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From other threads, it looks like we should have our own! (more about me on the "underweight" comments in this forum).
I read a lot of magazine stories about hypothyroid, and how it is so "undiscovered", but never anything about hyperthyroid.
I found out two years ago I was hyperthyroid. But in part because I am over the usual age, and had developed so many other related problems, it took the docs a long time to figure it out.
I went from 140 pounds to 90 in four months, and I'm 5-5. But the worst was the total exhaustion.
Even after they oblated the thyroid, my first doc had me on synthroid for months, and I never improved. I finally switched docs, and the new one put me on cytomel---and it was like a miracle, I felt so much better so fast.
Now my weight seems to have stabilized at 115, but they told me I would gain it all back when I got back to normal. (Do I keep my old clothes? Buy more now and hope I stay this way?)
But my labs still are not "normal" and the docs keep adjusting the meds.....is there ever an end to this???
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Definitely keep your old clothes. Once your meds are adjusted your weight will stabalize.
I have no direct experience with this. but I have family members with hypo- and hyperthyroid problems.
I went into my doctors about 15-20 years ago with a list of problems like "exhausted when I wake up, nervous all the time, nauseous, anxious, jittery, foggy headed, hot all the time, etc." I lost weight like you and I didn't have much to give since I only weighed 95 at the time. (That was very scary when I dipped below 80) My thyroid was so high they made me come in and redo the test. My doctor who was in his 60s told me I was his first patient to be hyperthyroid. All the others were hypo.
I was on the med for about 6 years then I started to lean hypo. So, I went off the meds and I've been fine since. I made alot of changes to my diet and adding relaxation to my days. I don't know if that did it. But I have tested in the safe zone for about 8 years now.
So, from my experience it can reregulate. Though, I know others who have been on the meds for life.