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Topic: Hyperthyroid (and hypo, too)

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Subject: Hyperthyroid (and hypo, too)
Date Posted: 8/13/2007 4:53 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2007
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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???

 



Last Edited on: 8/13/07 4:54 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/14/2007 5:31 PM ET
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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.

Date Posted: 8/19/2007 3:08 AM ET
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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.