Feeling weird all the time. Weight gain.

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Hi all. I'm a newbie.

I'm a 34 year old female & have been on 50mcg of levothyroxine for 6 years now. Mine came on after the birth of my 1st child. I also had a dvt in my thigh. I've put on nearly 2 stone in a year and a half. I get dizzy spells when getting up from sitting. I have the brain fog everyday which isn't great when ur sitting accounting exams. I'm tired, lethargic and am currently taking sertraline for depression. I ache all the time.

Anyone else struggling to lose weight or having symptoms above. My Dr just says my thyroid results are ok

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    hi Amanda

    it sounds like your thyroid meds are not at the right level for you. 50 mcg is a very very low dose but without seeing what your last blood test result was its impossible to guess. You need to know your TSH , your T4 and if at all possible your T3. For all of these you also need to know the ranges the lab used when testing. Can you ask your surgery for these? They may be surprised but they can't withhold them if you ask nicely smile

    when you post them here we can maybe see what's wrong

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    Thanks for your reply. I will most definitely get onto the surgery 1st thing Monday and hopefully find out. Advice would be appreciated. I don't understand all these ts4 ts3 things. .And have never had them explained.
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    Thyroid UK is an organisation set up to help people with thyroid problems. There is a section on understanding tests and results which you might find helpful. 
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    I have the same problem! My doctor keeps saying my thyroid is fine and that it is depression making me feel bad! I eat very healthily and excercise, have lost a bit of weight but still can't shift some, sometimes I'm so tired I just want to cry as I have trouble falling asleep. I also get the aches and diziness too.
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    Thanks Scazzoh. I will deform check that site out.

    Varger - nice to know it's not just me. The Dr just says my results are ok so it must be depression. I don't feel what I would call depressed, just tired, weepy for no reason. Find certain things make me quite anxious, stressed that didn't before. My memory is awful. I put cheese in the cupboard the other day and swore I bought Jam but can't find it anywhere. Am starting to wonder if I imagined buying it lol.

    Got no get up and go. I used to love exercise but find I just can't work up the energy anymore.

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     I don't think it is just depression personally, I don't know about you but I also get ill very easily and often too, I especially suffer with acne which gets worse as I feel worse. I get the forgetfulness as well, sometimes I feel like I have dementia it's so bad, with silly things like putting things down and not finding them as well as forgetting things like words! It is awful, I totally understand how you feel and what you're going through, I'm currently training for a 5k but sometimes I really want to just give up. I do think exercise does help a bit though, I've also started cutting out a lot of things from my diet too (I've been vegetarian for some time) like junk food, not having excessive dairy and cutting back on things like bread. I do think it has helped to some degree as sometimes after a run I feel fairly energetic and good which can feel alien when you've felt so bad for so long!  I think you should go back to your doctor though and maybe see if you can be referred to a specialist, I'm going to try do this myself but it has been battle enough to get my doctors to do anything at all, so will have to see how that goes. Sometimes it does seem like you really have to press them to get things done though so it's worth thinking about.
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      hi i too have hypothyroidism and i was running 5 day a week and doing weight training and my weight was going up and up.

      I also had bad aches everywhere in my joints so i had a blood test to check my thyroid function it came back normal im on 100micro grammes of thyroxine.

      2 months ago i read that lack of idodine can stop T4 hormone coverting to T3 i started taking multivitamins an the aches went and the weight starting to go down down so i know low vitamin levels can affect thyroid too i hope this helps

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    Wow that's great that your doing a 5k run! Wish I was. I am ill all the time too. Got a cough/cold at the minute. Am always aching somewhere. Plus I've got bad hips to top it all off so can't run myself. I can do low impact though like swimming. But with the two stone I've put on I dont fancy getting a cozy on. I find it hard to find time too.

    I've got a 6 yr old, 3 yr old am a single mum. My skins not great either. I'm either spotty or come out in a itchy rash. Annoying.

    I feel embarrassed going drs. They look at me like I'm a hypochondriac. But I will go.....again.

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    P.s was thinking about trying gluten free? I'm too much of a rubbish cook to go vegetarian
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    You can always look at the couch to 5k program for running, which is what I'm doing, starts off easy and gets harder smile you definitely should go to the doctors, the always make me feel like a hypochondriac too but the problem is if you don't fight them they don't listen unfortunately. Also there are loads of easy veggie recipes smile but if you don't want to give up meat there is no point haha. Gluten free might help, personally I find it doesn't make much difference for me but everyone is different smile
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    Ha ha ill have to look into the couch to running thing. Got lots of beaches nearby. I wonder if running on sand would be classed as low impact 😕.

    I love all food tbh. So veggie probably wouldn't suit me.

    ill defo go drs. Will pluck up the courage before the end of the week. 😱

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    I wouldn't start off on sand in honesty as it's actually really hard! I think you should do whatever makes you comfortable really, it is so hard though when it is the last thing you want to do but I think it really can make a positive impact as the endorphin rush makes you feel pretty good. I'll be trying to get an appointment soon too, the quickest I can get one is 14 days in advance though!
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    Ah ok. Scrap the beach idea lol. Maybe start with a walk.

    14 days! Nightmare. Does ur surgery not have appointments on the day system. Usually I can get one if I ring up 8am on the dot so pretty good.

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      Yeah it is, problem is that I live in Tower Hamlets which is absolutely horrendous for health care availability. They claim to have on the day appointments but for the year I've been going there they've never had any! Once had to wait 28 days for an appointment, was livid! But all of them round here are like it and even when you do get an appointment they just try push some form of medication on you and push you out the door in 5 mins (not an exaggeration either.)
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