Hunger with hypothyroidism
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Karen

Worcester, MA

#1 Mar 27, 2008
Does anybody know why I am so hungry all the time? I have always been the type of person to never really be hungry, but now I am starving all the time. Is this a side effect? I am taking 100mg of Levoxyl. How do I get my hunger to subside before I have weight issues?

Since: Sep 08

Friendswood, TX

#2 Sep 26, 2008
I was hungry all the time before I was treated. I'd ask your doctor and if he / she can't help I'd suggest an internist or someone who will work with you and your metabolism.

Some diets target how the body metabolizes starches in order to regulate insulin, the hormone that triggers hunger pangs. The Adkins diet's goal is to switch your metabolism from burning carbs to burning fats. The level of carbs your system can tolerate is related to how your system produces and uses insulin. Another is the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet which limits carbs to only one meal a day. By eliminating carbs from all but one meal, it fools the pancreas into not sending out insulin after a meal so it doesn't trigger the hunger you'd feel even after say, a spaghetti dinner.

I'm not advising you to do any of this, just suggesting some ideas. I don't know how much you want to learn or how difficult it might be for you to find a doctor who will do more than tell you to eat more carrots and celery (been there, done that!)

In the end my best solution has been to cut back on all processed carbs and increase my raw veggies but this only works if I take a supplement to curb my hunger. I expect to only do this while I lose the last of my hypo weight gain since my appetite has decreased enough that if I eat normally I maintain my weight.

Like my name says, never Ever say die; keep at it till you get there. Best wishes!
Tory

Atlanta, GA

#3 Sep 26, 2008
From what I've seen on other forums, Levoxyl (like Armour, Synthroid, etc.) raises your metabolism, and a result of the higher metabolism is hunger. One lady said that if she could hold off eating for about half an hour, the hunger would go away.

I get really hungry now, too, sometimes. A big change from when I first started the Armour and didn't want *anything* to eat. And even though I'm "grazing" more, my weight is about the same. Still 30 pounds overweight, but I'm working on that. It's just these blasted hunger pains, lol!
ann tyroyd doctor

United States

#4 Dec 8, 2008
hello everyone you are felling hungry becouse of the medication like betwen treating hypo felling hungry means that you are treating well this can efect the metobolism
Kathy

Brockton, MA

#5 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
Dance23

Alexandria, VA

#6 Dec 11, 2008
Hello everyone. First your hypo so you will always be hungry. Troy is right if you hold off then you wont get hungry. However, I have found that if you eat 5-6 small meals a day (healthy,fruits, veggies, fish) then you maintain and can even lose weight. As for Kathy, when I first started my medicine I lost about 20lbs in 2 months. It is water weight. When your metobolism slows (hypo) your body can't get rid of the excess water like when you sweat. But the good news is you will gain some of it back because, as discussing, you will be hungry. Ok so it's not good news.
Kathy

Brockton, MA

#7 Dec 11, 2008
Dance23 wrote:
Hello everyone. First your hypo so you will always be hungry. Troy is right if you hold off then you wont get hungry. However, I have found that if you eat 5-6 small meals a day (healthy,fruits, veggies, fish) then you maintain and can even lose weight. As for Kathy, when I first started my medicine I lost about 20lbs in 2 months. It is water weight. When your metobolism slows (hypo) your body can't get rid of the excess water like when you sweat. But the good news is you will gain some of it back because, as discussing, you will be hungry. Ok so it's not good news.
Thank you..LOL It seems like I get very hungry after I have eaten a meal that is carbs. The hunger pains are so bad that I end up eating again. What about my hair? Will that ever get better? I am only on 50mcg right now and the doctor says that my blood work is fine now. Thanks for the info.

Since: Dec 08

Alexandria, VA

#8 Dec 12, 2008
Yes your hair will stop falling out as much and it does grow back. It's just because of the medicine. Also I have read that your blood work can be fine but you still have the symptoms and the reason is because even though your T4 and TSH are fine (after you've been on the med for a yr that is all the dr will test for) but the T3 could be off. So that my be something you want to talk to your dr about. Oh and just a heads up if they change your dose hair is not the only thing to worry about it's the headaches. So always keep something in your purse. I would say give the meds about a month or two more and if your still losing alot of hair deffinately talk to your dr.
Kathy

Brockton, MA

#9 Dec 12, 2008
I have to see my primary care doctor next week, do you think I should ask him to see a specialist? I don't feel any better now than I did before. Thank you :)

Since: Dec 08

Alexandria, VA

#10 Dec 16, 2008
I would ask to see a specialist. I was too young for the one in my town so I had to go to DC. Once I was out of school I started going to an Internal Medicine doctor who also happens to specialize in thyroid. Since you have just stared taking medicine I would definately see a specialist. They can get you on track to start and then in a year or so you can go back to your primary doctor and they just moniter your levels.
Olivia

Vernon Hills, IL

#11 Dec 26, 2008
In my case, the hunger is not a side effect of the Armour and Synthroid, but rather the result of food allergies. Two months ago I would have NEVER believed it because I didn't think I had any allergies and did not believe I had any allergic reactions to foods. I took a blood test and it changed my life. When I eat certain foods such as dairy, eggs, gluten, avacados, or pineapple, I get terrible symptoms that include dramatically increased hunger.

I just finished reading a book that explains this in detail and I would highly recommend it: "Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat" by Roger Deutsch and Rudy Rivera MD. The very interesting thing I learned is that autoimmune disease (hypothyroidism) and food allergies are almost always found to occur together.
Olivia

Vernon Hills, IL

#12 Dec 26, 2008
Oh, one more thing, I recently read that hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia tend to occur together too. This could be the reason for increased hunger too.
Sarah

Harrells, NC

#13 Jan 3, 2009
I have had so many of the questions posted here. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism about 7 months after my son Joseph was born. And for months I hadn't felt right and everyone kept saying it was because of the baby or going back to work or being older than when I had my last child (I was 27 when I had him and 34 now, NOT old). I am still symptomatic and on 75mcg of synthroid. Here is my problem/question: Did any of you have a reduction in symptoms and then a return? I am experiencing this now.
Toby

Pine Ridge, SD

#14 May 22, 2009
I'm 25 and am on 75mcg of Levothyroxine. I have noticed an improvement, but I still have the same symptoms. Hunger and thirst are still a big issue. I exercise regularly, and I eat tons of fruits and vegetables. I heard sometimes it can take up to a year to get back to normal. My doctor said that after a few months of treatment, my thyroid hormones have normalized. But the hunger and thirst symptoms are getting really annoying. Anyone find a way to get that under control?

I have been vegan for about a year and half. I finally stopped since I think I might have developed an allergy to beans. Plus, I thought a little lean meat might help me get satiated, which it hasn't yet. Sigh... this is so fricken' depressing.
Toby

Pine Ridge, SD

#15 May 22, 2009
Olivia wrote:
In my case, the hunger is not a side effect of the Armour and Synthroid, but rather the result of food allergies. Two months ago I would have NEVER believed it because I didn't think I had any allergies and did not believe I had any allergic reactions to foods. I took a blood test and it changed my life. When I eat certain foods such as dairy, eggs, gluten, avacados, or pineapple, I get terrible symptoms that include dramatically increased hunger.
I just finished reading a book that explains this in detail and I would highly recommend it: "Your Hidden Food Allergies Are Making You Fat" by Roger Deutsch and Rudy Rivera MD. The very interesting thing I learned is that autoimmune disease (hypothyroidism) and food allergies are almost always found to occur together.
Interesting... do you think you've always had these allergies or were they the result of hypothyroidism?
Olivia

Indianapolis, IN

#16 May 28, 2009
Hi Toby,

Sorry for the late reply.

It's hard to say, and I'm just not sure. It's the chicken or the egg type question.

I've been studying and reading a lot about food allergies. I have learned that Dairy is the #1 food allergy and fastest growing food allergy in the US. This has been happening since the government quietly allowed RGBH, aka recumbant bovine growth hormone, to be injected into cows. The hormone makes the cows produce huge amounts of milk. This is terribile because when cows produce more milk than normal, the milk is watered down and does not have the proper amounts of vitamins/minerals in it. But let me get back to the topic, it adds a 5th protien which is obviously not natural, to the milk. The human body cannot digest this protein. It can't be cooked, frozen, or otherwise eliminated from the milk. I have read theories that this protein has caused and continues to cause the great rise in dairy allergies. Some people are also allergic to the RBGH itself, I know I'm allergic to at least the Caesin in the milk which is another protein.

My doctor said overeating any food can trigger an allergy in that food if you have a comprimised immune system. Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease. This is how they are related and why the occur together.

The allergy can be temporary or permanent. I did drink milk daily before. Per doc's orders, I now never eat the same thing more than once every 3-4 days.

I have read about something called BIOSET which I asked my doc about too. It's supposed to help your body get over food allergies so you can eat those foods again. It's not covered by insurance so I have to save up for it.

I don't know about being Vegan, but I think you need to be careful you don't develop food allergies. Are you thirsty/hungry for a specific food? If so, your probably allergic to that food.

Maybe the levothyroxine, aka synthroid, is making you thirsty and hungry. I don't know. I am now off the synthroid because it made me loose too much hair. I take Armour which is a natural replacement. Levothyroxine has only T4 hormone and is synthetic, Armour is dessicated pig hormone and most bioidentical to human hormone. It has T1, T2, T3, T4 in the right proportions. I am doing fabulously well on Armour. I suggest you do some google research on it and read what others have said. People who tried both usually very strongly prefer Armour. If your doc won't Rx it you can find a doc at the Top Thyroid Docs site by Mary Shomon.

Also, I hope you're not drinking water with flouride or using flouride toothpaste because flouride kills the thyroid. Thought I'd mention it because your in Buffalo NY. Again, google it, you'll be shocked.
colleen

Lancaster, PA

#17 Jun 22, 2009
I've been taking 30mg of Armour for a couple months now. My mind is now clear and I can go most days without a nap. what has become frustrating in the past week or so is this crazy, never-ending hunger. I have lost nearly 50lbs since last August and am afraid that I will have packed it all back on by this August. Does anyone know what time of the day is best to take thyroid, and does taking Concerta and half-strength Estratest affect its absorption?

“to trolls everywhere”

Since: Aug 08

la...la...la...la...

#18 Jun 26, 2009
My doctor has me taking mine at night. You should take it on an empty stomach with lots of water.
colleen

Bridgeton, NJ

#19 Jun 29, 2009
Thanks, I'll give that a try.
Toby

Martin, SD

#20 Jul 9, 2009
Olivia wrote:
Hi Toby,
Sorry for the late reply.
It's hard to say, and I'm just not sure. It's the chicken or the egg type question.
I've been studying and reading a lot about food allergies. I have learned that Dairy is the #1 food allergy and fastest growing food allergy in the US. This has been happening since the government quietly allowed RGBH, aka recumbant bovine growth hormone, to be injected into cows. The hormone makes the cows produce huge amounts of milk. This is terribile because when cows produce more milk than normal, the milk is watered down and does not have the proper amounts of vitamins/minerals in it. But let me get back to the topic, it adds a 5th protien which is obviously not natural, to the milk. The human body cannot digest this protein. It can't be cooked, frozen, or otherwise eliminated from the milk. I have read theories that this protein has caused and continues to cause the great rise in dairy allergies. Some people are also allergic to the RBGH itself, I know I'm allergic to at least the Caesin in the milk which is another protein.
My doctor said overeating any food can trigger an allergy in that food if you have a comprimised immune system. Hypothyroidism is an autoimmune disease. This is how they are related and why the occur together.
The allergy can be temporary or permanent. I did drink milk daily before. Per doc's orders, I now never eat the same thing more than once every 3-4 days.
I have read about something called BIOSET which I asked my doc about too. It's supposed to help your body get over food allergies so you can eat those foods again. It's not covered by insurance so I have to save up for it.
I don't know about being Vegan, but I think you need to be careful you don't develop food allergies. Are you thirsty/hungry for a specific food? If so, your probably allergic to that food.
Maybe the levothyroxine, aka synthroid, is making you thirsty and hungry. I don't know. I am now off the synthroid because it made me loose too much hair. I take Armour which is a natural replacement. Levothyroxine has only T4 hormone and is synthetic, Armour is dessicated pig hormone and most bioidentical to human hormone. It has T1, T2, T3, T4 in the right proportions. I am doing fabulously well on Armour. I suggest you do some google research on it and read what others have said. People who tried both usually very strongly prefer Armour. If your doc won't Rx it you can find a doc at the Top Thyroid Docs site by Mary Shomon.
Also, I hope you're not drinking water with flouride or using flouride toothpaste because flouride kills the thyroid. Thought I'd mention it because your in Buffalo NY. Again, google it, you'll be shocked.
Hi Olivia! Thanks for all the info. I'm not from New York, I'm actually in South Dakota. I didn't realize I had to change the news feed at the top. ;-)

I don't drink fluoride water. We filter all of our water with PUR pitchers and such.

I've deduced that the thirst was coming from nuts and beans. It's a really crappy combination when you're trying to eat less meat. But honestly, all other meats do the same thing except eggs, which I've been eating regularly. Additionally, I've been staying away from gluten, so I stick to eating rice instead.

I have heard of Armour but haven't tried it yet. I honestly wish now that I had never gone vegan. It was such a mistake. And I'm almost certain that soy is what finally screwed everything up. I'll have to ask my doctor about Armour and see if she will prescribe it for me.

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