I am 21 years old and have two children. my daughter is 15 months and my son is 8 weeks. I was diasnosed with hypothyroid during my first pregnancy with her and had no symptoms until they told me that i had it. Since then I have had the worst time losing weight. I am not sure what to do and it is really depressing me.
I want to start dieting and exercizing but it seems like there is no hope in all the things I read about people who have this disorder and the bad luck they have in losing weight.
Is there any routine diet and exercize program that has worked for anyone who has hypothyroid. summer is coming up and I really want to get in shape. I am just not sure the best way to go about it. for instance with sieting most people are advised to cook with olive oil, thqat thats the healthiest thing they can use, however from what ive read its the worst thing someone with hypothyroid should put into their body.. im so confused and just want some answers. Doctor has told me diet pills are out of the question because the cafene in most of them will mess with the thyroid gland..
Although there are several things that can affect weight gain, there is no diet and exercise program that will allow you to take off weight and keep it off, if your metabolism is too low due to insufficient levels of the biologically active thyroid hormones, Free T3 and Free T4. If you will please post your thyroid related test results and reference ranges shown on the lab report, members will be better able to assess the adequacy of your testing and treatment.
You don't have much useful info in all those tests. The T3 uptake and T7 index are outdated and not very useful. Even the Total T4 has limited usefulness. You also need to be able to see where it falls within its reference range. I expect that it is at the low end, consistent with being low in thyroid hormone.
TSH is a pituitary hormone that is affected by so many variables that it is totally inadequate as a diagnostic for thyroid issues. At best TSH is only an indicator, to be considered along with more important indicators such a symptoms, and also levels of the biologically active thyroid hormones, Free T3 and Free T4. Of these Free T3 is the most important because it largely regulates metabolism and many other body functions. Scientific studies have shown that Free T3 correlated best with hypo symptoms, while Free T4 and TSH did not correlate at all.
So where to go from here? You need to understand that a good thyroid doctor will treat a hypo patient clinically by testing and adjusting Free T3 and Free T4 as necessary to relieve symptoms, without being constrained by resultant TSH levels. Symptom relief should be all important, not just test results, and especially not just TSH results. Based on the testing that was done, I don't have much hope that your doctor is going to be a good thyroid doctor. So we may need to help you find one of those, and they are somewhat scarce.
In the interim, I suggest that you should go back and request to be tested for Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, along with TSH they always test. If the doctor resists, just insist on it and don't take no for an answer. I also suggest that since hypo patients are frequently too low in the ranges for other important areas, you should ask to be tested for Vitamin D, B12, ferritin, and a full iron test panel.
If you will get those done and post results and their reference ranges, members will be glad to help interpret and advise further. I also think it would be good for you to get some insight into all this by reading this info written by a good thyroid doctor.
Thank you so much!
I have no idea what any of this is.. i didnt even have any symptoms of a thyroid issue when I found out that I had one.. which is why i am so confused.. I dont even know if i should be on meds.. I have been pregnant the majority of two years and who knows how much has changed ya know?
I have never had issues losing weight or anything.. always been a thicker girl but when ive tried it usually works.. I havnt even really bothered from being so down about all I hear with hypothyroid.
My o.b is who got this done for me last time.. so I am going to go to my primary doctor and insist on those tests being done..
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