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I have been officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism, after my TSH levels were at 13. My doctor says that my recent weight gain is primarily due to my thyroid, which makes sense because I haven’t changed my eating habits at all. In the last two weeks alone, I’ve put on 6 pounds and I’ve gained a total of 15 in the past month, which is crazy. (For a total of 35.) Even in my binging days I would gain no more than 3-5 a month. He says that my weight should go down with the medication and to get blood work done in 3 months. My stomach is bloated from water retention (which I’ve heard thyroid issues cause water retention in the body.) and I generally feel sluggish.

On a more positive note, I also saw my psychiatrist today as well and even though I’m on the lowest dose of my medication, she says that I can half it since she supports me weaning off the medication. I told her at my previous appointment that my therapist of 3 years (who knows everything about my life.) said I don’t have bipolar disorder, and that my symptoms were just a result of extreme stress and a lack of sleep and that I have no diagnosis. She said that a lot of people fit the DSM-5 for multiple disorders, but “that doesn’t mean that you have a full-blown mental illness.” I trust her judgment more than I trust the doctor who saw me for only two days before giving me a diagnosis. My therapist even said that teenagers have poor emotional regulation skills that they would have to learn as they get older and that anyone in my shoes would have been mislabeled and misdiagnosed.

My psychiatrist has also noted that I haven’t shown any symptoms at all since, (and that my environment was the “perfect storm” for symptoms mimicking illnesses.) and that she has another patient with a similar background and the same diagnosis who is also trying to wean off the medication. I mentioned that it wasn’t like I had an amazing upbringing and that everything was fine and dandy and I started acting out—“I had my driver’s license for a year and still my dad would take my car key with him to work, not let me drive, and park his other car in front of mine. Is it really any wonder why I was so anxious all the time and upset? Anyone would be.” 

Anyway, I was wondering two things: for people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, how long would it take for your weight to become stable, and eventually it lead to weight loss? 

And second: How long would it take to wean off medication for mental health? 

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8 hours ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

 And second: How long would it take to wean off medication for mental health? 

How long have you been on it for? As it depends on duration of use. 

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2 hours ago, pyaro said:

How long have you been on it for? As it depends on duration of use. 

I’ve been on the lowest dose for 4 years.

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11 hours ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

Anyway, I was wondering two things: for people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, how long would it take for your weight to become stable, and eventually it lead to weight loss? 

You will go up and down in weight as your doctor finds the right dosage for you, but if your dose is correct or too high, you will notice a difference pretty quickly, probably weeks. Of course it'll take time to lose it all. Be patient. 

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1 hour ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

I’ve been on the lowest dose for 4 years.

Also depends on the type of antidepressant. Some have longer half life than others

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On 5/31/2019 at 9:01 PM, Islandsandmirrors said:

Anyway, I was wondering two things: for people who have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, how long would it take for your weight to become stable, and eventually it lead to weight loss? 

And second: How long would it take to wean off medication for mental health? 

1) When thyroxine therapy is initiated for hypothyroidism the TSH levels should be measured every 4-8 weeks and the dose adjusted in response until target level is achieved. Once the target TSH has been achieved, the doctor should measure the TSH at 3 and 6 months and then annually thereafter (unless of course you become symptomatic again).

2) As others have stated, it mostly depends on the dose and class of drug that you're on.

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On 6/1/2019 at 7:01 AM, Islandsandmirrors said:

I have been officially diagnosed with hypothyroidism, after my TSH levels were at 13.

Just wondering, did you get the T3 level test done as well? How was it?

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2 hours ago, Darth Vader said:

Just wondering, did you get the T3 level test done as well? How was it?

I believe it was still within the normal range. 

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2 hours ago, Darth Vader said:

Okay can I please ask what symptoms you suffered to get your thyroid tests done in the beginning, if any?

Well, I had my annual checkup, which included a blood draw for TSH levels, and it was high back in November. Had to cancel several appointments so a re-test was postponed but during this time, I had very noticeable symptoms.

My symptoms:

- flaky, chronically dry skin that would crack and bleed

- hives

- brain fog

- general lack of energy all day, everyday/fatigue

- weight gain (The most obvious sign since I’ve always been thin.)

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1 hour ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

Well, I had my annual checkup, which included a blood draw for TSH levels, and it was high back in November. Had to cancel several appointments so a re-test was postponed but during this time, I had very noticeable symptoms.

My symptoms:

- flaky, chronically dry skin that would crack and bleed

- hives

- brain fog

- general lack of energy all day, everyday/fatigue

- weight gain (The most obvious sign since I’ve always been thin.)

Sorry to read this. I hope you get well soon sister. Sorry I have asked so many Q's. Thank you for answering. I have one last question, do you feel better with medication? Is your fatigue and brain fog problem reduced? I read the word depression in the thread somewhere. I hope you are only getting better and better. Are you? I also hope your tests were thorough and ruled out other things like diabetes. Some times there is a complication which is overlooked and sometimes there is a false alarm (which is why I asked about T3, a doctor told me that T3 (or was it T4?) level is most important to determine if medication is needed). To be honest I am asking these questions because sometimes my own random medical test results sometimes become abnormal and then I worry, ask around getting second opinions to be sure and scour google to learn as well.

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19 hours ago, Darth Vader said:

To be honest I am asking these questions because sometimes my own random medical test results sometimes become abnormal and then I worry, ask around getting second opinions to be sure and scour google to learn as well.

It's very important to bear in mind that the predictive value of tests declines when they're not done on the appropriate patients. Randomly testing people for diseases that they're not at risk for leads to false positives, for example.

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I heard from someone that had experience with it that you should see results fairly quickly. 

As for your second question, I think for everyone it'd be different. But if you try to wean off of it and you see negative results, let your doctor know as soon as you can.

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