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Hyperthyroid & weight issues.

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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I have hyperthyroidism, which means that my thyroid produces too much of the hormone that controls metabolism and its in overdrive. If I eat a normal diet my body burns through the food so quickly that I can't retain the needed nutrients and calories for good health. This leaves me malnourished and weak, I get sick easily and have horrible headaches.

I can't afford the hormone blockers anymore because I had 2 babies instead of one (love my twins, they are the best thing that ever happened to me but we weren't prepared for two more kids lol) and to keep from losing too much weight again and getting sick my doctor suggested I start eating larger portions and more often so I can retain what I need, (still eating healthy foods, just more) but now I'm overweight. She says there's nothing else I can do if I don't "want" my meds... I want them just can't afford them anymore. Don't get me wrong, its waaaaaaay better than being underweight, I have more energy than when I've been under and I feel pretty good in general, but I'm worried about the possible health risks if I gain anymore than I have. I'm about 20lbs overweight right now.

Does anyone else struggle with hyperthyroidism? If so, do you have any tips for healthy weight loss and a diet plan that will allow me to stay healthy without losing or gaining too much weight without the hormone blockers?

by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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SillySally83
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:35 PM

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Bird16_J
by Gold Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I WISH I had that so I had an answer! Instead I'm still playing the guessing game and STILL losing weight. I'm 6' and only 118 (still losing weight I can feel it) I just wish I could do something. Next step if all my other panels come back normal is to go to a GI Specialist and HOPE and PRAY to GOD that they find SOMETHING that they can help me fix! I'm tired all the time no energy and I'm fed up with feeling like this. Good luck to you! (Sorry for the rant I'm just fed up and in tears over my issues) I hope you can find a happy medium!


SillySally83
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:43 PM


I remember that waiting to find out, it was so hard because it feels like every day you see another pound gone and it's really scary. I used say all the time, "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired", so I understand how you're feeling. I hope you can find out soon and start treatment. Good luck :)

Quoting Bird16_J:

I WISH I had that so I had an answer! Instead I'm still playing the guessing game and STILL losing weight. I'm 6' and only 118 (still losing weight I can feel it) I just wish I could do something. Next step if all my other panels come back normal is to go to a GI Specialist and HOPE and PRAY to GOD that they find SOMETHING that they can help me fix! I'm tired all the time no energy and I'm fed up with feeling like this. Good luck to you! (Sorry for the rant I'm just fed up and in tears over my issues) I hope you can find a happy medium!



Nicoleb9
by Emerald Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM
I'm on the opposite end of that spectrum. I have hypothyroidism. Even with my meds, I have to restrict my calories a lot. Most days I keep it at around 800 calories and never more than 1,000 per day. I could balloon up in a week. I'm 5'3 and 109 lbs. Takes work but it is what it is. It's life long. But I still feel your pain in feeling frustrated with your body.
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bustybee
by Buzz Lightyear on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Idk, I have always remained a consistant weight -withing bmi normal standards lol- until I started binge eating when I got stressed out 2 years ago. I still have that '40 lb tire' to deal with.

but I noticed, that I eat a very high fat diet lol. I have never been tested for hyperthyriodism, but do have an issue with keeping weight on when I eat healthy lol. so, would changing your portion sizes back to normal, but injecting some 'fatty foods' into your diet work to keep that balance?

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM
No, I have Hypothyroidism. You know, the "excuse" for being fat. Funny how no one calls Hyper an "excuse" for being thin. It's just a disease with symptoms. Nice how that works. Ugh.

Anyway, an endo is your best bet.
SillySally83
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:53 PM

My mother was hypo too and you're right, its super frustrating both ways. And the prices of the meds that we need for our entire lives are just so out there its a wonder any of us can afford them for life.


Quoting Nicoleb9:

I'm on the opposite end of that spectrum. I have hypothyroidism. Even with my meds, I have to restrict my calories a lot. Most days I keep it at around 800 calories and never more than 1,000 per day. I could balloon up in a week. I'm 5'3 and 109 lbs. Takes work but it is what it is. It's life long. But I still feel your pain in feeling frustrated with your body.



SillySally83
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

It probably wouldn't hurt to try and if it did I could just start eating more again. Thank you.


Quoting bustybee:

Idk, I have always remained a consistant weight -withing bmi normal standards lol- until I started binge eating when I got stressed out 2 years ago. I still have that '40 lb tire' to deal with.

but I noticed, that I eat a very high fat diet lol. I have never been tested for hyperthyriodism, but do have an issue with keeping weight on when I eat healthy lol. so, would changing your portion sizes back to normal, but injecting some 'fatty foods' into your diet work to keep that balance?



bustybee
by Buzz Lightyear on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM
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my pleasure :) my favourite fatty food is icecream... mmmm :P

Quoting SillySally83:

It probably wouldn't hurt to try and if it did I could just start eating more again. Thank you.

 

Quoting bustybee:

Idk, I have always remained a consistant weight -withing bmi normal standards lol- until I started binge eating when I got stressed out 2 years ago. I still have that '40 lb tire' to deal with.

but I noticed, that I eat a very high fat diet lol. I have never been tested for hyperthyriodism, but do have an issue with keeping weight on when I eat healthy lol. so, would changing your portion sizes back to normal, but injecting some 'fatty foods' into your diet work to keep that balance?

 

 


 

Nicoleb9
by Emerald Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:55 PM
Synthroid (for hypo) isn't that expensive at all. I pay $9 per month for it. It would be $4 if I took the generic. Full price is around $30-40 a month without insurance. How much are your meds for hyper?


Quoting SillySally83:

My mother was hypo too and you're right, its super frustrating both ways. And the prices of the meds that we need for our entire lives are just so out there its a wonder any of us can afford them for life.



Quoting Nicoleb9:

I'm on the opposite end of that spectrum. I have hypothyroidism. Even with my meds, I have to restrict my calories a lot. Most days I keep it at around 800 calories and never more than 1,000 per day. I could balloon up in a week. I'm 5'3 and 109 lbs. Takes work but it is what it is. It's life long. But I still feel your pain in feeling frustrated with your body.





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