Post # 1
I’m having a few issues with what I’m sure is my thyroid. My mother has a very fast metabolism and my father is VERY slow. Doctors have always told me that I’m normal until a few years ago I finally said I’m not leaving this office without medication. I was on thyroid medication for a while (which had me lose a good amount of weight and be NORMAL). A year and a half ago my doctor told me I no longer needed to stay on the medication. I’ve been living a very healthy lifestyle, 5’6 always usually around 160-170 pounds, never smoked, hardly drink, I do have curves like every normal woman! I had about six months where I wasn’t working out and being active and got myself up to a depressing 200 pounds.
So now my issue is, I’ve been working out for three months now and eating even healthier and I still have not lost ANY weight. not kidding. no weight. I run everyday and lift weights! Along with losing no weight, I still feel slugish and have the 2pm exhausted look on my face everyday. I talked to a different doctor and she checked my blood and did an ultrasound on my thryoid and she still has no reason for me to be on medication. Any suggestions or words of encouragement/advice?? Not only am I depressed about this issue, but I’m having nightmares of looking absolutely horrible in my wedding dress! Should I tell my new doctor that I NEED to be on thyroid meds? I can’t see a specialist because my insurance won’t cover it. 🙁
Post # 3
Can you tell us more about what you’ve been eating?
Post # 4
@Westwood: Yeah that was my thought too. I had thyroid issues for a little while (acute thyroiditis) that are totally resolved now. In the year after my issues whenever I would gain weight, I would immediately think my thyroid is messed up again, but in reality it was usually my diet. I would recommend using Myfitnesspal or another calorie counting app to moniter your intake for a few days so you can see how much you’re actually consuming. You might be surprised. For a while there I was eating fairly healthy food I was just eating too much of it. That might not be whats happening in your case, but its something to look into.
Post # 5
Every morning I have a Greek Yogurt, lunch is usually a sandwhich or salad with fruit, afternoon snack is a protein bar or apple and peanut butter and Dinners are usually grilled chicken with corn, Turkey Sausage, veggie salad or FI and I go for sushi (not your average sushi, I’m very plain). I’ve done the myfitnesspal and I always usually end up short on daily calories. I’ve noticed that the more I’ve been working out, the hungrier I get during the day. I don’t want to starve myself, and I’ve always read that you shouldn’t ignore your stomach.
Post # 6
It sounds to me like you’re literally self-prescribing for something that your docotors keep telling you is fine. This issue probably isn’t your thyroid, so I don’t think medication is going to help you lose weight (if your doctors tell you it’s fine, it’s probably not healthy to take the medication anyway)
I mean…coming up short on calories will definatley throw your body into panic/ “keep what I’ve got, it’s all I’ll ever have” mode in order to stay functioning. You need to increase your calories intake to match your weight requirements AND activity requirements.
Might be a good time to make an appointment with a nutritionist.
Post # 7
To be honest, many people want to think they have thyroid problems and they have perfectly normal thyroid glands. The thyroid got a lot of attention and became the band wagon to jump on for weight issues. Then B12 was the next band wagon. I don’t know your medical history or lab results, but in my personal experience, 99.9% of women who want their thyroid checked because they can’t lose weight have completely normal test results. As a woman who would love to lose weight myself, I can sympathize with wanting to find a reason for failure, and be given a medication that would help, but the reality is that weight loss is just something we have to work at, and it can be difficult. This is NOT what women want to hear, myself included, but it is the truth for the majority of people.
Post # 8
I’m not a doctor myself, but I’d recommend seeing a dietician. I am not one myself, but have taken a few dietetics courses. I’m wondering if your breakfasts are a bit small… are you only eating greek yogurt? Do you snack regularly (on healthy things)? If you’re not getting enough calories, and not snacking, your blood sugar may be out of whack, which woudl help explain teh energy thing
Post # 9
it’s likely your TSH is the only thing being tested in a blood panel because most doctors are idiots when it comes to thyroid problems. You need free T4 and T3 tested as well. It’s possible to be within “normal” range and still have hypothroid symptoms. For example, my last set of labs put me at 11. (Range 4-25) I am in full hypo symptom state. Gained a lovel 15 lbs out of nowhere, hair everywhere, etc. We increased my T4. I would guess our doctor is not looking at the full situation.
Also if you have hashimotos thyroiditis, your levels will go high and low, back and fourth. So one set of labs saying you’re “normal” is BS. I guarantee they did not test for thyroid antibody, so they don’t even know if this is autoimmune or not.
Post # 10
Check your b12 levels, too (I’m not a doctor)
Post # 11
@FutureMrsK2014: I wonder if you should take your working out up a notch. I was going for a walk/run each morning, and thought I was pushing myself – I was out of breath, sore, but never sweated. Then I tried 30 day shred, and after one session, my face was bright red and sweat was pouring out of me. It made me realise that my walking/running wasn’t pushing me AT ALL – it might have felt like it, but it was nothing compared to 30DS – half an hour of torture that made me want to fall on the ground and stay there for a week! They say with exercise that if you can finish, and still feel like you can go again, you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. You should look in to having a few sessions with a personal trainer – your body does get used to the exercise you do, so you have to change it up. 30DS confuses your body because it’s not the same exercise for the whole half hour. If you can’t afford a PT, look up videos on youtube (like 30DS, etc). You could also seek the advice of a dietician. To lose weight, you have to have a caloric deficit – meaning your output is more than the calories you’ve consumed. Diet is so important in losing weight – 80% diet, 20% exercise.
I really don’t think you should insist on thyroid medication when it’s not necessary – needlessly taking medication is bad for you.
Post # 12
It’s a bit unfair to make generalized statements, especially based on ones’s personal experience which may taint a viewpoint. While some doctors may not run a full set of labs that doesn’t mean others don’t. It also would not be normal practice to run a full set for screening. By that i mean checking a T3 and antibodies. I always check T4 when looking at the thyroid. I don’t know exactly what was checked by the OP’s providers; neither do you, but it is possible a thorough work up was done.
I am sorry if you had a bad experience with your own condition. I hope you have sorted it out and are receiving any necessary treatment.