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hypothyroidism and weight loss while tkaing meds

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kelly

Rogers, AR

#1 Apr 9, 2007
I am 24 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. My doctor only recently diagnosed this problem. They checked my thyroid medication and found that it was doing its job. I was just wondering whether anyone else has lost weight while taking hypothyroid medication. I went from 275 and now weigh 225 without a diet change (well, as for less calories as before pregnancy I only ate 700 calories daily. Now I'm eating 2800 calories daily and losing weight. I've had hypothyroidism since 10 years old and because I felt I was fat (175 pounds at age of 10) I kept my caloric intake to 1800 calories a day because I was told I needed to reduce calories to lose weight. By the time I was 16, I was eating 700 calories because still with walking a mile a day and swimming 30 minutes daily and was still gaining weight. By the time I hit 18 I weighed 200 pounds. By 24 at the same amount of calories (I never ate fast food at all and most of the calories were in fruits and veggies) and went to 275 before finding out I was pregnant. At 24 is when I found out I was preggo and my ob/gyn diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. Now I eat 2800 calories a day because I need to support my child and weigh 225. At first I lost 6 pounds a week. By the time I hit 20 weeks my weight loss has decreased to a pound a week. I was told because it stabalizes my immune system has started to be regulated. I'm just wondering if anyone else (pregnant or not) has had this problem with this medication.
John

United States

#2 Apr 25, 2007
K,
I was just diagnosed today....I have been working out like crazy since January with no results. Please contact me if you like to share some more experiences.
Vanessa

Amherst, OH

#3 Apr 25, 2007
For the past 3 months I have been excercising 3 hours a day for 6 days. I barely eat and when I do it is veggies or fruit. I have had hypoothyroid since I was 15. Back then I weighed 120 pds. I am 26 yrs old now and weigh 170 pds. I cannot lose the weight. I am losing my confidence and am becoming more depressed. When I talk to my endocronologist about this problem, she tells me that I need more fiber in my diet and that my medication is at the right dosage. I am so frustrated and fed up. I don't know what to do anymore. Does anybody have any suggestions?
Alisa

Beaumont, TX

#4 May 24, 2007
Vanessa,
I feel your pain, I am having the same problem. I don't get it, it's like Dr.'s could careless about the struggles of a hypothyroid patient. As a Dr., knowing that being obese leads to so many other risks like CVD, diabetes, etc. you would think that they would be more helpful to those of us who have hypothyroid and are constantly putting on weight or killing ourselves working out everyday and eating next to nothing to lose weight tot lower those risks. It's just so frustrating that you just want to give up but you can't give up because you know you will just continue to be miserable because being 40 to 100 lbs over weight or over your normal weight isn't an option either. I am already working out 4 to 6 days a week, twice a day at least 2 hours a day and I am completely low carbing it and I can barely move the scale. What I am hoping is thru an Endocrinologist and a Nutrionist (more so for supplementations) and with the way I am working out now I will be able to drop some weight. If I find the right combo that works for assisting with the weight loss I will definitely let you know.

Hang in there!!!
Lisa

Rochester, NY

#5 Aug 19, 2007
I feel everyone's pain, I am happy to see that other people suffer this problem (not happy for us but happy that I am not crazy). My doctor also told me my medication was fine at first, and I have gained 75 lbs in a little less then a year, now finally he increased my dosage. I do not even recognize myself, and I am getting to the point that I would rather just sit in the house then go out. On top of it all my boyfriend likes heavier woman and I feel sometimes he hinders me from losing weight :( Does anyone know if people can take diet supplements when taking thyroid replacement daily. (mine was taken out due to cancer)
Chad

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Dec 2, 2008
Has anyone out there had to adjust their hypothyroidism medication due to weight loss? I weighed about 180 to 190 pounds at a previous job behind a desk. I now weigh about 165 pounds due to working construction. I subsequently had to change my medication to less than 150 mcg. I'm back to feeling like crap again. Please help.
Kathy

Brockton, MA

#7 Dec 11, 2008
Hi, I have been on 50mcg for about 5 months now and I still feel like crap. I have lost 17lbs in the last 8 months and I am constantly hungry even after I have eaten a meal. My hair is falling out constantly and I have no energy. My doctor says my blood work is fine and the meds seem to be working. If I am hypo then why did I lose weight and can't seem to gain any no matter what I eat.
I am going back to see him next week and tell him I may need to see a specialist. I'll keep everyone informed.
Mary Mc Mahon

Boston, MA

#8 Feb 24, 2009
Can anyone tell me, after gaining more and more weight (70 pounds )has your doctor increased your medication?. I have been on the same dosage for 10 years 100mcg after having most of my thyroid removed. I continue to have very dry itchy skin, my hair is getting thinner all the time even my hairdresser has noticed it. I never suffered from bad skin before now my face is always breaking out. Of course my doctor tells me you blood work is perfect. How can that be true.
Andrea

Grafton, OH

#9 Oct 18, 2009
hi all im taking synthroid also and they increas my medicine to 200 mcg and im not use to it im gaining weight not losing it when i was 13 yrs old i weigh 110lbs and now im 24 and i weigh 221 lbs its frustrating i need help and no one would help. if any one wants to help please add me on yahoo messenger at Andreakoether@yahoo.com
Maria

Gainesville, FL

#10 Oct 18, 2009
To everyone whose blood work is "fine" - what exactly is the TSH? Primary care doctors may not be aware of the new guidelines which suggest aiming for TSH 0.5-2.00. Old guidelines had it be 0.5-4.00, so if your TSH is 3-4, you may still be feeling symptoms.
prettypaula

Lehighton, PA

#11 Nov 21, 2009
Kathy wrote:
Hi, I have been on 50mcg for about 5 months now and I still feel like crap. I have lost 17lbs in the last 8 months and I am constantly hungry even after I have eaten a meal. My hair is falling out constantly and I have no energy. My doctor says my blood work is fine and the meds seem to be working. If I am hypo then why did I lose weight and can't seem to gain any no matter what I eat.
I am going back to see him next week and tell him I may need to see a specialist. I'll keep everyone informed.
Hey.. i'm hypo as well and i'm thinking maybe you're a little confused. Hypothyroidism is when you have and underactive thyroid, which means you have a higher level. When given the right dose of medication you'll feel hungrier because it is revving up your metabolism and in turn making it easier to burn calories and therefore you lose weight. I wish i was in the situation you were I have just recently found out i was hypo[ i waited way too long till i went to the dr; 120 lbs later] and despite being put on meds my level has only became higher with each different dose they give me. Even my endocrinologist is stumped.. i would take it as a blessing that you're losing weight, it could always be worse. You could be like me going from 150lbs to 275 in less than a year and a half. it's depressing, really you're sooo lucky!
Amy

United States

#12 Mar 14, 2010
I wish I could lose weight. What meds are you on that you are losing weight? I need those.
julie

AOL

#13 Apr 30, 2010
Kathy wrote:
Hi, I have been on 50mcg for about 5 months now and I still feel like crap. I have lost 17lbs in the last 8 months and I am constantly hungry even after I have eaten a meal. My hair is falling out constantly and I have no energy. My doctor says my blood work is fine and the meds seem to be working. If I am hypo then why did I lose weight and can't seem to gain any no matter what I eat.
I am going back to see him next week and tell him I may need to see a specialist. I'll keep everyone informed.

Hi Kathy, Did you check with a rheumatologist because I was suffering the same symptom and i went to see Doctors after Doctors, they all said to me that I was fine and all my blood work was fine. Anyway a friend of mine told me to see a rheumatologist and I did just that. The result that I was experiencing rheumathroid symptoms. I went to see endocrinologist for diabetes and thyroid but three doctors told me that i had neither.Besides, add Vit C, E, Zinc supplement to your diet.
Good Luck! let me know what happen.
julie

AOL

#14 Apr 30, 2010
Hi Kathy, Did you check with a rheumatologist because I was suffering the same symptom and i went to see Doctors after Doctors, they all said to me that I was fine and all my blood work was fine. Anyway a friend of mine told me to see a rheumatologist and I did just that. The result that I was experiencing rheumathroid symptoms. I went to see endocrinologist for diabetes and thyroid but three doctors told me that i had neither.Besides, add Vit C, E, Zinc supplement to your diet.
Good Luck! let me know what happen.
marisela

Edinburg, TX

#15 May 26, 2010
Hi Kelly,
I was just diagnosed with hypothyroid this week and i weigh 225. i gained about 60 pounds in the last couple or years. The doctor put me on 50mcg and said i should be losing weight rapidly. My TSH is 6.4 and wants to bring it down to at lease a 3. i have tried many diets and i lose about 5 pounds and i stay stuck there. i will keep you posted on my progress. I
kelly wrote:
I am 24 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. My doctor only recently diagnosed this problem. They checked my thyroid medication and found that it was doing its job. I was just wondering whether anyone else has lost weight while taking hypothyroid medication. I went from 275 and now weigh 225 without a diet change (well, as for less calories as before pregnancy I only ate 700 calories daily. Now I'm eating 2800 calories daily and losing weight. I've had hypothyroidism since 10 years old and because I felt I was fat (175 pounds at age of 10) I kept my caloric intake to 1800 calories a day because I was told I needed to reduce calories to lose weight. By the time I was 16, I was eating 700 calories because still with walking a mile a day and swimming 30 minutes daily and was still gaining weight. By the time I hit 18 I weighed 200 pounds. By 24 at the same amount of calories (I never ate fast food at all and most of the calories were in fruits and veggies) and went to 275 before finding out I was pregnant. At 24 is when I found out I was preggo and my ob/gyn diagnosed me with hypothyroidism. Now I eat 2800 calories a day because I need to support my child and weigh 225. At first I lost 6 pounds a week. By the time I hit 20 weeks my weight loss has decreased to a pound a week. I was told because it stabalizes my immune system has started to be regulated. I'm just wondering if anyone else (pregnant or not) has had this problem with this medication.
mashelle

Jacksonville, FL

#16 Sep 11, 2010
I had my thyroid and para-thyroids removed sep. of last year. I was diagnosed with hypothyroid and hypoparathyroidism. They started me out on .112 mcg of synthroid in the beggining and I was gaining weight. Started having heart problems and vertigo. Since I have been on the .88 mcg of synthroid and .25 mg of calsitriol I have been loseing weight fast. I lost 50 pounds in 3 months and they keep telling me it's not the medication and my blood work is normal. For what I have found online there are some people who have this reaction to synthroid. I hope this helps a little. I am still trying to figure this one out. Good Luck :)
nicky6

Oceana, WV

#17 Sep 13, 2010
I just found out I have hypothyroidism, right now I'm 17 and i weight 110. I have all the symtoms but being over weight, right now I'm on synthroid... will I end up gaining alot of weight? Will this help with my acne? will this help with my hair loss?
confused

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Sep 14, 2010
ok confused so what is it you do. are you dont gain weigh?I have been on the med for a month have not gained any weigh,but have been eating healthy and watching portion size.before I started the med. I had lost 15lbs.Not an oz. since.however like i stated have not gained.
Melki_Sihou

Jackson, MS

#19 Sep 14, 2010
A tid bit of information. Your body needs food to work properly. Starving yourself you end up reversing what you want to accomplish. I have seen so many people say, I barely eat anything. That is not a good thing. When you barely eat anything, your metabolism drops. Your body goes into starvation mode and grabs every little carb and fat it can and stores it. I know it is tempting to starve yourself when you are getting so frustrated with your weight, but instead eat 5 meals a day. Your largest meal should be breakfast. Each meal after that should get smaller, dinner being your smallest. For your snack after breakfast, try some fresh fruit. For you snack after lunch, raw veggies. You can cut out starchy, high carb foods like potatoes, noodles, rice and white bread. Replace white with wheat. drink lots of water. If you drink milk, try and go for the 1% or skim. One of the biggest causes of not being able to lose weight, stress. Find something that helps you allevate stress. A hobby, something active would be best. The more you move and the better you feed your body, the better your metabolism gets. Hopefully, this combined with your meds will do the trick.

I hope this helps people.
Olivia

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

#20 Sep 26, 2010
Very wise words "Melki_Sihou"...I just turned 15 years old and was diagnosed a couple weekes ago( still 14) with hipothyroidism...I get my meds tomorrow and am extremely excited. What you had to say about nutrition is so very true, it is almost IDENTICAL to what I have been doing and so far so good;Though it is very difficult to LOSE weight becaouse of thyroid issues, my diet has kept me as healthy as can be.

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