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Old 03-14-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hypothyroid- talk to me!

I'm not offically diagnosed yet, I'm going in for blood work tomorrow. But I am 99% sure I have hypothyroidism. I've been watching my calories, eating veggies and fruit and lean meats, working out 3-5times a week and by all means should be losing 1#-2# a week according to my fitness pal. But instead I've gained 10# in a year. I'm now 40# more then I was when I got married 6 years ago. I'm exhausted all the time, I have terrible insomnia. I also had some heart palpitations after the birth of my 1st child but the Dr's pushed it off as my hormones correcting. We did do a EKG and I wore a heart monitor for 24 hours but everything came back clear.
Am I on track here or totally losing it?

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Make sure they check your free t4/t3. My tsh was normal, but then further blood work showed my free t4 was super low.
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I have hypothyroidism and am on medications. I had the hardest time losing weight after DS 2 and 3. I did not suspect my thyroid at all. Then after I stopped nursing I could literally not stay awake. I was gaining weight back or not losing any more despite being on Weight Watchers. I thought it was delayed PPD. I got checked and sure enough it was my thyroid. I have been much better since being on medication.
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Re: Hypothyroid- talk to me!

I just started my medication a little over a week ago, I can tell a difference in energy levels though not 100% the dose is quite right yet because I seem to plummet about 6 hours after taking it. I lost 35lbs by six weeks pp, and literally gained it all back in less than six weeks. It really took a toll on my mental health.
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I have hypothyroidism and am on medications. I had the hardest time losing weight after DS 2 and 3. I did not suspect my thyroid at all. Then after I stopped nursing I could literally not stay awake. I was gaining weight back or not losing any more despite being on Weight Watchers. I thought it was delayed PPD. I got checked and sure enough it was my thyroid. I have been much better since being on medication.
Did they perform any special blood work to check for hypothyroidism?
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I have a friend who recently got blood work done for a check up and they told her, her thyroid came out normal. Are there other tests one can get to check for thyroid problems?
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Did they perform any special blood work to check for hypothyroidism?
It is a blood test. It is best done by an endocrinologist though. They have stricter parameters than general practitioners.
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Thank you! This is good to know. Do you think the regular tests can be just as accurate or close?
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Thank you! This is good to know. Do you think the regular tests can be just as accurate or close?
My endo likes to see levels at 1 while my GP likes to see them at 1-4. So you can swee where there can be room for error or lower functioning "normal".
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Thanks for all the info!
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