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Thyroid Meds & Weight Gain

bkane101
Posts: 35
Joined: Apr 2011

I'm sure this is a pretty common problem but I'd like to hear others stories. Last Thursday (the 21st) I started on my Levothyroxine and have since gained 8 pounds in 6 days! Now I know it can take time for the body to adjust but to gain a pound or 2 everyday is not something I am willing to be patient with. I lost 90 pounds a year ago and am not about to put it back on. I am wondering if my dosage is too low. I'm only on 88 mg and when I read blogs and boards people are taking like 250 mg. Should I beg and plead with my dr for help ASAP or what if I took 2 pills instead of 1???

teamwink
Posts: 97
Joined: May 2011

I have similar issues - I am heavier than I've been in 10 years, and I'm eating less and exercising a little more. I am barely fitting into my "fat clothes", those that I wore in the first trimester of pregnancy and after the baby came (ladies who've had babies, you know what I mean!). My doc says my levels are normal so she is not concerned, but I feel like I'm spinning my wheels and I'm miserable dieting with no results at all. I've never had this problem, and I'm not sure how to address it in a healthy way - advice?

CherylMike
Posts: 118
Joined: Oct 2009

I had a TT and RAI 1.5 years ago. Everything looks good now, but I was having severe problems with fatigue, mental fuzzyness and weight gain. I complained to my doctor and she told me my weight (150 lbs and I am 5'5") was within the normal range. (I weighed 117 when I had my TT - however that is way to thin for me). I spoke to her and told her that I was very uncomfortable with my weight - heart disease and type 2 diabetes runs in my family (dad). She told me that I was hyperthyroid, which can cause weight gain and other symptoms that mirror hypothyroidism. She wants to keep me hyperthyroid, just not so high. (I was losing hair and not sleeping) She made some suggestions - get off the ambien, do not let the dog that gets up all night sleep with you, exercise and watch what I eat and she would lower the synthroid dose form 125 to 112. I am doing everything that she suggested and am down to 135 after 2 months. I am on the adkins diet (which I did for years and it always held my weight around 130), I jog 2 miles and power walk .5 iles 6 days a week and 2 of my dogs have to sleep in the kitchen on their beds. This has really made a difference. The weight did not come off easily (before I would only exercise 3 to 4 days a week and could eat more carbs, the weight came off fast and stayed off). But, it is worth it. I have so much more energy and mentality feel more with it. I am still having trouble sleeping, but it is getting better. I am 51 years old.

rockpc
Posts: 1
Joined: Sep 2012

i had stage 2 hodgkins @ age 21. after 10 wks of radiation, i needed to start thyroid meds. started with synthriod @ 50 mcg. had it changed only once to levothyroxine 75mcg about 5 yrs ago. i am 41 yrs old now & have gained 20 lbs over past 2 yrs. not happy with it at all. my regular dr told me levels were "fine" but would prescribe me diet pills... i declined. i have to think i need a new dose. i try watching my diet & tried exercise and only lost 3-5 lbs. but as soon as i stop that routine, my weight comes right back.

nonaR
Posts: 4
Joined: Oct 2012

I thought hperthyroidism caused you to lose weight.

nonaR
Posts: 4
Joined: Oct 2012

doesnt it just want to make you scream to the doctor well you may not be concerned...but this is my body gaining weight and me feeling litke i dont know how i am going to make it to work or maybe lose my job becouse i cant think clearly enough to do it well or because i cant drag my self out of bed to be on time,and it is me on weekends who is so exhausted on weekends that i have to stay in bed and cant spend time with my kids with hopes that on monday morning i can get up and earn a liveing so we can keep a roof over our head on food on the table and who is crying all the time geeze it is me and I AM CONCERNED. so fix it....just saying

nonaR
Posts: 4
Joined: Oct 2012

doesnt it just want to make you scream to the doctor well you may not be concerned...but this is my body gaining weight and me feeling litke i dont know how i am going to make it to work or maybe lose my job becouse i cant think clearly enough to do it well or because i cant drag my self out of bed to be on time,and it is me on weekends who is so exhausted on weekends that i have to stay in bed and cant spend time with my kids with hopes that on monday morning i can get up and earn a liveing so we can keep a roof over our head on food on the table and who is crying all the time geeze it is me and I AM CONCERNED. so fix it....just saying

Katt66
Posts: 4
Joined: Jul 2012

ok... I'm going to go cry now. Weight has been a steadily increasing problem for me (obviously everyone on this thread as well), and I just got put on synthroid. After reading all the postings in this thread it seems the meds arent helping anyone much. Maybe the docs need a new theory and new therapies !?! Geez, weight is going to get worse???!! So much for being hopeful.....

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Stacie3071
Posts: 23
Joined: Sep 2011

I have Hurthle Cell.. Had a TT in oct. with RAI in Dec 2011. I have been on synthroid since Oct '11. I have gained almost 30lbs. I saw my oncologist Tuesday of this past week and she was excited that I had actually lost 2 lbs in 2 months :-/ ... she told me to get my metabolism going I needed to walk, even though I am on a thyroid replacement that it was going to be hard to lose weight that the replacement was not as good as the what the thyroid put out.

Take it one day at a time... the weight will come off.. she did reccomend a low carb diet... so that is where I am at right now..

Good luck!!
Stacie

MPaccione
Posts: 2
Joined: Mar 2011

I had my thyroid removed 1 1/2 years ago, numerous goiters. When they removed it, they found that my thyroid was 4 times larger that it should have been, and to make things even better cancer was found in the gland. I am glad that it was removed, and that the cancer did not spread, but the weight gain since has been impossible to deal with. I am 57, had thought that my menopausal sweats, were over, and done with, now they are back and on a rampage. I take 125 mcg of levothyroxin daily, eat like a bird because my appetite has been horrible, have no energy etc. I had hammer toe surgery about a month ago, so this has not helped my mobility. Prior to all of this, I was fairly active, walked mountain roads every other day, 3 miles easily! Now to make matters even worse, my family is on my case, they say that drinking my one mug of milk, a day is the reason for my gains, lack of energy..sometimes I just want to slap them!! Oh and my husband ordered a bow & arrow for me, because I showed an affinity for it when I was 28 years old! I really am a nice person, but I have always watched myself weight wise, so the lack of understanding on their part is disconcerting. I have suffered with severe depression for years, mostly under control, but haranging me certainly does not help. I go to my endo guy this week, he says little, but believe me I will have tons to say to him..any suggestions?

PASurvivor
Posts: 1
Joined: Jan 2013

I had my thryoid removed in March of 2011 and just had a second surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes this past October.  I have gained 30lbs since this started, of course combined with menopause and I quit smoking the day before my first surgery.  I am seriously considering taking it back up.  Please don't let anyone harang you!  Unless they are going through this they don't understand.  I watch every bite I put in my mouth and do 30 minutes a day on the treadmill and nothing!  I gained 5lbs the morning after RAI!  My endo has been good, but doesn't understand the weight being a big problem for me - both emotionally and physically.  I am switching to a female doctor with hopes she will understand better.  I hope that you are feeling better these days!

I have noticed that everyone is talking about Atkins and I am going to look into that.  However, food I enjoy is all I have left - not sure I want to give it up!

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