Forever hopeful!

Hi all I am desperately seeking Abu help/advice anyone can give...

I had a hemithyroidectomy in 2013 for a Benign cyst in my throat. All was well it was removed and my blood were all fine. In 2014 I was the Forbes and lightest I'd ever been due to working out and eating well. Then in 2015 I started to put on weight despite not changing my diet or workouts, my skin became dry I became tired with a fuzzy head, but my bloods were still with normal range. After a while I went to see my surgeon and he stared me on thyroxine 25micrograms per day. My bloods were at the lower end of normal. I then went up to one 25mg one day and two the next. My symptoms dissapeared and I started to feel better but by this time I'd put on lots of weight.

Despite my best efforts, endless amounts of money spend on personal trainers and diet plans I am still 2 and a half stone over weight and It's making me so unhappy

I'm a healthcare professional myself but I'm so desperate to lose weight and be myself again.

Could anyone help!?


8 Replies

  • Hi JoAW7, welcome to the forum.

    You need to get a copy of your blood test results. You need to know exactly what they've tested, and what the results were. Just 'in range' is not the same as optimal. You could be under-medicated. 50 mcg is just a starter dose. It may need increasing. It could be that you aren't converting that levo - T4, a storage hormone - into the active T3. And you won't lose weight until your FT3 is optimal.

  • Thankyou

    Once I have my results could someone help interpret them with me, so I can fully understand them?


  • JoAW7,

    Post your results with the ranges (figures in brackets after results) in a new question and members will interpret them for you.

  • Hi I have my Tsh back and it's 1.7

    My T3/4 haven't come back as yet apparently!??

  • JoAW7,

    TSH 1.7 is normal which rules out primary hypothyroidism. When you get the T3 and T4 results we'll be able to tell whether secondary hypothyroidism can be ruled out.

    Post all of your results with the ranges (the figures in brackets after the results) in a new question.

  • JoAW7 I would chase those other tests. Normally all are back within a couple of days. Sometimes, when TSH is in range, the lab won't do FT4, and FT3 is rarely done anyway, so it could be that yours may not? have been done.

    If they refuse to do it you can get them done privately with a fingerprick test (or venous if you can get blood drawn) through Blue Horizon

  • Thankyou

  • Hi my results are ' not back' ... ' probably lost' and 'anyway the T3/4 is irrelevant and is not taken into consideration '

    This is what the GP has said.

    His suggestion is I try the 5:2 diet for two months and if no weight is lost he will start me on orlistat


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