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Old 03-25-2010, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Any Hypothyroid folks out there?

I am new to the site but not new to dieting and exercise. About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.. eighty lbs and many many many doctors later I am stull struggling to get the right med levsls and the right foods in my body. I came here so that I can monitor my intake ( always good to lookat what you are really eating ) and have a support group as once again I try to shed the weight the disease has so generously given me.
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Old 03-25-2010, 04:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yes, me too! I have been on this site now since the end of feb, and am down eight pounds. I also have insulin resistance and polycystic ovaries, I am trying to keep to logging my foods and regular exercise (trying 20-30 mins every day or every second day) as my doc says that this helps activate the muscles in order to become more insulin sensitive. I find this site great, and there have been some major surprises re:calories.... quiche is megacalorie!!!! and 1 hour aquaaerobics doesn't even get me a chocolate bar!
Keeping the treats low cal by sharing them with the kids
Good luck! The regular logging in to calculate foods I have found most helpful....the weightloss is slow, but at least now its coming off!!!!
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep I'm hypothyroid too, I've found it really hard to keep the weight off as I spent the last year immobile following a accident and multiple surgeries- I'm still limited by the injury as to what exercises I can do- luckily I love swimming! I have balooned up to 108 kilos and trying desperatly hard to reduce as the less weight I carry the less pressure on my injury- but the old thyroid don't make life easy!
Just coming to the end of my first week and have a 1.5 kilo loss which I'm chuffed to bits with :-) Keeping an eye on intake is a real boon, then I come on here and read some inspiring stories and I'm armed for the day!
Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:43 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am new to the site but not new to dieting and exercise. About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.. eighty lbs and many many many doctors later I am stull struggling to get the right med levsls and the right foods in my body. I came here so that I can monitor my intake ( always good to lookat what you are really eating ) and have a support group as once again I try to shed the weight the disease has so generously given me.
I have had this for over 15 years and have done plenty of reading and trying stuff. i have a great doctor that humors me so we have tried different medication. What I have discovered is that if I keep my TSH levels closer to 1.0 I feel better and am able to control my weight. Some doctors willo tell you your bloodwork is normaln well the normal range is quite large it goes from .3 to 5.0. When I have been 4.0 or 4.5 I'm more tired. Know your numbers learn and listen to your body
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Old 04-08-2010, 05:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My issue started with a fibroid tumor the size of a nerf football (remember those?), so 1 ovary was removed and that's when the weight piled on. Never had an issue with weight before that, but I gained 50 lbs in less than 6months. I'm 5'7" and WAS 135 lbs. A few years and a baby later, I had a surgery to figure out an issue with my parathyroids (these control calcium levels and mine were hyperparathyroid so calcium was being taken from my bones so I'm Osteopenic) and while they were in they removed 1 of my thyroids because of another fibroid like tumor! I was on levothyroid for a year but we took a chance and stopped the meds (fosamax too) and my thyroid level was in the "normal" range.

Prior to the surgery I was .75 and now I'm closer to 4. Long story longer, I feel doomed. I'm now at 200 lbs, and I feel out of control. Should I asked my doctor to put me back on the meds even though I'm in the normal range. What are the Pro's and Con's? (I'm so glad I found this thread - I was just about to start some unhealthy dieting practices because I'm so desparate)
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Hypothyroid more than 20 yrs

I was diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroiditis when I was pregnant with my last baby back in 1990. I too, have been to many docs and specialist. I agree with solange25 you have to learn to listen to your body. I do good right at about 3.0. I struggled on synthroid and a few years ago I found Armour (which is on back-order right now). And it made a huge difference, it has T3 as well as T4 (synthroid only supplies T4). Your body needs both. Since the issues with Armour I have started on a new regime. I have a wonderful new doc (she actually listens to me), she is giving both levoxyl (T4) and cytomel (T3), the combo is working great. I feel great. Still eating a little to much but able to keep it in range. Having this ilness is the pits, you really have to be diligent and count and watch everything. I have lost almost 50 lbs in the last 6 yrs and kept it off. I would like to lose a bit more with the help of this site, I'm on the right track.
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:45 PM   #7 (permalink)
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My husband suffered from thyroid problems and they could never get his meds just right. I started having him take several different vitamins. Fish Oil, Kelp, and some others. However, the two that has totally gotten rid of his thyroid problem was the Fish Oil and Kelp supplements. It took two months to get him back to normal. Those two supplements really do work wonders on your body.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Interesting - I just read an article that mentioned that med. I also saw this which blew me away because I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia too - my wheels are a-turning....

"Hypothyroidism in Women
When the thyroid gland is underactive, the metabolism slows down and you suffer from symptoms such as:

•Fatigue
•Thyroid Weight Gain
•Constipation
•Dry skin
•Hair Loss
•Cold intolerance
Thyroid symptoms in women come from having the far more common underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) than to have an overactive thyroid. In fact, some estimate that as many as 1 in 7 adults suffer from hypothyroidism. Many women have the symptoms of low thyroid hormones but are told that their lab tests are “normal” and that there is not a problem. However, the Society of Endocrinologists stated in 2002 that the lab ranges were actually incorrect and hypothyroidism was being under diagnosed. At this point, most labs have not adjusted their ranges so a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test originally read as “normal” may actually show hypothyroidism.

Similar symptoms afflict woman with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain illness. The condition causes severe joint and muscle pain and fatigue. A significant number of hypothyroidism sufferers were subsequently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, indicating a connection between the two conditions. This connection is not yet comprehensively understood."
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Let me try this again, for some reason my replies don't alway work so all the typing I just did went away

I've been reading further into the link between hypothyroidism and fibromyalgia, and I found one more interesting factor or link, it has to do with gluten intolerance. These all being auto-immune issues, it's interesting that the symptoms are all intertwined. Wouldn't it be something if the real issue here is gluten intolerance???

I've been on low-carb diets and felt great, brain fog gone and my body hurt less. However, it's very difficult to maintain. The gluten-free diet sounds alot like low carb, but with an added bonus of potatoes, rice, no carb counting and even sugar!

Anyone in? Want to give a gluten-free diet a try?

I think this is worth a shot and for the first time in while, it just makes sense!

The Fibromyalgia/Hypothyroidism Link
Fibromyalgia and Hypothyroidism Medication Tips
Fibromyalgia, Hypothyroidism and the Theories of Dr. John Lowe
The Celiac/Autoimmune Thyroid Connection: A Major Thyroid Disease Breakthrough
The Fibromyalgia Research Foundation: The link between fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and thyroid hormone resistance
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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i do also have hypothyroid. i was diagnosed with it, 11 years ago, after the birth of my second child. i was depressed, overweight and a total mess.
this makes weight loss almost impossible! i have been watching my diet, exercising and doing all that a normal person supposed to do to lose weight, without any result! at times, i feel so depressed and discouraged. if you do have a tips or trick on how to lose weight pleas post.
and thank you for the comments about the T3 and T4 levels, i'll have to pay more attention and discuss it with my doctor, next visit.
recently, he prescribed Xenical for me, it's suppose to stop absorbtion of 30% of fat intake, but even that is not working!!!
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