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Post: I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism for about a year and have not had great success with feeling better whilst being on Thyroxine but what i really struggle with is doing as much exercise as i want to. I am a university rower and have the talent to be quite good - the only problem being that when i take my training up to the level required i become exhasted very quickly and then very irritable with those i'm close to. I wake up with fatigue in my muscles - particularly my legs whether i have trained or not and lose no weight despite training 6 days a week if i try the elite programme. I really don't want to give up rowing but i am going into my third year and need as much energy as possible to get a 2:1 which i should be more than capable of if i didn't want to sleep through every lecture. Does anyone else struggle with exercise and am i doomed to struggle to do it from now on? I have always done sport and hate not doing much even when i feel like sleeping every day instead of getting up. I have not really felt well since before my diagnosis but was told i should feel normal once the thyroxine takes effect so i have just got on with my sport. I got my doctor to put my dose up even when my tests came back normal, i'm not sure if they would do it again. I did feel a bit better for a while but now am dreading the start of term and lack of energy i have for sport or friends.
Any help would be great!
Reply: Hi and welcome Do you know what your TSH result and ranges are, you say it was normal but it may not be normal. In the US the ranges have been lowered to 0.3-3 whereas here in the UK they are higher. As a general rule most people feel at there best between 1 and 2. Are you in the UK?
It could also be a conversion problem have you had your FreeT3 tested?
Selenium is essential for a healthy thyroid, so you may want to think about taking a supplement or a natural source (brazil nuts are high in selenium) this would help if you have a conversion problem.
If your meds are optimised and your TSH is in a good place for you and you are converting you should feel good.
If you have lab results and ranges please post them here it would help me better understand and help you.
Hope this has helped some, please keep posting.
Post: HELP! I cannot seems to loose/keep off my weight. While I am not overweight, I am right on the cusp of what is healthy for my height. Anymore weight and I'd be considered unhealthy. right now I am 128 lbs and 5 ft 0 in. I have been hypo for 5 years and I am 25 (almost.) I want to despreatly lose this weight but as those with hypo know its so incredibly HARD! There isnt much I can take to help my metabolism since I take synthroid an I am going for my next blood test soon.....but what is a girl to do?
Reply: Well there are alot of diets out there that do work, as I know I have dropped 5lbs in the last week, what are you eating? I have had to diet due to health. There are alot of things that people should stay away from when hypothyroid. But eating well makes a difference. I have started counting carbs and looking at fat and calories. Look at calories on labels if they say they have a 170 cal and 110 are from fat stay away from them nothing should have more than 30% of calories from fat. Carbs are done in grams on the labels every 15grams are one carb, carbs tend to put weight on everyone who is hypo. I'm only allowed 14 1/2 carbs a day(but I am fat) Was also told to cut down on meat and only eat 6 oz per day(all by doctors orders) This diet is Carb counting diet, done by people who are diebetic. Better than Attkins, and even South Beach for ya. May help you to try something like it. It's working for me and I have only done it for a week, and I am on steriods(which cause weight gain) I'm sure it would work for you. But then again it is different for everyone. Take care, hope I helped.
Post:: So today I've been given a prescription for thyroxin because the doctor thinks i'm hypothyroid but i'm not sure that i agree. I had blood tests a month ago that showed my TSH levels were on the high side - 5, and then my repeat blood tests now show that my TSH level is 9.1 and my thyroid antibodies were really high.
The thing is I don't really have any symptoms, I'm only 25, 9 stone, size 10, i swim 4 times a week, play netball twice, go climbing twice, ok so i'm sometimes a bit tired, but i put that down to how much i do, i feel the cold but have done since i was a little kid, and my hairs really dry and horrible but surely that's from the chlorine in the pool. I don't know whether to take the thyroxine and see how it goes or get a second opinion, any thoughts?
Reply: When you had your blood test results do you know what your T4 and T3 readings were? Both results of your Tsh are high especially the 9.1 one. In the second year after I was diagnosed with hypothyroid the doctor got me to stop taking my thyroxine to see if I really needed it anymore (I know what a strange and Crazy thing to do and what big, huge mistake to make!!!), I soon slowed down completely, would fall asleep as soon as I sat down longer than 5 minutes and I was cold all the time. I start taking the thyroxine again as soon as my doctor saw my T4 and Tsh results, they were both at 9!! How long was it between the two Tsh tests?
I think you should take them like your doctor said and when you go back for a check up on your count ask for T3,T4 and Tsh to be checked. Also keep a diary of how you feel, write down what exercise you do and how you feel afterwards and also take your pulse rate while relaxed and after activities. You should see a difference once you start taking the thyroxine and this will give you and your doctor an insight to what's going on.
Keep us posted.
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