Thyroid Disorders :: Hashimoto's With Eating Disorder / Weight Gain
May 13, 2016
I'm trying to recover from an eating disorder with hashimoto's, and I've been gluten and dairy (among other things at times) free for several years to try to manage the hashimoto's. But all these dietary restrictions are making me crazy and make the eating disorder worse. BUT i'm really afraid to eat gluten again because everyone says it will make the hashimoto's worse and/or cause weight gain and i am already weight restored and NOT keen on gaining more. Does anyone here have hashimotos and maintain their ideal weight while eating unrestrictedly? Are my concerns about gluten causing weight gain all in my head?
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I don't really know how to begin this message, I'm so exhausted and mad against that weight gain and stuff.
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I am 20 years old and was diagnosed with Hashimoto one year ago. Since then, I put up 20 kilos ( most of them in 6 months ). My t4f and t3f are okay, and THIS is at 0.40, which is the minimum.
There are two years and a half ago, I was 110 kilos. I decided to lose weight and did 2 to 3 hours of sport per day + a diet. I lost 54 kilos and reached 56 kilos for 180. I felt soo good and happy for the first time of my life, no kidding.
And then, I haven't even had the time to have fun with my new body, that I began putting up weight.
I do 10 to 14 hours of sport per week ( I run a lot, quick walks in the mountain and so on ) and still follow my diet ( 1200-1300 cal )
I'm sick, I'm trying not to be too depressed, but it's hard. I'm so tired, my muscles don't want to keep on, and neither want I. Thinking that I've lost one year of my life trying to lose weight for nothing makes me mad.
I'm followed by a diet doctor, who can't even find why I keep on putting weight,m but tries to change some of the aspects of what I eat. I also see a psy, he can't really help me, as my problem is real, and not just in my head.
I am a 25 year old female and I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Disease probably around 2012 or so. I take 75MCG every morning and I do blood tests about once or twice a year to make sure my levels are stable. What I need help with are symptoms. My boyfriend has been very supportive, he was the reason I went to get the initial blood test because he said my symptoms reminded him of Graves Disease and it worried him. Well, I went to the doctor and got the tests done and he told me I had Hashimotos. Since then, my boyfriend has told me that he hasn't seen any improvement in my symptoms, in fact he thinks they've gotten worse. I have looked at a lot of different lists of symptoms that people with Hashimoto's Disease can experience and I experience a lot of them. I'll list the ones I experience the most and a little bit of a description to each so maybe someone can help me with what I need to do to feel better because honestly it makes me miserable.
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-Hair Loss - Every time I brush or wash my hair there is always tons of hair in the brush or tub. It's everywhere all the time, I shed like the cats.
- Depression - I don't know if it is actually depression, but a lot of the time I feel like I'm just not good enough to be around anyone. I'll find myself crying at ridiculous moments with absolutely no reason for it. I also find myself thinking that people I know (and can acknowledge even when I'm feeling this way) love and care for me, and yet I still think they don't care about me and will abandon me at the drop of the hat, which breaks me down mentally.
- Stress - This is probably one of my worst symptoms. I am always stressed out about something, even ridiculous things that shouldn't be stressing me out. One of the biggest things I stress about is what I mentioned with the depression. I feel like my friends and loved ones are going to abandon me at any minute, which scares me and results in me lashing out at them in ways that if I can't control it soon enough may result in them actually leaving, which terrifies me and just puts me into a never ending loop of stress and depression.
- Anger - I can't seem to rationalize other people's behaviors. Completely normal behaviors that don't normally bother me result in me lashing out and screaming at people and saying things that I don't mean to say.
- Memory Loss - This is a really bad symptom. I forget things very quickly. If I don't actively keep it in my mind, I won't remember it. A perfect example, when I was still in college I was walking through town with some people and when we were going back to the dorms I made a comment about a truck I saw. I used to see it all the time and hadn't seen it in a while so I made the comment. The people I was with looked at me really confused and just flatly stated "You said the exact same thing when we walked by it on the way out" and I honestly don't remember seeing it at any point that day. In fact I didn't remember seeing it for around 5 months, and yet they claimed that I made the exact same comment I just had, earlier that day. It really messes with my head when people tell me that I did or said something and I can't remember doing it to save my life.
- Weight - Before I started taking synthroid I weighed 110 lbs, after I started taking it I gained like 30 lbs and I can't lose it. I'm stuck between 135 and 140 (I'm about 5'6" tall)
- Headaches - I get headaches on a daily basis. Sometimes they're really bad but generally they're just a slight discomfort in my frontal lobe area.
- Sleep - It takes me forever to fall asleep and even when I do I can't stay asleep and then I feel exhausted all day when I wake up, as if I never slept at all.
Another thing I've noticed and that is that sometimes I feel like I can't swallow properly, I always feel like I have to yawn to get a lung full of oxygen, and my nails curl downward along the curve of the tip of my fingers on like 3/5 fingers.
I have an important question.
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My last blood work from one mouth ago revealed a TSH of - 0.16. (ranges 0.3-4.5)
Though my levels of free T3 & T4 were midrange and maybe even slightly lower than they should be.
FT3: 3.30 (ranges 2.1-4.2)
FT4: 1.02 (ranges 0.7-1.8)
I'm on 112,5 levothyroxine and 12,5 cytomel daily dose.
Is it safe to have a TSH that low?
Can I even upgrade my meds to 125 levo a day? I still feel hypo and under medicated.
I did hear about the 'optimal' values between the ranges were a lot of people are on their best in their 'sweet spots'.
If the rule of thumb is that FT4 has to be 50% of the range and FT3 upper half to upper third, i's logical that I'm still hypo. This all being said, will my TSH drop even more when I go to 125?
I don't understand the link between TSH and the FT3 & FT4 results. How can I have such a low TSH and still not reach the recommended levels?
I Am wondering if someone can help me out with what my blood results mean . ok so i went to a walk in clinic because i was having a laundry list of stuff going on with my health . asked doc to do some blood work and see if he could find what might be wrong .
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blood work came back showing some thyroid issues . my TSH was .16 my T4 free was 18 free T3 was 6.1 and my TPO was 102
the doc said i have Hashimoto's thyroiditis and referred me to endocrinologist which im waiting for appointment .
so my question is after doing some googling im wondering if the doc might have meant to say graves disease rather than hashimoto's . it was very busy in the office and maybe he just mixed the two up ? the reason im thinking this is because when i look at what my blood work results are they point to hyperthyroid rather than hypo . can anybody tell from my numbers i really would like to know and its a bit of a wait till my appointment with the specialist.
I have Hashimoto's. I was diagnosed with this 2 years ago. I take 75mcg T4 and 10mcg T3 but I want to raise this on alternate days with 100mcg T4 and 15 mcg T3. My endo does not yet know I want to do this because I'm worried she will think I'm doing something silly.
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I have had my thyroid function test done last week and the results have come back but I'm not being told what they are until I get it in writing. The endo wants my TSH to come back up to 2.5.
Symptoms I have:
Goitre (ultrasound says thyroid is swollen but no nodules)
Itchy feeling in throat (front of neck where thyroid is)
Dizziness when standing
! Serum TSH level: <0.02mpmol/L IU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum Free T4 level: 19.8pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum Free T3 level: 5.2pmol/L (3.90 - 6.70)
! Serum TSH level: <0.02mIU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum Free T4 level: 20.5pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum Free T3 level: 5.0pmol/L (3.90 - 6.70)
Serum TSH level: 1.30mIU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum Free T4 level: 17.1pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum Free T3 level: 4.1pmol/L (3.90 - 6.70)
! Serum TSH level: 5.61mIU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum Free T4 level: 18.1pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum Free T3 level: 4pmol/L (3.90 - 6.70)
! TPO antibodies: 275IU/L (<34)
Serum TSH level: 0.41mIU/L (0.27 - 4.20)
Serum Free T4 level: 13.2pmol/L (12.0 - 22.0)
Serum Free T3 level: 4.2pmol/L (3.90 - 6.70)
I've read recently that iodine is not necessarily bad if you have hashi's. I found other articles that say too much iodine is the cause of many hashis cases. Nothing better than getting feedback from those that are living with hashish. My questions are:
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Should I not be using regular iodized salt?
Will using uniodized sea salt be better than regular salt?
Do I need to be concerned at all with my salt/iodine intake as long as I'm taking 200 mg selenium now?
Are these articles about iodine mainly referring to iodine supplements and not what a person consumes through diet?
I understand hypothyroidism is not necessarily hashimoto's thyroiditis but quite frankly, my head is spinning right now. I don't want to aggravate my hashi's but on the other hand, maybe I'm overly concerned. BTW, I am currently not taking any thyroid medicine. Other than having difficulty losing weight.
I hate my weight so much, I see myself as fat when others see me as skinny but I don't, I lie when they say how skinny I am of say how am I so skinny I just laugh but inside I feel different, I feel massive, they don't no what goes on inside my mind so when someone says a fat joke to me like I'll be fat i die inside, it's slowly killing me inside, effecting my mind a lot! The last 3 weeks I have been eating some days a lot but not loads and other day not as much. Before I would cut my calories down to under 900 but I can't seem to get back into the dieting mood, today I didn't eat until half 4 as I had my tea then a big bag of m&ms I hated myself after eating it and tried to make myself sick which didn't work so I did a bit of exercise, as I do a little bit after I eat food. It's mot all of it just the past couple weeks it's mentally killing me all day every day is weight and food,I'm terrified of going on the scale as I have eaten. It won't stop. People think I have an eating disorder but after eating so much I don't think I do, do I?
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I know I can't be diagnosed through this, but I'm starting to wonder. All I think about is losing weight, I restrict myself all the time- consuming between 0-500 calories, I take 3-4 laxatives a day and exercise as much as I can...
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People say I do but the last couple days maybe a week I have been eating normally, still haven't my weight and exercising but I've been eating, but now I will go back to cutting down because I have so much...
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I can't stand my weight, I hate having showers because I can see how fat I am, i once cried in the shower because of my weight,i know stupid, but it happened. I do eat but no more than 1,000 calories or just a tiny bit over and that's a bad day, I like to keep it down to under 900 but I have had a week of eating because I was so hungry but nothing more than the calories I should be eating for my age. I am very tired of always counting calories worry about food, when I have to pick my tea in the night I am there for ages trying to work out what to eat and the calories I do eat junk food but still nothing more than 1,000 calories, we barely had fruit or veg here so I do eat 'bad' foods. Food and weight is always on my mind, it's starting to affect me in school,I think if I'm gunna est in school and it's all the time. I am actually sick of it now but I can't stop, my kind tells me I'm fat but I don't no if it's a voice or me saying it to myself, I am giving up on myself because I think this is going to be my life, I don't see a future in me not worrying and fearing of gaining weight, it has taking me mentally you could say. I hate seeing really skinny people because Ino I'm not like that and it kills me, I worry about clothes fitting me if I have to try something in in front if someone. I am a 16 year old girl, 5'2 and 99pounds I've lost 10 pounds since Nov I had a week of eating and went up to 103 pounds I was just disgusted with myself.
I've always had bad self esteem and body image issues. But recently since I had my doctor I've started taking laxatives to lose weight. I'll take a whole box or drink a whole bottle of milk magnesia. I've cut back to only one small meal every few days and right now I haven't really eaten in four days.
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I have to weigh myself constantly because if I don't know how much I weight I freak out. If I eat anything my first thought is to get it out of me. Food in general has been making feel sick lately. It's becoming gross. Even the sight of it or somebody eating is gross.
I need to eat but the number on the scale just keeps going down and I'll tell myself this is my last laxative. I'll eat tomorrow. But the number will be low and I'll think that if I do it for one more day then it'll get lower.
I'm wondering if I could be developing an ED. I'm not super thin. Infact, ever since having my daughter I'm a little over weight. Would I even be aware of it if I had one?
I am what my doctor describes as a perfectly healthy 32 year female. I have a hiatal hernia but that may be beside the point. I had been on Paxil 20 up until September. At the end of October, I began feeling nauseous after eating and vomiting after eating supper. I do not feel better after vomiting and find it almost impossible the eat for 24 hours following. I feel incredibly exhausted after 3pm, and when I feel ill it's at or around 5pm. My blood tests are perfect, not pregnant, and up to this point generally healthy. I am looking for ideas, other experiences, and general info to find out and 'fix' what is all of a sudden wrong with me!
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I am having issues with starving myself for days at a time then eating a little bit and having this overpowering need to puke. I dont know what to do anymore. I have been dealing with these thoughts and behaviors along with self injurious behaviors for a little over 13 years, could somone please help me before I go overboard.
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I am a 21 year old female, I am 5'3 and weigh around 103-104lb (7 stone 5-6lb).
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I used to be just under 10 stone a few years ago and crash dieted to lose the weight. I wanted to be 9 stone, then 8 and a half, then 8, then I was happy bouncing between 7.10-7.12 for a few months. But recently it has dropped, I was fine at 7 and a half, but as it's gone down I've wanted it to stay down. I weigh myself everyday before eating/drinking. If my weight is at 7.5 I'm not too bad, but jf it js at 7.6 I panic that I'm getting fat and will keep gaining. I try not to eat until my evening meal, which I always make sure I have, though sometimes end up snacking before if I start to feel too hungry. I have 2 cups of tea a day with 2 sugars in each to try and suppress my hunger. I also worry that when I start eating, I won't stop. Sometimes I will have a big takeaway, medium pizza all to myself, continue eating it even if it hurts, and then half an hour after, continue eating. I never make myself sick/take laxatives and wouldn't, but I sometimes try not to eat all day in case I lose control and keep eating and eating. I have anxiety/depression/ocd issues anyway and I'm worried I may have some sort of eating disorder too.
Basically, it seemed like it was at first then it just stopped, for ages (months) and it made me miserable because I was doing everything I could right, which was very difficult for me because I have an eating disorder. When I realised nothing was happening after all that hard work, combined with stress and misery (i have bpd and an anxiety disorder on top of the ed) I ended binging repeatedly. So in the end I just gained weight.
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What do I do now? I've been trying so hard for the past year, exercise healthy eating instead of starving myself like i would usually resort to, and then orlistat. and then there was barely any difference in the end. I've now gained 10lbs from my start weight.
Is there any option after Orlistat, medication wise. I don't really want to contact my doctor until I know this as I'm embarrassed but I couldn't find any information online. I'm not heavy enough for a gastric band and I don't think that would necessarily even help me as it wasn't overeating that was the problem.
I don't like eating breakfast. I don't like anything at all. What should I do?
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I was recently referred to an endocrinologist due to 'abnormal' blood test results. The results were not shared with me. The endo gave me a full exam & at the time concluded my thyroid was fine & I was just stressed from work & maybe a psychologist would help. He took a blood test anyways.
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A week later I got a call to say a prescription was in the post for 125 mg of Eltroxin!
I've managed to get a copy of the blood test result that the endo took & I'm trying to figure out if it means I have Hashimoto's disease. My endo never mentioned this to me but it seems from what I can find online that might be the case. Any help at all with this is greatly appreciated :
Free T3: 5.2
Free T4: 14.7
Anti TG: 358.8
Anti TPO: 8.1
I'm 23 years old, 5 months ago I got diagnosed with Hashimoto's. I was scared of having to go on meds for the rest of my life at such a young age so I opted for natural route. The homeopathic Dr. I went to see gave me i Throid iodine pills, and had me go on a 2 week liquid diet (I only lasted 4 days) and he wanted me to do a 60-90 smoothie diet. Needless to say I gave up after the 4 days and when I stopped the diet I stopped taking the i Thyroid pills. 2 weeks ago I went to see my endocrinologist who wasn't very happy that I hadn't been taking the Synthroid as she had prescribed and told me the results from my ultra sound to my thyroid looked rough. She went on to stress how important it is that I take it and how my levels are worse off then when I first came to see her. She also told me if I was trying to get pregnant how important it is for the baby to have thyroid. So yesterday I find out I'm pregnant and now I'm freaking out. My natural part of me is screaming don't take it, start the iThroid religiously and stick to it, but I feel like it's too late. At this point it's too late for me to experiment what may/may not work for me in terms of trying out the natural route. I had months to figure that out and I didn't and now I'm pregnant. If my baby needs my thyroid to develop properly then I need to start taking the prescribed synthroid. My endo prescribed me .05 mg I don't know if that's a lot or a little. She also told me if I find out I'm pregnant I need to let her know immediately so she can increase it by 30%. I guess I'm wondering if others who have hashimoto's and those that have gone through pregnancy while taking synthroid can tell me anything. I'm scared my body's going to react weird to it. I'm scared my hairs going to fall out and I'm going to gain weight (currently 5"5 114lbs.) I read those are some of the side effects from Synthroid. I'm scared to have heart palpitations and anxiety) which I already have but I'm scared it'll make my anxiety worse to the point I'm a complete wreck. While having all these fears I'm also scared about what may happen to the baby if I don't take it. So before writing this post I popped my first synthroid pill. Maybe I'll go on it until the baby is born and then come off it and try natural again? Anyone think that's a good idea? I just don't want to be dependent on something big pharma produced in a lab. Maybe it's just a matter of changing my diet and exercising and eating gluten free foods. I'm wondering if anyone with Hashimoto's can tell me about their experience with it and help ease my mind.
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I am 23 years old, college student in adderall 20mg 2 x days. I am taking adderall primarily for weight control. I don’t think I have eating disorder, but I think I became depended on this drug. I was wonder is anyone else here on adderall or some amphetamine and how does feel. I think that I am severely depressed when I am not on a drug. I can restrict my food and I have a constant fear of getting fatter. I did try to stop once but I put on 10 kilos in 2 months.
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I have Hashimoto's disease. Over the last year or so I have really started to experience some of the symptoms of hyperparathyroidism such as super bad fatigue, LOTS of pain in my bones, etc. Are the two connected?
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i've been taking meds for bipolar disorder and ADHD since I was about 6 or 7, when I was about 13 I was taking a total of 17 pills everyday, it wasn't until about 9 months or more that I was put into a hospital for an immediate detox. my doses have always been as high as I can get. Right now I'm taking bupropion 450 mg, vyvanse 120 mg, intuniv 300mg, and at night I take zolpidem 20mg; everyday! But sometimes when I don't wake up and take my pills in the morning I get stomach pains and I feel like c**p. My mom said that I need to go see a doctor and have tests done to see if I have liver damage, but all I keep hearing is that I should smoke weed. It would help with my stress and anxiety and my eating disorder ( I sometimes put off eating when I feel bloated). Is marijuana the best option?
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