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In a recent post, I shared a little bit about myself. I'm a 51 year old wife, mother of 5 grown children (yippee!), personal trainer, USA Swim Coach, and an athlete at heart. I love competing, especially in the pool at swim meets. But with that said, it hasn't always been that way. Sure, I was a lean, athletic girl until I got married and began having kids. I took great care of my husband and kids, but not myself. My weight ballooned to over 260 lbs. I was miserable, but wasn't motivated to change. It wasn't until our oldest announced that she was getting married that a lightbulb went off that NOW was the time. I'll tell you one better . . . I have never heard the audible voice of God, but if I had it sounded like His voice that day. "Now is the time to make some lasting changes to your life. You never know when the opportunity will come around again." Friends, I took this seriously. Long story short, it took 4 years of learning to eat right and regular exercise, but I lost 115lbs. The sad side of this story is the unexplainable weight gain (along with other thyroidish type symptoms) that I have experienced in the last 24 months. I have gained around 25lbs and YES, I'm terrified and depressed. Doctor after doctor treats me like I'm crazy. I have been offered a sleep study, anti-depressants, and the latest . . . a prescription for weight loss pills with a note asking me if THESE will make me happy. So, what is my inquiring mind wondering about?? Can losing significant amounts of weight like I did OR menopause cause or trigger our thyroid to not operate properly? Maybe can cause an interference with a T4 to T3 conversion? First, my TSH is 2.2, but my T4 is high normal and my T3 is low normal. I won't mention how horrible I feel, but it's been a gradual horribleness. I was giving some thought to my weight loss journey and my hubby reminded me of how strange it was. My body would just hold on to weight big time, and then "all of a sudden", I would drop 10lbs. It was weird and I remember the trainer who was working with me was always baffled. So, what does everyone think?? Can changes in our bodies produce crazy issues with our thyroid? Could I be a vicitim of this?
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