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Grandmax4
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Since my surgery in November 2011, I have put on so much weight I can't stand it! I lost 50 lbs right after surgery, feeding tube, etc, but now, I find myself at the highest weight I've ever been, even while pregnant for a 10lb,1 ounze boy.

The Dr tested my thyroid and it came back normal, I've talked to him about this, but, he just basically ignores me...suggests walking, etc..bull crap! I swear I don't eat alot and Im not a big sweets fan. Has/does anyone else have this problem? My dear friend told me when her Mom had thyroid problems, the blood test numbers were normal, but they did a test like an ultra sound and found she did have something wrong

Please help me figure out what I should do

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phrannie51
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endocrinologist would do some good.  When I was researching what "normal" thyroid levels were, I read that many Dr.'s still go by the old normals....with hyopthyroid being anything over 5.0 TSH, and anything lower than that (till you get down to 1.0) is seen as normal.  New studies indicate, that probably anything over 3.0 TSH is hypothryroid.  Also, I don't know if doing a separate test on the T4's is a normal part of testing....what I read is that while the TSH may read "normal", the T4's can be low.

p

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debbiejeanne
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grandma, i don't really know about the thyroid but i wanted to wish u best n figuring out this problem.  keep talking to the docs, eventually they'll have to listen.  i hate it when they blow us off like we're not important enuf 2 listen 2.  just stay on'm, make them listen.  good luck and keep us posted.

dj

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fishmanpa
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GMax,

I used to be a personal trainer. I know about nutrition, supplements, exercise etc. 

Your doctor is correct concerning walking/exercise. If you're not eating a lot, your body may believe you're starving and actually hold onto body fat. What you eat is as important as how much you eat. That combined with regular exercise is the proper way to lose or maintain weight. It won't happen overnight or in a matter of weeks or months. It took a couple years to get to where you are and it will take time to get back to were you want to be. The same is true about building up your body. I had a 32" waist and weighed 225lbs at my peak. Now I have the same waist and weigh 170. It took about three years of hard work to get to that peak. It's going to take longer now due to my age and condition. That's the hard truth and it's the only way I'm going to really get better.

Ironically, I say this as I can barely muster the energy to walk up the steps after a day at work let alone go for a walk or the gym. I consume just enough calories to maintain my weight.... a balance of proteins and carbs. I am consuming more fats (love my ice cream! ~lol~) at this time as well due to the caloric intake needs.

Seeing an endocrinologist is a good idea but exercise and proper nutrition, eating 4-6 times a day, small meals, a balance of proteins and low glycemic carbs along with exercise are the best methods to achieve your goals. 

Positive thoughts and prayers always

"T"

 

 

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Grandmax4
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words of encouragement and advice. I'm going to set up an appointment with an Endocrinologist as suggested by Phrannie, once that question is answered, I'll move on to what "T" has explained.. I understand the importance of diet and exercising and think I do fairly well. I'm very active with my Grandson, swimming,soccer,ball,etc, and I don't mean I sit and watch him, I play with him, crawling around the floor playing cars ,trucks and army. I belong to the silver sneakers at the YMCA and walk the track 3 times a week~~this weight is driving me crazy, I'll keep you all posted

 

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fishmanpa
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"I play with him, crawling around the floor playing cars ,trucks and army. I belong to the silver sneakers at the YMCA and walk the track 3 times a week"

Well you didn't say that! You said "Bull Crap" when the doc said walking! ~lol~  Yes, seeing an endocrinologist would be prudent. 

"T"

 

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longtermsurvivor
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While its fine to see an endocrinologist, thyroid function testing is very straightforward.  The endocrinologist tend to nuance their workups in a fashion that doesn't really answer the question of "where did the weight come from?" when they start doing their multithousand dollar workups.  No matter what, even if some minor defect is found, you are still stuck with the weight.  Sooo, start keeping a calorie log right now.  Just be honest about it, carefully record every bite for a week.  This will establish a baseline for your metabolic demand for calories.  And be prepared you will have to reduce calories beyond this level to lose.  Best to you.

 

pat

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fishmanpa
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A calorie log can be eye opening. You really have to be diligent about it too! Everthing from a meal to the spoonful of food you taste while cooking. I did it when I started a body building regime many years ago and I was surprised at how much I was actually eating. Once you determine what your caloric basline is, you have to consume less to lose weight. If 2500 calories will maintian your weight, then 2000 calories will help you lose. 

Mind you, you can get crazy obsessed with it and that defeats the purpose. You don't want to be stressing about it. Of course consulting with your doctors before starting any exercise/nutrition/weight loss regime is advised.

"T"

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