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Weight gain and HYPERthyroidism

From: KansasNan - 35 weeks 5 days ago

I just came across this site and I'm hoping SOMEONE out there can help me. I was a perfectly healthy 53 year-old until about 3 months ago. I came sown with a bad case of pneumonia/sinus and ear infection. I couldn't seem to get past the illness and also began having a host of other things go wrong. I was exhausted, I had severe muscle/body aches, and I was gaining weight like crazy, even though my eating habits hadn't changed. My doctor finally did a blood test and told me my thyroid was hyperactive. She said that this was what was causing my exhaustion and body aches and was contributing to how long it was taking me to get over my pneumonia. I asked her if this was what had been causing me to gain so much weight (so far it's 27 lbs. in 2 months!!!) and she said that typically you lose weight with hyperthyroidism. I have since done some research and discovered there are an awful lot of folks GAIN weight with hyperthyroidism. I am not currently on any medication, we are waiting to see if my thyroid will correct itself. My concern is that even monitoring my diet and making sure I stick with healthy foods, I am still gaining weight and she doesn't seem concerned about this! I've been taking sublingual B Complex drops to help my energy level increase and the body aches are getting a little better, but I'm totally wigged out about the weight. It's hard enough to lose weight if you are a menopausal woman over the age of 50 and you are healthy. Has ANYONE found anything that helps with weight loss? Will the weight come off as easily as it went on when my thyroid levels get back to normal? Am I going to have to just accept the fact that for the first time in my life I'm overweight and will stay that way from now on? Please HELP!!!!!!!

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