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I've had hypothyroidism since age 13. I was always thin but blew up during puberty. Blew up to 265lbs a size US24 currently I am 135lbs a size US 2-4. All of my youth I was told I was fat and ate too much that's all. I knew something was wrong when I went raw vegan and raw broccoli made me gain weight. I was never tested before the age of 18 due to carelessness of others. As an adult I got officially tested and it was confirmed to me. That I had hypothyroidism low T3 to be specific. I was given medicine. I took it for a week started with an L(can't remember at the moment). Long story short it didn't work out. So now I'm doing what I've always done. A very strict careful diet with exercise. I lose muscle fast and it's also hard to gain it and keep it. I have to be extremely careful with ingredients in foods. Just recently eating too much soy caused me a 2 week early period. Literally no one I know or have met understands this battle. I've been through my entire life. Everyone gives advice based on their own body which is advice of a normal functioning body. This is the most obvious symptom. I think I'm headed in the right direction the past year or 2. I had a period for the first time when I was 13 than it didn't return until 15. After that it was never regular. I'd have them a few times a year at most. This is the first time in my life I've had them every month. Just trying to find similar people with this condition. Pass on or exchange information etc.

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Welcome to our forum,

First, I would advise you to get a Full Thyroid Function Test. If we are hypothyroid we need life-giving thyroid hormones as our body requires them to function optimally.

Everything is affect from periods, infertility, plus all the clinical symptoms (thankfully we don't get all of them).

Weight gain is a clinical symptom of hypothyroidism and especially if we are not on a sufficient dose or thyroid hormone which suits us. Hypo is also a fatal disease if we are untreated.

I would get a new blood test - a Full one - and all blood tests for thyroid hormones have to be at the very earliest, fasting (you can drink water) . If you were taking thyroid hormone replacement you would allow a gap of 24 hours between last dose and test and take afterwards. Always get a print-out of your results with the ranges. Ranges are important for members to comment.

Request, TSH, T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies. Vitamin B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate.

Post your results with the ranges on a new question, for comments,.

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