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Unable to lose weight...possible hypothyroidism?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 3, 2007
  • 09:07 AM

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
-Linnea

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  • First off, contrary to popular believe, you can't mess up your metabolism by dieting. However, you can cause yourself to gain or maintain your weight rather than lose weight if you eat too little food. That's because it signals your body to retain fat as it believes there isn't enough fuel. Since you are involved in an extensive exercise program, you probably need to be eating enough calories or you won't lose weight. Using the Harris-Benedict Formula online will help you find the correct amount of calories you need daily. Then you would subtract 500 calories a day from that to lose weight.http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/You'll need your BMR, or basal metabolic rate. Then click on the Harris Benedict Equation link on that page to determine your caloric need.One symptom of hypothyroidism is fatigue. With all that running, exercise, and weight training, it doesn't sound like you are fatigued. You said others can't keep up with you.If you did and still do have a goiter, that is a definitive symptom of thyroid disease. Therefore, you have some type of thyroid condition.I would suggest printing off and bringing with you the three pages at the following website:http://thyroidtoday.com/ExpertOpinions/LabMedicine.asp?page=1Frequently, doctors will say "you're fine. You're tests are normal." The article defines normal functioning thyroid by the numbers. It also defines thyroid disease and the protocol for treatment.If you want to read a comprehensive website on thyroid disease and it's treatment, then the following website would be of help.http://www.thyroidmanager.org/
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  • It's Linnea again. I hate to say it, but I've ballooned out to 223 lbs at my peak, and now I'm about 212. Then again, I'm not quite sure, since my scale gives me innacurate readings sometimes..and it officially died today. LOL. I only lost the 11 lbs because I've been sick for 2 weeks with some weird stomach bug. I find it all pretty hopeless. I'll try my hardest to keep the weight off, but it will just come back with 5 PBS extra like always. I recently went on 300mg of Wellbutrin due to severe major depression, and I can't even lose weight on that. I now have dozens of painful, horrible stretch marks all over my stomach, breasts, hips AND even my rib cage???!! I'm fed up. I get them when I'm not gaining OR losing weight. They just show up, and it feels like I'm getting ripped open when they start coming in. I just don't care anymore. It's not like I'm ever going to be wearing a bikini or anything revealing now. It makes me sad that I haven't even had kids yet, and I have all of the scars. Is yhis an actual medical condition? Ive tried creams, drinking lots of water...and there's no stopping them. I also had bloodwork done years ago. They said my thyroid is at a 2, i think, and they said thats normal, so my depression got even worse at that point.I've just given up. I still exercise to slow the weight gain, but it just won't stop. I counted calories religiously, and it won't stop. I don't eat fast food or drink soda. I'm so tired of this.At least I have a boyfriend who loves me for who I am.First off, contrary to popular believe, you can't mess up your metabolism by dieting. However, you can cause yourself to gain or maintain your weight rather than lose weight if you eat too little food. That's because it signals your body to retain fat as it believes there isn't enough fuel. Since you are involved in an extensive exercise program, you probably need to be eating enough calories or you won't lose weight. Using the Harris-Benedict Formula online will help you find the correct amount of calories you need daily. Then you would subtract 500 calories a day from that to lose weight.http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/You'll need your BMR, or basal metabolic rate. Then click on the Harris Benedict Equation link on that page to determine your caloric need.One symptom of hypothyroidism is fatigue. With all that running, exercise, and weight training, it doesn't sound like you are fatigued. You said others can't keep up with you.If you did and still do have a goiter, that is a definitive symptom of thyroid disease. Therefore, you have some type of thyroid condition.I would suggest printing off and bringing with you the three pages at the following website:http://thyroidtoday.com/ExpertOpinions/LabMedicine.asp?page=1Frequently, doctors will say "you're fine. You're tests are normal." The article defines normal functioning thyroid by the numbers. It also defines thyroid disease and the protocol for treatment.If you want to read a comprehensive website on thyroid disease and it's treatment, then the following website would be of help.http://www.thyroidmanager.org/t
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  • hi linnea.. i am ruina and have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism since i'm 8,which means 13 years ago.i found that almost all of your sign and symptom are similar to mine.well,except for few.i've gain and gain more weight progressively,considerably non-stop.i 've been given levothyroxine since 10 years ago and it seems that my blood test turns out normal.However,the symptom persist mainly weight gain and depression.The fatigue is improved somehow since i've started on taking alternative medication but others are the same.Oh,i forgot to mention my period irregularity,which also add up to my frustration.Anyway,i just feel like sharing this with u because somehow i think it is nice to know that u are not alone in this thing.hope that you can persevere and do not get carried away with this situation.the same for me too..
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  • Guys check if you have polycystic Ovarian Diseases... this is 1 in every 10 women that have it and they gain weight.
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  • Hey dear, you should try product on http://navid516.eliteweightlosspackage.com/I used it, very effective diet. I lose 30 lbs in just 20 days. Now i'm of 124lbs.Try it. Hope it works for you also.bye
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    • 07:22 PM
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  • 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-Linnea You will only lose weight when you realize all what you read on net is bull**** and that’s how I started losing weight. I’m sure you are sick and tired of looking for a solution for weight loss and you think you tried everything including exercising but nothing worked. I was also like you till I read a book about how to get slim and it all worked for me.If you are thinking I’m gonna ask you stop eating chocolate or full fat foods you are mistaken. I lost weight by eating chocolate and not even small amount of chocolates sometimes.I will just write about what I have tried and what worked and please know that I am not a dietician. There are some things you should know and without knowing the facts you can’t get slim. By the way sorry for grammar mistakes if I have any, English is my second language.Things you should always know:· You will never be able to get slim if you don’t know how many calories you are burning a day: This is really important because without knowing your body you won’t be able to know how much you should be eating. If you have difficulty about finding out how many calories you are burning, send me an e mail with your sex, age, height and weight I will calculate it for you and send you. My e mail is ozlam_ucar@hotmail.com· It’s impossible to get slim without calorie counting. After learning how much you are burning a day without any activity make sure what you are eating in a day is less than what you burn. · Exercising is definitely a good thing but another fact that exercising will make you more hungry and make you want to eat more so it only goes again with calorie counting. Do not have the mentality of “Now I am exercising, I can eat whatever I want” because it doesn’t work that way.· The trick is very simple: If you eat more than you are burning, you will gain weight and if you want to lose weight you need to reverse this! You need to eat less than you are burning.· Never ever think that you can lose pounds merely in a week or something because that’s not possible. Your dieting plan should be a long term plan. · If you think while you are dieting foods like chocolate or ice cream is forbidden, that’s bull****! I lost weight by eating 300 calories chocolate a day. If you eat 300 calories chocolate a day make sure you eat 300 calories less food from your diet. · You don’t have to choose a specific diet especially if it includes foods which you don’t like. You can eat anything you like as long as you are counting their calories. Remember calories are calories and it doesn’t matter whether you take them from fruits or from chocolates or chips. · Get yourself ready for the idea of “you don’t have to be full till you burp or ***t”. Eat only till your hunger goes away. Remember you are not going to do this for the rest of your life! You are doing this only till your diet is over. But this doesn’t mean you should eat a lot after your diet. Here is what I did the whole day:· Don’t believe when they say “eat breakfast, without eating breakfast you can’t diet” because it is totally a bunch of BULL****!!! What I realized is when you open your stomach in the morning it will send you hunger signals the whole day. So stay hungry till 12 noon and at 12 put some snack in your mouth (not a full meal, I usually prefer a soup) it should be something around 300 calories which can make your hunger go. I usually have a chocolate and chips for total of 300 calories, or you can even go up to 400 calories. You will feel your hunger is gone and you can wait till 3-4 pm hungry. · At 3 to 4 pm have another snack for up to 500 calories. You can have a burger even but make sure it is only the burger, if you add chips and coke you will exceed 500 calorie limit. Do not go for a 900 calory burgers make sure it is not more than 500 calories. If it’s a 900 calorie burger eat only half of it and keep the other half to eat later. · Stay without food till 6 pm. And at 6 pm you can have another 500 calorie snack. Choose any snack you want but make sure it is only 500 calories. Till now you are still on 1300 calories and you are doing fine. · I usually went for 800 meters swimming after 7 pm here you can chose another 1 hour exercise like walking or whatever you like. You don’t really have to do it at 7 pm, choose another time for your 1 hour sport a day if you like.· After the exercise you can have another 300 calorie snack before you sleep but make sure you eat that little 300 calorie snack at least 1 hour before you sleep. If your exercise is finished just before you sleep and you feel extremely hungry that you can’t even sleep now, put something in your mouth just to let your hunger go. Do never eat a whole meal!You will be having approximately 1500-1600 calories a day if you keep doing this. I was losing only 10-15 pounds a month like this and my diet plan was a slow and more successful one. There is no reason why you should not be losing any weight if you apply what I explained you.
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