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Old 05-16-13, 05:26 AM   #1
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Hypothyroidism

Just wondering if anyone here suffers from this and is on medication for it (synthroid) and if so how does / did it affect you, cycling and weight loss/gain.
I was just diagnosed with this disorder a couple of weeks ago and just started on synthroid a little over a week ago and already seem to notice a little difference in the way I feel, I already feel like I have more energy than I have had in years, I feel less fatigued during the course of the day at work. I haven't noticed any difference is my weight yet, but I figure it's too soon for that. I was told by my doctor that it affects more women than men and that it really affects the body's metabolism and that it may make it a little easier to lose some weight.

Thanks for any feedback.

Well it's been about three weeks on the drug now and I must say the difference is pretty incredible, I have more energy than I have had in years, I don't feel as tired throughout the work day and I have lost about 4 or 5 pounds so far, probably because my appetite seems to be lower. So I guess the proper diagnosis and the drug are a good thing for me.

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Armour Thyroid is much better and yes it controls your body temp, aches and pains, skin condition, the quality of sleeping, and brain fog.
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I've been on levothyroid for about 15 years now.
I was diagnosed by a fluke (they were testing everyone that month)
I honestly didn't know how bad I felt until I got on meds and started to feel better.
For me losing weight was still more difficult than it seemed for other people, but it turned out I also had some other autoimmune disorders. Getting on a diet tailored towards those has really helped. Like they say, you can't out exercise a bad diet!
I wasn't cycling when I was first diagnosed but can tell you I was so exhausted that I called in sick to work every 2 weeks like clockwork because I couldn't get out of bed. I think it was a cycle, I'd sleep all day and be okay for about 2 weeks before I was that exhausted again. At the time I didn't realize it was anything beyond life at the time (new house=longer commute=longer days, father diagnosed with lung cancer, recently moved from the midwest to the southwest desert=dry skin/losing hair).
Be good about taking your meds. Take them on an empty stomach. Avoid Soy! It interferes with the bodies ability to absorb the medicine. Also don't take iron or calcium supplements within 4hrs of taking the meds for the same reason. I've also heard that it is better to take them in the morning, not sure why.
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I've been on levothyroid for about 15 years now.
I was diagnosed by a fluke (they were testing everyone that month)
I honestly didn't know how bad I felt until I got on meds and started to feel better.
For me losing weight was still more difficult than it seemed for other people, but it turned out I also had some other autoimmune disorders. Getting on a diet tailored towards those has really helped. Like they say, you can't out exercise a bad diet!
I wasn't cycling when I was first diagnosed but can tell you I was so exhausted that I called in sick to work every 2 weeks like clockwork because I couldn't get out of bed. I think it was a cycle, I'd sleep all day and be okay for about 2 weeks before I was that exhausted again. At the time I didn't realize it was anything beyond life at the time (new house=longer commute=longer days, father diagnosed with lung cancer, recently moved from the midwest to the southwest desert=dry skin/losing hair).
Be good about taking your meds. Take them on an empty stomach. Avoid Soy! It interferes with the bodies ability to absorb the medicine. Also don't take iron or calcium supplements within 4hrs of taking the meds for the same reason. I've also heard that it is better to take them in the morning, not sure why.
Well I was diagnosed when I went to a primary care physican for the first time on 20+ years, I turn 41 this year and know that this is the age when people sometimes start having health issues due to aging, when I was in my 20's and 30's I thought I was indestructable and never went to a doctor. Well he ordered a battery of blood test due to family history of a few chronic illnesses. Well turn out I don't have any signs of those, but do have the thyroid issue. So far I have been taking it when I wake up in the middle of the night at like 2 or 3 am, seems to be okay. One other weird effect it seems to be having on me is appetiate suppression, I used to be a serial snacker, now I don't feel the need for that mid morning, afternoon and evening snack.
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i was born with hypothyroidism and have been on medication since then. i'm almost 32.
as i've grown older i feel much more tired more often, but the doctors say my dosage is still ok. i've always taken my pill at night before bed - maybe i should start taking it in the morning.

i've always been short (thanks mom) and skinny, and the medication does help control my weight a bit - though as becoming a middle aged guy i'm starting to put on weight around the middle.
but thyroid disease does mess with your temperature feelings for sure - i always feel a few degrees hotter or colder than my friends.

long story short, i've never had it affect my cycling.

it was fun in college though, because i could metabolize alcohol a lot faster than my friends, so i killed at beer pong lol
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My dog's on synthroid. I don't mean to make fun of your condition, but she was transformed in about two doses. She was 7 years old, had gained weight, wasn't eating and didn't have any energy at all. We thought she was just aging, but a blood test revealed the problem and the change was amazing.
Bonus: She lost 20 percent of her body weight, regrew a thick, luxurious coat and it costs $18 a month from the most expensive vet in town.
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Yes, a few years ago, my TSH rose above 4, and Dr. prescribed Synthroid generic and more tests. Have autoimmune thyroid disease. From my reading, I believe Synthroid treatment is better than nothing but Armour may be the best available replacement. Armour - dessicated pig thyroid - was the only hormone replacement available from its commercialization around 1920 (?) to the synthetic patented stuff coming on the market in the early '60s. Finding a Dr. who will prescribe it is difficult today, because of longstanding pharma indoctrination that synthetic is better. Getting the right dose is also not easy and a moving target for many of us, and what is a right dose is controversial. Armour, dessicated pig thyroid, has a full array of thyroid hormones including the most active ones. May not be as safe in overdose as Synthroid. But for a subset of thyroid patients, the Synthroid is just not as good.

There is an epidemic of this disease today. Synthroid is one of, if not the most prescribed pharmaceuticals. The epidemic may be connected to the industrial chemicals we all unwittingly absorb. Triclosan and fluoride are two that I'm aware of that are implicated. Fluoride intake is excessive today. It's added to the potable water supply of many larger systems, and food processors that use this water end up adding it to the food they produce. Also, fluoride-containing pesticides are heavily used on grapes and leafy greens. The pesticide industry wrote the regulations on these pesticides, essentially as a by-product of their instructions for use. Safe consumption levels are not known or considered. Most teas are naturally high in fluoride; the tea plant takes fluoride from the soil and concentrates it in the leaves. Fluoride has been used as a pharmaceutical to kill overactive thyroid. Fluoride is also the cause of an arthritis-like condition that probably would often be misdiagnosed as arthritis. ( Edit: see http://www.fluoridealert.org/ ) And then there is gluten sensitivity. In this proposed scenario, a 'leaky gut' leaks gluten molecules into the bloodstream, the immune system attacks them, but thyroid receptors are similar to gluten, so the immune system attacks the thyroid instead. Today's post-'green revolution' wheat has much more gluten than earlier wheat.

My own experience... I am on a relatively low dose of thyroid hormone. Dr. occasionally raises it when my TSH spikes above 4. After beginning a higher dose, my exercise tolerance improves. I was biking more miles and feeling better afterward. Haven't biked any long distances lately due to a variety of factors, hope to get a long ride in soon. Been a while since my Synthroid was raised. We'll see. Tried strict gluten-free for a while & felt better, but maybe it's just that I needed to eat less. Too hard to maintain strict gluten-free, but I still avoid it -- don't buy loaves of bread any more. Have a fluoride filter for my drinking water, drink less beer (made with fluoride water) than before, buying organic greens when possible, not eating conventional grapes or raisins (wine also is high in F-) any more, no tea.

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My wife is on Amour. It helped tremendously, but took some lengthy experimentation to get the dose dialed.
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I've been on Levoxyl for 20 years. Found it on random blood test because I was having strange pains. The pains stopped almost immediately. Increased energy. At the time, I could drop weight pretty easily (after the drug).....now....not so easy.

I've never really researched the diet stuff duffer referenced. I will look into it.
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Just wondering if anyone here suffers from this and is on medication for it (synthroid) and if so how does / did it affect you, cycling and weight loss/gain.
I was just diagnosed with this disorder a couple of weeks ago and just started on synthroid a little over a week ago and already seem to notice a little difference in the way I feel, I already feel like I have more energy than I have had in years, I feel less fatigued during the course of the day at work. I haven't noticed any difference is my weight yet, but I figure it's too soon for that. I was told by my doctor that it affects more women than men and that it really affects the body's metabolism and that it may make it a little easier to lose some weight.

Thanks for any feedback.
Yes. Like Duffer, I have the autoimmune condition (sometimes known as Hashimoto's thyroiditis), along with a couple other autoimmune conditions. It runs in my family (all the women have it), and it's managed with Synthroid. I'm definitely better off taking Synthroid, although it took several visits to my endocrinologist to settle on a dosing.

I've gained weight since I started on it, but I think that's just general aging (it's been about 15 years) and lower activity level. I'm 6-foot-4, so 225 pounds is a little heavier than ideal. It sure makes going downhill fun!
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I have been on synthroid for over 5 years. I got the condition from radiation treatment for cancer at the base of my tongue. The drug has helped with my energy and temperature regulation ( I had become sensitive to cold before the synthroid was prescribed). You should do fine - but it is all about getting the dose dialed in.
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