|06-01-2010, 09:59 PM||#1|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: Aug 2007
Start Date: February 2007
What do you do to ...?
I realize that nothing is going to be "fixed" until the T3/T4 levels are balanced out. However, I'm curious as to what you all did or are doing that you find at all helpful to deal with the following things:
1) muscle aches
2) trouble sleeping
3) exhaustion/tired all the time
4) poor body-image (this is huge for me right now - I've gone up 3 sizes from a size 4-6 to a size 10 .. its been really hard...)
5) Preventing as much weight gain as possible (I know its going to be impossible to lose with my levels where they are)
Your thoughts and pearls of wisdom are GREATLY appreciated!!!
|06-02-2010, 06:43 AM||#2|
Thyroid Patient Advocate
Join Date: Nov 2002
Muscle aches (carpal tunnel, legs hurting, etc.) were my worse symptom...and I would do yoga and pilates, gently, then take a nice hot bath...it helped a bit.
Trouble sleeping was because of my very very very low progesterone...soon as I got a little prog. cream...I slept like a baby.
Tired all the time...well, that's a rough one...get some sun...try not to overdo...try and even out your workload.
I prevented weight gain (and even lost) using lowcarb. I know my weight shot up bigtime when my prog. and thyroid went South.
And yes, poor body image IS a problem...especially when you are in the 'whirl of hormones' there. I guess you need to just love yourself a bit more...and remember...you've weighed a LOT more...don't be afraid that you're going to end up there again though....you know in time the hormones will even out....hang in there.
Oh, and remember that your thyroid family here love you very much!
|06-02-2010, 11:14 AM||#3|
Senior LCF Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vancouver, BC
Stats: 170/166.5/140 5'7"
WOE: PPLP and IF
Start Date: Oct 2009
1) muscle aches - take magnesium and ibuprofen when needed
2) trouble sleeping - this is a big one for me as I wake up between 2-4 EVERY night, most with bad dreams which I've been told is a low cortisol issue so what do I do: hot baths, make sure I have some fat and protein later at night and when/if it gets really bad take a gravol or muscle relaxant (but I don't do that for more than a night or 2)
3) exhaustion/tired all the time - coffee (yeah bad I know but I have to work as well); lots of fat and protein for longer energy & just pulled back a bit a home
4) poor body-image (this is huge for me right now - I've gone from a size 4-6 to a size 10 .. its been really hard...) - as frustrating as it is, find some clothes that fit and make you look good. Hit The Bay on a Friday and look for the deep discount stuff in the higher end section; find a good ladies consignment or go to Winners and find a couple of things. If you don't have to work get yourself some Lululemon (or a good knockoff) cause for whatever reason most people look good in those pants. I've also gone from a 4-6 and now a 12-14 which is killing me but sometimes the Billy Crystal "If you look good, you feel good and dahrling you look marvelous!" can take you through a bad day
5) Preventing as much weight gain as possible (I know its going to be impossible to lose with my levels where they are) - I've gone to a type of Intermittent Fasting, I have a 5 hour window from 3-8 where I will eat low carb a la protein power. However, instead of the pure IF with nothing but fluids around the window in mornings I drink coffee or tea with EVCoconut Oil and heavy cream. Surprisingly this has stopped the gain, don't know if I am losing at this point but the gain has stopped.
|06-02-2010, 11:18 AM||#4|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: May 2003
|06-02-2010, 11:24 AM||#5|
Major LCF Poster!
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: North Idaho
WOE: Atkins 72
Start Date: October 2010
Interesting about the nightmares and progesterone cream. I only get them on the few days a month I go OFF progesterone cream before sleep!!! Just shows how very different we all process various things that go in and on our bodies.
I love my magnesium glycerite (?) and can't do without my progesterone cream for a good night of quality sleep.
I'm with Pam on a hot bath. I put Ahava dead sea salts in the tub and soak until the water gets cold. This is when I read my medical books!! :-) and I hope the additional salt is helping my adrenals from the outside in! ha ha
|06-03-2010, 12:33 PM||#6|
Junior LCF Member
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Victoria, BC Canada
Stats: 175/160/120 5' 66"
Start Date: March 2010
I agree with the one about buying the new clothes. I tell you I have very 'few' clothes (in comparison to everyone else I have ever known). If something doesn't fit me ok, it goes to the thrift store, same if I go down in sizes, I get rid of the older sizes. I have been lucky enough to have been able to get rid of my size 14 clothes, and now I have been getting rid of all my size 12 clothes too. I do not wear clothes that are too big anymore either. Or too old, they are always making beautiful new garments, so I like to make room in my life for new ones.
I so agree getting a couple of nice things at The Bay, or Lululemon for casual. I also grab a couple of things at Costco too. Tank tops from northern reflections, and even lovely jockey underwear, the no panty line promise ones with lace on the top and the bikini style, they are bigger on the leggs than the normal ones so they never show and are super confortable, even sexy. I even went from a size 7 to 6 in those (they come in size 7,6,5).
I am lucky that my partner works in retail for a long time now (has other jobs too), so he helps me find clothes that fit me nice. He also has a weight issue (he eats too many carbs whenever he can get away with it), so he is aware of the weight situation, we both have it.
Wearing clothes that fit nice has made a huge change for me, and this has only been a recent change in my life. I can be on the bus and feel good when I am wearing nicely fitting casual lululemon or lululemon style clothes, not like before when I felt crappy. I bought this pants brand 'Marika' at costco a while ago, they look great and they were cheap. I love pants that are made of stretchy materials, and now coming into summer there are some nice skirts too, the styles haven't change much so I will wear the ones I bought last year as they have elastic bands on the waist so they still fit me.
Also if I see something at costco that I like I buy a size smaller, for when I do loose some weight. So far I have been able to go down the sizes I had bought twice, that was lucky. I think I have two more that I don't fit into yet, but I am hopeful I will one day. I keep smaller sizes in my closet, but no bigger sizes, not ever.
Old clothes just don't look good, so I replace them too. And I only wear black. I know this is kinda bad, but I have too much extra weight still to wear any other colours and look good in them. Black is always slimming, one can never have too much black in one's closet!
I used to spend my money eating out with my daughter as my other half is at work most of the time. I don't do that anymore. I eat at home now almost always. So if I have 50 bucks I have a choice, new clothes or restaurants, I used to do the restaurants, now I do the clothes. Yesterday I was out for some appointments, but I didn't eat out, I had all the ingredients for chilli con carne my partner had bought me the night before on request, so as soon as I got home I made that. I felt good about not eating out and cooking my own meal instead.
I also have the same problem about waking up in the middle of the night with a nightmare. It's more like a panick, my heartbeat goes up and I wake up in fear, usually is the same fear (thieves). I don't know if it is progesterone, I hope my new endo sends me for a test for this.