I wrote on the forum a few months back prior to attending a private GP reccomended from Thyroid UK in May. She is a wonderful Doctor and actually listened to me which I think we all know is quite rare - to have a Dr actually listen to you!
Prior to meeting this Dr my TSH was always quite higher in the ( ridiculous ) normal ranges quoted. At one point it was 4.2 and then 3.6 but my free T4 was barely scraping the lower range of normal. As a result I felt very fatigued, crushingly tired and suffered from completely unexplained weight gain despite incorporating healthy lifestyle changes.
So then I met this great Dr in Harley Street, London. She agreed to a 3 month trial of 50mg levothyroxine. I was wary of the placebo effect at first, but it actually resolved all of those awful non weight related symptoms by the end of the trial. The weight was kinda stable after 3 months but she said I looked as if I had lost weight. Maybe I wrongly thought that once started thyroxine the weight I had gained would just gradually reduce with good diet and exercise.
I went to a follow up appointment in London in August, further bloods were taken. My TSH was now 2.04 ( range 0.27-4.2), my free T4 : 15.5 ( range 12-22) and free T3- 3.9 ( range 3.1- 6.8). I had the discussion with Dr and she told me to keep at it with the exercise and over time weight will get better. I've limited my gluten intake alot but not truly gluten free if I am frank.
Unfortunately, the weight hasn't gone down its actually gone up a little. It is causing me some concern as I am still putting on weight, have chipmunk puffy cheeks and a dry mouth despite taking levothyroxine. I would LOVE to actually lose weight as it is making me feel very down, I don't even look in the mirror if I can help it and this is not like me.
So now I seek the advice of the good people on this forum to help me. I am truly grateful for any advice you can give me. I currently take my 50mg levothyroxine in the morning usually after my breakfast- I have been told I should take this 30 mins before food. Does this have a massive effect??
I have read alot over the past few days about getting adrenals checked and how zinc & selenium supplements can help thyroid function. I have purchased these supplements from the health food shop and I am taking them in the hope they can. I do considerable exercise and I am trying to go completely gluten free. I am limiting my intake of simple carbohydrates and and eating more protein rich foods. I typed into google ' How to lose weight when you have an underactive thyroid' and they gave me lots of useful tips about what to avoid and such as lots of simple carbs that cause insulin spikes.
What I would like to know is any useful tips from anyone who has had success in losing weight with suffering from underactive thyroid. What did you all do? TEACH ME!
Do you take Armour instead or another T3/T4 combination? Am I doing the wrong thing with taking only T4? what are the benefits or T3 and T4? what diet helps you? Please help me , I feel a bit a bit lost and need your advice