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I wonder why it has taken so long to identify thyroid disease

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Well after 3 1/2 years of on & off blood tests by my old surgery I've just been retested for thyroid problems and the blood test came back as overactive. Thing is the previous tests I was always told that I was fluctuating (as shown by my blood tests) between normal and underactive! So how can I suddenly be overactive!?


It's all so confusing! There's loads of information out there for the 2 conditions and the 1 thing I am confused by is that overactive = can't gain weight, and underactive = does gain weight! I have gained almost 4 stone in about 4 years (the first time I had gained it very quickly - went up a dress size in about 3-4 weeks just suddenly, then about 4-5 months later another dress size now I'm borderline the next dress size up again which I refuse to buy so I'm on a serious clothes shortage!). So whereabouts does weight gain fit in with an overactive thyroid!?


I have read that an increase in appetite can cause an overactive person to gain weight, however I don't have an increased appetite! I can go a whole day without eating until dinner at night, others I have a set 3 meals, or can just have small snacks. I don't stuff with fatty things and my diet has not changed in the last 9 years really. But if anything I eat more salmon and less chocolatey things (as we used to be on low income as a student).


I can't stand being so disgustingly fat, but I've no confidence to exercise, not to mention my lack of energy. Yesterday I walked to the top of my lane (maybe only 50m steep hill I felt exhausted by the time I got to the top, and waited a minute or 2 at the top before I walked to my local village, where I got even more tired. Then I got a bus to the city centre and I kept drifting off to sleep on it, but it was only midday! I don't feel like this every day. I feel tired very easily all the time, but some days are worse than others.


Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the Dr is going to do something about my thyroid it's only taken almost 4 years!!! So I'm grateful to be at a good health centre, it's just that I am concerned the drugs they will put me on will make my weight gain even more dramatic which I couldn't bare of having to deal with! I used to think myself really fat when I was 3 dress sizes smaller - so if I got bigger now...!!


This stupid thyroid problem is so depressing! My last surgery told me I was just stressed because I was a student (undergraduate) as the explanation for my hair loss - yet being pregnant while studying my MSc & writing a MSc dissertation is pretty damn stressful yet I lost not hair while pregnant and my weight went down a little in the first trimester (with no morning sickness)!! Yet after having my baby everything starts back up again! Therefore obviously hormone-related issue! Some Dr's are lazy!


I'm just so glad after so long that someone is finally going to help fix me... whether or not I take these drugs is another matter (all depends on my weight).


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