As many people on this site will attest, TSH results alone are not nearly enough to make important decisions about treatment. Especially when you are already taking synthroid. You said that your T4 was in the normal range. What was the actual number? Was it just barely in the low end of the range? Do you have other symptoms beside your concern about weight? What does your Basal Body Temperature show? Putting all this information together and reviewing with your doctor should result in better treatment regimen. If not, I'd look for another doctor.
OK, well, the new doc was not at all interested in pursuing increased Synthroid or Armour (she'd been to an endo seminar about it the day before, grr...)... but she did listen to my symptoms and make some suggestions for other things that might be wrong, and ordered a slew of blood tests, including checking TSH and T4.
My TSH was 1.8 and I don't think she'll be willing to experiment with taking it lower. T4 in "normal" range also. But I DID discover that I have moderately severe anemia, which she suspected. Still waiting on Vitamin B12 results. So far other tests have been normal.
She also recommended a 900-1200 calorie diet for weight loss. I'm going to try something similar to what you suggest, Verona, and maybe South Beach or Zone if I find it hard to stick to. I don't care much for the "science" presented in Zone, but I do think it's a viable low-calorie diet.
Thanks for the support!
Oh I am on Armour and have been for almost a year.
I think Verona is on Armour now too.... can't remember.
I agree with Verona and also urge you to consider a diet (life plan change) as the Zone diet or SOuth Beach
Both these diets control insulin and are very helpful with weight in hypothyroid patients.
I found the Zone plan to be better.
I have taken off about 7 to 10 pounds - I still bloat at times - but I do feel better.
Look you can loose weight once you get your meds tweaked just right and keep them tweaked on a regular basis.If your doc wont work with you,fire them and get one that will
6 small meals a day with lots of fruits,veggies,whole grains, and 3 oz of protein per meal
NO SUGAR and NO Sodas diet or regular I have cut these out for about 4 weeks and I have went from 198 to 184.following this I am no longer bloated and the weight is coming off. Its a lifestlye change and its not easy but it can be done.
I am throidless and bi polar .My bi polar meds are notorious for weight gain.
It will be 2 years since my thyca on the 25th and I just now feel better than I have felt in 2 years.
Do stick to your plan with your new doc and tell all you have told here
Let us know how it goes with the new doc.