Anyone else struggling with weight loss with Hypothyroidism

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I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in December 2013. 

Since starting my medication I have been put on different mg of the meds and it's been up and down as it can never just settle.

I feel awful when there is any change.

My body aches, I am so tired, I feel down just to name a few. 

Some days I feel fine and full of life then the next day I feel awful again.

But the main thing I have noticed is that no matter how much will power I can loose weight but it comes off really slowly but can put weight on so quickly. On the days I am not feeling well I am sooo hungry and I get shaky as if I need sugar. I have to drink a energy drink and can feel myself levelling out which messes up any diet or healthy eating I am on then the cycle happens all over again. My stomach always feels bloated since being on these meds too.

Does anyone else feel like this? 

Thanks in advance x

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    Yes, I am having the same problem.  I am currently on a lowered dose in case my hot sweats and dizziness are caused by too high a dose and am feling rotten for it. I am going back to my GP to see if I can raise it again.

    I am going to ask my GP for advise on weight loss with hypothyroidism or a referral to a dietician in an endocrinology department as I cannot stop putting weight on.

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      Thank you for your reply. I totally understand how you are feeling. The hot sweats and dizziness are bad enough in the winter but with the recent heat waves I can't do anything to cool down and makes me feel even worse.

      I have been on every diet in the past and now currently on slimming world what ever I do the moment I eat something I shouldn't I put on weight and if I stick to a plan I feel I lack so much in sugar which then makes all these symptoms feel worse.

      Hope you feel better soon. x

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    It sounds to me as if your thyroid is not being treated properly as you are displaying all the symptoms,GP's are not usually very good with thyroid issues as they are what the name suggests general practitioners who know a bit about everything but don't specialise.Ask to be refered to an Endocrinologist & read all you can about your condition as you can help yourself a lot.Buy a book called STop the Thyroid Madness from Amazon,it is American but by a woman who has thyroid problems and has spent years researching the subject to help herself & all the things in there apply to anyone else with thyroid issues.Also there is a very good group of throid sufferers on Facebook,you have to apply to join but they are all very friendly & I can vouch for the fact that someone on there will have had the same problems you are going through & will help you..I think its called THyroid Uk,help & support ,if you put that into Facebook it should come up but if you have problems finding it let me know & I will look it up,I have it as one of my groups so just click into it from my Facebook page.Hope this helps you a bit xx
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      Thank you for your message. I will definantly look that group up on Facebook. I see a private consultant through my private health care but not once as he got the dose right and I have felt awful. I will look at the group and order that book.

      Thanks so much xx

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      Have you thought of trying Natural Dessicated Thyroid, when you get the book you will see that lots of thyroid patients have awful side effects from Levothyroxine as it is T4 only and your body needs to convert it to T£ for it to work.Like I said lots of us can't convert it so we still feel ill even on what GP's tell us is our correct dose but NDT contains T$ & T3 so works better with your body.Very few GP's know about it or will prescribe it even though it was the only treatment available until the 1950's when some idiot developed a synthetic T4 only pill which has been prescribed ever since mainly I think because it only costs about £4 per month.You will need to help yourself by reading as much as possible so that you can let your GP know that you are not ignorant about what is available.We all have to fight to get treated properly so that we can be as well as possible.Please do look on the Facebook group before you go to the Dr next you will get lots of support and lots of knowledge.
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    You just described everything I am experiencing. All of it. Its driving me insane. Plus I have type 2 diabetes and keeping my weight down keeps my blood sugar down. Gaining weight I can't control brings my blood sugar up and is not good. I also get famished and hard to control my eating well. I also get that shaky feeling like I'm having a low blood sugar attack. Since starting this levothyroxine my life has been h_ll. I'm tired of feeling moody most days but do have some good days. Some days I just won't talk to anybody. I have confusion and feel like I'm so disoriented. I would give anything to never have had this TSH test, which was in the normal range , but close to high end. I wish I never would have started this pill. And sweat and get so over heated if I do the slightest activity. Just cleaning my kitchen I sweat. And I look 8 months pregnant. What an unhappy way to live. My next appointed my GP is going to get an ear full. So yes , I am feeling like you do with all those symptoms. Hope we can both find some answers.


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      I'm so sorry you are feeling like this too.. what you have written is exactly how I feel too and what I try and tell my husband and family. 

      There are so many worse things out there but when your having a bad day it's so hard to get out of it! I don't like the way it controls you and you're emotions. 

      Hope you feel better soon xx

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    hi i have had hypothroidism for 2 years now. i must say i'm on medication and i'm okay, my blood tests show i'm on the right dose.

    i'm just interested in what you say about needing sugar, having it and mucking up your healthing eating - i'm totally the same tho i must admit i've been having more natural fruit sugar lately and it's been helping. frustrating isn't it, as for losing weight, i'm not putting it on thankfully but cannot budge anything, i've just read that going gluten free helps your metabolism so i'm going to try it.

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