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I'm new and I'm feeling confused scared and frustrated

Hi. I've come to you all as I have no one who can relate to me in my life. I'm 42 and my body is behaving like its 82! From hissing in my ears to humming in my hands and feet, plantar fasciitis, chronic knee joint pain and severe muscle stiffness, My memory is affected and using the term 'natural blonde' is wearing a bit thin! Apologies to any one blonde but I am a natural one lol. These are but a few of my annoying body struggles. I am struggling to follow the LCHF diet although my carb intake is around 70g a day (I miss doughnuts!) if I eat normal I put on half a stone in a fortnight!

I've put on 3 stone in a year hence blood test 2 months ago to state that I have slightly raised TSH(?) levels and am due for one in 4 weeks as they are expecting it to be significantly higher, as well as another test as my mother had hypothyroidism and they need to check my auto immune system(?).

I take pain meds as I'm in pain, I have a physically demanding job so need them.

I feel alone as no one understands, hence why I've come to you.

Thanking you in advance for taking the time to read :)

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You need to find out exactly what the results are for


Free t4

Free t3




All should be tested and all are interconnected


Plus both thyroid antibodies - TPO and TG - if high levels in either or both this would mean autoimmune thyroid called Hashimoto's - by far the most common cause of being hypo

Vitamin d also important to check

Testing should be done as early in morning as possible and fasting. (Just water) to reveal highest TSH.

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Ok thank you, I've taken vit D3 3000 I.U. Daily for 2 years as I have suffered with lumber disc disease for many years. I've read up on hashimotos disease prior to gaining weight I lost a lot of weight fast and this is also a tell tale sign apparently? what I don't understand is what will happen after my next blood test and will I have to stay on the diet for life? My doc just says diet and what and see.


Do not diet - if by dieting you mean low calorie. Low calorie has a negative impact on T4 to T3 conversion.

Always remember that doctors know nothing about hormones or nutrition. Dieting is their solution to everything, but they have no idea of the consequences for the patient. High fat is good, but low carb isn't. That will also impact your conversion. Easy on the sugar, though! lol

Sorry abut the doughnuts, but the best diet if you have Hashi's is gluten-free. It helps a lot of people lower their antibodies. But cross that bridge when you come to it. The most important things is never, ever to ingest any form of unfermented soy. That is very, very bad for thyroid.

Apart from all that, just eat normally. :)

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Thank you very much, low carb high fat they say so my diet consists of eggs, meat and veg plus oats so simple in morning with sprinkle of brown sugar. I'm only on 1200-1400 calories a day and my symptoms are heightened. If I eat normally I'm sluggish and tired. Can't eat bread seem to have a gluten intolerance now as well as IBS. I have put milk back in my tea and its full fat and cut the sugar from my coffee....but why do that put doughnuts at the till! Frustrating!


Well, maybe you do have Hashi's if you can't eat bread - gluten intolerance. But it's best to find carbs elsewhere because you need them. I don't care what the doctors say, they know nothing about it.


I'm also sensitive to oats,but luckily not to potatoes, buckwheat or rice, or I'd never get any carbs.


Thank you.


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