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Thyroid Test Questions
Yeah, I'm not ruling out anything yet. It's a wee bit frustrating since I've never had ANYTHING before... no asthma, never broken a bone, never anything more serious than a cold or stomach bug... but my dad was the same until just after his 30th birthday when he was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis, and from there he got every health issue in the book... his lungs got him in the end at the age of 48. Not that I'm assuming anything so sinister upon my self. Just trying to get to the bottom of this! My MD is getting me a referral to an Endocrinologist, so I'm hopeful that he/she can figure it out... and also hoping it's temporary and/or not serious! I did just look up hypo-parathyroid after mars2kids' comment... I do have the tingling sensations in the hands and feet, muscle cramps in the legs, fatigue, memory problems... but those symptoms seem to be the same as a slew of other things. And honesty the tingling in the hands and feet hasn't happened in about 4 months. But back when it was happening it was ALL the time. Still, we'll see if an Endocrinologist has any insight.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
Thyroid Test Questions
Yeah, one problem I'm coming across is that my MD says I don't 'look' like a hypothyroid patient. Yes, I may have gained weight, and cannot lose it (just a year ago I pretty much just lost weight by skipping dessert and alcohol for a few weeks). But I was pretty thin back then, so I am still a perfectly normal weight despite having gained. (used to be just under 120, now I struggle to keep myself under 130. My hair isn't falling out or anything, but I am experiencing severe intolerance to cold, eczema breakouts, irregular menstrual periods (as I understand, most thyroid patients seem to have them less frequently, but I've been having two per month, which sucks). Normally I may agree with my doc on that, but my sister doesn't 'look' hypothyroid, but she was recently diagnosed with what her doc called 'slightly elevated thyroid levels'. She told me she wasn't experiencing symptoms at all; it just showed up on a general blood test. I also have a HYPERthyroid younger brother (who definitely 'looks' like it (we call him Gollum sometimes, which he takes as a compliment, lol) and my Dad had Rheumatoid arthritis (another autoimmune disorder), and my great-aunt had celiacs (again, autoimmune). I did get tested for celiacs too, since a lot of my symptoms could be from a food intolerance, but I was negative. I still haven't ruled out a food intolerance of some kind though. (symptoms like gas, bloating, stomach cramps after some meals). I also have not ruled out my birth control, since I started taking it around the same time as the symptoms first started. I did call my OB/GYN and she switched my Rx to a different type of oral contraceptive, but it made no change. I'm just wondering if maybe hormonal birth control is not a good option for me. But despite all the 'what ifs' and 'maybes' of my symptoms, I'm just curious about the result of the T3. Does anyone else know anything about that? My doc insists it's a 'normal' result, but when I look up 'normal' levels mine seems really low. It could be that I'm not hypothyroid, but my hormones are just screwed up. It just seems odd since I gave birth 3.5 years ago and lost the weight like a champ. Then all of a sudden my hormones go out of whack years later? I dunno
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
Thyroid Test Questions
So after some odd symptoms (and a family history rife with autoimmune desiese) I got a thyroid panel done. My TSH and T4 are normal (0.880 TSH and 1.29 Free T4) but they said my total T3 was normal too. I looked it up and it seems fairly low (mine is 68 and normal seems to be 100 or higher). Am I being screwed over or am I finding the wrong info online?? If I am low should I push to get treated?
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
I'm pretty sure this is the exact "don't-eat-any-food-ever-again... I first shot down on my forum post. Either way, I'm doing fairly well so far with over two pounds lost this week on my diet - which includes ALL the food groups, thank you very much. I may still get checked out, since I DO seem to need to balance out my carbs/fat/proteins so specifically. My mother once had hypoglycemia, and my older sister had gestational diabetes, and I've already had a blood test for myself for gluten intolerance, since my Dad suspected that HE might have that, but he passed away before finding out. (My test came back with NO intolerance! YES! :D) But I wonder if my genetics just lean a certain way as far as all that goes. I've been buying sugar-free products my whole adult life because of my Mother's history (she used all sugar-free after her diagnosis, and still does), and I might just have to eat in a way that pays heed to the genetic predisposition toward those particular disorders. Of course, my mother's side were all high-blood pressure, and my Father's side were all low-blood pressure, so I don't even know if I should bother with nipping one or the other in the bud like I am with these other things!
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
I had my body fat assessed last spring at a health club (when I was 120 lbs) and they said I was right at the weight I should be at that point. And I doubt water weight is in the cards anymore... it's been over the last year that I've been battling this thing, and carbs have been an integral part of my diet the whole time. My guess is a lot of it was the fact I wasn't watching the fat in my diet, which is ok for low-carbers, but not for a standard healthy diet. But an interesting note; for the past three days I've been eating 40% carbs, 30% fat, and 30% protein, and I seem to have hit a bit of a sweet spot! That is, if the trend continues and it's not just a coincidence. I'm almost 2 lbs down since I weighed in Saturday morning (it's Tuesday now). It seems a bit rapid, so if I get to next week and I keep losing it too fast I may keep these percentages, but at a higher calorie intake. But for all I know it'll slow down a bit; I mean, it's only been three days of eating this way, so maybe my metabolism is just going "Yaay! This is awesome!" and it'll get over itself after a few more days. Or - knowing my recent luck in dieting - it's just a big, depressing coincidence. It doesn't feel that way... there's just a feeling I get when my diet that day is striking a cord with my metabolism... I suppose you could call it 'feeling healthy'.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
lol... Thanks anyway, devid2011 - but I live in the sticks where no internet company dares to tread, and the 'internet' I've managed to scrape together isn't good enough to watch videos (or upload photos, or stream, update stuff, etc.). In fact, my internet connection is a free tether app on my fancy android, which only works if I put it in one of two window sills on the lower level of my house. lol, so no video advice please! :) I only go into town once a week when I need groceries, and to sit in the bookstore with my laptop and update stuff and watch videos!
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Ingria, you may be right. I have been toying with the idea of not logging onto fatsecret for a week or two and hiding the scale, and just eating well and reasonably! If that works at all it'd be interesting to retrospectively enter those things in and see what I was eating calorie-wise.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Sravia1, as previously stated I weigh and measure everything, so I'm positive on the calorie count. And to saaywar, I am not going to do the low carb thing. My fat grams are within acceptable ranges (neither too low or high). Maybe if things keep going this way I'll contact a nutritionist.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
I DO measure my foods ALL THE TIME, my sodium intake is fine (I don't care for salt anyway so I never add any) and I eat non-fat and low-fat dairy products.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Well, a year on consistency of a diet under first 1700 cals, then 1500 cals, then 1300 cals, then finally to 1200, no matter what my calories in calories out ratio was, I gained weight. When my diet was predominantly fat and lower carbohydrate, as long as I kept under 2000 cals it was no fail. I'm not saying I want to go back to that; it;s unhealthy. But evidence is showing me that what my calories are made of seems to make a difference.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Yeah, that's the plan. Two weeks of 50% carbs 30% protein and 20% fat made me gain weight and feel sluggish. And I'm wondering how someone can eat 50% worth of carbs in a 2000 calorie diet! I feel so full-to-bursting on 1200!! Like, I have spent the past two weeks forcing down food so that I can manage as much as 1200 calories on that much bulky grainy stuff! So we'll see how two weeks on these new percentages go.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Well, I pretty much have heard all of this online - people saying low-carb is best, people saying exercise more (than the reasonable amount I already do!), people saying to eat low-fat, people saying wheat itself is the devil, etc. I suppose everyone is a wee bit different. The low-carbish thing I was inadvertently doing before worked, but I am afraid of that amount of fat being a permanent part of my diet, so I'm going to have to play a balancing game until I get it right I guess. Back then it was between 80-100 grams of carb, and my fat grams were around 100 or more, the percentages being something like 50% fat and 25% both protein and carb. It makes me nervous to think I may have to maintain my weight on that much fat! So I'm hoping to stick to a 40% carb/30% both fat and protein respectively, and see where that gets me. It seems reasonable on all three anyway! If not I suppose I'll have to re-re-evaluate!!
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
I'm in my mid twenties - stay at home mom on my feet all day - gym three times a week for the past year and a half, climate: good ol' backwoods New England with humid summers, and the winters are some ol wicked. And as I stated before I am very uninterested in excluding food groups. The problem is that I get plenty of exercise all the time and eat exactly how one is supposed to and my weight is going up. And I already know that weight loss is best when slow. I'm not arguing that. But it's nothing like 'slow weight loss' that's bothering me. Bring it on in fact. It would be a welcome change to the weight gain that I am experiencing now.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
I've heard the whole "starvation mode" thing before, but I certainly wasn't eating that little when the gains first started. And all my food is wicked healthy. I suppose I also forgot to mention that I usually increase my calories to 1300-1400 on days I work out. I may just have to adjust and do some trial-and-error for a while. I may try 40% carb and 30% fat and 30% protein and see if that makes any difference.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Oh, and I'm a 24 year old female, and I do 3 kickboxing classes per week, each an hour long class.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
...and I'm pretty aware of Atkins now, and I'm hesitant about the amount of fat in it.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
hmmm.. well, I am not willing to completely eliminate a food group of any sort. I want to be healthy and eat reasonable portions of a wide variety of healthy foods, and vegan diets cut out delicious healthy meats and seafoods, not to mention nutritious dairy products. My grandfather was vegan for years and it deteriorated his health significantly, and afer a stroke (probably unrelated to his eating) he realized that life is too short to be vegan, and then he remembered how much he loved cheese!! He even considered eating chicken and seafood again for their health benefits. He was too much of a bleeding-heart animal lover, so he just kept to standard vegetarian eating, but he regretted the years of vegan eating. What I want to find is a diet that works for me to get to my goal of 120 lbs and KEEP it there without eliminating a healthy food group, be it grains, meat, small garnishes of healthy fats, or diary.
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
1200 Calories and can't lose weight?
Hello! I've been a member for over a year now, and weight loss wasn't an issue for a good long time. But I started to notice the pounds creeping back on very slowly, and I continued to cut calories further and further, and now I'm down to 1200, and still gaining weight. I want to be back to 120 lbs - I felt great and looked great, but I weighed in this morning at 131.8. I took a look at my history, and discovered something interesting. I didn't realize that when I was losing weight I was inadvertently eating a really high fat diet with limited carbohydrates - in other words, an accidental Atkins sort of thing. No where near as drastic, but in order to cut calories from my meals I would forgo a bun rather than skip the cheese. Not because I was trying to go low-carb - it seems like a temporary solution to me - but because cutting buns or eating only half a sandwich was the easiest way to trim calories. The weight seemed to creep back on when I started eating more carbohydrates - without cutting the crazy amount of fat. I cut the fat from my diet, and am trying to eat the right way. The weight is still creeping back on. I even tried low-carb again a few months ago, and that made things worse, but I was still watching fat too, which I now know if very counter-productive, and frankly miserable. So here's what I'm wondering - I don't want to go low-carb as it's no way to live, but what am I doing wrong? I know everyone is a little different in how their bodies work, but I want to lose those 12 pounds AND be healthy. And that does not mean loads of fat with no grains or fiber. Any thoughts? The 50% carb/20% fat/30% protein was two weeks of no progress, and 1200 calories made 50% of carbs was SO much food, so that seems way off too, considering how much that would be on a typical 2,000 cal diet. Oh, and just so I answer this right off the bat, my carbohydrates are all whole grains - like, I don't even settle for part-wheat stuff, just 100%. And I make my own 100% whole wheat baked products at home as a hobby, so I know exactly what goes into them. (low-fat whole wheat pancakes, muffins, scones, biscuits, etc. and I eat them -of course- in moderation!)
by Nightshade03 (submitted a year ago)
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