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Weight Loss, Weight Gain

I've asked several times if weight gain is an effect of thyroid disorder.  I've been told 'no' that eating to much is the problem.  I am on Levoxyl 125 mcg daily and have been for over 12years.  I was 160 and am now 235.  I do not want to gain more and since March have been on 1400 calorie - 50% Carb 30% Protien 20%fat diet.  .... I've lost 15 pounds........ and I exercise 35 minutes of cardio daily.   So what else can be done?

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Common symptoms and signs of under active thyroid: fatigue, weakness, weight gain, trouble losing weight, sensitive to cold, muscle aching and cramps, constipation, depression, memory loss, odd menstrual periods.

Candice
Oklahoma City

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You should probably have your adrenals checked.  Adrenal fatigue has the same symptoms of thyroid disease including weight gain.  Have your DHEA and cortisol levels checked next time you have a blood test.
158939 tn?1274918797
What are your last thyroid labs?   Many thyroid patients are also Type II diabetic - you should have an A1C and, perhaps, a glucose tolerance test too.
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Last thyroid labs well within range and I'm not type 2 diabetic. I live with a type 1 diabetic so testing is not a problem. Though his insulin took him to a weight of 400 lbs.  Hubby had a gastric bypass and is now 200.  

Adrenal fatigue....... never heard of that.

All which I'm sure is costly and I am uninsured.

Thank you for your posts,
Candy
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If you thyroid doctor told you weight gain was not a part of thyroid conditions I believe he/she may need to take an extra class on current symptoms. No disrespect to your professional - but that information is very misleading.
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I have found the people on this forum are better informed than the doctors. Stella explained weight issues to me which was a great help. My thyroid appears to be going hypo and yet I'm losing weight which so confused me. But Stella said it can go either way and she's obviously very right, because at the same time I joined this forum I asked Dr Lupo about this question to. It has taken a week to get an answer but he has just replied and said that I am hypo even though I'm losing weight. It can go either way. Hope this is of help.
440728 tn?1234648902
I have found the people on this forum are better informed than the doctors. Stella explained weight issues to me which was a great help. My thyroid appears to be going hypo and yet I'm losing weight which so confused me. But Stella said it can go either way and she's obviously very right, because at the same time I joined this forum I asked Dr Lupo about this question to. It has taken a week to get an answer but he has just replied and said that I am hypo even though I'm losing weight. It can go either way. Hope this is of help.
362809 tn?1233510154
I kind of do the opposite of "what I'm supposed to" as well.  When I'm hypothyroid, I lose weight cause I don't want to eat anything at all and when I'm hyperthyroid, I gain weight cause I can't stop eating.  Go figure!
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Weight at 5'2" is a concern.  I am eating right and exercising.  It just doesn't go away.  
As for doctors, I'm about ready to find a new doctor since moving.  I'm in hopes that one day they (whoever they may be) will find a way to help us all with this.  Wouldn't it be nice.  

Candy
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hi, just came across this site.  I have been hypothyroid for 16 years, and have been on a dose of levoxyl 137 for many of those years.  My gp recommended getting a thryoid ultrasound, which came back that there was  a goiter. I met with endocr. who advised it was not a goiter but nodules and advised having a fine needle biospy.  The first came back inconclusive-not enough sample matter taken, and the repeated the biospy 3 months later with the same result.  He now suggests removing my thyroid-not sure if full or partial-since he feels a repeat biospy would end in the same result.  He didn't think it would have an significant impact on me since I already have a non functioning or low functioning thyroid.  However, after reading some of these posts it has me worried about side effects ie. significant wt gain and inablillty to lose it, fatigue etc.  Has anyone else experienced a similar situation.  I would appreciate any input.  Thanks
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