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What are the symptoms of thyroid problems, and what works to correct them?

Asked by GoPhillies (162points) May 18th, 2009

My manager and I have been trying to lose weight, and she was recently took a blood test to find out if everything checked out with her body. She was eating well and working out hard, but still not losing weight. She had come to find out through the bloos test that her thyroid was off. Since then she has been droping weight like its her job. I am a 5“8 male and currently weight about 185lbs. I want to lose those last 10–15lbs, but is seems that with all the workout an nurition I can not drop that weight. I have seem to became that person that walks past the bakery gains a pound.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

For me, my symptoms include:
*Cold Feet & Cold Hands
* puffed under eyes
*general sluggishness
*Leg Swelling

For others, more symptoms are listed here

My guess (as I’m not an MD, nor can I see you or your medical chart via the Net) for your last 10–15lb weight loss issue is being caused either by a plateau, or you have NOT changed your routine for your “new” weight.

It’s time to cut calories further, and/or work out more. Change/tweak your workout to utilize as many muscles as you can, eat more veggies, more lean protein…etc

kevbo's avatar

A thyroid-related inability to lose weight would indicate an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism. The primary medical treatment for underactive thyroid is prescription of artificial thyroid hormone, the dosing of which is titrated (via follow up blood tests) to ensure that the presence of thyroid hormone in the blood is at a “normal” range. Usually, the dose (generally, a pill) is taken daily for life, and is checked about once a year to determine whether any up or down adjustment is required. Generally, hypothyroid patients need less of the hormone as they age.

So, the first step for you would be to have a blood test done to determine whether the hormones produced by your thyroid (T4, T3) as well as your thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) are within normal limits. The second step would be to get your dose stabilized by taking the dose regularly and then following up with another blood test. A third step might be reading this book or something similar and applying the information.

If you don’t have abnormal blood test results, then I would venture to guess your problem (and the solution) lies elsewhere.

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Thank you so much folks.

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