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Why don't the doctor's believe i eat right????

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 23, 2010
  • 05:32 PM

I want to start this post by saying that I am literally in tears and hope that I can make some sense.

I am a 34 year old, Caucasian female in Northern Ontario, Canada, 5’ 4”, and I weight 220lbs. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism 13 years ago, and not once in those 13 years has it been stable. After my long time GP died I went years without proper medical care and when I did get one he took several years to believe that it was underactive. He believes that a TSH in the 6 – 9 area is okay and leaves my medication (synthroid) at the same level. and I should add that the only blood work I have had done in probably 10 years is my thyroid. Nothing else.

In Feb 2006 I quit smoking. Before that I was a size 14 – 16. Since then I have ballooned up to my current size. I have now seen 4 doctors about it. My family doctor told me it was because I quit smoking and I will eventually lose it. I went back 2 years ago and he told me it was what I ate. I need to go see a nutritionist (I have a severe allergy to eggs and am very aware of what I eat and the last 2 I saw listed things with eggs in their plans). I had brought in a meal diary from the past several months and he disregarded it. Told me that it wasn’t detailed enough – it didn’t include the gum I chewed (sugarless). I guess the notes that I had 3 McDonalds fries (from my son) didn’t clue him in on how detailed I kept it.
Next I saw a fill in dr. to my GPs office. He told me it wasn’t what I was eating (less than 1200 cal a day for 2 years at this point) that I needed to exercise more. Even if it meant sitting on an exercise bike every night for the whole evening. The next dr. I saw told me to eat 2 frozen dinners a day (600cal total a day) and even people in concentration camps lose weight.

Needless to say I gave up on talking to dr.s. I have no appetite. As a matter of fact I can’t remember the last time I felt hungry. Years and years ago. For 2 years I did consume less than 1000cal a day – probably 4-5 days each week was only 600cal if that. And guess what? Not a single pound gone.

My TSH level 2 months ago was 97 and my GP put me on 125mcg synthroid. 6 weeks ago I started taking 187 (1 plus a half) and it made the difference that I can now stay awake to 8pm from coming home from work and falling asleep. I walk/jog 5 miles in an hr a day and do 30-40 min of Ten Minute Trainer 4 – 5 times a week. Doing this the last 7 months and I have not lost one single cm. Not ONE! Clearly under 1000cal a day wasn’t working and I have read over and over that you must have an intake of 1200cal a day so I increased my calories to 1200-1300 a day. 1 ensure for breakfast, one for lunch, 2 fruits as snacks and a large salad and fish or chicken breast for dinner 6 days a week. Sundays I eat beef with my son (his reward too for eating fish and chicken 6 days a week) – tonight it’s hamburgers. I don’t add salt, I don’t eat processed food, and I don’t eat flour or eggs. And we eat out once a month.

So…. I gathered my courage once again, printed off a sample of the last 2 weeks of my normal eating habits and off I went to see the dr. at the walk in clinic. His answer? other than clear misbelieve that I am not a couch potato stuffing my face every day with crap, sugar, fat and pop, was to tell me that I may need an adjustment to my thyroid medication (I asked him for a rx for dissected thyroid – 13 years of not having a sable TSH was enough for me – oh and his opinion was that singularly the only the TSH needs to be tested and TSH level is very accurate diagnoses) but that if I wanted to lose weight I had to decrease my calories. Even if that meant taking them very low. I asked if he had ever known anyone to consume 600 calories a day for an extended time and he said no. I told him that clearly he wasn’t listening to me because I did it for 3 years and it didn’t make a ***n bit of difference. I also asked about ‘starvation mode’ and he told me that even then you lose weight.

So here I am. With no answers. Not only no answers but feeling like a complete fool. 4 doctors and not one of them believe me. They don’t believe my family when they tell them that what I say is true. Everything on the internet is telling me to do all things I am already doing or the other option of gastric bypass (which the last dr. said I wasn’t big enough for – at which point I asked if he hadn’t heard me when I told him eating was not my ***n problem). And here I am, still in tears because I don’t have any answers, and no hope. None.

I am sorry for going on for so long. And I really appreciate anyone who reads this. Even more if any one has any suggestions.

Thank you.

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  • I have been struggling with hypothyroidism my whole life and it has been causing a lot of problems for me. Weight is not a huge issue for me but it is hard to drop even one pound. I have been on the same dose of synthroid for 12 years and I know that its not right. The doctors say that I am within normal range although I am at the higher end of that "normal range". I was talking to some girls at work that have the same problem as me and the one suggested I go see an endocrinologist because she saw one and they had to perform a surgery on her, but she is a lot better off seeing him opposed to her PCP. I currently trying to find one close to home and hopefully find some relief with him. They are more specialized as far as the thyroid gland much more that general doctors are. I hope this helps I understand you have been through a lot. If someone does not have the problem we do they don't understand it and its almost like were lying about how bad its affecting us. Hang in there, there are a lot of people out there with the same struggles, you will find your relief just do not give up.
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