Hypothyroidism – My Follow Up!

Two months ago I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism – which came as both a relief and shock all at the same time. Shock at the fact that I had something wrong with me, yet relief because I finally had a reason as to why I was not only feeling so low but also putting on weight. (you can read about it here)

The endocrinologist prescribed me a generic levothyroxine medication which I was to take everyday for two months and then come in for a check-up! Well, I had my check-up today and I am so pleased with the results!

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My TSH level has come down dramatically from 9.85 to 3.73 μUI/ml. Basically this means I am well within the healthy range of where my TSH level should be (0.35 – 5.50 μUI/ml). In other words, the medication is working!

Although I’m happy with the results, I am not surprised. I have definitely felt a ‘shift’ in my body, especially in the last three weeks. Mentally I am far happier, I feel more alert and less lethargic than I was just a few weeks ago. But the most telling sign for me, is my weight. I have gone down 3.5kg.

As I never really trust scales – I also measured myself when I first started the medication. I thought it would be interesting to see if there was a difference. Here are the results

Weight & Measurements 27th January 2015 31st March 2015 TOTAL Loss
Weight 68 kg (150 lbs) 64.4 KG (142 lbs) 3.5 kg
Waist 82 cm (32 in) 77 cm (30 in) 5 cm
Belly Button 88 cm (35 in) 84 cm (33 in) 4 cm
Abdominal 93 cm (37 in) 88 cm (35 in) 5 cm

This is quite a big difference, especially when you take into consideration that apart from taking the medication I have done nothing actively to lose weight. In fact, apart from continuing to eat a healthy diet (LCHF of course) I haven’t done any exercise for the last four weeks due to a muscle injury I have sustained.

I came back from the doctors today feeling happy and positive. The doctor would like to see my TSH levels drop a little more, so I will be going back for another check-up in two months and I would be interested to see if there will be any more changes both physically and mentally. But right now, I feel so positive.

As always the point of sharing this story – is to hopefully offer some encouragement! For those of you who are doing everything right on LCHF yet are not seeing any results or worse still, your weight is increasing and you feel low- there could be an underlying problem that is outside of your control. Go see your doctor it could make such a difference in your life.