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Pretty desperate

Hi all

I'm new to this site and have got to the stage now where I'm pretty down about my thyroid situation. I was diagnosed 3 years ago after having my lg and had a TT in Nov 13 because I had hashi's. I feel no different since the op but my GP just keeps saying I'm within normal range. My symptoms include hair loss, massive weight gain, sweating profusely, dry skin, tiredness etc et

I'm barely eating anything and also currently breast feeding my second child but can't lose an ounce. The ignorant doctor said I should go to the gym 4-5 times a week. With two children under 3 I think she's having a laugh! I don't have the time or the energy! Running around after two kids and sticking to a strict diet should be enough surely!

Can anyone advise me what to do next as I'm getting no where with my doctors and am frankly starting to feel quite depressed with it all now.

Oh I'm currently on 175 levothyroxine!

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SmiffySmiffy, welcome to the forum.

Ask your GP practice manager or receptionist for a printout of your recent thyroid results with the lab reference ranges and post them in a new question and members will advise whether you are optimally medicated.

Over restricting calories is likely to further slow down your metabolism and your body will hang on to weight as it thinks it is in starvation mode. Good nutrition is important in aiding T4 to T3 conversion.

Hypothyroid patients are often low or deficient in ferritin (stored iron), vitamin D, B12 and folate and these can cause musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and low mood similar to hypothyroid symptoms so ask your GP to do blood tests.



Thank you I will do that and get my lab results.

I have just been prescribed iron tables for borderline low iron so hopefully these may help. Thanks 😃


Smiffy, take each iron tablet with 500mg-1,000mg vitamin C to aid absorption and mitigate constipation. Iron must be taken 4 hours away from Levothyroxine.


Oh fab thank you I'll get some vit c 😃 this site is great thank you so much!

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I can totally relate to how you feel and i don't think many on here have a good doctor and are doing great, but maybe a few. I should do a Poll..No one should have their Thyroid removed due to Hashi's, unless you are being strangled. I am sure that you are not properly medicated.


I agree with faith63 in that I'm puzzled why your thyroid gland was removed if you have hashimotos? The addition of T3 may make you feel better. This is a link which may be informative:-

Your doctor is ignorant about treating thyroid gland dysfunctions, so we have to learn as much as possible to self-educate. Weight gain is the commonest question on this forum:-

When you have a blood test for your thyroid gland, do not take levothyroxine before it, take it after and have the blood test as early as possible. Also ask for your Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate to be tested. We are usually deficient.

Get a print-out each time and post your results, with the ranges, if you have a query.


Thank you shaws I will have a read through and also request these tests. They took it out as spent two years trying to regulate my thyroid without success. It was only once it was out that they realised it was hashi's! This is what they told me anyway? Pretty gutted though if it should never have been removed! 😓


Ps. Has anyone successfully lost weight post TT?


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