Weight gain & weakness in legs

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Hi all, have just been reading various comments on site and have found it a great comfort to see that many more of you have put on weight since being diagnosed with overactive thyroid like me. I am a lady of 49 (next week) and gave up smoking a year ago. After getting over the initial cravings I noticed that I wasn't feeling any better for giving up and after seeing my doctor a couple of months later was diagnosed with overactive thyroid just before easter. Although I've never been exactly slim I have now piled on 2 1/2 stone in the last year and also find it hard to control the muscles in my legs. Since having this illness I would say I have lost at least half the control I had over my legs. ie. I can barely climb up stairs, when I sit down I just flop down without being able to sit down in a controlled way, if I try to squat down I just fall over and cannot get up without hoisting myself up with my hands. I have had this for over six months now - has anyone else had this experience ?sad

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    Yes that,s the same as me i,ve been going to see the doc for four months now and my leg,s still feel weak and my arms
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    Hi, I was diagnosed with Grave's last July. I went to the doctor because I had a bad tremor, emotional problems and leg weakness to the point that if I went on my knees to pick something up or do gardening I couldn't get up by myself. I am still weaker than normal and find it very difficult to climb steps and stairs and this is one of the symptoms that appears to be ignored by the consultants.

    I haven't lost any weight at all. I'm a big girl anyway and when I tell people what I have they don't believe me because they don't expect to see someone with hyperthyroidism carrying excess weight.

    I gave up smoking in November 06 and starting feeling unwell in December 06, I had no idea what was causing the problem, I just thought that I was getting the toxins out of my system. I now think that giving up smoking was possibly the trigger. I'm still glad I don't smoke. Maybe its my bods way of telling me off for smoking all those years!

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    Hi, 157cm, 49.5kg - Hyperthyroid.

    Have lost all muscle in my arms and legs - used to be able to run up stairs, etc...

    Now have no energy - however doctor has said it will come back once rest of my body is fixed - I hope so!

    Anybody else have any experiece of this?

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    I have just been diagnosed with Overactive Thyroid and have been put on 20mg of Carbimazole. I have been feeling unwell for a few months. I have gained a lot of weight but the one thing is my Knees, they are so sore and I am now finding it hard to climb stairs. I am hoping that the medication will ease this and reduce my weight????
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    Hi there, I lost weight initially but once FT3 and 4 started coming down I put most of it back on. I also have the muscle weakness - have had to reduce the amount of weight I lift in weight training. Still, it doesn't stop me from doing whatever I want, which includes running, walking and weight training. Just had to adjust my expectations of what I can do, I do what I can and am happy with that.
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