I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism. At first, I was at least relieved to have an explanation for the 3 stone weight gain in such a short amount of time and the thought that with medication and careful diet, I would be able to lose it all over time. No such luck. I have been battling now for 4 months and have only managed to lose a pound one minute and put two back on the next. I haven't eaten a piece of chocolate, a biscuit or any 'normal' food for ages - much longer than the 4 months since my diagnosis. The first 8 weeks of taking the meds, I didn't manage to lose an ounce, despite my GP reassuring me that there is no reason for me to lose weight. I feel as though he believes that I am filling my face and telling him that I am eating lettuce leaves - this is not the case. I haven't felt well in months. I feel dizzy sometimes, fuzzy headed, forgetful, bloated, constipated, unable to go to the loo when I am not constipated. My feet swell up and my legs are tight with fluid. After my last blood test, I was told that my hormone levels were sky high but I was to remain on this dose until June when I had another blood test, just in case the medication had not settled down yet. I thought that I might finally lose a bit of weight - still can't lose it. I had a piece of chocolate last week and feel as guilty as hell, especially as I gained 2 pounds. I feel ill. I cannot quite put my finger on it, but I feel like I need to lie down most of the time. I am seriously considering getting my GP to refer me to an endocrinologist in the hope to find some relief from this awful, awful illness...
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