Should it take to get my med right so that the weight gain can stop and i can go back to feeling what is normal for me? My doctor thinks its all in my head!
Hi Paris -
You didn't mention what kind of doctor prescribed levothyroid but among the side-effects is "weight gain". That is something physical that is happening and isn't in your head. For me, I take compounded armour thyroid. I have never done better.
I want to say though that the dose of your medication should not be related to controlling your weight. I had one doctor do that to me and my liver got toxic from the synthetic form of thyroid medication. I have tried all of the synthetics and I swear now by Armour, natural. You cannot switch dose for dose. Do you have an endocrinologist??? You really need to be followed closely here until your levels come into range and then some. You may also need a bit of hydrocortisone. Those two kind of go hand in hand. There is a book I often refer to called, "THYROID POWER... 10 STEPS TO TOTAL HEALTH" by Richard L. Shames, M.D. and Karilee Halo Shames, R.N., PhD. This book has also helped get my life back regarding conditions that are directly related to thyroid disease. It is a quick but good read and pretty cheap... just a few dollars in paperback.
I hope this helps you some and gives you some direction. Take charge of your care and take control of your life. Doctors don't know everything and some will disagree about Armour. But it doesn't sound like what you are on is helping you very much and a complete removal of the thyroid is drastic and must be completely and fully supplemented. Every "body" is different. My husband is on 120 mgs of Armour and I am on 150... I also take a small dose of hydrocortisone to supplement the thyroid. 5mgs is all I need of that. If I am sick, I can take one dose in the morning and one dose at noontime. Get the book, if you can... you'd be surprised but certainly a bit more informed about the thyroid and all that it does. I know you don't have one but you need all of the information you can get so understand all that the thyroid does in the body so you can talk with your doctor with specific questions and to get answers based on those questions. This book has a section in the back of the book written specifically for doctors. When I had one of my visits with my endocrinologist, I had just read this book and was full of questions. I wrote them all down and she answered every question and got the book and read it. She did read the back of my book while I was there and found it very useful and interesting.
Just some food for thought for you and I wish you peace and calm with totally great health!!! Cheers to you and a very happy FOURTH OF JULY!!!
It can take awhile before your Tsh is in the proper levels with any thyroid meds. I take Synthroid and when I had a thyroid prior to removing it I had alot of adjustments over a few years. Now that it is removed because of cancer I was at 137 and increased to 150mcg. That seems to work for me.
Your doctor will give you an adjustment then in 6 to 8 weeks later get blood work done to see your Tsh levels, then will make more adjustments if needed. Also let him/her know of other things you might be going through like sleep and weight etc...
I hope you have an Endocronologist because you should if you don't. They really know the endocrine system.
When I was originally diagnosed, it took over a year and a half to get my tsh levels back to a normal range. At this point I take 224 mcg of levoxyll daily, but this could change depending on my next blood work. Weight gain is a side effect of hypothyroidism but that doesn't mean when they get your levels back where they're supposed to be that the weight will just fall off. You have no idea how I wish that was the way it works! But getting your levels back to normal may make it easier for you to lose weight and help you from feeling so tired all the time. If t you're concerned about your weight, your endo should be able to refer you to a nutritionist that can help you with a good diet plan. If you don't currently have an endocrinologist, your pcp dr should refer you to one asap. I've reached the point where I only see mine once a year, but I have her should there be any changes that need to be made. Don't let your pcp dr convince you that you don't need one. I hope this helps somewhat.
- Levothroid Information for Consumers
- Levothroid Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Levothroid (detailed)
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