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Stephanie Giles
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Possible thyroid issue?

Posted by @snakegirl23, Sep 18, 2015

Possible thyroid issue?

Hi everyone.
I have been overweight most of my life (runs in the family) and when I was about 15 decided that enough was enough. I had lost a good chunk of weight and was doing well keeping it off. I was eating appropriate sized balanced meals, exercising on a daily basis (walked up to 5-7 miles a day), drinking water (I have never smoked and hardly drink alcohol, maybe once a year), and sleeping well. I just had another 30lbs or so to lose to reach my goal. Then all of a sudden within about a 6 month period I had put back on all the weight that I had lost despite doing everything that I was “supposed” to do. No matter what I did, the weight kept piling on. I put on nearly 6lbs one week and it wasn’t period related.

I have been to various diet groups/diets, doctors, and countless tests to check the thyroid, Cushing’s, Addison’s, and other possible things. It all came up that I was “normal” and within normal ranges. Nothing seems to help. I might lose 10-15lbs here and there but it never lasts regardless what I do. I also don’t feel like any of my doctors, past and present, are taking me seriously.

I am beginning to wonder if there is something wrong with my thyroid. My great grandmother, grandmother and all 5 of her children on my mothers’ side have all had thyroid issues. My mother and her 2 sisters have all had their thyroids either removed completely or partially. All of their thyroid tests had come back “normal” or within normal range until they stopped functioning. One of my aunts’ thyroid had gotten so big that it was putting pressure on her chest/being able to breathe properly (grew under the collar bone).

My symptoms have been going on for nearly 4 years now and are:
A). Constantly drinking water and feeling horrible (headaches, dizzy) if I don’t. (I don’t pee a lot and I don’t have diabetes (been tested numerous times)).
B). My appetite has been down for over 2yrs now (most of the time I hardly want to eat but do it because I have to). The idea of eating has become completely unappetizing and I feel like I might as well just eat paper.
C). Feeling tired almost all the time and I am naturally a morning person, but now I feel more like a night owl.
D). Feeling depressed and I am taking medications for that to get through the day.
E). My menustration cycle has changed (maybe due to age as I am 30 and never had children), but I have always been regular, no cramps, and on the fairly light side. Lately they have been missing for months at a time and range from medium heavy to heavy. They still last about the same amount of time 5-7 days.

I am currently in the process of trying to get my doctor to do a functionality test and an ultrasound of my throat/thyroid to see if the thyroid is growing or in a place it isn’t supposed to be. But I don’t know what is going on with me medically; and it is rather frustrating when you do everything by the textbook in terms of weight loss and being healthy with 0 results.

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Hi Stephanie, thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through. Mayo Clinic does have some information online that may be helpful to discuss with your doctor – I’ve included the link below.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20021179

Does anyone have any personal recommendations to share with Stephanie?

@rebeccamcroberts

Hi Stephanie, thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through. Mayo Clinic does have some information online that may be helpful to discuss with your doctor – I’ve included the link below.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hypothyroidism/basics/symptoms/con-20021179

Does anyone have any personal recommendations to share with Stephanie?

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Thank you for the information and reply Rebecca McRoberts! I will definitely discuss this information and my symptoms with my doctor as soon as possible. But as I explained, numerous times to my doctor, all of my family members who had severe thyroid issues (big goiters), had thyroid numbers in the “normal” range. That in my opinion is the main problem I am facing with my doctor. It is a range but it doesn’t mean that your individual thyroid level numbers are “right” for your body, might be too high or too low. I just want to get this mystery solved.

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