Dieting with Obstacles - They're saying my thyroid is okay, but....

Sonia Banana
06-30-2012, 10:30 PM
About a year and a half ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but at that point I was actually on the thin side, verging on underweight. I've been on medication since then and my last two blood tests came back normal, but I'm still having trouble losing weight. I've been eating 1200 calories a day and doing at least 30 minutes of cardio every day. I'm supposed to be losing 2 lb/week, but in the past month I've only lost 4 lb. Could the blood tests be wrong? Or could my thyroid be just barely normal, but still not normal enough for me to lose weight?

07-04-2012, 12:38 AM
Sadly, your bloodwork can be "within normal limits" but not normal for you. I've been hypothyroid since I had radioactive iodine treatment for Grave's disease in 2001. I have NEVER felt as good as I did "before". Sadly we have to work harder to lose weight. Yup, it sucks. Nope, it's not fair.

Good luck, and don't be hard on yourself for not losing at the "normal" rate. Just losing is a victory for us.

07-04-2012, 12:52 AM
You are losing. -1 lb a week is PLENTY.

But if you are feeling unwell...

Mine read "low normal" for years and I felt like crap still. I finally plunged under enough to be given a levoxyl 'scrip and it was a world of difference.

And I'm still mad that they docs want to see me as labs on paper rather than LISTEN to me.

You may want a second opinion -- the "normal range" for different labs can and do vary. Then you may want to think about adrenals, pancreas too and bring it up -- are those being checked? Because maybe it's not on the thyroid part of the axis but elsewhere?


Sonia Banana
07-04-2012, 01:21 AM
Thanks for the input :). I'm seeing my endocrinologist in a couple weeks, so hopefully I can find out what's going on.