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Feeling hypothyroid, but tests indicate hyperthyroid

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 22, 2007
  • 01:31 AM

I was hoping someone could give me some advice. I am a 22 year old female who is otherwise very healthy. For about 5 weeks I have had symptoms of hypothyroid (weight gain, fatigue, dry hair, depression). I had TSH and T4 done. TSH was almost 0 (0.03). T4 was fine (average to high).

My doctor said to wait another 6 weeks to have another test as it appeared I have hyperthyroidism and the symptoms don't fit.

In teh meantime my symptoms are still there, and I'm putting on weight at an alarming rate (1-2lbs per week) even though I am trying very hard to eat less given the situation.

I think its quite obvious I need more tests and treatment at the moment rather than waiting it out.

Does anyone have any advice? I have seen another doctor but they also said to wait 4-6 weeks given the results.

Does anyone have any advice on how to stop your body from gaining weight? Otherwise, does your weight return to normal when you go on meds or do you have to work it off?

Thanks,
Grace

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  • Those symptoms are those of hyperthyroidism. Some people do have weight gain. Below here are the common Symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism. Although weight gain isn't mentioned, it is possible if you are fatigued and your activity is curtailed and you're still eating what you were when more active.If you aren't satisfied with your current doctor, find another one. If possible see an endocrinologist.Symptoms:PalpitationsHeat intoleranceNervousnessInsomniaBreathlessnessIncreased bowel movementsLight or absent menstrual periodsFatigueSigns:Fast heart rateTrembling handsWeight lossMuscle weaknessWarm moist skinHair lossStaring gazeThis web site below will give you an idea of how hyperthyroidism is treated.http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper4.html
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  • I don't understand how I could be hyperthyroid when my T4 levels are within normal range. I don't have any of the heart palpitations, trembling hands or heat intolerance. Most recent bloods this week:TSH fT4 13 pmol/L (10-20)Free T3 5.8 pmol/L (2.8-6.8)Anti-thyroglobulin Ab 14 U/mL (Anti-thyroid peroxidase Ab 24 U/mL (Can someone please shed some light? I have been to three doctors and they are confused and can't help. In the meantime I am still constantly tired and putting on weight.
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  • For hyperthyroidism the doctors look at your TSH and your T3.Try reading on the following website:http://www.thyroidmanager.orgThere's good info there, you'll need a medical dictionary beside you in the window to understand some things.Your TSH is very low and your T3 is on the high side. This pretty much indicates hyper T. My suggestion is to see an endocrinologist. They are the experts.You don't have to have all the symptoms to have hyper T. Do you have the other symptoms? And your antibodies being non-existent doesn't mean anything. My endo told me that's not the only thing which tells one they have or don't have a disease. My mother has Hashimoto's therefore I am predisposed to have it too.
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  • I have had the exact same thing happen to me! My TSH is .18, which is below normal, which in turn, indicates a hyperactive thyroid. My T3 & T4 were relatively normal (I will look at the lab results when I have them handy & report back to you).I have had THE SAME thing happening to me. I am 5'6" and usually weight between 121 - 124. Lately, it's more like 128-130. Some people think this is not a big deal, but on my frame IT IS a very big deal. Some of my jeans don't fit!!!! I ahve also been eating even healthier than normal (I always eat between 1300 - 1500 cals/day) and I work out 6 days per week (and have been doing so for years). My Dr. says maybe my metabolism is just changing, but I'm sorry, it just doesn't make sense for me to gain almost 8 pounds in 2-3 months! Also, I usually have a super easy time losing even 5 lbs. Lately, I can't lose at all. It is so frustrating.Maybe I need to go to an endocronologist? Did you finally do that? What is the latest with your diagnosis?If you want, I can give you my email address. Oh yeah, my Dr. said for me to come back in 6 weeks as well. Meanwhile, I feel like a fat **s
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  • I have had the exact same thing happen to me! My TSH is .18, which is below normal, which in turn, indicates a hyperactive thyroid. My T3 & T4 were relatively normal (I will look at the lab results when I have them handy & report back to you).Contrary to what people believe, a low result means hyperthyroid and a high result means hypothyroid.I have had THE SAME thing happening to me. I am 5'6" and usually weight between 121 - 124. Lately, it's more like 128-130. Some people think this is not a big deal, but on my frame IT IS a very big deal. Some of my jeans don't fit!!!! I ahve also been eating even healthier than normal (I always eat between 1300 - 1500 cals/day) and I work out 6 days per week (and have been doing so for years). My Dr. says maybe my metabolism is just changing, but I'm sorry, it just doesn't make sense for me to gain almost 8 pounds in 2-3 months! Also, I usually have a super easy time losing even 5 lbs. Lately, I can't lose at all. It is so frustrating.Maybe I need to go to an endocronologist? Did you finally do that? What is the latest with your diagnosis?If you want, I can give you my email address. Oh yeah, my Dr. said for me to come back in 6 weeks as well. Meanwhile, I feel like a fat **s!Do you have symptoms other than gaining weight?You can gain weight with Grave's Disease too.
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  • Dear DxD-So, .18 is low, right? Which indicates hyperthyroid, right?Besides the weight gain, I have been fatigued and my face has been breaking out (no, I'm not pregnant!) Of course, I have been depressed too (probably as a result of the weight gain) and my body has been retaining water like crazy...Some symptoms of Graves Disease that also might apply to me are as follows: chronic sinus infections (had 8 w/ in 12 months, Drs. even did an MRI - blamed the infections on allergies), irritability, and sometimes tremors. Also, my eye twitches wildly sometimes. It makes me paranoid when I'm speaking to people and it starts twitching! Any thoughts?? Perhaps Graves Disease would be a possibility, but why am I gaining weight?
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  • Dear DxD-So, .18 is low, right? Which indicates hyperthyroid, right? Any thoughts?? Perhaps Graves Disease would be a possibility, but why am I gaining weight?Hi Katie,Yes 0.18 is low and indicative of Graves Disease.Many people with it gain weight instead of lose it. I don't know why that is.You can read more about it at:http://www.thyroidmanager.org/
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  • Hey Katie, I have also been waiting and waiting for my 6 weeks to be up so I can get more bloods and more information. Fortunately for me I am feeling better - no more fatigue etc. My skin is still dry, constipated, nails brittle and hair dry. Like you I monitor my calories and stick to about 1800 a day (I am quite tall and for my height/weight needs at least 2200 a day to maintain without exercise!). I exercise plenty and nothign works. I usually can eat what I feel like and maintain, and if I need to lose it comes off if I work hard enough. Now I work so hard and I just maintain or even gain weight. The past 3 days I have put on 4lbs, and I havne't even been eating differently. It makes me very upset too, as I have had to buy new jeans etc. It's not alot of weight but I feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. I am seeing an endocrinologist in the next 2 weeks, and another doctor in 2 months. I will keep you updated. You can email me too if you like, lizz.g.leddy@gmail.comI fully understand what you are going through, its just so hard its like my body isn't my own anymore! I feel like I have no control and I've seen so many many doctors and they all just shrug and say just ignore it basically. Meanwhile I cry about it all the time, its just so depressing.How are you going?
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  • check the following web site for more support and ideas http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=12057
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    • August 24, 2007
    • 04:38 AM
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  • I am 30 years old I have had hyper thyroid now for 7 years. I can not loose any weight at all it is very upsetting to me. I am 5' 8". When I got pregant my weight changed. I lost weight and after I had my daughter. They have wanted to kill my thyroid for a year now but I am very scared of gaining more weight. They said they would have to play around with the meds to get them right at first. Also I do not like taking pills at All!!! Help!!! What would be the best choice for me.
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  • I was hoping someone could give me some advice. I am a 22 year old female who is otherwise very healthy. For about 5 weeks I have had symptoms of hypothyroid (weight gain, fatigue, dry hair, depression). I had TSH and T4 done. TSH was almost 0 (0.03). T4 was fine (average to high).My doctor said to wait another 6 weeks to have another test as it appeared I have hyperthyroidism and the symptoms don't fit. In teh meantime my symptoms are still there, and I'm putting on weight at an alarming rate (1-2lbs per week) even though I am trying very hard to eat less given the situation. I think its quite obvious I need more tests and treatment at the moment rather than waiting it out. Does anyone have any advice? I have seen another doctor but they also said to wait 4-6 weeks given the results. Does anyone have any advice on how to stop your body from gaining weight? Otherwise, does your weight return to normal when you go on meds or do you have to work it off?Thanks,GraceYou're not alone. I am 17 years old and i have been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I have had this disease since i was 16. I have had all of the symptoms of hypothyroidism such as: excessive weight gain(20 pounds in 3 months), I have had a consistent period for 9 months straight, depression, anxiety, extreme hair loss, and fatigue. I have been wondering the same as you whether it is something else wrong with my body or if this is normal for some patients who are diagnosed with hyperthyroid disease. I have yet to find out next month, for I am visiting an Endocronologist.Thanks,Lindsey
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  • Hi I just posted almost the same things but they said my test are fine ,please read mine and let me know what you think,thanks
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  • Hey Katie, I have also been waiting and waiting for my 6 weeks to be up so I can get more bloods and more information. Fortunately for me I am feeling better - no more fatigue etc. My skin is still dry, constipated, nails brittle and hair dry. Like you I monitor my calories and stick to about 1800 a day (I am quite tall and for my height/weight needs at least 2200 a day to maintain without exercise!). I exercise plenty and nothing works. I usually can eat what I feel like and maintain, and if I need to lose it comes off if I work hard enough. Now I work so hard and I just maintain or even gain weight. The past 3 days I have put on 4lbs, and I haven't even been eating differently. It makes me very upset too, as I have had to buy new jeans etc. It's not alot of weight but I feel so uncomfortable in my own skin. I am seeing an endocrinologist in the next 2 weeks, and another doctor in 2 months. I will keep you updated. You can email me too if you like, lizz.g.leddy@gmail.comI fully understand what you are going through, its just so hard its like my body isn't my own anymore! I feel like I have no control and I've seen so many many doctors and they all just shrug and say just ignore it basically. Meanwhile I cry about it all the time, its just so depressing.Oh my gosh! Thank you girls sooo much for posting this! This describes me EXACTLY!!! I am a competitive college runner with a usual frame of 106. The past 2 months I've gone up to 113 and my test results (TSH levels of 0.01) say I have hyperthyroidism but I have NONE of the usual symptoms!!! My family thinks I am overreacting and being obsessed about my weight. When I'm eating less and still exercising how the heck can I gain weight? And still be so exhausted! I hope your appointment with the endocrinologist goes well, I am anxious to see if it helps! So glad I am not the only one in this situation!
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  • This book has helped me understand how I can be ill even though the tests results seem normal. The Thyroid Solution by Ridha Arem, MD ISBN:0-345-42919-2I don't understand how I could be hyperthyroid when my T4 levels are within normal range. I don't have any of the heart palpitations, trembling hands or heat intolerance. Most recent bloods this week:TSH fT4 13 pmol/L (10-20)Free T3 5.8 pmol/L (2.8-6.8)Anti-thyroglobulin Ab 14 U/mL (Anti-thyroid peroxidase Ab 24 U/mL (Can someone please shed some light? I have been to three doctors and they are confused and can't help. In the meantime I am still constantly tired and putting on weight.
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  • Just curious and any insight would be great, I was also diagnosed being hyper and was convinced i was hypo. I am a petite girl, 5' and usually weigh around 110-115.... in a 3-4 month period i gained 15lbs!! 5 just in the last month which is soooo not normal for me. hair loss, fatigue, and breaking out all over when i usually have super clear skin are my main symptoms... I was told i do have antibodies and most likely have graves. Is this normal gaining weight and hair loss w being hyper rather than hypo??? NONEEEEE of my jeans fit me and my bras are even becoming too small... NOT OK :(
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    • August 12, 2011
    • 09:10 PM
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  • Hi There,I was diagnosed with Graves disease, 10 years ago....I have symptoms of both hypo and hyper....my endocrinologist had been trying to get me to radioactive iodine my thyroid for years but I always flt that was not the correct treatment for me.Recently I was referred to the book Hypothyroidism , Type 2 by Dr Mark Starr.....by my osteopath.....Please read this book if you have symptoms of both hyper and hypo thyroid.....its discusses a second type of hypothyroid condition that fits many of our symptoms of hypo and hyper...... it refers to be this issue being similar to type 2 diabetes, instead of being insulin resistant, you are thyroid hormone resistant......it suggest taking your basal body temperature ever morning before you get out of bed.....and offers other treatment ideas /options.it may contain the answers you are looking for about your issues...or give you some info so you can ask questions to your endocrinologist.that might help with your treatment... let me know what you
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    • February 21, 2012
    • 01:49 PM
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  • You need to tell your doctor to read up on the new criteria for TSH (as of 2003). A TSH of near 0 is what truly very "euthroid" (or good level) people have. A lean man who runs might have the TSH you have. Someone who had their gland taken out and is on full thyroid hormone replacement would have your TSH, My guess is that you don't really have any of the "high engine" symptoms so unless you feel that you need to inform him that this might not be accurate. I would try another lab and a different time of day and I guarantee you you will get a different TSH. Many use different equipment that varies in sensitivity when reading levels. Also and if you did this test fasting, you will get a lower TSH. Going at 5 PM might show up to be a 2.5 TSH for example; Then if he knows the newer values, your doctor would have to admit that you might truly have some subclinical hypothyroid sympotoms. You aren't crazy. The values are constantly being revised as to what is "normal":Those symptoms are those of hyperthyroidism. Some people do have weight gain. Below here are the common Symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism. Although weight gain isn't mentioned, it is possible if you are fatigued and your activity is curtailed and you're still eating what you were when more active.If you aren't satisfied with your current doctor, find another one. If possible see an endocrinologist.Symptoms:PalpitationsHeat intoleranceNervousnessInsomniaBreathlessnessIncreased bowel movementsLight or absent menstrual periodsFatigueSigns:Fast heart rateTrembling handsWeight lossMuscle weaknessWarm moist skinHair lossStaring gazeThis web site below will give you an idea of how hyperthyroidism is treated.http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper4.html
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  • I was hoping someone could give me some advice. I am a 22 year old female who is otherwise very healthy. For about 5 weeks I have had symptoms of hypothyroid (weight gain, fatigue, dry hair, depression). I had TSH and T4 done. TSH was almost 0 (0.03). T4 was fine (average to high).My doctor said to wait another 6 weeks to have another test as it appeared I have hyperthyroidism and the symptoms don't fit. In teh meantime my symptoms are still there, and I'm putting on weight at an alarming rate (1-2lbs per week) even though I am trying very hard to eat less given the situation. I think its quite obvious I need more tests and treatment at the moment rather than waiting it out. Does anyone have any advice? I have seen another doctor but they also said to wait 4-6 weeks given the results. Does anyone have any advice on how to stop your body from gaining weight? Otherwise, does your weight return to normal when you go on meds or do you have to work it off?Thanks,Grace.I have similar conditions to yours. I am a 26 year old female and just started having thyroid issues within the past year and a half to two years. When it started I gained a lot of weight. I'm 5'7" and athletic so i normally weigh 160 but in a couple of months i was weighing 180 and above. It stayed that way for a couple months and then all of a sudden I started dropping weight really fast. I dropped down to 154 within a month and a half. I went to the doctor and told him my symptoms: anxious, dropping and adding weight in a short amount of time, sweating, hard time sleeping and then being really sleepy, etc.. I had symptoms of both hyper and hypothyroidism. So i had my blood drawn at a regular practitioner to check my thyroid levels. My levels were all really high and they referred me to an endocrinologist (which i think your dr. should have done if he diagnosed you as hyper). I went to the endocrinologist 2 weeks later and my blood levels were normal but my thyroid was enlarged. They told me to come back in 6 months later for another blood draw to see where things stood. So 6 months later i went back and told them i was having the same symptoms (both hyper and hypo). They did a blood draw and this time instead of being hyper i was hypo and put me on levothyroxine (which is the generic for synthroid) since my thyroid wasn't producing enough. I have to take it once a day every day and i still go back and forth in symptoms with high energy some weeks and very low energy other weeks. The dr. did say it's possible to go back and forth between hyper and hypo. I just went back last week for my 6 month check up. Still have an enlarged thyroid. Told the dr. i still go back and forth and now he wants to try ''suppression'' therapy for my thyroid and try to see if we can get my thyroid to stop producing all together and have my body just rely on the meds to get what i need. I don't know much about it and am currently trying to do lots of research to see if this works or not.. i really don't want to kill off my thyroid or have it removed. Hope maybe this helps somewhat and that your having some luck with finding out what's wrong with yours.
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  • Hey guys I have had the same problem when I was 20 my tsh was.25 weight gain but it was so fast it felt like water retention but about 8kg of weight gain in 3 months it lasted about 1.5years and then I eventually got better they could not find as to why my tsh was low my estrogen was also low... So after 1.5 years of suffering with depletion due to weight gain and also low estrogen side effects I got better... im now 26 i went through a bad break up a year and half ago and it started happening again low thyroid levels and low estrogen I have seem drs specialist professors and they still can't find why this is happening... I have always been very fit and athletic and ate healthy and now for no reason I'm dealing with this... Did any of u get a diognosise?? Or get better?? The drs r saying My hormones went out of wack due to stress.. But I have not met anyone that this has happened to and they can't find a cure for whatever it is that's happening to my body.. Help!!!
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  • It might be a coincidence that your have hyperthyroid and gaining weight. Normally, you should be loosing weight. Try to check if you have food intolerance e.g. to wheat or milk.
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