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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ups and Downs of Hypothyroidism

I've been cross training pretty much all the time since joining my awesome gym in November. At the same time, I am also still following my plan of not dieting and eating what my body needs and wants. Back in February, I posted about how nervous I was that my average daily weight had gone up about 4 pounds. As it turns out, the intuitive eating thing is easy as long as you're not really challenged by it. And, so far this year, I have been nothing but challenged by it.

The day after I posted my weight worries, I posted again that I'd gotten my results at the gym and found that despite my weight going up, my measurements had gone down and that I was feeling pleased again and comfortable with my results.

I'm going to be honest, things have gotten crazy ever since and I've been nervous about blogging about it because I don't want to admit that this stuff really gets to me. As long as I kept my worries to myself (and Todd and my running group), I felt better about it.

What happened is that since I last posted about my weight in February, I've gained another 12 pounds, for a total of 16 pounds gained since joining my gym. This has been a real challenge for me to accept in my quest for accepting my body. And, it began to seriously worry me. I really couldn't find a reason for it.

After my two posts in February, I decided to stop weighing myself, and I didn't weigh myself until I went back for results at the gym around the third week in March. Then, I was up 7 pounds. The rise in weight was enough to make me want to start weighing myself again, and I have ever since. The 7 pound gain did not come with the drop in measurements, and I had gained some inches. I didn't have body fat percentage from my previous results to compare.

I've been seriously wondering what the problem was, and started feeling like I should see a doctor, because this weight gain could be classified as "unexplained." Finally, I went in for a routine check up (with my gyn, if that's not TMI) and he tested my thyroid. I'd just had it tested in February and it had been 3.46, which was a tad high but still "normal." This time? It's up to 7.8, which is actually higher than it was when I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism. The symptoms of hypothyroidism are weight gain, fatigue, dry skin and hair... everything suddenly fell into place and clicked in my head and I realized that was exactly what was going on. I felt silly for not realizing it.

My regular doctor upped my dose of synthroid and I am on day 2 of taking it. Now, I just have to watch out for the symptoms of hyperthyroidism - which are just the opposite of hypo. I'm not sure why my TSH levels suddenly spiked, but I'll see my doctor next week to hopefully find out.

My thyroid is annoying.

The good news is that I did have results day at the gym on Tuesday, and I found that since March, I've gained 6 pounds and I've gained inches, but I've also gained muscle. My total body fat is still exactly what it was in March. I'm not losing any fat, but I am gaining muscle. That means I'm getting stronger, so that's a good thing.

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1 comment:

lindsay said...

the thyroid can be a huge pain in the butt! :-/ hope the meds help get it back in line and you don't have to advance to more extreme situations. i can never remember which is which - hypo/hyper - but my mom had some sort of thyroid problems and ended up having it radiated.

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