In May of 2012 I was diagnosed with low thyroid function by my GP. My most obvious symptom was chronic exhaustion, but looking back I had dry skin, dandruff, trouble focusing, and (after reviewing medical records a year later) reduc.d vision.
I was getting married in October of 2012, but I kept gaining weight, no matter what I ate or did. It was so frustrating. By the time we got married I had gained 40 lbs from the time I bought my wedding dress in January. I still get sad every time I think about it, because it barely fit and it wasnt nearly as perfect looking on my oversized body. Thats what happens when you go from a size 8 to a size 12.
|Picture 1 is the day I bought my dress in January 2012 and Picture 2 is my wedding day in October 2012|
I am now taking Levothyroxine at .150 micrograms 6 days a week. I still have hypothyroid symptoms, but the Endo says my bloodwork is "in the normal range."
I have talked to a lot of people who have thyroid problems and many say that they never felt "right" even after years of medication. I have talked to people who have weight problems all their lives. I have read and read and read (I am a librarian after all) and I have learned alot, but mostly I have learned that thyroid patients are all different and Endos are all different, so it takes a lot of work to find the right lifestyle balance and a doctor that will work with you for optimal results.
My current doctor, Dr. Boehm, is not my ideal doctor. I have seen him twice and I know I need to look for someone else to treat me. I keep gaining weight and he refuses to discuss my weight, diet, and health with me.
Since my wedding in October I have gone up another clothing size and I now wear a size 14. I am unhappy at my size and I have started using MyFitnessPal to watch my calories and try to lose weight. I know it will be a struggle.
I have read that some Hashi's patients need to take in significantly fewer calories than the standard person working at weight loss and need to exercise 3 times as much for similar results as a non-Hashi's patient (like everything, some people disagree). Lots of what I have read focuses on the importance of a gluten free diet for thyroid patients.
I started working towards a gluten free diet on May 28th and to date have only miss-stepped 3 times that I know of. So far the hardest part has been the lack of cakes and cookies (which I don't need anyway, but I am addicted too) and easy to prepare meals without having to cook from scratch. I did make a trip to Little Rock (45 min from my home) to shop at a health food store and I was able to pick up a few ready to eat items.
This is going to be an interesting journey...