Does anyone have experience with Hashimoto's and weight loss?
I have had goiter for 6 months. But i have been sick for over a year with chronic UTI's, weight loss, increased appetite, severe GERD, and IBS (Which I do not believe I have at all). Anyway I know a lot about Hashimoto's but cannot seem to figure out why I cannot gain weight. I dropped 20 pounds last year and looked too skinny, so ever since I eat a lot to keep from losing a lot of weight. Pretty much everything I eat goes right through me. My doctor is pretty sure I have Hashimoto's disease. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with Hashimoto's with the absence of the the typical symptoms weight gain? I am aware you can have celiac and addison's disease among other with Hashimoto's. Anyone with that experience? I am trying to gain as much knowledge as possible. By the way I am only 18 years old.
Weight loss and weight gain can be symptoms of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. It's more "usual" for weight gain to accompany hypo and weight loss to accompany hyper, but the reverse is far from unheard of.
If you want to verify whether or not you have Hashi's, you should ask your doctor to test TPOab (thyroid peroxidase antibodies) and TGab (thyroglobulin antibodies). If either of those is elevated, autoimmune thyroid disease is indicated. However, since your symptoms almost sound more hyper (weight loss, diarrhea), you might also ask for a TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin), which is the definitive test for Graves' (autoimmune hyperthyroidism).
Are you currently on any thyroid meds? What other symptoms do you have?
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