Dieting with Obstacles - Another Endocrine Disorder: Hypothyroidism




Reddalice
09-08-2009, 12:44 PM
I think the endocrine gods laugh at me, to add to my PCOS and insulin resistance I also have hypothyroid that's a little beyond eating more iodized salt. Its not an uncommon diagnosis, it can progress, and until the practitioner gets the meds right it can be frustrating. Has anyone else had this diagnosis in either its full blown form or sub-clinical form? How does it effect your life quality and weight-loss journey?

For me, its gotten worse since my initial diagnosis about 1.5 years ago. When my TSH levels are high I experience everything from extreme fatigue, constipation, insomnia, extreme brain fogginess, and heart palpitations. When my meds are right, I am flying high with energy I have never known in my entire life. I'm waiting for the doc to call, as I type, with the results on whether we are you going increase my levothyroxine dose... again.... but If it means feeling better, it will be the best news I've heard all week.

Want more info on hypothyroid? I've found research has helped me key into my symptoms so I can give the doc a heads up when things aren't right:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353


LunchLady
09-08-2009, 06:50 PM
I have been on meds for hypo for about 9 years with lots of adjustments along the way. I can always tell when I need to up my dose because I get extreme muscle pain in my arms. My Dr says it is not a typical symptom but so far it has been right every time I have called him for a re-check! In fact, that is how my hypo was discovered in the first place. Dr couldn't figure out why I was in so much pain, had test after test, wore tendenitis braces, tried anti-inflammatories, tried chiropractor, etc. he finally said, "Let's just do a little more blood work" and low and behold! After a few weeks of medecine the pain that I had been dealing with for MONTHS was gone! It's amazing what our bodies tell us if we listen to them!!