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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Check the Thyroid

     I've been lurking on this board for a while.  I'm a 32 year old woman and I used to be obese. Why did I lurk here? Well, I was so convinced that I was unloveable as a fat woman that this board was a good reminder of that and it fueled my self-loathing that kept me motivated.  Thing is - I was never lazy and I never stuffed my face with junk food.   I used to wake up at 4:30 am, go to the gym for an hour before work, go to the gym again after work for at least another hour, and keep my calories around 1300-1400.  I tracked every single calorie - and most were from healthy foods. I ran half marathons, biked constantly, etc.  And I was always over 200 pounds. 

I was also chronically exhausted - so exhausted that I couldn't even be bothered to clean up my home properly. If I went out with my friends I would have to leave early and be in bed by 11pm.

Meanwhile, my doctors kept insisting that nothing was wrong with me except laziness and overeating and I was in denial.  But the standards for diagnosing thyroid disease vary really, really widely and you have to find a doctor who is aware of the full range of tests and the new standards for diagnosing. I finally, demanded a full thyroid panel and found a doctor who diagnosed me in 2 minutes looking at the bloodwork.  Starting on the right medication has been a godsend - I've already dropped 20 pounds and my energy is back and I'm losing the rest.

I'm telling you guys this because I know you want to believe your spouses are just lazy and disgusting pigs - but some of them really, truly might have thyroid problems.  The depression, apathy, laziness, malaise, and weight gain are all symptoms of that.  

I know you guys are a nasty bunch and I know you'll probably slam me for this.  But I am truly hoping that maybe my experience can help someone else.  You need to insist that the doctor run a full thyroid panel - TSH, T4, Free T4, T3, Free T3 and TPO-AB, among others.  Know what numbers to look for.  A TSH over 3 (some even say 2) can be indicative of subclinical hypothyroidism.  

I never used my disease as an excuse - I blamed myself for not trying hard enough. But the truth is that I was very sick.  

Maybe this will help someone here who is banging their head against a wall. 

     posted by      Katie on the My Fat Spouse Forum

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