Hi everyone, I thought I'd share my experiences on here and see what everyone else thinks.
Growing up, I was quite skinny. I could eat whatever I wanted, and nothing happened to me. From about 19 years old onwards, I've been gradually gaining weight (I'm now 41). I wasn't huge, but I was suddenly bigger compared to how I used to be. Since then I've been struggling to keep my weight down. The only time I ever manage to lose any substantial amount of weight is if I literally eat one sandwich a day, with a cereal bar for breakfast & another for dinner, which isn't right. When I go back to a normal eat 3 times a day, I gain it back immediately.
I gained even more weight in 2003, after working in offices, and in 2007, I sustained a back injury, which meant I literally couldn't do much exercise, so pilled on the pounds. 6 years later, I weigh about 147kilos (I should mention I'm 6'3 as well). My back will always be an issue, however, I have been working really hard to get back to normality, and can now exercise again, and lead a relatively normal life again.
My life is now quite busy, and I do as much exercise as I can, and take my dog out for walks between 3-5 times a day for 20-30 mins per walk. I have logged my food intake, and it's around the 2500 calorie mark. Usually below that. I have been to my GP countless times, as well as to dieticians, and I tell them I don't over eat, in fact I eat the least amount of food out of anyone I know, but they tell me I need to eat less. The problem is that if I eat less, I can't sustain myself throughout the day, as I do so much stuff, and I feel even more hungry, which leads to migraines and feeling weak.
To top things off, I suffer from IBS, and a lot of foods are out of bounds for me, like anything with onions in it, and most gluten products. The last thyroid test I did, the results came back as:
TSH: 2.31 (0.3 - 4.2)
Free T4: 12.2 (12.0 - 22.0)
The most interesting fact is that both my Dad & Sister were diagnosed with an under active thyroid 2 years ago. My sister is 3 years younger than me, and my dad is in his late 60s.
Again, via the NHS, no one really seems to want to go deep enough to query exactly what's going on here. I also calculated my BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate), and it's 2,471 calories per day - this means that I should be able to sustain a normal weight level with what I eat (I also eat quite healithly).
I have a friend who has suffered with hypothyroidism for all her life. In fact, when she was in her teens, she was hyper, and then it changed to hypo (Sounds familiar to me). She reckons that there is definitely something wrong with either my thyroid, or my metabolism, and as she worked as a medical secretary for years told me it could sometimes take years and years to diagnose.
Does anyone have any advise as to what I should do next, as everything I have tried so far, just does not work!!
Ta in advance!! ;o)