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Thyroid/Adrenal?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2013 at 3:30 PM

I just wanted to see if anyone could take a guess at what is going on with my body because I feel like I have hit a wall.

About 6 years ago (When I was 33) I lost 150 pounds in about 3 months. At that time I lost a lot of hair but I had my thyroid tested and it was normal. I went on birth control pills and gained about 60 pounds back and everything seemed okay again.

About 4 years ago I went off the birth control pills, and lost 40 pounds of the 60 I had gained. I also became a high raw vegan and started distance running. I started losing hair again and started getting cystic acne.

I started CrossFit 3 years ago. About 8 months into it I just ran myself straight into the ground and had to stop for a few months and went off the vegan diet. When I started again I have found that I have a lot of trouble recovering. I feel depressed, anxious, can't concentrate at work, don't sleep well, feel tired all the time, etc.

It's unpredictable what will make me feel that way. Sometimes I can go for a week without it happening. Sometimes one heavy strength day will do it, sometimes a long WOD will do it.

I have experimented with going strict Paleo several times. Each time I become even more lethargic, start losing hair again, feel depressed.

In general I eat a lot of whole foods any way which ends up being lower calorie than I imagined when I started tracking it. I never skip periods but they do move around depending on how hard I am training or what diet I am experimenting with.

Does this sound like I have damaged my thyroid or adrenal glands? Or maybe I am still metabolically deranged from being so overweight?

8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

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on June 12, 2013
at 07:35 PM

Make sure that thyroid panel includes testing for anti-bodies. What my Dr considers a panel is TSH, RT4. I had to talk her into the rest (FT3 and reverse 3) and then she still didn't test for antibodies. She said there was no reason to. Yet I have Hashimoto's. Treating the gut...not the thyroid!

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:35 PM

lol wow, I'm sure! No wonder your thyroid may be a wee bit sluggish :) That's something doctors don't tell you when they suggest low carb diets with weight loss pills that make you feel like you're shaking on the inside. I haven't tried it, but I've heard good things!

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on June 12, 2013
at 04:24 PM

Have you tried any progesterone creams like this? http://www.beeyoutiful.com/beeyoutiful-balance.html I didn't lose it in a healthy way, really. I knocked down my calories to under 1200 a day. Ate every 3 hours, not over 30 carbs per meal/snack. If I hadn't eaten by 8pm I didn't eat. Started exercising everyday but using caffeine since I didn't have any energy! I could barely form a coherent thought but it sure did come off fast! lol

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:22 PM

I would just tell them that you want a full thyroid panel, and also get your sex hormones checked to see if your progesterone is low, estrogen high, etc. If your thyroid is sluggish, but your tests say "normal", there are lots of nutrients and vitamins that can help instead of synthroid for hypothyroid. That stuff makes you feel HORRIBLE. Keep it natural. :) Do you have a holistic doc around there? They would be best for the natural way.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:18 PM

I understand 10000%. I work out probably too much now but when I feel tired, I take the day off and wait until I feel good the next day. 3 days on, one day off makes me feel great when I go from strength training to cardio/metabolic. Strength training is great for hormone balance, too! Stay away from soy :) Keep the mindset and remember how far you've come, listen to your body and you can't go wrong. Good luck to you! btw, how did you lose SOO much in such a short period of time!?

B9520f8bd8f80fdde2f45c7a76fe0a76

on June 12, 2013
at 04:03 PM

At the time I ate tofu, tempeh and used soy aminos. I did notice I seemed to react to flax seeds and maca. I felt worse instead of better. I was actually thinking of trying maca again, though, to see if I just have a hormone issue that could be balanced. Thank you for the message! I really do think I need to back off the exercise but I am afraid of gaining weight again and I'm not sure I can stay motivated if I'm not doing something competitive. Very frustrating! :)

B9520f8bd8f80fdde2f45c7a76fe0a76

on June 12, 2013
at 03:58 PM

At the time my doctor just said, "It's normal" and I didn't know to ask what the numbers were or what kind of test it was. I want to ask to have it tested when I go for my yearly exam next month. Do you have suggestions of what I should specifically ask for? Thanks!

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 03:51 PM

BTW when you say vegan, did you eat a lot of soy? If so, and you're hormonally sensitive, the soy will actually make you produce more estrogen in turn, hormonal imbalance again.

8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

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on June 12, 2013
at 03:38 PM

Which thyroid test did you do? Did you get a TPO antibody test? All my thyroid tests came back "normal" until I tested for antibodies. I've heard that CF will drive people straight to adrenal fatigue.

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5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 03:49 PM

Hey there, we should be best friends(haha). I JUST went through/am still going through this bought of issues... adrenal issues, thyroid, and hormone imbalance. I went to 4 different doctors, one that took me off my my thyroid medicine (apparently I never needed it) and my birth control, and I've also started to lose weight and now my anxiety has halted a LOT. I realized as well with all of this, that I'm gluten sensitive, so if I eat anything with gluten (or even take vitamins) that my body basically hates me and I get SO tired, and almost... angry? I don't think you've messed up your thyroid per se, but when you go off an on birth control, your body doesn't really "remember" how to produce enough progesterone on it's own, causing a lower thyroid (hair loss, tired but not dreadfully tired, etc.) and it essentially has to pick back up on it's own. Over exhaustion can cause this, too. I myself, am recovering from adrenal fatigue. When I found out that it was my adrenals, it was 5 months after CRIPPLING anxiety that I've never had before in my life, weird mood swings, extreme exhaustion, etc. I'll tell you what has helped me, even though we're all different: -Going to bed at the same time every night, about 10-11pm -Eating plenty of fruits and veggies, don't even THINK about junk food (it worsens anxiety) -Exercise, but don't overdo it! Maybe 4 days a week -REST... it's hard for a busy body, but find time to just chill out -Yoga -B Vitamins have been a LIFE saver since they help restore your body after physical stress and your nervous system -No caffiene, it wears out your adrenals (no Gatorade also) -Paleo is a great idea, but do what's best for YOUR body, which so happens that Paleo has been the best for mine, but if you need dairy for that boost, eat some dairy. Your weight loss is amazing, btw. keep up the good work, but stress less! :) If you need any moral support, feel free to msg me-- I've never met anyone with the same issue that I'm dealing with so if I can help in any way, I would love to!

B9520f8bd8f80fdde2f45c7a76fe0a76

on June 12, 2013
at 04:24 PM

Have you tried any progesterone creams like this? http://www.beeyoutiful.com/beeyoutiful-balance.html I didn't lose it in a healthy way, really. I knocked down my calories to under 1200 a day. Ate every 3 hours, not over 30 carbs per meal/snack. If I hadn't eaten by 8pm I didn't eat. Started exercising everyday but using caffeine since I didn't have any energy! I could barely form a coherent thought but it sure did come off fast! lol

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 03:51 PM

BTW when you say vegan, did you eat a lot of soy? If so, and you're hormonally sensitive, the soy will actually make you produce more estrogen in turn, hormonal imbalance again.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:18 PM

I understand 10000%. I work out probably too much now but when I feel tired, I take the day off and wait until I feel good the next day. 3 days on, one day off makes me feel great when I go from strength training to cardio/metabolic. Strength training is great for hormone balance, too! Stay away from soy :) Keep the mindset and remember how far you've come, listen to your body and you can't go wrong. Good luck to you! btw, how did you lose SOO much in such a short period of time!?

B9520f8bd8f80fdde2f45c7a76fe0a76

on June 12, 2013
at 04:03 PM

At the time I ate tofu, tempeh and used soy aminos. I did notice I seemed to react to flax seeds and maca. I felt worse instead of better. I was actually thinking of trying maca again, though, to see if I just have a hormone issue that could be balanced. Thank you for the message! I really do think I need to back off the exercise but I am afraid of gaining weight again and I'm not sure I can stay motivated if I'm not doing something competitive. Very frustrating! :)

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 12, 2013
at 04:35 PM

lol wow, I'm sure! No wonder your thyroid may be a wee bit sluggish :) That's something doctors don't tell you when they suggest low carb diets with weight loss pills that make you feel like you're shaking on the inside. I haven't tried it, but I've heard good things!

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(115)

on June 26, 2013
at 08:58 AM

sounds like adrenal fatigue, have you had 4 point cortisol salive test?

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