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Hyperthyroid and weight GAIN

From: krall - 10 years 47 weeks ago

Hi,just wanted to find out what everone else thinks about weight gain. When I first found out that I had a hyper thyroid I weighed 120 lbs. NOW after about a year I can't seem to loose any weight. I am up to 150 and I am sick of gaining more even though I work out like crazy. Doesn't seem fair and I need some advice please!

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I am in the same boat. Was diagnosed only a few months ago, but have steadily gained 40 pounds in three years and now can't seem to lose any of it!

When I met my fiance in 2015, I weighed 185 (which was still not small at my height), and now- three years later, I'm at 220 after trying diet after diet and exercising every day. No matter how hard I tried, the weight just kept piling on.

Now on top of being severely overweight I break out into a weird rash every time I go outside when it is above 70 degrees. I was put on .5 mg of levothyroxine and then switched to a lower .25 mg of the same medicine after a month.

Still constantly tired and feel sick, while my appetite is out of control and my weight seems to continually increase no matter what I eat (I've always stuck to a fairly healthy diet, as I was an athlete in high school).

Can't wait to find a medicine that finally gets me where I used to be, so I can go back to feeling good about myself!

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I was diagnosed in the beginning of the year with no symptoms at all, I was put on propranolol and thiamazole. I decided to do radioactive iodine treatment and it's been 6 weeks and my hormone's levels are back to normal. If someone has the money and is thinking about it, do it it's only one time pill and it works. I got a OK from the doctor to start working out I'm also on a Keto diet lost 6lbs.

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i can't lose weight even 1 kg, it's so hard to lose weight. And my mood is driving me crazy, i even cry with no reason, mad at something that not necessary. And my face always looks like a bad person, but sometimes i can be so crazy and funny. I think i'm crazy, i was thinking to go to some psychologist.

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Hi all, I just found this post today.... I had weight gaining problem quite bad... Could blow up like a pumpkin within hours not eating much or nothing at all, had some heart palpitations every once in a blue moon. Didn't pay attention, since EKG was fine and all tests were normal. 1.5 year ago had bloodwork done and TSH was within range. A couple of weeks ago... Routine bloodwork... And TSH is 0.18. I had extreme fatigue and lack of energy for a few years now and I work a full time physical job and full time in the university. 2 years ago I got a book Medical Medium by Anthony William, and tried celery juice every morning before meal. I was 160 at the time. I was eating lots of salads and celery juice in addition to regular relatively healthy meals. I lost 15 lb, never felt better, looked great! Then I started school... With all the stress, lack of sleep and high pressure of full time everything, I gained those 15 pounds back and then some... Now with the blood work indicating hyperthyroid, which I didn't know at the time, since the primary said just thyroid issues, she wanted another blood test. I jumped ahead and started researching thyroid issues with my symptoms, it lead me to self diagnosis of hypothyroid since I had all the symptoms. I decided to take 3 drops of iodine supplement. That morning I felt fatigued, I was used to that... After iodine I just crashed.... Zero energy, couldn't even get up from bed. My husband was very concerned. Then I finally got to talk to the nurse who was trying to schedule more bloodwork and ultrasound. I got TSH .18 from her along with preliminary hyperthyroid. Which didn't make sense to me, since all descriptions of hyper were weight loss and other symptoms which I didn't have. So.... I got back to my own research and back to Medical Medium... I found that Anthony William wrote Medical Medium Thyroid Healing. I ordered it... After reading it things start to make sense now.... I am currently waiting for the result of my bloodwork and my ultrasound this Monday. In a meantime, I am doing the cleansing of my body following Medical Medium's instructions for 1.5 weeks now, trying to kill the EBV( Epstein-Barr's virus) in my body, according to Medical Medium. It is in stage 3 attacking the thyroid.... 2 months ago I went to ER since out of nowhere I lost my voice and had excruciating pain in my throat, I thought it was strep throat, but it wasn't. I think that's when my stage 3 happened... Anyway, lupus, MS other neurological diseases are stage 4 of the EBV when it attacks your nervous system. I am a vegetarian for a year now. It is hard with this cleanse because I am always on the go, and I cannot eat anything other than what I prepare... 500 mg of celery juice 30 min before breakfast, no dairy, no eggs, wheat or wheat gluten, no corn of corn starch, since all of those are the food for EBV, other things to avoid and to eat as well... I recommend for everyone to get that book and read it. I couldn't drop any weight no matter what I did for the last 2 years. I got to 167lb at 5'2". A week and a half later I dropped 10 lb. Just following Anthony's advice. Still feel fatigued... And need clarity when I get my results hopefully this Monday. According to the Medical Medium we can get this under control by taking care of the main root cause... Kill the EBV in your body that causes those health problems... He wrote other books too which I got.... Still reading and applying to myself. But at least now I know and it makes sense what the hell is going on with my health.... Since I have a list of other health issues that are also caused by EBV. Good luck everyone!

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I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism autoimmune graves disease 12/9/17. I was prescribed 30 mg of methimazole for 8 weeks then dose was lowered to 20 mg to finally 10mg and remain since 5/18. Its been only 7months and I have gained 45lbs. I don't believe that I'm been treated for the direct cause. If my hormones are out of whack why go right in and treat just my thyroid hormone when my antibodies threw everything out of whack. If they don't know exactly what causes this why not treat the antibodies first then the hormones. I've read many of the post and most took years just to get to a very low dose and some remained. It only took 4 months for mines to get back in normal range and since I'm on a steady dose I'm gaining weight. I had surgery on my knee 6 years ago and never had a problem with pain until now because of the weight. They dont know what brought this on. No history in my family no serious trauma. With the excessive weight gain I'm afraid of this leading to heart disease and/ type 1 diabetes. I'm so scared at this point. I'm 54 yrs old, 5'0 tall and I weigh 165 as of this date.

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I found that working out for an hour a day and staying away from sugar , dairy , gluten and types of it really helps .

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OK, so my journey with hyperthyroidism and weight gain started in high school and that only includes when I was diagnosed and finally medicated. I had low energy and weight loss issues my whole life. I had weight gain at 19 years old and only about 6 months into taking methimazole my body and mental health took a toll. But I have found a few solutions that may help some of you as it has helped myself.

I started methimazole my junior year of high school and it started out wonderful. I went from my stable 120 skin and bones to a slender and fit 135 and looked great. My energy levels increased and my focus was sharp. But after I graduated the numbers kept increasing... 145, 150, 160, you know it. Joint pain and stress were added on. My joint pain was so bad that the guy I was living with wrapped my knees in bandages and lifted them to relieve some of the pain, while I basically felt crippled and humiliated. I was 20 years old with tears in my eyes laying on the couch with joint pain like someone with lymes disease.

I was getting into yoga and meditation so I was pretty good at keeping in touch with my body. So I attempted to get off my meds, determined that was the underlying factor in all of this. I kept bringing this up to my endocrine doctor but she just kept saying as long as my thyroid levels were regulated that everything was okay. But so many things were off balance. I was gaining weight and the joint pain and anxiety/racing thoughts were skyrocketing.

It took about 6 months but I comfortably get off the medication and I no longer regulate my thyroid levels with methimazole. I DO NOT recommend anyone who is relying on methimazole to really stabilize their levels to just jump off medication as fast as I did. Even my doctor was telling me not to do what I was doing... I was really just focusing on my body enough that I could tell what it needed at the time, and it worked for me. This may not work for everyone. Anyways, I did bloodwork again and my levels were stabilized. I do bloodwork about once a year now just to make sure.

When it came to weight gain I hit the elliptical machine for awhile until I shed off about 10 pounds. My joints became more stable, and after being off the medication for some time the pain was going a way a little more and more. Then when I was strong enough to jog for about 30 minutes a day on the treadmill, I went back down to about 135lbs.

Now that I'm 23 a lot of life has gotten in the way and I can't hit the gym like that anymore. I mostly have time to do yoga for my low back pain and a little bit of core work. But I also have been intermittent fasting for about 3 weeks and the results are amazing. Granted I haven't weighed myself yet but the people who see me every day are commenting that I look more slender and my weight is distributing nicely. Hyperthyroidism produces a lot of hormones. Sometimes that means you can't gain weight or can't seem to lose it. Hormones also love placing the weight where they want to place the weight so I have dealt with an awkward "pear" shape for quite some time, giving me some lower back issues. But taking things slow and giving my body what it needs has made my energy levels go up, and I'm no model but I don't feel like I'm carrying a bubble of fat around my hips as much over the past month.

So for those of you that are hitting the gym hard expecting results, maybe try backing off a little and focusing on what your body really wants? Try changing your diet just a little, and add in a few workouts to your daily routine and be patient. I found that anxiously trying to lose weight as fast as possible to "fight" my thyroid caused more harm than trying to work with my body and mental health. It's a difficult journey! No one asked for hyperthyroidism... I'm still going through this too and I wish the best for anyone reading this.

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