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Huge breakdown. Please help me...

Hi...this is completely off topic, but I'm comfortable on this board. I'll also post on Health and Fitness, but thought I should start here.

Here's my history...been on thyroid meds for hypothyroidism for about 1 1/2-2 years. Been on anti-depressants for 6 months.

Here's what's going on...since October, I have gained 30+ lbs. My eating habits haven't gotten worse. They are about the same, if not a little better. I've been better about eating more fruits and veggies than I used to and I rarely eat fast food now. Aside from that, in the last 6 months - year, my eating habits have not gotten worse. Prior to this, at my worst, I weighed 180. I know weigh 207 (as of 2 weeks ago...afraid to weigh again cause it just gets worse).

I exercise 2-4 times/week. 2 of those times is a 1 hour Power Sculpting class at the gym the rest is at home doing cardio machines, hand weights and pilates. I have always been on and off about exercising. But in the last couple months, I've been really good about it cause of the significant increase in my weight. Has it helped? No.

Who do I see? I finally had a breakdown this evening and told my husband what I weigh now (he hasn't noticed a huge change in my body, thought it was just a few lbs) and he couldn't believe it. He says that there must be something wrong with my metabolism or something and that I should see a doctor, dietician, someone. I don't know where to start.

Also...now that I am on anti-depressants and I think about it...I wonder if I really have a thyroid problem. When I began to think I did, I had all the classic signs, but now that I know the signs of depression, they are quite similar. Was I just in a depression at that time and put on thyroid medicine when I didn't need it? I do get my levels tested and they say they are normal while on meds. The reason they said I needed meds because over 2-3 years (they check every year), they had seen an steady increase in my levels and just before I was put on meds I was on the *high* end of normal. I think this was preventative.

I just feel so lost and confused about this. Any advice? Thanks.


Tue. May 9, 8:23pm

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It sounds like you are doing all the right things. Don't panic. You are taking care of yourself and making great changes. I would definitely see your doctor and get a professional opinion. Hang in there! Don't give up. We all support you and want you to do well. Good luck and keep us updated.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006, 9:16 PM

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Yes, you are taking care of yourself and asking all the right questions. Definitely talk to another doctor and a nutritionist. Do you walk? Try adding a walk to your schedule each day, I mean really each day. It can help with depression and to take off the weight.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006, 9:30 PM

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I am hypothyroid, too. It took about 2 years after I was diagnosed to start feeling like my old self again and get back to regular exercise - I continued to gain weight after being at normal thyrod levels. I had my metabolism checked and despite having my thyroid and TSH levels corrected (hope your docs measure both, the TSH is much more sensitive than only T4 levels), my metabolic rate is nearly off the low end of the scale. I have been reading a lot of the strengthening threads on PT, and am starting to slowly build up my muscles and get 4 - 6 cardio sessions per week, too, in an attempt to try to increase my basal metabolic rate. I really find that the weight lifting has made a wonderful difference in how I feel - a lot more energy, and I can even feel some muscle where I didn't before. So I recommend that you ask your doc to refer you to someplace that can measure your BMR. We'll help you all we can!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006, 10:47 PM

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Your doctor may also be able to tell you if the anti-depressants are contributing to the weight gain (some can) and you might see what their opinion is on switching to an alternative.

Thyroid issues are really tough because levels can change so much over the course of a very short time.

Exercise can help your body regulate itself though - both emotionally and hormonally so if you begin upping the amount make sure you keep track of the effect that has on you so you can report it to your Dr. As the previous poster noted getting your BMR measured could be a good place to start.

Best wishes to you!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006, 11:49 PM

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I also have a thyroid problem. My endo who I have seen for the last 4 years says there is no reason for anyone to gain weight while taking the meds. He says he should be checking my levels (TSH, T4 & T3) every 6 months and he adjusts my meds accordingly. I haven't gained any weight since being in his care. I also had type 2 diabetes but have managed to lose 27 pounds so far in the last 8 months which has gotten me off the diabetes meds. My suggestion to you is this: If your current doctor who handles your thyroid isn't checking your levels at least twice a year and tweaking your med dosage you need to find another doctor. Talk to him first about the weight gain and the new anti-depressants your taking see what he says and then talk to the doctor who gave you the anti-depressants and get their opinion and then get a second opinion from another endocrinologist. If your watching what you eat and exercising like you say you are its the meds. I have a feeling your thyroid meds are too high.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 1:51 AM

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