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despite the fact that I have an armory of anti-inflammatorys at home.
My weight is at a record high and normally each additional kilo causes extra pain.
That I have both psoriasis and arthritis
I just purchased powered glutamine and have had 3/4 of a tablespoon each morning together with psyllium husk in water.to act as slow release.
Glutamine helps heal leaky gut which can contribute to the above conditions and now on day 2 there has been a considerable drop in pain esp. in my knees.
This may may indicate that anti-inflammatories are less effective where a source of inflammation is not being controlled to begin with.
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Sounds like your doctor is trying to find the right dose while your body bounces around. Unfortunately doctors like to play with your thyroid numbers because higher doses means more risk for your heart. You may try another doctor to get a second opinion.

I don't have a thyroid.. removed when I was 17. I had a growth on it. Anyway, I was taking 300mcg per day and then my doctor started playing with the dose (too high). He dropped my dose to 200 and then wanted to drop it to 100. I was furious! It isn't like I have a thyroid! So he agreed to leave it at 200. Once the dose changed, instantly depression increased, weight gain began to happen, and all the other symptoms too!

I ended up going to a health and well being doctor at a major hospital. He did a more thorough test to see how my body was absorbing the medicine. He discovered that my body uses it differently and I wasn't getting what I needed.. He upped my dose to 225 and added a T4 thyroid as well. I am feeling a bit more energetic, but time will tell.
I don't think switching from levothyroxine will be that big of a difference, but sometimes it does help a little. Your insurance may not pay for the difference.

I also switched to the Atkins diet and have been on it for about 2 weeks. I have already lost 6 pounds!! I wasn't doing anything for the past year! Less hunger! That is a total bonus!

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Hello all!! I am 27 and have been suffering with hypothyroidism for about 6 years, I am on 100 mcg of levothyroxine, I have not been on a consistent dose of medicine since I developed my thyroid issue. My NP keeps changing it bc of my fluctuation in blood work. Should I be on Synthroid or Armour instead of the generic levothyroxine? Also I was wondering how they diagnose you with autoimmune disease or hashimotos? Thanks for any replies, I keep hoping for relief.

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The correct spelling is Cytomel it is a T3 for thyroid and Synthroid is a T4. I am currently on 25mcg 1/2 tab twice a day and Synthroid .75mcg once a day. You can look them up on line or ask your pharmacist. Thryrsense is a natural supplement that you can get at a health food store. It helps support your thyroid and adrenal glands. I find it has helped with any lingering symptoms that the synthroid alone couldn't cover for example still being tired all the time. Didn't help with the weight not coming off however the combo has worked.

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thanks for all the info. What is cytomol? also what is thryosense. I have not heard of either one.


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In Nova Scotia we don't have Amour which is a T4 T3 medication. So I spoke to my doctor about Synthroid and cytemol mix and it has been working great I am finally able to loose some weight. Since I started I have lost 1.5lbs and thats just in a little over 2weeks which is a big difference from being 4months and only loosing 3lbs with diet and exercise.

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Your right supplements to support your thyroid help. I take Thyrosence It works great and I feel so much better with more energy.

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Thyroid numbers are VERY subjective. They are nothing but a guideline. If you still don't feel good, then you probably need to either up your medication, or try a different one. The adrenal glands are closely tied to the thyroid as well, and taking supplements for that has made all the difference in my energy levels.

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I too am on cytomel and levothroid. T3 Rules! Hehehe

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Being on meds for life really isn't a big deal. The difference in how you feel makes up for it. The TSH test is one, there is also a free T3 test that they can do. I was on Synthroid for a few years and didn't feel any better. Finally went to a doctor that would listen to me. Synthroid is T4, and the body needs to be able to break that down into T4 and T3. My body was creating reverse T3 which it can't use. TSH doesn't tell the whole story for everyone. Most doctors don't know this.

I was also suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome. Doctor gave me some supplements and I am so much better with lots more energy.

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I am told you should have a diet high in fiber between 35-50gr however your medication should be taken an hour before you have the fiber so it doesn't affect the intake of the medication. I am finding this is helping tremendously. Also I am on cytemol and synthroid mix and am now starting to loose weight were as before I was only loosing 2lbs in four months. this is with exercise and proper eating. Now since I started two weeks ago I have already dropped a llbs. Not bad.

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Hi, I am new here. I have been hypothyroid for 15 yrs
and take Levithyroxin. I went on Weight Watchers
and lost 2 lbs in a month. I go to a therapeutic
pool for 3 hrs a week for arthritis exercises. What
are the best foods to eat to boost your metabolism
and should you eat less than 1800 cal a day or more.
Thanks for any help or suggestions. June

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2/1/08 5:27 P

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I discovered recently that chronic stress can negatively affect your thyroid as well as cause you to store fat (See Dr. OZ - You on a Diet). Since I discovered this little known fact (at least to me), I have started identifying sources of stress in my life and eliminating them as quickly as possible, which is not always easy. Good news is that I'm training to walk a 1/2 Marathon in May 2008 and have lost 7.5 lbs in the last two weeks.

Hang in there. Once you get your levels balanced, you should have more energy and feel more like focusing on weight loss.

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I retired from working outside of the home in Dec 2005. I am 54. I thought that would give me a chance to do so many things but I have gotten so lazy. Sometimes I don't even go grocery shopping. I use the wrong words in a conversation on occasion so I will think out what I am going to say more carefully than ever before. Maybe this is part of hypothroidism? I have been able to drop 4# in two weeks. I guess I will have to wait see if this trend continues. Do you lose weight after you start the meds?



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I understand not wanting to stay on medication for life. However it has been proven that a healthy diet with weight loss can bring your medication levels down. Also there are natural remedies that for some people have been very successful. That is my goal to get the excess weight off so I can try the natural remedy. I don't like being on Med's either. However not being on it was hell. I couldn't concentrate, no energy, and enormous weight gain. So stick with your diet plan there are other options out there.

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I am new to SP. I found your forum through another members SparkPage. I am not on meds for hypothyroidism but in November my TSH was 6.029. My Dr suggested I have another test in Feb. I tried to find info on the web regarding additional testing but was unsuccsesful. Have any of you had test repeated or did you go on meds after one test? I found the comments about hair loss interesting. I have been noticing hair loss at the hairline for about 6 months now. I thought it was from bleaching my hair for years but now I wonder. I just hate to go on a med that will be for life. FS



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1/2/08 7:51 P

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Hi...I am kind of new to SP, I have been a member for months but never bothered with it much until now... I have hypothyroidism after being treated from cancer..I am not sure why or how that happened..my doctor has given me medication ..she has started me with small doses so basically I am still in the process of knowing how much of the meds I need....I did not know that this problem had anything to do with weight gain until yesturday when I started reading more about it...I would like to know more so if anyone has anymore information ..I would like to hear from you all...have a great day ..Thanx
Lina

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Hi - I'm new to SP, but have been struggling with hypothyroidism issues for about 5 years. I just can't seem to lose any lbs! Sounds like some of you have lots of knowledge about this - I admit I've not read much about my situation. I know my situation isn't as bad as some, but to me it is bad.

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Hi Mahree,

Welcome I am also new to SP and new to having an underactive thyroid as well. I just wanted to say welcome and we are glad your here.



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Hi,

I have been reading some of these message boards about Hypothyroid disease.

I was very mentally and physically ill before I was diagnosed. It has been about 7 years ago now. The doctor I had then started me out with 100 MCG (?) of synthyroid. I was a heavy smoker at that time.

I now have been quit (smoking) for 3 years. My current doctor has reduced my meds down to 75 MCG.
I complained that I was feeling symptoms again of the hypothyroid. Hair loss and weakness in my legs and arms and am carrying about 15 pounds extra weight. The doctor went along with me and raised the dose up to 88 MCG again, for 3 months. More blood work and he said the blood work showed the dose too high. It is now: FREE T4 @ 2.0 and TSH @ 0.10. This is the first time that I have asked for a written report of the last 2 workups.

By the way, I am now, and have been for about 5 years now on Levoxyl.

I want to know more about my condition, but I came to spark people to lose the extra weight. I thought that was what was causing me to feel tired easily. That and the fact that I soon will be 71 years old. emoticon

This message board came to my notice and I decided that it was time that I tried to help myself with this problem by finding more information and talking with others.

So here I am, old, fat, and with my hair in terrible condition and getting worse. emoticon

Mostly my life is very good. I am involved with family, church and community. I have a wonderful friend who lives with me. His name is Sam. He is a 13 year old cat. emoticon

I have enjoyed reading your posts and hope to join with you in the discussion.

Mahree

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Hi hope eveyone had a good day, and i hope eveyone has a good night.

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Hi Jenny,
i haven't posted here in a long time but pop in and read. I saw your post and wanted to respond.

You asked what happens after you go on meds and do you start losing weight. Well, you will lose weight but you still have to work really hard at it. I know it sucks doesn't it? The thing is now you are working really hard and maintaining where you are if you're lucky. Once on the meds instead of maintaining you will see the pounds coming off. It will still be a long hard process but if you work at it, it can be done. I joined SP last April and was diagnosed with hypo in March. I must have had hypo for at least 3 yrs before that. I kept telling everyone I can't lose weight and I just keep gaining. I would eat right and exercise everyday and nothing would come off. So, I would get frustrated and stop and then put on more weight. I could never lose more then 10 lbs. After I went on meds and it was a very low dose I decided to try again and this time I succeeded in losing weight. Not to discourage you, but it took me 6 months to lose 23lbs. I kind of slacked off over the winter holidays and ate what i wanted but I never stopped exercising. I was able to maintain my weight within 3 lbs. I am getting serious again and want to lose the last 10-15 lbs I need to lose to make ME happy. I am finding it very hard lately despite being very good about food and exercise. I am starting to wonder if my meds need to be increased? I don't go back until September for another blood work up but if this goes on for much longer I will make an appt sooner then that. The thing is in the past when my meds needed to be increased I felt it because I became exhuasted like I was before the meds and this time I'm not exhuasted like that but I am tired a lot and I can't tell if its from the hypo or the increased exercise I am doing?

I hope the doc gets you taken care of and if not go to a different one and see what they say. I to was borderline and my doc told me a few yrs ago they wouldn't even treat me with meds but now they do because they know more about it. Good Luck!

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It's been a week on the new rotation and a more 'planned' meal menu.

While I really love this rotation's workouts - 'strength in motion' with lighter weights and more full-body movements - I'm still pretty tired at the end of the days.

It's been 5 weeks on Cytomel. As I read about others on medication for YEARS and not really getting a lot of relief from the tiredness - I'm getting a little discouraged, BUT...I'm going to fight with all I have to be in the BEST HEALTH POSSIBLE for me. There is no way I'm going to be buried in a piano box....no no no no no!

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Terri, I am glad to hear you are finding things to work for you. I think that is half of the battle.

The sun is shining here for the time being, too. I think I will get outside for awhile before the storms move in.

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Yesterday I had an EXHAUSTING day. I kept reading that it would happen even on medication - but was so hoping that it wouldn't happen to me...well NOT.

So...I really just took it easy - going around cleaning 20 minutes, working on the computer 20 minutes and literally sitting in front of the TV 20 minutes...then back to cleaning.....

It is tougher to get things done that way - but I really felt that I was going to be unable to accomplish anything if I just sat down...probably would have just turned into furnature.

Today is the first day of my new 12-week rotation.
The sun is shining in Ohio - I'm going out in it here in a minute.
I'm reading the newsletter every week from Mary Shomon www.thryoid-info.com it is a very informative. So far, I'm doing everything she says to do for increasing my metabolism and maintaining optimal possible health FOR ME.

I'll never settle for mediocre, but I have accepted that life will be forever different from it was a few years ago before these symptoms began...(I didn't know what they were - but now I do)...onward and upward from here!
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Is anyone posting anymore?

I’m almost finished with Mary Shomon’s book. It has been a great asset to my health. I recommend it to anyone.

I’m going to be doing more study of the endocrine system and how to enhance my fitness level to the highest level possible.

I would appreciate any input or information on this!


Have a great day everyone!

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I’ve been reading about adrenal exhaustion and its relationship with hypothyroidism. It is a great study. All of the endocrine system is so intertwined…it is really impossible to address one aspect of it without touching on another.

JOY in the life helps with the production of DHEA which is the ‘mother hormone’. All other hormones require the base of DHEA - while I don’t claim to understand all this as I’m new in the study, I am determined to do as many things as I can to be healthier and live a life with greater QUALITY.

I hope that everyone on this team will be sharing information and save each of us some time in research…


Have a great day everyone!

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Thanks so much for the advice! I love to read up on medical issues and will definitely be researching this.



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Jenny - read all you can. there are natural things that you can do between now and May to help.

www.throid-info.com

www.womentowomwn.com

search through the sites and see what you can do NOW. my goodness...you could need a wig by May. ALSO, by reading and becoming informed you won't be put off by a particular physician. If you don't get what you want from the one you have...find someone else.

Best of Success to you on your search.

I was being told that I was living in denial and must be a closet eater and even it was insinuated that I did NOT exercise......DUH....I know what I do. This is my field (nutrition) and I know how to count a calorie....

You will be so happy this summer - so become an informed consumer and take charge of your health.

GOOD FOR YOU!

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Hi everyone, I"m new to the board. I've been on Spark People for a while but the past month or so just completely lost all motivation and abandoned the idea of ever losing weight.

I gained a ton of weight when I started university, which both my doctor at school and home chalked up to the 'Frosh 15' (or in my case, 50) but I knew somethign wasn't right. I mean, I eat really healthy and I'm super active, especially durign teh summer. But I notcied that over the summers I kept gaining weigth even though I was swimming all day at a camp or working in a physically demanding job at an amusement park. When a friend who was havign the exact same experience (including ridiculous hair loss, it's amazing i'm not bald, and constantly freezing) was diagnosed with hypothyroidism I looked up some information and presented it to my doctors. both dismissed it since my blood tests were all 'low but normal'. Finally, finally, when I saw my doctor two weeks ago and told her that I workout for two hours every day and don't exceed 1500 calories a day she thought that I may actually have it, borderline and the blood work just not showing it. MOre tests were taken but she said likely at my physical in May she'll be putting me on soemthing to treat it. I'm ecstatice. I mean, I know I'll still have to workout to lose weight and watch what I eat but I feel like it will all be for a point now, instead of just fighting to keep my body from gaining weight. I'm so, so relieved.

My question is, what do I do now? Or when I get put on teh medication? Do you just start to lose weight or do you still have to work really hard at it? What are the side effects? What are other peoples experience?

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My TSH was within 'normal' 2.85

BUT, it was much higher than 5 years ago and My D.O. looked at my temp, symptoms, lifestyle, as well as my labs and we determined that we are going to treat with cytomel.

I'm also spending time at womantowoman.com learning many things. I'm going to read all I can on the entire endocrine system. What effects one gland will assuredly effect another. I don't want to treat a few (thyroid/pancreas) and neglect another (adrenal) I don't even remember all the glands involved...but I don't want to neglect any aspect of my health. I'm getting too old and have suffered to much wasted time already to neglect myself in any area.

I'm tired of being tired.
I'm tired of being mediocre.
I'm tired of not having optimal health (for me).

These 'tireds' motivate me to action.

I want to be the best ME I can be....(and I keep telling myself that through the learning curve)

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Good morning *yawn*
How is everyone? I am so tired as usual, maybe I'll get my blood results today, I'm not too hopeful though, I found out yesterday that they only test the T4 and Tsh, which I guess is standard? I'm still learning. Will either one of these give a true test, or will they still continue to lable me as in the normal range?

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Terri, I'm glad you are feeling better already. I hope the Cytomel continues to do a good job for you. That is an admirable goal to be the best that you can be! -Shirley

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After 3 years maintaining my 114 lb goal weight, I have regained 55 pounds and have reverted to my original GOAL Weight of 120 lbs and will work to achieve that by my birthday next year or sooner hopefully!



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Shirley - my thyroid still functions, albeit at half what it used to...so I don't take thyroid hormone...just T3 so that my thyroid will continue to function for as long as it will...only better than it would without it. I am feeling more energy after only two days. I'm hopeful....reading all I can so that I become the very best that I can be!

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Smiles4383, I hope you do well on the cytomel. I tried that along with my synthroid a long time ago. I really couldn't tell a difference. I no longer take the Cytomel, just take synthroid now. I'm interested to know how you do on it. Please keep us posted. -Shirley

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Today is day on of my taking Cytomel. I'm hoping to find more energy in my days ahead.

I'm reading Mary Shomon's book

Living Well with Hypothyroidism, revised edition

It is really informative and very helpful. I am hoping to learn as much as I can about this condition.

I thought it interesting that she stated that Hypothyroidism is more common than DIABETES in America. Interesting, because Diabetes gets more focus and is easier to manage.

HELLO NEW WORLD.....I hope to be the best I can be given my physical challenges. I am not going to set back and give up on my goals just because I have a body that wants to slow down. NO NO NO NO.....I'm going to do all that is within my power to be the very best that I can be...regardless of my diagnosis.

NEVER GIVE UP
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Keto urine testing sticks are a great way to prove that your food plan and exercise are working and losing you wobbly fat. (You hold one end and wee on the other for a few seconds or dip it into a small container of urine). Negative fat-burning shows as about the same creamy colour of the message box above. Keep your carbs below 20gms for a few days and exercise, then be delighted when your test stick turns to a pale pink, dark pink, brick red, crimson or WOW! purplish red colour. You are now definitely burning off that ugly wobbly fat, yet increasing metabolic muscle. (The Keto sticks test for harmless chemical by-products of fat-burning in the urine). It only becomes a danger sign if you are seriously diabetic and miss your medication for many hours or a day. Epileptics are often advised to follow a diet like this because it reduces their risk of seizures. Your scales will start going down and you feel so much more optimistic. Keep it up but gradually add more leafy veggies and berry fruits to about 40gms max carbs and see if you can still keep fat-burning at the lower levels. Not only will you have lost a surprising amount of weight over a few weeks, your heart and circulation are going to be much healthier too. Having tried this low carb idea and found it works for you too, it is up to you how you want to continue losing weight. emoticon

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I went to the Osteopath today and we decided that I am going to try Cytomel. From everything I read it will fit right into my lifestyle plan.

Does anyone take this particular Thyroid medication?

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Congradulations Wendy! Sounds like you are doing great! I can't seem to lose as fast as you are. Usually I just lose 1/4 or 1/2 pound a week or gain that much. Every once in a while I will lose a lb or 2 in a weeks time, but that is rare. -Shirley

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Begin again SW:169

Original GW:125 Achieved 5/2/08.
Change goal to 120 and reached on 8/27/08 .
My Revised GW:120
After 3 years maintaining my 114 lb goal weight, I have regained 55 pounds and have reverted to my original GOAL Weight of 120 lbs and will work to achieve that by my birthday next year or sooner hopefully!



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UPDATE - Mary Shomon (Thyroid patient advocate/expert, advises that if you no longer have much or any functioning thyroid, it is OK to eat broccoli and soya foods, as they will have no effect on a defunct thyroid. My itchy skin has cleared up (it could be that I have been including healthy nuts and seeds in my daily log). My BMI is down to 27.4 now, my waist measures 31" but size 10 jeans now fit me and I'm losing about a pound a week. emoticon

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Hi I'm Terri. I have a very slow thyroid. Not clinically low, but very very slow. I hope to find some helpful information on this team.

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I'm petite (4'10") and I'm hoping tomorrow when I weigh in that I will no longer be officially obese, just overweight! I have been on too low a dose of Levothyroxine for years and have recently had it increased to 150mcg. I am now beginning to lose a pound or so a week but can only do it if I keep my carbs down to 20-25 gms a day. I also love broccoli and cauliflower, so regret not eating those anymore. My hair is thin, my eyebrows sparse, nails brittle and I get very itchy bumps all over my hands (used to be all over body itching). emoticon

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Hi all, I am hypothyroid also and I am struggling to get this weight off. My last thyroid test came back two weeks ago and they upped my synthyroid. I'm starting to feel better now with more energy. I know I have to keep keeping on if I am to reach my goals. Sometimes it gets hard though when you do everything the way you're supposed to and you gain weight. It's like the Spark article says "1 step back and 2 steps forward. Shirley

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Begin again SW:169

Original GW:125 Achieved 5/2/08.
Change goal to 120 and reached on 8/27/08 .
My Revised GW:120
After 3 years maintaining my 114 lb goal weight, I have regained 55 pounds and have reverted to my original GOAL Weight of 120 lbs and will work to achieve that by my birthday next year or sooner hopefully!



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Right on Veronica!! You just broke the 200's. Congrats!!

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Hello to everyone else new... I'm new here too. I joined quite a while ago but then just didn't do anything with SP. I'm back now and need the motivation. Recently my doctor cut my synthroid in half, but now I have had to up my meds for depression. It is quite a struggle.

On the plus side, I went camping this weekend with friends and lost quite a bit of weight in the process. We hiked, played with the kids, put up tents (that used a LOT of calories) and had a good time. When I got home, I realized that I had lost nine pounds since last week!! Woo Hoo! So, my motivation is back and I want to break 180 by the end of the year.

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Hi all! I've been hypo since I was diagnosed with it at the age of 11, so about 2/3rds of my life so far. Mine seems to fluctuate, and I've been on doses as much as 300 mcg's, but have been on 200 the last 5 months. I've managed to go down from 230lbs at the beginning of this year, to 193 currently, but that's highly due to the fact that I joined a gym at the beginning of march and go an average of 4 times a week and work my butt off for at least 3 hours each time.
My problem is my caloric intake, especially on the weekends, where I can never seem to stay within the 1200-1550 range that I'm supposed to be in.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to being a part of this group and getting/giving support along the way! I want to break 175 by my birthday the end of October. emoticon

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I always loved to dance when I was younger....but not to dance music. Give me some good rock and industrial stuff. hmmmm....maybe I should do some of that again.

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I lost two more pounds. I am so excited. Let me get started with that dancing excerxise I was speaking about. Wahoo

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Dancing about good news is great excercise. Dance all day and you will loose weight and feel great at the same time.

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I just got my Thyroid test back!! It was good. In March I was at 5.38 TSH, June I went up to 6.83 and started 25MCG of Levothyroxine. My tests came back as 3.9 TSH. This time I also had them check my T3 (144) and T4 (1.0)

Sorry, I was just doing a little dance. emoticon

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Gelitas

Welcome to the club. Have never herd of
Autoimmune thyroiditis (AT). Maybe others have.

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Friday I went to an allergist who told me he's pretty sure I have autoimmune thyroiditis because I keep getting hives. Has anyone experienced this symptom?

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We have a new member to our group, Sun Clay. Welcome. We have a great group of ladies on this forum. I hope you enjoy it.

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You are very much welcome here.

Vent as much as you like. Let us know the good and bad times. We have all had them in different degrees.

Welcome!

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Hi all ! I am new to this group. I have had hypothyroidism for the last 13 years (due to my first pregnancy). I have been on a rollar coaster ride with extreme highs and lows. I have researched the subject and know so much about it. (my endo.says I know more than him, joke of course). People that don't have hypothyroidism then you just don't understand how we feel! They have no idea (even with medication) that we are beat up exhausted! (at least I am) I don't remember that last time I had so much energy. Everyday is a struggle but I know being a working mom of two boys I have no choice but to go on! The minute and I mean minute I put my head on my pillow I am out, fast asleep! I do see my endo. every 3 months and I am closely monitored. besides being on synthroid I am also on cytomel for my thyroid. I call them all PLACEBO PILLS!!! Well I hope I am welcomed here! emoticon

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Thanks Lola, I will see what I can find out. I just don't know if anyone I know has thyroid problems.

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Hey Jen,

I just had a similar experience. Since the whole hypothyroid diagnosis seems to be a bit subjective until everyone gets on the same page, I think that if you feel the need for a 2nd opinion get one. I did and found a doctor that understands that taking the patients symptoms into account when diagnosing an issue is important. (Novel idea, huh?) My doctor put me on 25 mcg Synthroid (because my TSH is moving down) & 10 mcg Cytomel (b/c my some of my symptoms weren't resolved with just Synthroid alone).

I found luck with a referral from a friend that had a great experience with this doctor. Maybe you can ask around for the same.

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I was on a low dose of synthroid for a long time, but felt like it wasn't working so I went and got my tsh tested. My doctor said everything was fine and to leave it the way it was. I decided to stop taking the synthroid so that we could have a base line with out meds. My tsh was slightly elevated, but my T4 was fine. The doctor said that this was normal and I don't need the medicine, but it sure feels like I need it. I don't know what to do. Should I get a second opinion? Has anyone ever had any problem like this before? I would really appreciate any help you all could give me.

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Thanks! A friend at work relies on her GP. She says that he's very thorough. I'm going to visit him tomorrow. I'll let everyone know how things are going.

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This issue is so frustrating for many. Below is a link to a page offering a list of Dr for thyroidism by state and then other countries.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/doctors/a/to
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Here are the ones that it list for the Charlotte area.

Charlotte

Enrico Belgrave, M.D. Internal Medicine Camryn Valley Pkwy Charlotte, NC 28211 704-770-3200 http://www.carolinas.org/facilities/cpn/in
troduction.nos?practice_id=30 A reader writes: "He takes a holistic approach to patient care. He has treated my hypothyroidism aggressively. He split my Armour into two dose and increased it until my symptoms were alleviated, virtually suppressing my TSH." (Added 2/03)

Charlotte

Dr. Gary Rolband, Endocrinologist, Mecklenburg Medical Group, Randolph Road Office, 704 365 0760. A reader writes: "After 'knowing' that I had a thyroid problem for more than 3 years, and being treated as a hypochondriac, I saw Dr. Rolband. He listened to all my symptoms, and did numerous tests to find that I had a B12 deficiency as well as a thyroid disease problem. Six months later, my Grave's disease was in full flower, and I had RAI therapy soon after. He made a huge difference by actually listening and saying that, " obviously something was making me feel this bad, and we were going to work until we figured out what that was."

Another reader recommends Dr. Rolband:
"He listens & is truly concerned!! He is willing to research if answers are not immediately clear." (added 1/04)

More praise from a reader for Dr. Rolband:
"I saw Dr. Rolband for a thyroid goiter and hypothyroidism that had been treated poorly in the past by 2 family physicians. Dr. Rolband was wonderful! He is working with me to treat my disease and listens to you. He doesn't make you feel like a constant complainer. He did numerous tests and spent over an hour with me. He is great!" (added 1/04)

Another reader writes:
"Dr Rolband has been by doctor for over 10 years. He listens! I have several diseases and he has been helpful with 90% of them. If he doesn't know the answer he is more than willing to help find a source that will help. He is always open to questions and new information. He is without a doubt the best physician I have ever encountered." (Added 6/05)

Charlotte

W. T. Geissinger, surgeon, Charlotte Surgical Group. 3535 Randolph Road Charlotte, NC 28211 704-364-8100. A reader tells us, "Dr. Geissinger is very thorough and explains in understandable terms his diagnosis and the treatment options, consequences, problems etc. He is very forthright and caring."

Another reader writes:
"Thorough, Caring, Compassionate" (Added 6/03)

Charlotte

G. Obi Uzomba -- NO LONGER LISTED (June 2006)

Charlotte

Norman Jack Kramer, Endocrinology, Mecklenburg Medical Group Randolph Road, NC, 704.3650760. A reader writes: "Dr. Kramer is extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and concerned. He did not rush through the exam but listened to my entire 10 year history and symptoms of Hashimoto's. He is very concerned and caring." (Added 6/05)

A reader writes:
"It great to have a Dr that slows down and takes the time to explain what is going on in my body. I would highly recommend Dr. Kramer and his great staff!" (Added Apr 06)

Please note:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Mary Shomon, the patients who have recommended these physicians and practitioners, or physicians and practitioners who have recommended/listed themselves make no guarantees or warranties, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or validity of the information provided here. Mary Shomon, patients writing in to recommend their doctors, and the doctors/practitioners themselves assume no responsibility for any services provided by listed physicians or practitioners. It is your responsibility to investigate any physician with whom you plan to have a consultation, and you consult with physicians listed here expressly at your own risk.

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Thanks SR! I appreciate having you all here to support me. It's good to be able to talk to folk who understand what I'm going thru & to those who have already been down this path.


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Lola,

I am so sorry you are having a tough time with how you feel and with your Dr. The dr. can be tough sometimes some just don't listen to their patients the way they should. I hope someone here will be able to give you a good ref. for a Dr. in NC.
Take care......here if you need me.

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Hi Everyone! I am really depressed today. I had my first appt with an endocrinologist & he basically told me that my TSH level (5.111) doesn't match up with the wealth of symptoms I'm experiencing. He doesn't want to increase my synthroid & I had to insist that we also do a T4 test. He said that other than continue to take the synthroid, there is nothing he could do for me.

If there is anyone on the site with a good doctor in Charlotte, NC or surrounding area; please share.

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Know exactly how you feel. I have to stay away from the carbs but don't like to

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Hello all. I've been battling a hyopthyroid for 10 years. It's nice to find a place where others have the same problem. I'm a carb lover and it's about to kill me! Even when I get full on the right food, I still lust for pasta, bread and sweets.

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I can attest that the best weight loss I have ever had was with LowGI instead of either calorie counting like WW or lowCarb. You don't feel deprived on LowGI, you might feel hungry at first as you change the types of carbs you eat because you aren't bulking up on potatoes or white flour products but once you get over that adjustment it's really easy. At least in my opinion.

Last year I lost 3stone worth of weight and even though I added back in some bad foods by maintaining core principles such as brown for white I've been able to maintain without gaining, so far.

Now, I want to lose somemore so I'm making it the core of my "diet" to do so again.

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I always kind of knew I was the carb diet person and now the list you gave to see which one you are shows me in print for sure.

Hope everyone is doing well. I am struggling with a cough and needing to lose some weight b/f I go back to the Dr. in Sept. Her way of thinking is if I lose 30# or so then I will feel better and want to continue to lose weight. Well ya sounds good but I have been trying to lose 5# and nothing happens. she makes it sounds so easy. She wants me to go to WW which due to $ may not be ok to do. I have sturggled for years with my weight and I know that my throid is a large part of it.

Talk to you all soon.

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It hasn't helped witht he weight loss but then when I started it I was also eating bad foods and not really concentrating on weight loss.

The hair was probably the most noticeable change, I have also noticed an increase in energy since earlier this year but this may be due to more then one factor. For instance I started taking supplements that are for my PCOS. PCOS and Hypo overlap on some symptoms therefore it wasn't until I started treating both correctly that I was able to lose weight originally and get healthier in other areas.

I've also reduced my refined sugar, empty carbs and caffine intake.

I figure that if I limit the intake of these kind of vegetables I'm safeguarding myself. It doesn't mean I won't ever eat them especially because I love Brocolli and Spinach. I had some Spinach in a sandwich last week (excellent with smoke salmon) but I won't eat them everyday as I was. Instead I eat things like Courgettes (Zucchini), Greenbeans, peas, carrots, Aubergines (eggplant)and squash.

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What differences have you felt by not eating the broccoli, cauliflower, and turnips? Are you loosing more weight? You said that your hair was not falling out as much. I understand others have a problem with thinning eyelashes because of having a thyroid problem. I am learning so much more about this small part of my body.

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CrewUSA I first read it in my PCOS diet book, and didn't believe it. Mainly because I love Broccoli and was eating as my main green veggie but I finally commited to stopping eating that, cauliflower and turnips earlier this year. I have noticed a difference as I mentioned but I'm not sure that it would be the same for everyone.

I've also read to avoid soy as much as possible but I never ate tons of it so I couldn't say if it has effected me avoiding it conciously.



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Thanks VG! I'll check it out.

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Very interesting article. There are so many different values and suggestions for this problem. I will try a few weeks without those items and see what happens.

Edited by: CREWUSA at: 6/19/2006 (10:43)
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Hi LolaBunny I've found that once I stay on track with my meds most of the dry skin went away. You may want to ask your doctor about a Bcomplex or Vita E supplement both good for hair and skin.

Making sure you get your daily amount of EFAs and water is a good idea too.

As for my info on brassica vegetable I site these sources:
The PCOS diet book
http://www.accessnorthga.com/health/thyr
oid-treated.asp
http://www.svcmc.org/112299.cfm
If you do a search there are tons of articles related to this on the net.

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Hi All! I'm also new to hypothyrodism. For those who also experience throat soreness, what do you do to ease the pain? This is a new symptom for me.

Oh and what about the DRY & PEELING skin?

Thanks in Advance!

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I know they say if you have Grave's Disease you should not eat broccoli and cauliflower and that you should cut way down on iodine (sodium). Also, there is controversy regarding eating soy if you are hypothyroid. It supposedly messes up things at the cellular level. I avoid soy. I eat broccoli and cauliflower sometimes but not often and I cut way back on the sodium in my foods.

Check out Mary Shomon's website

http://thyroid.about.com/


Just type "soy" in the search box and it will bring up 121 results of problems with soy and the thyroid


Elaine Moore's Grave's Disease site

http://www.elaine-moore.com/gravesdiseas
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That is interesting about the broccoli and cauliflower. Have not read anywhere that they should not be eaten. Please tell us more about your information. Opposing views are always a great

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According to the Thyroid Diet Book, there are three types of diets, the Free-Form Plan, the Carb-Sensitive Plan and the Calorie-sensitive Plan.

It says if you can answer two or more of the following items, use the free-form diet

__ You have tried one of the low-carb diets like Atkins and South Beach, and still gain weight.

__ You truly enjoy eating veggies and fruits

__ You feel your best after a meal that contains protein, starch and some veggies or fruit

__ You need variety in your diet

If you agree with two or more of the following statements then you should try a Carb-sensitive diet

__ You frequently crave things like pasta, breads, rice, potatoes, and sweet desserts

__ You find that after you eat a piece of cake or a bowl of pasta, you temporarily end up a pound or two heavier on the scale the next day

__ After you eat things like pasta, bread, rice, potatoes, and sweet desserts, you find yourself feeling hungry again fairly quickly

__ Once you get started eating things like pasta, bread,rice, and sweet desserts you find it hard to stop

If you agree with two or more of the following statements then you should try a Calorie-sensitive diet

__ You have tried a diet like Weight watchers and gained weight

__ You have tried a low-carb diet like Atkins and gained weight

__ You suspect that you probably eat too much but you don't keep track

__ You find that you can gain weight on what others would consider cutting back on a diet


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Hi! I thought I would join too :)

As for the veggie list, I'm a bit confused as the Brassica vegetables like Broccoli and Cauliflower are supposed to be avoided by those with Hypothyroid.

I cut them out of my diet this winter and feel better for it. My hair stopped falling out as well.

I don't follow a specific thyroid diet but I do a mainly low gi way-of-eating as this is also recommended for my PCOS.



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Free form. Thanks for reminding me that I should make that note on this food list.

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Hi! I decided to join your group this morning. I just saw your post about it on the fitness message boards.

I see you have read the Thyroid Diet. I've had it but never followed it for more than a week. I joined weight watchers instead. I've lost almost 40 lbs but my endo wants me to lose about 5-7 more.

I'm not really doing ww anymore because I'm tired of counting points, am no longer a fan of the foods allowed on the core plan which is the one I followed for all but the first 5 weeks when I did points.

I'm tired of counting calories.

Which diet plan in the book are you following? free form, low carb, or calorie counting?

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*Low-Glycemic Veggies that according to the Thyroid Diet book we can safely include in our diet

Artichokes, Beans and legumes, Brussels sprouts, Celery, Eggplants, Green peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, green beans, lettuce, spinach, and zucchini.

Higher- glycemic veggies that we should limit:

beets, celery root, parsnips, red potatos, sweet potatoes, white potatos, yams, carrots, corn, peas, rutabaga, turnips, and winter squash

*Please note that if you are alergic to any of these items, don't eat them. This is just a list of food items that you may wish to try in helping you loose weight. Nothing is guaranteed or implied to be. Each of us are different.


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According to the Thyroid Diet book by Mary J Shomon the following items are considered good protein for a thyroid diet.

Eggs, low-fat milk, Low-fat cheeses, Neufchatel cheese, feta cheese, Lean Beef (sirloin, top-round, tenderloin) Lean pork (pork loin, tenderloin) boiled ham, Tofu, tempeh, soy/veggie burgers, beans, Lunch meats (fat-free or low-fat Poultry (skinless), turkey breast (including ground), chicken breast, and turkey bacon

She suggest that we try to avoid:

Beef brisket, liver, ribeye steaks and other fatty cuts of beef, Bacon and other fatty pork, honey-baked ham, chicken and turkey wings, legs and thighs, Duck and goose, and full-fat dairy products.

*Please note that if you are alergic to any of these items, don't eat them. This is just a list of food items that you may wish to try in helping you loose weight. Nothing is guaranteed or implied to be. Each of us are different.

Edited by: CREWUSA at: 6/18/2006 (09:45)
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Having Hypothyroidisum can make it harder to loose weight. Here is a support group for learning what is good and bad for our diets.

Edited by: CREWUSA at: 6/18/2006 (09:02)
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