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      Hey Trish – I too gained weight while I was being diagnosed and it happened almost overnight. Had a weight loss and all the other symptoms and started to gain. I too gained 20 lbs from my lowest weight. the endo said I was just keeping up with the disease, i.e., if I needed 4000 calories because of being hyper, I was eating 4500 calories. I think he was right because I had a sweet tooth like crazy along with the ravenous apetite so was eating three candy bars a day. By the way, while I was there another woman came in and I was told she was hyper and her heart was so involved she was having trouble breathing, but that she had also gained weight. One thing the doctor mentioned was that it was common, and part of the reason for weight loss, that some people became nausious when they ate. I didn’t though.

      Anonymous
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        I forgot to mention. I was working at a major overnight package mailing place (I won’t mention the name, but it starts with a “U”) so during the time I continued to gain, I was also doing major physical work for at least 4 hrs every night but that didn’t stop the weight gain.

        Anonymous
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          Trish, I gained 10 pounds with the hyper part of GD, and wasn’t pigging out at all when that happened! My Free T-4 was 2.5 (0.8 1-9) at diagnosis, which isn’t THAT high, as it goes. I went MORE hyper after the RAI for six weeks, and had the shaking and sweating and a little weight loss at that time. My endo told me he sees weight gain quite frequently with GD.

          Dianne N

          Anonymous
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            Hi! I was just reading a batch of postings and couldn’t help but wonder if I am the only person that gained weight with GD? I’m not talking about after RAI, I mean when I was way off the charts hyper thyroid with the shaking hands and fast pulse, palpitations, nervousness all those fun hyper symptoms! I had them all but the eye problems and the weight loss. But I gained 20 pounds or so before I was finally diagnosed. My doctor thought it was thyroid realated, but because of the weight gain dismissed graves at first. And I didn’t have an increase in appitite. I just started putting on weight and couldn’t seem to stop it. I tried exercising more, but my resting pulse was 160 when I went in and he told me to stop until they figured out what was wrong. Anyway, I’, just wondering if anyone else had an inital gain? I have always had a problem losing weight and always been about 25 pounds over weight. Maybe I’m a rare one? Thanks, Trish

            Anonymous
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              No, I gained weight when severely hyper with Graves’, also.
              Then I gained more weight after RAI when I went hypo. I’ve
              just recently begun to feel like I’m at the right level of
              thyroid replacement, and I’ve finally been able to lose the
              weight I gained (after three years). I still get puffy
              sometimes.

              Anonymous
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                Blynn – Your post was encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

                Anonymous
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                  Hi everyone! I was just diagnosed with GD today. I’m about 20lbs
                  overweight now. Will I gain more weight or lose some? Anyone have
                  the same experience. I thought people with this were skinny? Help
                  Nancy

                  Anonymous
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                    I didn’t lose weight with Graves, I gained, after radiation I gained even more. Your body will go through so much it is hard to say what will happen.

                    Anonymous
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                      Hey Nancy!
                      It seems everyone reacts differently with the wieght thing. I was diagnosed in September, had lost about 5 lbs, went on anti-thyroid drugs, gained the 5 back, leveled out (sorta), and don’t seem to be gaining or losing now. It’s hard to predict how you will react. I would suggest visiting some of the other sites and reading as much as you can so you will have an idea of the possible range of effects. You might even want to peruse former posts on this BB and read the threads on weight. This topic does come up here fairly often. I don’t post much. I mainly read. My case, so far, is not severe, for which I am eternally thankful. A lot of the folks who post here seem to have had (and are having) a much more difficult time with this disease. Take care!

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