I am 63 yrs old crippled with osteoarthritis , had a thyroidectomy 10 years ago following uncontrollable Graves disease .
I have taken 125 of levothyroxine since then. I was always very active until my arthritis finally became so severe , my mobility is very seriously impared ,recently I could not walk upstairs for 4 weeks as my hip is so painful and knees too.
Despite being on a strict 800 calorie diet since having my condition worsen because my weight gain after my thyroid was removed I am now over 50 lbs heavier than I was
pre mobility problems , as I know weight gain would be no help. My weight started ballooning after my thyroid was removed and I had a strict 1200 calorie diet , until I had to decrease it even more . There are no treats ever . I do have willpower.
But now I resemble a Michelin Man , no exaggeration, below my waist are layers of fat and water , my legs are swollen like balloons as are my knees, ankles and feet . Even though movement is very painful I stay on my feet and walk around the house and garden with the aid of a stick until I can stand no more .
Undoubtedly my lack of a thyroid began this descent into weight gain as I have been on a strict diet as I said beginning at 1200 calories since shortly after my post op recovery ,when my weight began its ascent . If I ate what I liked I believe I could be 20 stones or upward . My question is , can anything help me ?