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Hashimoto's and Weight Gain

From: APagels - 4 years 23 weeks ago

I am 24 years old, and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis when I was in gradeschool. My thyroid gland now produces hardly any thyroid at all, so I rely heavily (.150) on medication. Last November I lost my job driving a straight truck, where I was moving around all the time. I then weighed 240 pounds. Since losing my job, I gained 40 pounds in the matter of a few weeks and have maintained that weight ever since.

My values were within normal range and steady for over a year at the time, but my last two visits have had a change. In February my tsh was a little high and my T4 was normal, but last week my tsh tested about 30, and my T4 barely normal. In addition to the stress of the job loss (and a recent and soon-coming move), I had forgotten to take my medication the morning of the test and the previous morning of this test.

What are people's opinions on how much of the weight loss could be attributed to the job loss and expected stress versus anything else?

In the interum I was working as a part-time cashier at a fast-food restaurant where I had meals 2-4 times a week, and I walked or biked the mile and a half to work.

I now am working full time again in a warehouse setting, so God-willing and doc-willing, I will be taking pounds off and returning to normal thyroid levels.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read my story.

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