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#991 of 1016 Old 07-27-2008, 12:17 AM
 
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This honestly never occurred to me before. Thanks.
A silly question maybe, but does the brain fog ever go away? I'm so tired of feeling stupid.
Sometimes I think it has, then I seem to have a relapse.

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Can those of you with hypo tell me if you have all experienced weight gain?

I'm seeing a new dr. on Thursday for many issues, one of which is suspected hypo. I have some test results that indicate mild hypo and I just found out I have FOUR family members with thyroid problems. I also have started forgetting things, I've been getting easily fatigued, have no libido, etc.

But I haven't had significant weight gain or thinning hair. I've certainly gained weight, but I'm still within a "normal" range for my height. I've just started to regularly workout so no time to see if I can loose the extra weight or not. I actually used to be quite thin as a kid/teenager. Looking back at photos, I can see why people used to ask me if I was anorexic . But I've figured the weight gain I have now is just my metabolism slowing down coupled with working a desk job. We can't all stay a size zero-five forever, right?

So I guess, what this whole rambling thing is asking, if there hasn't been significant weight gain, can I have hypo?

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Some lucky people don't gain weight when hypo. MY FIL is hypo and is actually losing weight, but I gained 80 lbs when I went hypo. A couple of times I've lost all the weight and gotten sick again when I moved and couldn't find a decent doc and refill prescriptions, so I would gain the weight back while waiting to get an appointment, or while messing around with lousy TSH worshippers. :

If you don't gain, count your blessings.

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Me, my mother, and my grandmother all have hypo-thyroidism and non of us gain weight. If fact, we all tend to lose weight from any extra stress. So yes, you absolutely can be hypo and not have excess weight issues.
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Can those of you with hypo tell me if you have all experienced weight gain?
I didn't have weight problems when I was diagnosed - I found out my TSH was in the 30s through an infertility workup years ago. I was a size 4 at the time.
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On the flip side, sometimes hypers gain weight because everything in the body speeds up and they are hungry all the time, so they eat more and gain. The stereotype of hypo=weight gain and hyper=weight loss just isn't true.
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who here is hyper?
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Thanks for the replies! You know, now that I think about it, my family members with thyroid issues are all within ranges of "healthy" weights. Granted, I'm not clear on what everyone has.

I'm getting nervous about my appointment this week. Psyching myself out that I'm going to hear another "it's in your head, here's an anti-depressant". I mean, if you hear that often enough, at what point do you start to believe it?

I've got iffy test results (not great, but not clearly hypo), some family with thyroid issues and then just the way I feel (crappy).

Sorry, this is getting a little ranty…

Thanks again for the replies, they mean a lot to me!

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Also, does anyone know if there is any relationship between issues with the parathyroid and hypo (or other thyroid issues)?

My grandfather just had one of his parathyroid glands (is that the right term?) removed, but I don't think he has any problems with his thyroid.

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Can those of you with hypo tell me if you have all experienced weight gain?
Emphatically, yes! I'm post-partum hypo, and noticed weight gain starting when DS was about 9 months old. I'm 5'5" and weighed around 130 when I got pregnant with DS. I weighed 165 when finally diagnosed as hypo 3.5 years later. After 1.5 years on Armour (and eating right and exercising 3 times a week), I was back down to 130 when I got pregnant with DD, who's due in October. I'm 7m1w pregnant and still weigh about 10 pounds less than I did at my peak.

My blood tests are within "normal" range, btw. DH is an acupuncturist, and he's the one who finally figured out what was going on with me. Besides the weight gain, I was exhausted all the time, depressed, couldn't concentrate, and had horrible AFs.

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who here is hyper?
I am, but not naturally. I'm suppressed to .05 TSH.

And weight gain is absolutely normal for hyper, too.

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Since the endo I went to see wouldn't give me armour, I had to schedule another appointment with another doc. who I can't get in to see for two months. In the meantime, I figured I'd take the levothyroxine the first doc. prescribed... He told me to take 37.5 mg once a day, which I've done for about two weeks. I cannot believe how absolutely horrible I have felt. Physically, it's been like I have a hangover- and I've been way more irritable... to the point that I'm almost homicidal (no worries... I absolutely will not act upon it!). I cut the dose to half over the past week and don't feel quite as bad. Does anyone know if this is typical? I figured that even though it was synthetic, the levothyroxine is still something that is very close to what's naturally in your body, so I have no idea why I'd have such negative side effects.

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Since the endo I went to see wouldn't give me armour, I had to schedule another appointment with another doc. who I can't get in to see for two months. In the meantime, I figured I'd take the levothyroxine the first doc. prescribed... He told me to take 37.5 mg once a day, which I've done for about two weeks. I cannot believe how absolutely horrible I have felt. Physically, it's been like I have a hangover- and I've been way more irritable... to the point that I'm almost homicidal (no worries... I absolutely will not act upon it!). I cut the dose to half over the past week and don't feel quite as bad. Does anyone know if this is typical? I figured that even though it was synthetic, the levothyroxine is still something that is very close to what's naturally in your body, so I have no idea why I'd have such negative side effects.

I've never had a dr just start me right where I was supposed to be. They have always started at like a quarter of the dose, then gone up to half the dose, then 3 quarters, then full dose. I bet you felt bad it must have been a heck of a shock to your system!

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I've never had a dr just start me right where I was supposed to be. They have always started at like a quarter of the dose, then gone up to half the dose, then 3 quarters, then full dose. I bet you felt bad it must have been a heck of a shock to your system!
Yeah, that. The basic reason is that they don't *know* where you should be without wiggling the dose around. It's dependent on so many things.

Levo is a long-term drug so altering your dose isn't being helpful at all...your next blood draw won't be accurate since you're not ingesting the same amount each time.

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Any quick words of wisdom for me? I have a doctors appointment today and I"m going to bring up thyroid testing. In the past year I have gained 12 lbs even though I work out 1500-3000 minutes per month (usually 60-90 minutes a day using a heart rate monitor to keep me in a training zone and doing heavy weight lifting three times a week) and have gone up 1-2 clothing sizes. I eat very healthy and am still nursing, and I have to get under 1400 calories/day to loose weight (and then it comes right back on as soon as I eat normally again). Doesn't that seem a bit extreme? I also have been more tired than usual, I don't remember the last time I made it through a movie without falling asleep, either at home or at the theater. I've always had terribly dry skin, there's not been a change there. I've also been struggling with depression, though super-high levels of fish oil seem to be helping a little. My basal body temperature never seems to get above 98 degrees.

I'm a bit worried, because I've been taking an iodine supplement (100% recommended amount, twice a day) and I worry that will skew thyroid tests. Will it?

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I don't know if iodine will skew results, but I'd imagine many other women in this thread do.

As for advice: just tell your physician that you'd like a full thyroid panel (including TSH, T3, T4). Explain why. It's your body and you get to make your own medical decisions.

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I'm not sure either if iodine will skew results. What it *will* do is provide your body with a necessary building block to produce T4 and flush bromide, chloride and fluoride out of your body- into your nursling.
It certainly sounds like you may be having thyroid problems, although I never would have been able to exercise for 1 minute even when I was at my worst. Just unloading a dishwasher or walking 2 feet put me out of breath.
I would suggest also getting antibody tests done along with the TSH, T3 and T4 (and make sure those are FREE T3 and FREE T4). From what I understand, some women start feeling effects of Hashimoto's before the thyroid hormone levels are affected.
Hopefully others can give you a more direct answer about iodine and maybe some more info on Hashi's.

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To the OP.....

Could you start a new thread? This is sssooooo long to read through.

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I'm a bit worried, because I've been taking an iodine supplement (100% recommended amount, twice a day) and I worry that will skew thyroid tests. Will it?
Iodine relieved some of my symptoms, but I was taking a much higher dose--several milligrams per day (1 Iodoral). You're just taking 150mcg 2x/day? Hope I'm remembering the RDA correctly. I would think that low an amt would not mess up test results (it's still within the range of what you could get from food), but like a pp said, iodine does mobilize various nasties (including mercury, my personal nemesis).
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I've started a new thread (link below) as requested since this one is soooooooo long. Should I edit the first post of the thread to add any important info? Like links to good sites to read, etc? Just let me know what should be there and I'll edit.

Link to The Thyroid Thread (Part II)

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Hypo here - wow theres lots of posts i only got thru the first 2 pages will hae to come back later lol

I have always supsected i have it and so did my previous family dr. I had and enlarged thyroid gland in my neck that he monitored but when he sent me for blood work it would always fall within a normal enough range that he would just monitor it and never medicated me.

Well i moved and never had a family dr for s afew years till i got preggo with my first though nothing ever came up in my blood work till this time around. Im on baby #3. And for my routine 15 week blood work it was noted that I have Hypothyroidism so FINALLY i am on synthroid for this.

Since being put on it my enlarged thyroid has almost dimished.

Something I later found out was that just because my levels come back as normal accourding to their charts they may not be normal for ME.

My current dr is having me testing reg. while im preggo and will continue to do so after the birth. Its hard to tell how things are different now from being on the meds as i was leaving that horrid first trimester and entering blissful tri #2 when the meds really kicked in.

I dont eat A LOT and my diet has not changed much over the years but i was putting on a lot of weight despite not eating anything. However my first 2 pregnancies i lost an avereage of 20lbs in the first trimester whereas this time around i didnt lose anything just gained despite my morning sickness and lack of eating so i guess my thryoid just finally gave up all together.
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Hypothyroid and Allergies? I have recently been diagnosed, and deciding how to proceed. It is not super high, nor do I think I have symptoms. Except... I have been increasingly struggling with what seems to be seasonal allergies that last most of the year, reoccurring bronchitis, and this year two episodes that I would describe as asthma. This year I finally jumped on the bandwagon and fully medicated myself for allergies to bar against having to take an antibiotic for bronchitis, and it didn't scratch the surface.

Anyone find allergy relief from treating their thyroid?
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Hypothyroid and Allergies? I have recently been diagnosed, and deciding how to proceed. It is not super high, nor do I think I have symptoms. Except... I have been increasingly struggling with what seems to be seasonal allergies that last most of the year, reoccurring bronchitis, and this year two episodes that I would describe as asthma. This year I finally jumped on the bandwagon and fully medicated myself for allergies to bar against having to take an antibiotic for bronchitis, and it didn't scratch the surface.

Anyone find allergy relief from treating their thyroid?
It could be your thyroid, but it could also be low cortisol. Did you have any labs done, like the four-times-a-day salivary panel?

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Interesting, have never heard of low cortisol and salivary panels. I go today and will bring it up. My thyroid is at 3.1, so I'm mainly hoping to find out if I can control with nutrition or if I should do nutrition and medication. As you can imagine, my hopes and dreams are that I avoid the pills.
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Interesting, have never heard of low cortisol and salivary panels.
If your doctor uses Labcorp, the test can be done by them. However, it's been my experience that many doctors don't ask for this test, only anti-aging and holistic-minded ones.

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As you can imagine, my hopes and dreams are that I avoid the pills.
I hear ya! For years I tried to avoid the inevitable by trying this and that diet, supplement, herb, etc. Unfortunately my hypothyroidism only responds to desiccated thyroid medications.

But it's worth trying the other stuff while monitoring your thyroid with labs and by how you feel.

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hi everyone, i'm new to this whole thyroid thing and pretty darn confused. as background... i'm currently acting as a surrogate for a cousin.. as a part of getting ready to do this, her fertility doctors ordered a whole slew of blood tests. everything except my TSH came back normal.. but my TSH was 6.9. when i asked the doctor what the heck that meant, he would only tell me that it was 'high' and that i'd have to take pills for a while. i continued asking more questions, but he pretty much refused to answer, and it was very frustrating.

when i went to fill my prescription (synthroid), the pharmacist was very helpful, and explained that the TSH being so high actually means that my thyroid function was low.. and that i had hypothyroidism, and would likely be on these pills forever. when i went home and did some online research, that all made sense.

when i spoke to the fertility docs again (different one), he was very insistent that i do NOT have hypothyroidism, which i really don't understand at all. is it possible to have high TSH without having hypothyroidism??

follow up blood work brought my TSH down to better levels.. 2.4 within two weeks of being on a tiny dose.. 0.05/day, and at my last blood draw, i was down to 1.65. since i am now pregnant, it is being monitored by an actual endocrinologist. i had thought that the endo would give me a better understanding of what is going on, but when i had my appointment with her a week or so ago, i left feeling pretty much as confused as i do now. i asked her straight out if i had hypothyroidism, but she kind of danced around the issue.. she even said that if i was not pregnant, she would not treat a TSH of 6.9 .. that she only treats 10 and higher (?!?!?!). from what i've read, TSH should be under 5, and even that is considered crazy high by most people, that under 3 is more reasonable. during the pregnancy, i know i need to keep it under 2.5. i know that there are other test results that usually go along with TSH (free T4 or something???), but i have no idea what those results might be, or if the tests were even ordered. oh, i should add that she has scheduled me for a thyroid ultrasound.. she doesn't think it's necessary, but she wants to have 'complete records', so i do that the first week of september.

as for other symptoms, well, that's hard to say. i have three children, i have worked full time doing home daycare (read 5 toddlers everyday!!) for the last 12 years... of course i'm tired. over the last few years, i have gained weight while not really changing what i eat... in fact, in the first two weeks of being on meds, i lost 7 lbs without exercise/diet changes. this whole TSH has come out of the blue for me.. if it weren't for the initial blood tests, i would have had no idea that anything was going on. i have been under alot of stress for the last few years, so i've now quit my job, and between that and my meds, i feel that i am getting more sleep and have less stress in general. the pregnancy is going well.

the only thing other than my meds that i am taking for my thyroid is this blend of sea veg added to my daily smoothies.. i've read that natural sources of iodine can be helpful. would love any additional advice.

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