Levothyroxine & Weight Loss
Brigitte

Oklahoma City, OK

#62 May 3, 2009
Gina, good look getting Armour:):):)
I gained 20 lbs in 30 days after my Thyroid was removed. I started with 100 mcg Levothyroixin, then 125 mcg and I'm taking now 150 mcg since last week. I already lost 5 lbs since starting with the 150 mcg. My question is what does every one does for the pins/needles in the hands, feet and body?
Thanks
Melissa

Wilmington, NC

#63 May 3, 2009
Hi brigitte, you need to make sure you are drinking lots of water and ask your daughter cause there could be a number of reasons why you are having the pins/needles feeling, one might be not enough iron or water retention with to much salt but def call and talk to the your doc or his RN.
Victoria

Hudson, NY

#64 May 4, 2009
I was diagnosed with Hypo about 2 months ago,before i knew i tried everything to lose the weight and could not. My doctor put me on Levothyroxine, my weight was 160 (my heaviest ever!). Since I've been on the medication, I started eating healthier and working out 3-5 times a week. I have lost 20 pounds already. If you eat healthy and work at it, you should lose the weight. Which means there is hope!!
Brigitte

Oklahoma City, OK

#65 May 5, 2009
Thanks Ladies, for responding...
I guess my earlier post did not make it:):):) operator error..
It is water retention, not salt we use very littel of it. As I cook 98% of what we eat I have a good handle on it. There is just no way I could gain 20 lbs in eating, drinking the same as before surgery.
We work out almost every day, After I started the higher dose, I lost lost 5 lbs after days. The pins/needles feeling is also getting less. I check on the Iron thought. Well I guess this is going to be work in progress...

FYI I'm in OKC, OK we are getting soak here, the drought is officially over in OK.
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#66 May 5, 2009
I have been on levothyroxin 25mcg for 6 weeks now and my TSH level is showing normal but i am still having symptoms and feel like i did before along with swelling of hands and knees down to my feet. Has anyone else experienced this?
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#67 May 5, 2009
I am experiencing swelling of my feet up to my knees and my hands. I am on 25 mcg of levothyroxin and i am still experiencing shortness of breath, weight gain and lack of concentration. Any one else feeling this too?
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#68 May 5, 2009
What dosage are you on?
Brigitte

Oklahoma City, OK

#69 May 6, 2009
Lizard wrote:
What dosage are you on?
I started with 100, 125 & now 150 mcg, but I had to have my thryoid removed in March due to large goiter .
Craig in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

#70 May 6, 2009
Hi, be aware that in 2002 the American association of Clinical Endocrinologists updated the TSH scale. The newer scale is 0.5 to 2.5 (normal range). If you are 3.0 or above and presenting symptoms you could be considered subclincal Hypothyroid and treatable.

Most labs the a reading the TSH tests still are using the older scale and telling docs that the patient is in normal range.
6footsharon

Motherwell, UK

#72 May 6, 2009
i have finally been diagnosed with hypothyroidism after 3 years of testing and having both a borderline over/underactive thyroid (which i didn't know about until my last visit to the doctors)
In these past 3 years i have gained just under 56 pounds and have felt constantly tired. it's so bad at night i sleep for 10 hours then have another 2/3 hours sleep in the afternoon before heading off to bed early (10ish to have another 10 hours).
i joined a gym just under 2 years ago and average about 1 1/2 one hour session at the gym and 2 one hour aerobic classes a week (sometimes more/sometimes less!!)
i have been on 50micrograms of levothyroxine for the last two weeks.
is there any real chance of me losing any weight?? i am not kidding myself by thinking this drug will be a miracle but i would be good to know if i can see any weight loss. I'm upping my excerise regime by adding swimming 2/3 times a week and was wondering what (if any) weight loss i can expect in 8 weeks (due to go back to doctor's for more blood tests in 6 weeks but got my summer holiday in 8 weeks!!)
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#73 May 6, 2009
You are right. I was told that my TSH levels were now normal but I don't feel normal. I was put on 40 mg of lazix yesterday for my edema. I also have gained about 40 extra pounds with two years. When does it get better and the weight start coming off.
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#74 May 6, 2009
Sounds like you have had a rough time. I never thought the thyroid could make so many changes in a woman's life.
Melissa

Wilmington, NC

#75 May 7, 2009
Lizard the thyroid is one of 3 main body functions in everyones body it controls everything, emotions, hormones, pain, senses in different parts of your body.
Also are you working out? And make sure that you are on a correct dose and eating healthy.
cwwright

San Antonio, TX

#76 May 7, 2009
Oh my goodness....this is all so confusing. The doc says I should loose weight on the Levo but I just keep gaining. I am petite and feel comfortable at around 140-145. I am now at 173 and it's killing me. The extra weight makes my entire body hurt. Is the the way I will feel for the rest of my life?
Lizard

Farmington, NM

#77 May 7, 2009
I have always been very active and an outdoors person never sitting till about 9:30 at night. I think i eat very healthy leaving out sweets and breads from my meals.

I think that when they get my dosage right, I will feel alot better.
lin

Sparta, NJ

#78 May 10, 2009
Gina wrote:
For those of you that are taking Levothyroxine and are gaining weight with it:
I am a nurse. I also have hypothroidism. My doctor prescribed a low dose of Levo and I took it. Gained a few pounds with it, but not too much. Went back for testing, and he doubled my dose of Levo. I took it at the higher dose, and promptly began to gain 3-4 pounds a week for 2 months. I began a weight loss program that involved a physician consult. This physician informed me that some people do not metabolized the Levo correctly. Levothyroxine is T4 replacement- your body is supposed to change T4 to T3, which is the Hormone that your body actually uses. However, some people actually do not convert the T4 to T3- instead they convert it into something this doctor called an "anti-thyroid hormone", thus actually worsening the weight gain. He said that for those people they need to take their med in an already formed T3 format. Armour thyroid, which has been around for years, contains T3 and T4, so it seems to be more effective for some people. However, it does still have T4 in it. For some, they are actually better if they take their Levo and add the T3 med called Cytomel. You may consider speaking to your doctor about this, as it does seem to help in the cases where regular T4 does not do the trick.
Thank you for this info. I will definitely mention your comments when i have my next drs appt. I just started with 25mcg (2 days only) and I came on this site just to see what pple were saying and have read every post from the first page trying to absorb as much info as I can. It really burst my bubble to see how so many are GAINING weight, especially when my dr told me i should finally expect to see some losses (i eat well and excercise probably more than the average person so i am otherwise quite healthy). Like i said it's only my second day on the meds so we'll see!! I hope the best for EVERYONE here.
lin

Sparta, NJ

#79 May 10, 2009
I guess the best thing to do is just stick with it and maintain a healthy attitude, diet and exercise. I understand that my doctor started me out on the lowest dosage and will have me back in for testing in 6 weeks. Until then I will try not to get too discouraged if i see some weight gain and will talk to him about some of the comments I've read in this forum. In addition i agree with whoever wrote that, perhaps this forum is attracting those who have NOT had success (as far as weight loss) on the levo. Maybe there are thousands out there who HAVE had success and are just too busy living their lives to be bothered with posting about it!...and I hope that is the majority. Otherwise, what are we all taking this medicine for? to feel worse? or to be guinnea pigs? Anyway, don't want to end on a sour note so GOOD LUCK AND HOPE TO ALL! And if (hopefully)I have positive results I promise I will give details in this forum again.
Amanda

Lowell, MA

#80 May 11, 2009
6footsharon wrote:
i have finally been diagnosed with hypothyroidism after 3 years of testing and having both a borderline over/underactive thyroid (which i didn't know about until my last visit to the doctors)
In these past 3 years i have gained just under 56 pounds and have felt constantly tired. it's so bad at night i sleep for 10 hours then have another 2/3 hours sleep in the afternoon before heading off to bed early (10ish to have another 10 hours).
i joined a gym just under 2 years ago and average about 1 1/2 one hour session at the gym and 2 one hour aerobic classes a week (sometimes more/sometimes less!!)
i have been on 50micrograms of levothyroxine for the last two weeks.
is there any real chance of me losing any weight?? i am not kidding myself by thinking this drug will be a miracle but i would be good to know if i can see any weight loss. I'm upping my excerise regime by adding swimming 2/3 times a week and was wondering what (if any) weight loss i can expect in 8 weeks (due to go back to doctor's for more blood tests in 6 weeks but got my summer holiday in 8 weeks!!)
The amount of weight you lose depends on what you do. I think that the increased drugs should make you feel more energized - and therefore be able to exercise more. I wouldn't kill yourself swimming and doing all these aerobic classes. When I first got diagnosed like 4 years ago, I lost 25 lbs within maybe 3 weeks without changing anything (diet or exercise). Unfortunately though, its a chronic condition.. so you're going to reach another point sometime in the future where you feel all the symptoms (and weight) return. My best suggestion is to pay attention to your body - recognize the symptoms you are feeling - even if they aren't "typical" and then be your own advocate for getting tested when you feel "off". There's nothing worse than gaining 40 lbs and a bunch of doctors blaming your crabby mood and inability to concentrate on depression!
Ilene

Leeds, UK

#81 May 12, 2009
Wow.. now am worried... I have been diagnosed hypo.. on 75 mg levothyroxine and was 9st 2lb now 10st 8lb .. something does not feel right, and reading your messages feel more anxious than ever
Laura

United States

#82 May 13, 2009
I just got my TSH tested due to irregular vaginal bleeding, fatigue, at it was 10.3, up from 2.49 7 months ago, so obviously very hypothyroid. I gained 10 pounds over Christmas, barely indulged in anything so it was crazy. Have steadied out at 210, 43-y/o, only 5'3" though, should be 130, have gained 65 pounds since 2002, somewhat due to job (sit all day) and less activity. Used to walk 1.5 to 3 miles everyday, was just starting up again when I got sick about a month ago and all this fun stuff started happening.----So I always throught that synthroid would help with weight loss, so reading this board has not been to encouraging. I see the endocrinologist on Friday. I was planning on going on a liquid diet, need to see if it is soy based, but it probably is, and I have done a lot of soy over the years. I believe I could still do it as it says wait 4 hours after taking the medication, has anyone else tried this? I really need to get off at least 50 pounds in a quick way, with a goal of another 20-30 after that. So is it possible with a strict diet of 1000-1200 calories a day, walking 6-days a week 1 mile to start, getting up to 3 in the long run, and maybe ease in some strength training 3 days a week for this to cause weight loss? Or am I screwed and will be obese forever?

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