I'm 21, and I've had a weight problem my whole life. I was your average skinny/lanky girl until I was 6 years old, which is when I started taking a cortisol steroidal for my chronic asthma. At that time, my parents (and myself) noticed a rapid weight gain. I was always out playing, so my parents couldn't figure out the cause of this problem. When I was older...probably by the age of 10, I went to the doctor for a routine exam. I distinctly remember them telling me that I had a large thyroid, so they wanted to do some bloodwork. Well, the bloodwork came out "normal" (and when I'd ask them what normal meant, they'd never gave me a straight answer), and it has been "normal" ever since.
By the way, the doctors told me that the medicine "shouldn't have caused any problems..and then they switched their story later on. I also have eyes that have problems dialating when I'm outside...and often no iris is visible if I'm indoors....I'm not sure if that's relevant, though.
Long story short, I've been struggling with my weight ever since...even though I stopped taking that medicine about a year ago (Advair, Ventolin, Vanceril etc). I have tried everything...vegan, susanne somers, raw foods, fasting, eating small meals every 4 hours..any reasonable "diet" that I could find. I personally think "diet" is a horrible four letter word. I just don't know what else to do. I try to eat until I'm comfortable, I avoid soda, sugary items, and fatty/carb loaded/starchy items. I feel like I've tried everything, and, unfortunately, I feel like starving is the only way that I lose weight...I'm aware that it slows down my metabolism, and I try not to...but nothing else works. I was sick for 5 months once, and I actually lost about 40lbs...I haven't been able to lose a considerable amount of weight since. I think I seriously screwed my metabolism when I was sick.
I also eat approximately 18 points worth of food daily..which (to me) seems like a fair amount...but it's not. Ugh.
I also exercise like crazy. I jog 1-2 miles and play disc golf every other day (which involves about 2 hours of hiking), I try to swim every week, and I just began weight training. I also walk a minimum of 5 miles daily. Nobody can keep up with me, and I should be losing weight!!!
I swear I am not lying! I kick my own **s on a daily basis, and the lack of results is driving me insane.
I'm not obese, but I'm 5'7, 190 lbs and I can't lose the weight. I'm desperate and at my wit's end. I've been an emotional wreck for the last month, I've been developing stretch marks around my navel and hip....when I'm not gaining weight (and no, I'm not pregnant). I have manic mood swings, and I feel fatigued often...I sometimes feel like I could sleep all day. I also feel depressed and suicidal, and I've developed eczema on my hands.
I've been told that I might have a underactive thyroid, and I'm actually hoping this is the case. I don't even know what they'll do to me if they discover the problem, and I don't know what the problem is.
Please help! I need as much of your insight as possible, and I need to know what to do/expect at the doctor's office! I've had so many problems with doctors in the past, and I want to make sure that everything is done right this time!
Thanks in advance