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Old 11-19-2013, 07:39 AM   #1
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For those with Thyroid Problems

What were your symptoms or what led you to go get tested? I was heavy as a young adult and lost a of my weight on a low carb diet. Went from a high of 210 to a low of 106. I even maintained my weight thru the birth of both my children. 4 Years ago after my son was born and after having a complete hysterectomy still got down to 109 and maintained that for a while. The last 3 years my weight has been creeping up on me. Dispite my effort to do good at low carb my body doesn't seem to want to lose the weight. I am starting to wonder if it would be a good idea to have my thyroid checked. I know it could just be from getting older and my metabolism slowing down. Just wanted some opinions. Also, wanted to mention that I am 36 years old and 5'3.

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism as a child and had a thyroidectomy. In my early 20's I developed hypothyroidism. I hadn't noticed any symptoms myself but a friend who was in med school at the time noticed my thyroid was swollen and advised me to go to the doctor. In retrospect, I realized that I'd been living with a loss of energy and focus prior to my hypothyroidism diagnosis but the symptoms where so gradual and subtle that'd I'd not noticed them at the time. I never had any weight gain during this period and in fact was quite slender then at 121 lbs and 5' 11.5". With age I've lost inches in height and gained pounds, sigh. Sometimes I wonder how much having an underactive thyroid actually affects weight. In my case at least it didn't seem to have much effect on weight although I was more inactive during that period which can perhaps affect weight.
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I agree that it never hurts to get checked, but it's also difficult to find a 'good' thyroid doctor.

In the meantime, I'd like to point out that I'm hypothyroid, and was having very severe symptoms by the time I finally was diagnosed--yet during that time, I also lost weight slowly but steadily.

Yes, problems with weight can be due to thyroid problems, but if body weight is an issue, the individual is usually having very, very severe symptoms, too--e.g., crushing fatigue, dry skin, constipation, slow heart rate,etc.
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I'm 35 and hypo. I was diagnosed about 11 years ago after a miscarriage and other symptoms. I had asked to be tested 2 years prior, after the birth of my first baby, but my health care provider would not. She told me to get off the couch and stop eating chips, seriously! My symptoms were extreme fatigue, brain fog (couldn't even form a sentence some days), depression, weight gain, dry, brittle nails reproductive problems (periods, etc.)

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I am 38 years old, and was diagnosed with hypothyroid at age 30. I had no symptoms that I knew of. I was very healthy. No issues with weight or anything else like that. I exercised a lot, and then one day, I started having heart palpitations. At first, I thought it was because I was drinking VERY cold water after exercising. But, then it started happening all the time. At work, while I was sleeping. I was very scared. My doctor had no clue what was going on with me, so he did a complete blood work. My level was 126...normally a bad thyroid is between 4-11. He said it had probably been bad since birth, but since the symptoms are so slow to show it just took me longer to recognize it. I will say that only 2 years before I was diagnosed, I had my son Christian 2 months premature. I had toxemia, and this is a common thing for hypo women. I had no idea at the time.

I never felt I had any of the "normal" symptoms of hypo. BUT...if I take a break from my synthroid, or skip a day or two, I definitely notice a difference!!
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I too have heart palpitations. I always assume that they are from either anxiety or caffeine. I have been woke several times in the middle of the night by them. Well all thy I know is once my new health insurance starts in January I will be headed in for a compete check up. Just to have a record of everything for the future if nothing else. I haven had blood work done since I was pregnant. So it's due!!!!
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I honestly thought I had diabetes when I went to the Dr. I was exhausted, foggy headed etc. So my Dr at the time said he'd test me for diabetes and thyroid due to a family history of Both! Turned out diabetes test was normal but thyroid was Not. Hypothyroid. there are So many symptoms of thyroid problems. And I agree finding a Dr who can help you with your issues can be Very hard! I'd get some bloodwork and have it checked out. I'd make sure they do a Full thyroid panel and Not just a TSH.
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I went to the Dr for an orthopedic problem and they did routine blood work and found me very anemic. All kinds of tests were done to find out why. Gastro tests and such, by several specialists. They finally recommended I have a hysterectomy because my periods were so heavy and that must be the reason for the anemia. When I got a second opinion that Gyno found a goiter and pretty big one. Sent me to an endo and sure enough I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease.

I had been tired a lot, needed naps, had joint aches and pains, very long and heavy periods, was cold easily. Gained weight. When I told my Dr. he asked if I was eating right and exercising. Same question asked to address my calf weakness problem. The latter is what finally sent me to the ortho. Anyway, Synthroid helped and I've been on it or a version of it for about years.
No need for a hysterectomy. I didn't lose the weight automatically though.

By the way, there are many symptoms associated with thyroid problems and I guess it is hard for a Dr to be aware of all of them. Even an endo? (Surprised) Neuropathy can also be one. Early menopause and miscarriages can also be symptoms.

I would not want a Dr. who would not even test me for it. it is strange to me that it took a long time and numerous Drs before I was diagnosed. I even mentioned that both my sisters were hypothyroid. Big hints there. They also kept testing me for menopause and missed that too. I was done at age 44. I am convinced it was due to the low thyroid.
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Thanks for all the great responses. It is nice to hear everyone's experiences. It educates us all a little more.
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I was absolutely shattered all the time and I was only 21, by the end of the day I used to slur my speech, I sounded like i'd been hitting the bottle all day, all i wanted to do was sleep. My doc checked my glands and then ran some tests and diagnosed hypothyroidism, getting treatment was a godsend, I really struggled with mental clarity before that.
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Here is a list of some symptoms. I have heard that some doctors will treat based on symptoms and not necessarily on blood work results.

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By Mayo Clinic staff

Thyroid gland

The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary, depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency. But in general, any problems you have tend to develop slowly, often over a number of years.

At first, you may barely notice the symptoms of hypothyroidism, such as fatigue and weight gain, or you may simply attribute them to getting older. But as your metabolism continues to slow, you may develop more obvious signs and symptoms. Hypothyroidism signs and symptom may include:

Fatigue
Increased sensitivity to cold
Constipation
Dry skin
Unexplained weight gain
Puffy face
Hoarseness
Muscle weakness
Elevated blood cholesterol level
Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
Thinning hair
Slowed heart rate
Depression
Impaired memory
When hypothyroidism isn't treated, signs and symptoms can gradually become more severe. Constant stimulation of your thyroid gland to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid (goiter). In addition, you may become more forgetful, your thought processes may slow, or you may feel depressed.
I had some of these symptoms but not all and I wonder if they sometimes confuse carboydrate consumption with some of the symptoms?

One symptom that was not mentioned on the list but I think is fairly common is thinning to disappearing of eyebrows - particularly 1/3 portion that tapers to the sides of your face. In my case, this part had totally fallen out without me really noticing. Those are back now.
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Thanks for posting that information, Cathy.

I was also interested in the fact that you said you'd heard of docs who might treat based on symptoms alone, rather than on blood work. I've never heard of that and, truthfully, I'd be very wary of any doctor who prescribed levothyroxine on the basis of instinct alone rather than on lab results. Getting the proper dosage is not a simple matter and requires a delicate balance and on-going follow-up. It is also important to have your blood tests performed on a regular and continuing basis...at least every six months, as your dosage requirements can definitely change. I think thyroid disease [specifically the supplementation required] can present a fragile, somewhat mutable situation.
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I agree Lola. Especially with us losing weight. I have been having my levels checked every month. My body is changing and so are the amount of hormones I need.
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Lola--

My first endo told my that there is something known to medical professionals as "sub-clinical hypothyroidism." It's when the patient has symptoms (often severe), but the lab results 'appear' to be normal.

That's because our 'normal' hormone levels are very individual, and lab ranges are based on large populations. For example, according to the most recent 'decision' by the national endo group, a TSH above 3.0 can be considered an 'indicator' of hypo. But most endos will treat a patient with a TSH above 2.0 IF the person also has 'significant' symptoms.

I didn't get diagnosed for 5 years, despite textbook symptoms because my labs looked 'normal' to my primary, and he attributed all my symptoms to the 'normal aging' of this menopausal woman. It was only when my fatigue got so serious that I couldn't make it through a workday that I self-referred to an endo and was immediately diagnosed.

I have Hashimoto's, the auto-immune disease, and I have a wonderful endo who checks me every 4 months. But my experience (similar to that of many other women whose stories I've read online) shows how difficult it can be to get a diagnosis when the doctor relies only on lab results. This is because unlike many lab results, thyroid numbers that are 'in range' don't necessarily mean 'normal.' Only when the doctor tests TSH, T4 and T3 and interprets the results in the relationship can an accurate diagnosis be made. And a surprising number of primary doctors test only TSH.

In my experience, finding a good thyroid doctor is critical for anyone with thyroid disease because it's a condition that will remain for the rest of your life, and the thyroid is essential to the body's overall health.

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Lola--

My first endo told my that there is something known to medical professionals as "sub-clinical hypothyroidism." It's when the patient has symptoms (often severe), but the lab results 'appear' to be normal.

That's because our 'normal' hormone levels are very individual, and lab ranges are based on large populations. For example, according to the most recent 'decision' by the national endo group, a TSH above 3.0 can be considered an 'indicator' of hypo. But most endos will treat a patient with a TSH above 2.0 IF the person also has 'significant' symptoms.

I didn't get diagnosed for 5 years, despite textbook symptoms because my labs looked 'normal' to my primary, and he attributed all my symptoms to the 'normal aging' of this menopausal woman. It was only when my fatigue got so serious that I couldn't make it through a workday that I self-referred to an endo and was immediately diagnosed.

I have Hashimoto's, the auto-immune disease, and I have a wonderful endo who checks me every 4 months. But my experience (similar to that of many other women whose stories I've read online) shows how difficult it can be to get a diagnosis when the doctor relies only on lab results. This is because unlike many lab results, thyroid numbers that are 'in range' don't necessarily mean 'normal.' Only when the doctor tests TSH, T4 and T3 and interprets the results in the relationship can an accurate diagnosis be made. And a surprising number of primary doctors test only TSH.

In my experience, finding a good thyroid doctor is critical for anyone with thyroid disease because it's a condition that will remain for the rest of your life, and the thyroid is essential to the body's overall health.
This is great information! I just wanted to add that I'm reading one of Mary Shomon's books now, and she talks about how other hormones affect thyroid - especially estrogen since it can bind to the thyroid receptor sites. Many hypo women are estrogen dominant (progesterone deficient) and she talks about how progesterone can help clean estrogen from the receptor sites. Anyway, it's just interesting how everything works together - I would focus on finding a DR that can piece the puzzle together. That's my goal!
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I wanted to add that I have found DO's rather than MD's will do more to find out what is going with their patients and not just look at the numbers. I personally have always had a much better experience when consulting a DO physician, " doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) practice a “whole person” approach to health care. Instead of just treating your specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians concentrate on treating you as a whole.
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I was going to say Im new here but this dr I used to see , made up my mind about a month ago not going back to see her . Her medical reports are always contradicting each other .She told me I had a thyroid problem and when tested by another dr was told I did not have a problem . right then and there I decided to not trust this dr and am no longer seeing her . Now I wonder what else she did to my body by dx ing things that were not there . I told her over and over again I felt fine and that nothing was wrong with me and she kept saying "Oh I see you are tired and you look bad " . I dont take the thyroid meds anymore and sorry I ever touched them .I m warning everyone to be careful because I suggest you get tested by more than one dr .
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One important thing, get a copy of your lab results and keep in a file or notebook.
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^^This!!

I went from being 'normal' to having #s that were treatable because the lab ranges changed. If I had not kept my labs, I would have missed the fact that my 3#s were much worse before starting low carb. Same doc - same lab - different ranges.
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It's also a good idea to write down on the lab sheet how you feel on whatever dose you're on.
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