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I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism - I've been taking Synthroid religiously for a year. It has done nothing for me - I'm gaining weight, I'm still as tired, I walk every day and eat well 99% of the week. My MD has up'pd the dosage a few times already and says that my level is still too low.

I'm tired of feeling like crap - I want to lose weight - I'm 24 years old and weight nearly 169lbs - and I'm only 5'4 1/2". I've gained nearly 40lbs in the past 2 years - it's disgusting. I need to lose the weight - but I am having an awful time with it.

Is anyone else having issues with gaining weight on Synthroid? Or does anyone have a weight loss plan that has really worked for them when dealing with Hypothroidism?

I feel myself becoming more & more depressed with this - obviously the Synthroid meds aren't working for me. I still feel as terrible as I always have.

Anyone with any suggestions/advice/weight loss plans?

Stop obsessing about your weight. You don't need a diet right now. Or do you want to be skinny but die in a myxedema coma anyway?

You have a serious health problem, and a bad doctor. So take control of your health and get a new doctor.

If your levels are still too low, but balanced, you need to up your dose even more. It happens. Some people need high doses. And the required dose changes throughout your life. you have to keep having blood tests, and keep adjusting your dose. For the rest of your life.

If only some of your levels are too low, then maybe synthroid isn't the drug for you, or maybe you need something else (T3) in addition to the synthroid. Only your doctor who has your blood tests in from of him can tell you what's going on. So get to a new doctor who will do all of the appropriate tests (Free T3 and Free T4) and help you.  (+ info)


I am 26 and I am taking synthroid for hypothyroidism anyone know anything about breakthrough bleeding and when it stops...45 days now and Im starting to lose my mind...any advice?
thank you all so much!
Im not on birth control pills maybe it would help?

You need to go see your doc for a check-up asap.
It would be difficult to diagnose your symptoms without proper testing & blood work. Your dosage might need to be re-calculated.  (+ info)

HYPOThyroidism :-(?

Hi I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism about a year ago and all I do is take medications (Hormonal)..
I use to be a very athelatic, sports kind of guy, but not anymore :-(
(I am a 22 years old male by the way)

I wanted to know if there was something else that I could do
Like eat some certain foods that are good for the thyroid gland
or exercise the thyroid through yoga maybe?
Meditate, be one with God,..pray?

Can you please share with me anything other than eating the medications that you do for you HYPOthyroidism???

thanks appreciate any replies...

exercise the thyroid through yoga  (+ info)


do you have it? what are your symptome? what do you do for it? i'm going to go to the doctor in a couple of week, and ask her to do some blood work. any other suggestions?

Go see an endocrinologist - not just your regular doctor. Ask if the endocrine doc does salvia testing in addition to blood work. Also, ask if the endocrinologist knows how to check hormone balance. Sometimes the levels can be in normal range, but if the balance of all hormones is off you can have symptoms that mimic hypothyroidism... and other hormone problems.  (+ info)

How to fix hypothyroidism after thyroid being removed via surgery?

A friend of mine have part of her thyroid being removed several years ago (not sure exactly why), and logically she's having hypothyroidism problem currently, although the doctor gave her medicine to meet the requirement.
Anyone know how to fix this problem?
Oh yes, she's been having bad mood and seems to forget simple things.
She is also gaining weight, but unfortunately no none seem to be able to stop her from consuming hi-fat/cholesterol food.
Is this common in such problem?

There is no way to fix the problem. She will be on a thyroid medication for the rest of her life. After you start synthroid it will take about 6 weeks for the medication to start really kicking in. I bet the reason she had part of her thyroid removed was due to hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). Now that she doesn't have all of her thyroid it has become underactive. They do the procedure because it is much easier to treat hypothyroidism tan to treat hyperthroidism. I hope this helps. She just needs to take her medication at the same time every day and in a matter of a few weeks she will likely be okay. Tell her to take care of herself to. Eat right and exercise.  (+ info)

What is the difference in hypothyroidism and thyroid disease?

I have hypothyroidism and want to take some sinus medication. It says don't take if you have thyroid disease.

It sounds like hypothyroidism is classified as thyroid disease. I wouldn't take that medicine!  (+ info)

What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperparathyroidism?

I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and take medication to control it. I am having other symptoms and am wondering if I may have hyperparathyroidism. Is there a correlation between the two?

hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid; whereas hyperparathyroidism is an overactive thyroid.Medication is very different for each.  (+ info)

Hypothyroidism-How long did you have symptoms before gaining weight?

I had the Flu last Novemember and have had chronic fatigue since. I have had two blood tests that point to Hypothyrodism. I haven't started on meds for it yet because I have also developed serious allergies/allergy-related asthma and I am trying to get that under control first (also started after the flu and thought the chest pain was fatigue related and only after 9mos of complaining, my doctor finally got a clue). I have not had any weight gain so far but I've been told that it happens if the problems with the thyroid go undiagnoised long enough. My only concern about this is because a few of the women in my family have been over weight and it has been such a struggle for them for so many years. I am already struggling with debiltating fatigue and allergies I'm not sure I want to add trying to loose weight to the mix either. What has your experience with hypothyroidism and wieght gain/trying to loose the weight been? Any advice?

Yes, get on the synthroid asap! Hypothyroidism can also cause you to be lethargic and tired all of the time; not to mention losing your hair, gaining weight and a host of other symptoms. I don't think it would interfer with your allergy related problems. Get on it right away. You'll be glad you did.  (+ info)

Can anyone recommend a good forum for hypothyroidism where people discuss different meds and results?

I am just diagnosed with hypothyroidism and am reading all the books but would like to hear about real results people are getting on any holistic treatments like yoga, herbs, etc (in addition to thyroid meds of course). There seem to be some very informed answers in the archives here so wondering if you have found some good forum sites. Thanks in advance!

I was just diagnosed with hyothyroidism twelve weeks ago, and I found a thyroid disorder forum that has been extremely helpful and informative. The search archives is very extensive!! Here you go:

http://www.healthboards.com/boards/forumdisplay.php?f=122  (+ info)

How do you lose weight with Hypothyroidism?

I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 17. My thyroid function is "normal" or at least that's what the doctor says. I've been taking levothyroxine for as long as I've been diagnosed. I'm 22 now and even thought I'm taking the medication, I'm still having symptoms: Hair loss, Intolerance to cold and of course, weight loss. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I can lose weight with Hypothyroidism?

Try the Lil Jack Workout Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris its free and it works  (+ info)

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