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Hypothyroid, continuous weight gain, on elthroxine. Curable?

hi myself salma , from kampala , uganda .i have thyroid since a1 yr now and its hypothyroid thats what the doctors say . my weight has increased to 15 kg in a month which means it is 83 right now . i have 14 months baby boy delivered in march 2012 and in july 2012 i was detacted as having thyroid . right now i m taking 50 mg elthroxine but the weight is not reducing . so is it curable and can i lose weight
Asked On : Thu, 14 Jun 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi salma, you mention that you had thyroid since 1 year ,that is before the baby was born. If you are hypothyroid you need to get your thyroid profile including freeT3 &T4 TSH. Depending on these levels the dose of elthroxine needs to be adjusted. If required then you may need to get your thyroid antibody levels also done at a later date. Your weight gain could be due to hypothyroidism or may also due not being able to shed the weight gained during pregnency. You need to excersise and go on a strict diet regime where you should avoid high calorie food and instead opt for salads, and high fiber fruits and vegetable. Overweight condition is totally treatable only you need to be firm with your diet and follow some sort of exercise routinely. Do not binge and do not dispair, get the optimum treatment for your hypothyroidism and nothig can keep you fat for long. Take care and be happy.
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Pulmonologist Dr. Shashi Dangwal's  Response
You are suffering from hypothyroidism. Since you are continuing to gain weight despite treatment, it`s apparent that the dosing is inadequate. You need to go back to your endocrinologist who will adjust the dosage of eltroxin based on your symptoms and your thyroid hormone levels. Hypothyroidism can be controlled with medicine which have to be taken life long under doctor`s supervision. However you must get thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies test done because if your condition is because of thyroiditis it may improve with the course of time.
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