daughter. In , I had my complete thryroid removed due to thyroid cancer. Since then, I have been on Synthroid mcgs. I few years ago, my doctor added Cytomel 25mcg.
It helped, but it is still not enough T3. I have a regular body temp of I have a very stressful job. Regardless of exercise of eating habits, I have consistently gained weight. I would look for a Doctor who practices medicine similar to me. In addition there are other aspects that need to be looked at including hormones, adrenals and stress reduction.
Hello, i had follicular thyroid cancer 23 years ago, i had been on mcg of levothyroxine since my operation to do a left thyroidectomy in Due do keeping my levels suppressed i had my meds increaaed to mcg 3 years ago then 2 weeka ago after seening a consultant he has taken me back down to mcg. I am over weight do a manual job and cant lose an ounce! Your situation is unfortunately not uncommon. I gave some recommendations below about how to treat thyroidectomy patients.
In addition you will want to find a different Doctor who practices personalized medicine. Here is the article I think you are referring to: There are many things you can do to prevent weight gain.
First, though, if you are gaining weight on your medication that may be a sign that your medication is under dosed or that you are being under treated.
I recommend using the tips above in this article to get an idea of what you should be doing to evaluate if your medication is right for you. You may also want to read this article here: Hi thank you for this article.
One was quite serious and had stroke-like symptoms aND took months to recuperate from. Regardless, it was diagnosed as bppv. My tsh still read as the low side of normal. My gp at the time put me on Synthroid. I lost some of the brain fog, but lost no weight nor regained energy. Gp refuses to do tests beyond tsh. An endocrinologist I saw was the same. I decided to take matters in my own hands.
First, I went gluten free. I lost 10 lbs and some of my skin problems were abated, but not all. I lost a lot of inflammation, such as moon face. I started selenium supplements and felt more alert but did not experience weight loss. After a year of gluten-free dieting I adopted the aip diet. I lost very little until I started taking ashwaganda. With this supplement I I feel more alert an experience gradual weight loss and some more energy.
The problem I am having now is substantial hair loss. I am supplementing with biotin and collagen with no change. I realize at my age expectations for recovery are probably not the same but I am feeling better and having an improved quality of life.
I am grateful for all of you professionals that share information that helped me. I will be writing a post on how to treat hair loss pretty soon here so keep an eye out. Thanks so much for the time and care you both took in putting this article together. I have alot to follow up on, and a new Dr.
My eyebrows are almost completely gone. What supplements,and tests do you feel are the absolutes in helping me turn this around? I had my thyroid removed 13 years ago, due to cancer. I was on Synthroid for the first 10 years, then switched over to the generic form, Levothyroxine, due to cost. I have steadily gained weigh over the years. I have had a few months of weight loss when going on a very restrictive diet and have noticed that carbs are the hardest to eat and lose weight…but are my favorite indulgence.
I told my husband the other day that maybe I am just going to be old and fat and leave it alone…but it still bothers me inside. If you are being given T4 only medication your body still must convert it to T3 in order for it to be active. So in that sense you still need to focus on optimizing T4 to T3 conversion.
I also have some extensive articles on weight loss that you can read about here: Hello, I have a 17 year old daughter with Down syndrome. She has been on Levothyroxine since age She was always of an average build until she started taking Levothyroxine. She also takes linsopril and digoxin. Her labs are always good. Her weight gain is out of control. She eats very well. Loves veggies and turns her nose up to sweets.
Any advice would be appreciated. In addition to other hormones I would specifically look at Leptin levels. Children with down syndrome seem to have higher levels of leptin when compared to neurotypical children which drives up appetite and increases weight gain significantly.
You can read more here: It may be difficult to find someone to work with you but you may have luck with a pediatric endocrinologist. Any advice on how to get them to listen. Try to find someone who uses a similar philosophy as me and you should be in good hands. Based on your symptoms you are most likely being under treated. I have hypothyroid and enlarged thyroid. I also have back problems and have constant pain disc protusion, facet joint hypertrophy,scoliosis which makes it difficult to walk.
My body is in stress and I told my dr who wants to send me for sleep study, mammograms,anything other than helping me with my health issues. I started taking vitamins for thyroid energy and cancelled my appt with dr. I have 2 more refills for levothyroxin but its not working anyway. I would recommend you find someone that is willing to dig deeper into your problem. You may have to look out of the insurance model to get the care that you need, unfortunately. Generally speaking the doctors that the mayo clinic practice the same way as your GP or endocrinologist will.
Is this article relevant if I take levothyroxine due to a complete thyroidectomy from thyroid cancer? I am under the care of an endocrinologist. Yes, the information is still relevant if you have had a complete thyroidectomy.
T4 hormone must still be converted to T3 in order to be active and this must happen whether your body produces it or you are taking it orally. I have been hypothyroid for 20 years. It sounds like you may want to look into finding a new doctor who is more willing to work with you!
I have been on Synthroid for 10 years. Last Spring my body started falling apart. May my labs were within range. By Nov my numbers tanked. My doctor increased my Synthroid to 75mcg. I am up pounds!!!! Can that be from the increase in meds. I exercise regularly and eat healthy. My eating habits have not changed nor my exercise. My doctor is very supportive and is willing to change my meds to Armour if I want.
Changing to armour may help if your main problem is related to the thyroid but in either event you need further evaluation. I was diagnosed hyper and that was the route I took years ago. I have been on Levothyroxine this entire time. The first 5 years my TSH stayed steady and so did the amount of Levothyroxine. Then for a couple years the levothyroxine was increased to well over double the amount I was originally on. I eat as healthy as I can, mostly vegetables a few carbs, chicken and turkey, and once in awhile a nice steak.
I do not lose weight at all. I understand most of what you are saying, but it sounds like the people your speaking to has a working thyroid even if it is working slow or low. Mine just no longer works. Thank you for your time. Please send me an email if at all possible. In general the suggestions in this post still apply to those without a thyroid. The reason most post thyroidectomy or RAI patients gain pounds is because they are under treated the vast majority of the time.
I have hashimotos and have had issues with weight. I did lose some but then gained it all back. My energy levels dived again when they lowered my dose due to my weight loss. I never made it to my goal weight. I then also had a hysterectomy and that helped add weight. I suffer from inflammation in my joints causing joint pain. In your case it sounds like a combination of thyroid, estrogen and probably cortisol.
Hi, I appreciate the information, but have some notes….. RLC Labs no longer manufactures Westhroid…. Westhroid and NatureThroid were very similar in makeup, so the makers have discontinued Westhroid.
WP Thyroid contains only 2 fillers. I switched from Armour to WP Thyroid in January, and if this blog was written in April, this should have been fact-checked for accuracy. Also, if people are learning about NDT for the first time, they should be aware that it all brands of NDT are the same, so different brands will work differently for different people. Also, Iodine is not involved in the T4 to T3 conversion process — it is involved in the creation of T4 however.
The deiodinases in the body remove iodine moieties to either activate or inactivate thyroid hormone. As an aside, high doses of iodine actually suppress thyroid function and can be used as a therapy for treating thyroid storm.
And still my doctor tells me to watch what i eat. I would recommend you take a look at this post here for more info on weight loss: Found out I had hypothyroid with a 7 size growth. Got the diagnosis 4 months ago. I was extremely sick, sleeping all day and night and never feeling full and also had severe confusion with Deja vu. I have no idea what my thyroid panel numbers are. But I must mention that about 7 months ago I got the Epstein Barr virus and became extremely sick.
I have since been sick many times with viral and bacterial infections. I also recently had extensive blood tests that showed my levels really bad! My blood had changed dramatically while before all this I was very healthy. I also was having asthma attacks with chest pains and all my allergies became severely worse. I also take probiotics, apple cider vinegar, b vitamins, multi vit, fiber gummies, asthma and allergy meds and the dr gave me a appetite suppressant pill so I can eat like a normal person.
I had gained about 15 pounds in all of this but changing my diet and moving more I have been losing. I used to weigh about The hardest part is that I have no energy to work out often. Going from a very healthy person to super sick often is a big shock. Dr said wont have another ultrasound on my thyroid for 3 more months.
Any help with this situation is welcomed and appreciated! I would make sure your doctor is checking your thyroid antibodies. And I would recommend you check your basal body temp and resting pulse as you go through treatment. My doctor will not switch me from levothyroxine!
I am gaining weight and he will only test my T4 and TSH, nothing else! I literally cried the entire way through this article! You may want to look for another doctor who is more willing to work with your specific needs. My doctor will only test TSH and t4. Eating less than cal due to a test that I had that my calorie intake should be no more than You are fighting two different beasts: Calorie restriction will only make things worse.
I just tried lifting weights and exercising, but I lost all of my energy to the point that it felt like I just got over the flu and I was still recovering. I am into week 3 of this and am just starting to recover. I also can only work part time because full time is SO exhausting and most of the time I have to take naps after work or when I get a day off, I sleep a good 10 hours to recover.
Every doctor that I have gone to will only prescribe the L-thyroxine and wants to downplay any fatigue or weight gain that I have as me being lazy and not exercising enough. They are also just checking the TSH and nothing else even thought I ask for everything. It is very frustrating and disheartening when all you want to do is feel normal again, have a life again, enjoy life again. Unfortunately many Doctors stick to the TSH because it is the standard of care.
In reality, there is no perfect test — even blood work. In order to get a clear picture of the thyroid you really need to look at resting heart rate, basal body temperature a full thyroid panel! But more important is looking at other hormone levels in the body as well. Hi, I had a TT in due to Thyroid cancer.
I also had a hysterectomy in which I think may contribute to my inability to lose weight. I take mcg of Levothyroxine which seems to be keeping me hyper thyroid with still NO weight loss.
You need to get an entire hormone panel to figure out what is going on. Check the following hormones: I am from Southeast AZ. I was diagnosed with Hashis 4 years ago was put on levothyroxine just 6months ago.
I feel awful all the time. I go from hypo symptoms to hyper. My body hurts especially my joints all the time. Headaches are another huge issue. My question is do you have info on doctors in the Ft.
Your help would be a blessing! I have been taking synthroid for years. I want to try diet pills but my doctor says no …because of the thyroid pills.
Are there any safe ones i can take? This article is great thank you! I had a total thyroidectomy at 18 8yrs ago now I have continuously put on weight sinse then, I eat a strict plant and meat based diet.
No refined sugars, very limited processed foods and limited fruit. I excerise at least three times a week and still struggle to move weight. I always feel sluggish and tired as I did pre TT. I had Hashimotos disease and a goiter. T3 medication is not funded and very expensive where I live. An my doc is not keen to try me on it. I am thinking I will start monitoring temp etc as you have mentioned to see what it shows.
I am currently on levo Monday-Friday and sat and Sunday. Thank you for this article! How many patients have you seen gain weight on 1, calorie diets while taking synthroid? How many patients have you monitored reverse T3 levels on closely on T4 medication and then on T3 medication? The current paradigm is to treat with T4 medication and hope that it converts to T3 in the body, but how sure are you that it is happening?
I can also tell you that standard lab tests do NOT always reflect what is actually happening in the body and at the cellular level. Thank you so much for this article.
I have been suffering with hypothyroidism for almost 15 years. I now almost weigh lbs, I eat healthy for the most part, and exercise as much as possible when I feel like it.
Most of the time I am exhausted, my body hurts, I suffer from headaches, my skin is so dry, etc, etc. I barely have enough energy to get through a whole work day most days. My body is constantly inflamed sometimes carrying as much as 10 lbs of fluid and inflammation. I recently found out my father is hyperthyroid and is skinny as a rail wish that was my case. I will start with testing my temperature and recording my resting heart rate as you suggested above, but could you recommend exactly what blood tests I should request?
I would like to be very prepared when I talk to my physician. I have also read that this is an auto immune disease, is this true? If so, could it cause other diseases ie: You might have some luck searching for functional medicine doctors though. To find out what blood tests to order check out this article here: Hypothyroidism can be due to inflammation and autoimmunity, but not necessarily.
I take 2 tablets of levothyroxine everyday I lost my thyroid four years ago to mens I have been on every dose from 75 to and still gain weight and always feel so tired..
My TSH levels are at so i was restarted on 50mcg of levothyroxine, since starting the medicine a little over 2 weeks ago, my depression and anxiety are terrible, im crying all the time, i feel likey thoughts arent my own. My chest and jaw hurt and my endo wont listen. She says its because im on too low of a dose, but these symptoms didnt start until after i started the medicine.
Before i started it, the only symptoms i had were slight fatigue and weight gain. Im so confused and dont know what to do. Either way you definitely need to be seen again and have your blood work rechecked. I was diagnosed at the age of 39, now I am normally lbs.
This is SO frustrating as I have done everything to try and get the weight to come down, and have done nothing to put the weight on which is maddening… I would be happy at at this point. I have tried Levo, Synthroid, and finally was allowed by my endo.
I feel a lot better on the NDT, but I am still way over weight. I have tried clean eating, exercise, you name it. I have an appointment coming up with my endo.
I have a closet full of beautiful clothes that I would love to wear again… Any suggestions? I am not satisfied, and will not accept this is the way it is going to be. I see this all the time! You will need to have your other hormone levels checked as well. This is a case study on what it takes to lose weight and I go over her labs in detail, but remember that each person is different: I was first put on Synthroid and immediately gained 25lbs and felt worse than I started out.
My labs are better but no where near optimal. Trying to think of the best ways to educate my dr without actually being a know it all. You should be monitoring a combination of the following: It is possible that your thyroid is fine right now and other hormonal imbalances are causing your issues more than your thyroid.
Make sure to get your other hormone levels checked as well, and remember that your thyroid is just one piece of a much larger puzzle. I currently take synthroid and 5 Cytomel. I can not lose any weight. I am tired all the time. I have asked my doctor to switch me to natural thyroid med and he said levels are too hard to keep adjusted.
I would recommend checking out these articles for more info on how to lose weight with Hypothyroidism:. For the most part you can forget endocrinologists because they all swear by Synthroid even in the face of contrary results.
I will say that I was not able to lose an ounce on Synthroid, but had good success while on Armour. It is a good medication, and many people do well on it, but not everyone. The trick is finding the right combination of medication, dosing and frequency for each individual and that can take time.
And I hope you are able to find another doctor willing to prescribe it to you. Thyroid is just one part of losing weight, there are several other hormones that need to be evaluated as well. For more info on how to do it, read these posts:. I just want to say that I have been on thyroid medicine for over 15 years, I have been talking levothyroxine for several years and I lost pounds in 2 years and 4 months without the gastric bypass.
Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on the weight loss. What many people patients and doctors fail to realize is that lots of thyroid patients out there are already eating 1, calorie diets and NOT losing any weight.
You should get an in depth evaluation by a knowledgable physician for further assistance. Just changed to about 6 months ago. In this time have lost 20 to 30 lbs including zumba fitness and eating better. Have been stuck seeing nothing now. Have been thinking about going the natural route with medication but I am concerned on what to use and how much, how often.
I have been on thyroid meds for years,but have started gaining weight. My joints are stiff now and I feel like i did when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I have talked with my Doctor and she told me my numbers are good,yet I continue to gain weight and feel tired. What do you suggest I do along with taking my meds which is Levothyroxine. Take a look at this post here for more info: I have been on levothyroxine for about 18 months and despite the dosage being put up, i have gained over three stone in weight.
Thoroughly and utterly frustrating. Sorry to hear about your situation! It can be very frustrating.
I have been on mcg Synthyroid for 5 years and I have steadily gained weight. I am currently pregnant with my 3rd child and was wondering if taking Armour would be an option for me.
If once the baby is born and I begin to breastfeed would it also be safe? Thank you for this article it was very eye opening. Thyroid hormone is safe to take while pregnant and while breast feeding but it should still be done through a physician.
They say I have hashimoto my white blood count was very high they did ultrasound to check for cancer. But was not that I suffer from muscle aches joint aches fatigue My pituitary glad level are very high when I went to Er.
My blood pressure spike when normal blood is very low like over Is at or up but yet I gain weight even off protein diet I take a very low dose for now but I am a wreak dr say there is no other mess to treat hashimoto if I really have this.
Thank you for this article. I was diagnosed at 23 with graves disease. After radioactive iodine I am hypo. I take mcg of levothyroxine. I have for many years. I live in Tenn. And would love for a doctor to understand our story. I go in 2in3 months to have my thyroid levels checked. I will do the basial temp and resting pulse rate and take this to my doctor.
Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you so much. Checking your pulse and body temp is great, but the chances of your doctor acting on that data is very slim.
Hi I found your article very informative. Was diagnosed with toxic nodules in Had my thyroid oblated in Pretty much hurt all the time. Going to talk to my dr and see what we can do. So tired of being tired. Any other advice would be great. Thank you for the help. Look into your other hormone levels like estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and insulin. I have been on Synthroid for over 5 years. Have not lost weight, no energy whatsoever, very stiff joints and muscles, although I thought this was from getting older, I am I go to my primary care for followups every three months as he says this is what is required, so I know my temp.
Although, I feel not no much. In fact the aging process is accelerated once hormones levels start to decline.
Hi, I have had an ablation to my thyroid due to an extremely overactive thyroid condition. I was told it was Graves disease. They used radio iodine to kill my gland. I have gained a bunch of weight 75 lbs since and cannot loose any significant amounts. Please help, where do I start. I feel awful with all this extra weight. I now have to take blood pressure meds 2 kinds…..
I would check out this post here for help on how to lose weight: I take 50mg synthroid and I notice when I stop taking I lose weight. Not sure what I can do to switch because my Dr is very set on synthroid being the best medication. You may need to seek out a new doctor who is more willing to work with your specific needs. Most doctors should realize that not every patient responds to medications the exact same way especially hormones. My weight fluctuates throughout the year, nothing excessive but notice able.
I never questioned my medication as I never had a reason too. I guess now I should talk to my doctor about other options. It would be a good idea to check your heart rate and basal body temperature, chances are high that you would do well on T3 medication in some form if it is in high enough doses! I had an ablation in I have maybe one epasode a year. I am 56 and obese. Having physical issues I feel are related to Hashimoto.
Endocrinologist here do not recognize it has its own issues. Some days I can barely walk. Not sure what to do now. In the last 6 months my tsh went from 2. I take beta blockers so my heart rate is always slow, I also have primary biliary cholangitis, b12 deficiency, high bp and high cholesterol. Any help would be appreciated. It sounds like you may need to find some new doctors who are more willing to work with you. Without changing anything I fear your condition may continue to get worse.
I have been on levothyroxine mcg for 33 years now and no matter what doctor I go to and tell them that I am constantly tired never have any energy.
They tell me that it is the nature of the disease that I have oh hypothyroidism and diabetes which I have had for almost 20 years. I cant control my blood sugars unless I eat all plant and protein diet and still will not lose any weight. The only thing the doctor will check and this is all the ones I have been to all these years will only test my TSH and T4 nothing else.
I wear a fitbit all the time and my pulse hardly ever gets much over even walking it stays low and my resting heart rate averages about 74 but I have times that it will be as low as My basal body temperature is always below 98 usually runs I am also on several drugs for my diabetes and it still is not where the doctor wants to have it in the mornings.
I would check out this post here for more info: With insulin resistance which is type II diabetes it will be impossible to lose weight. It does sound like your thyroid is also not functioning optimally, but insulin is another huge problem you will need to reverse to start losing weight. I had thyroid cancer almost 10 years ago and I have to have my tsh suppressed. I also feel hungry and tired. Changing your medication would not cause your cancer to come back.
And if your doctor is concerned about you being a poor converter it would be worthwhile to check your reverse T3 levels and see. I have had this issue since My thyroid had been out of sorts numbers reaching … My meds have been increased to where I have been taking mg Synthroid for years!! I will try these steps and go from there. I take 2 grains of nature thyroid for my hypothyroidism and cannot lose a pound.
A lot of other symptoms have gone away, just not the weight. You need some deeper evaluation into other hormone levels. Would you suggest a hormone specialist to see areas that could be affecting the non weight loss? I am in the same boat! Hi, I had most of my thyroid removed about 8 years ago and have been on Levothyroxine since. My blood work is always normal but I am always sooooo tired and though I have not gained weight, it is very hard to lose it.
I have tried the low carb diet and will lose a few pounds the first week then nothing after that. Then I will have a cheat day and lose a few pounds the next week. It is very frustrating!!! I am also diabetic and take meds for that. I would recommend you check out this post here: You may benefit from changing your medication and you absolutely need to address your insulin resistance.
I am on Levothyroxine 2 50mcg daily. I can only maintain this weight by keeping my calorie intake less than calories per day. Not healthy at all. I drink high protein meal replacement and take vitamins. But I stay exhausted all the time. You may want to refer to this article: In short you are damaging your metabolism and thyroid function by eating so few calories per day. A better way to lose weight can be found here: You may need to find someone else who is more willing to work with you.
I am been on this medication since Since that time I have gained over lbs. No matter what food I cut out of my diet or exercise I do, I cannot lose the weight. Switching medicines never crossed my mind because I thought this was the only route to take for hypothyroidism. I am open to making changes to get this weight off. Any suggestions on what I should do? What do you reccommend for those struggling with all these symptoms after a Total Thyroidectomy?
I take both Synthroid and Cytomel daily. I have an article for patients in your exact situation: I has total thyroidectomy due to thyroid cancer, been on synthroid since then. Blood work shows meds too high but I am so tired I can barely function. Unable to lose weight even though only eating about calories a day. Tried armour broke out in rash.
I also take 2 cytomel a day. Help i dont think my body is absorbing meds. More likely you are just being really under dosed with your medication. Some people need more thyroid hormone than others but we treat everyone the same, unfortunately you will probably need to seek help elsewhere to get proper care. Hello, I live in England and have been on levothyroxine for over twenty years, have back and joint pain, do not eat dairy or wheat eat lots of veg and fruit and mainly chicken, cannot lose weight eat less than cals per day, I am a little overweight but cannot lose any weight by cutting down or exercise, find it hard to swallow and get a swelling in my throat if I eat tomatoes or oranges, my cholesterol was abit high at my last blood test also my potassium levels were high,I have a blood test once a year, my doctor has prescribed the same dose of mg for twenty years, and does not test for T3 my blood pressure is sometimes high but the only medication I am on is for my thyroid, I have had a lot of stress in my life recently and find it hard to sleep, my doctor seems to think my health is ok, but I feel that I have no energy and cannot do as much as I used to, twenty minutes gardening tires me out, I used to spend two or three hours in the garden.
Do you know of any supplements that I can get to help or should I change my doctor I have been with him for thirty years. Just to be perfectly honest with you, you have a lot of work to do to get your health back in order. Doing just one of these things is not likely to improve your health drastically, but doing them all together certainly would help.
But I think I felt better and had more energy before I started taking it. My doc perscribed the levothyroxine for this and I have yet to get my labs done again to see if it is working. I am still very tired all the time. I can almost pin point when this started happening to me, a little over a year ago I was feeling more tired than usual and sick a lot. I also take Hydrocortozon daily and I felt like that was not working at all.
So, I was not surprised that this was happening. But, I have been on the medication now for about 6 weeks and am still very tired and do not feel really any different. I did not gain weight either when all this started. I was about pounds and in about 2 months found myself down to 84 and got scared.
I did not go to the doctor because I had not been eating right because I had been so sick so just started making myself eat more.
I have managed to get to 95 pounds or so now. That was gained before the medication for thyroid was started. I do not know at the moment what I am but am not gaining. I was wondering if there are any supplements I can take to help improve energy levels and help my adrenals as well. I feel like all this is depleting my cortisol totally. I work and when I do that is all I can do for a day.
I go to work and struggle to get through the day and go home and to bed. I will not see my Endocrinologist until July and do not know what she is going to do or check but, I have not seen her for a year now and she diagnosed me over email and does not even know about the weight loss yet.
I am not sure if I will even keep the same doc as they have not really been any help. This sentence says it all. If it was working you would notice a difference. You need better thyroid management and better hydrocortisone management. You should also have pituitary function tested, especially if you are now hypothyroid.
I had my thyroid removed 1 year ago today left one and went on Levothyroxine — then six month s later got diagnosed as a diabetic.
You will need to address your insulin levels before your body will let go of any weight. I have been on the corrected dose of T4 and T3 for 2 weeks — I am starting to feel so much better! I can already tell a big difference in my energy level and my attitude. She complained ALL the time about her throat hurting, tickling feel or a slight popping. A major problem sounds like. Sincerely, A worried parent!!! The best thing you can do is take her into see someone who will look at all of her conditions and give you guys a treatment plan that includes potentially changing her medication and addressing any underlying issues.
She may also benefit from something like neurofeedback. I take Levothyroxin and cannot lose weight. I am so discouraged and feel horrible. My next step is to take dairy out of my diet.
I seriously need some help as I look horrible in my clothes and very uncomfortable. I was on mcg synthroid. Migraines, joint pain, brain fog, anxiety, extremely tired with no hope of getting better.
Made an appointment with an endocrinologist. First she added 10mg cytomel. Then she tried armour thyroid. I think I still need 1 more med increase but am waiting till my appointment to discuss. I have been on Levo for about 5 years. I have always seemed to gain weight slowly. Two and half years ago, I got breast cancer.
While on chemo, I went to an Endo. Over the last few years, I have gained 30 lbs. I have been done with chemo for almost 2 years and my weight is still creeping up. Nothing seems to work. Very rare do I get a chance to sit down and rest. I had a thyroidectomy in I began on synthroid and switched to armour in Last year my numbers went crazy and even with increasing dosage I remained hypothyroid and miserable.
Four months ago my new endo recommended tirosint. Initially it went well but 2 months later the sweats and bloating began. Now I have reduced from mg to mg and still feel miserable and bloated. I take 8 — 10 ibuprofin every 6hours or so to help with aches. You might have done better on liothyronine. Also, make sure you watch your kidney function taking that amount of ibuprofen. I have been on mcg of Levothyroxine for 15 years and have gained 42lbs in weight. I suffered a heart attack just 3 months prior to the thyroid problem Or did I?
I also take simvastatin for cholesterol, Irbesartan for heart protection and Nicorandil for Blood Pressure. Because I take Aspirin to thin my blood, I also have to take Lansoprazole to protect my stomach as I have had stomach ulcers in the past. Such a cocktail of drugs is worrying especially as I am now borderline diabetic too and will soon start on metformin. Could all my health issues stem from an under active thyroid being mistreated?
I believe they could and have. Going off of them all at once would not be advised. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 28… 20 years later, I am lbs heavier and always tired … tried to add exercise for over 3 months and just found myself in more pain resulting in doctors saying I had gout … I am not looking to be the girl I once was I just want to be comfortable … I even got frustrated with weight watchers cause I would lose some gain some … Any advice from an expert ….
Whole food based diet that is NOT calorie restricted, and to avoid all calorie restricted diets from here on out — they will only further damage your metabolism. I followed the same routine, but added in more exercise. I am on mcg Levothyroxin. If you read through the comments you will see that you are not alone.
The vast majority of doctors I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid age 15 so 18 years ago. Your main issue is a slow metabolism which is caused by a lack of thyroid function and probably several other hormonal imbalances.
This article was very informative!! I am not sure why my comment was edited to describe what I was taking and the questions I asked… was really hoping for some help in directing me to what I could do next. For the most part, no, supplements are not sufficient by themselves to boost thyroid function enough to completely eliminate symptoms.
And, in answer to your original question, I do think it would be reasonable to try and find a Doctor willing to prescribe NDT. I am also suffering from mrb. I take mkrgr daily of Levaxin. I do not feel well. I have just been to an endocrinolog and I was not to change any medications. I was also told that my blood works were ok. What am I to do? I am exhausted, not sleeping well, not eating at all compared to my weight.
I have been taking Levothyroxine for over four years. This is the only actual prescribed medication I take.