AnonymousJanuary 16, 1997 at 10:25 pmPost count: 93172
Dear Catherine, It isn’t the tapazole that makes you gain weight. While hyper you can burn up alot of fat and calories. As Tapazole brings your hormone levels down you don’t use all the calories, reduce them and you will do fine. besides, as levels come down so will your appetite. Make all food count as good nutrition or else a sure fire treat. Good luck. jeannetteAnonymousJanuary 16, 1997 at 11:29 pmPost count: 93172
I put on 17 lbs while I was hyper. I suspected my thyroid was overactive
in October–fast heart rate, hot, hungry. I ate 4 bags of M&M’s a day
and sometimes a half box of cereal after dinner. I didn’t start gaining
weight until December. By Feb., I had gained 17 lbs, so I knew I wasn’t
hyper. Well, I almost passed out after taking a walk and a co-worker suggested
I get to a doctor. I did, was diagnosed, and I had gained weight from being
Interesting, when I take Tapazole I lose weight. It’s like a weird diet pill.
I have no appetite, paticularly when my dosage is too high.
Linda T.AnonymousJanuary 17, 1997 at 1:31 amPost count: 93172
Hi I’m hypo right now and cannot gain weight! I have to get tested on monday
to see if I’m back to normal, I think GD affects everyone differently
no matter what I eat no weight goes on, and when I go hyper, and I do
sometimes, just like a roller coaster! it’s pretty scary stuff.people
always think your healthy when you have a little extra weight on!
Shannon:.)AnonymousJanuary 17, 1997 at 8:47 amPost count: 93172
Thanks for your words of wisdom. I really needed someone
to calm me down with this weight thing. I need to forget about it
and just eat good like I used to beore hyper. I know what to do, I just
have to do it. I feel so out of control, like I am gonig to gain 50 lbs.
I will start thinking positive right now and not worry myself to death
about weight gain. Thanks for your support. CatherineAnonymousJanuary 17, 1997 at 7:43 pmPost count: 93172
I wish I could experience some of this weight LOSS from Grave’s and the
tapazole. I’m not. Just a weight GAIN and always wanting to eat. I think
there is a misconception that goes along with being hyper (you should be
thin). Are there different degrees of Graves or do some people just
experience it differently. – thanks, JanAnonymousJanuary 18, 1997 at 6:14 pmPost count: 93172
Several years ago I was told that I had GD and was given very little info on the subject.
I took the pills for 18 months then went off them. I haven’t taken any medication for
8 months now a feel pretty good. Blood test show acceptable levels at present.Please tell me what
I should expect next as I understand that GD will never just go away.I gained 45 pounds while I was hyper
Can I expect to gain more now?Will my eyes get worst? Any info will be appreciated.AnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 4:03 amPost count: 93172
Anyone gaining weight PLEASE send it this way! My friends are saying that I could hide behind a street lamp pole. I’m trying to increase the amount of healthy fat in my diet, but since I’m still having a hard time eating, I don’t know what to eat. I’m losing about 2 or 3 pounds a week. Since October, I’ve lost 20 pounds. I didn’t know I had that weight to lose. I’ve always been thin, but this is ridiculous.
Oh! And you can send some of your extra snow this way, too. I haven’t seen snow since 1993, I think, when I was in college. I miss it.
Thanks, CarolineAnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 9:23 amPost count: 93172
I gained 40 lbs with very serious hyper too. Then after RAI and hypo lost 35lb. in a month and a half. Now my whole metabolism has changed and I weigh 55lb. more than I have my entire adult life. Cannot lose it!!–KendraAnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 10:32 amPost count: 93172
Hi Caroline! I wish I could Email you the 60lbs I have put on. If
I could be guranted that you would keep it, I could make a
fortune with a huge garage sale of clothes to fit all that fat,
I wore the same size for thirty years. Now I have a closet full
of every size from size 10 to 20 and all colors of nothing I can
wear because it’s all to small AGAIN!! It’s time to go shopping
again. You can have absolute delight eating lemon cream pie and
us fattys gain weight just thinking about it. Enjoy one
for us .OK! MargieAnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 11:52 amPost count: 93172
Weight control has always taken effort on my part, as I’ve always been an “easy keeper”. The changes in appetite/metabolism/fluid retention of Graves’ Disease and all the changes in thyroid levels played havoc with my normal weight, and diet and exercise habits. I really don’t know why I gained 10 pounds when hyper (and more hypo) but would gladly donate it to Caroline, too. . .Before GD, I could “listen” to what my body wanted to take in and control my weight that way, but that mechanism has been whacked out for a long time now.
I read something once that has helped me a lot, and I’d like to share it. The calories in just one soft drink a day will add ten pounds to a person’s body weight in a years’ time (if the diet otherwise is equal to calorie burn). In two years, that will mean a gain of 20 pounds, and if we want to continue in our habits, you can see the writing on the wall. Conversely, cutting out the equivalent from an otherwise adequate calorie intake will take OFF those 10 pounds in a year, and on down the road. So really, there isn’t necessarily much difference between the eating habits of a fat or a thin person. Now, add the effects of increased exercise to this (say, cut out that beer and burn up 150 calories in exercise), and we can lose 10 pounds in six months, etc.
Hope this helps someone.
Dianne NAnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 12:38 pmPost count: 93172
It seems that we are on the opposite sides of the world. I’ve gained at least 20 lbs. since October and am not enjoying the 10 in. of snow on the groung in Chicago. I shouldn’t complain, I could be living in Upper NY or Minnesota!
Good luck and I hope that you do better!
BCAnonymousJanuary 19, 1997 at 4:14 pmPost count: 93172
Weight gain problems are the worst!! Absolutely impossible to get off.
Right now my diet consists of:
Breakfast 1 or 2 cups of coffee with half n half
Lunch – Large salad of only non-starchy veggies and diet dressing
Supper – small amt of meat and 1 non starchy vegetable
The only beverages are coffee, tea (rarely), water, diet soda.
Not gaining and definitely not losing.
Where else can I cut???
This from a person who used to be able to eat 6 meals a day and weighed
46 1/2 lbs. — age 12.
Now 155 on two meals a day.
Same body — same disease.
OF course, we are all told that thyroid doesn’t affect our weight.
If anybody finds a diet that works — pass it on.AnonymousJanuary 20, 1997 at 11:12 amPost count: 93172
Hi Joan! Sorry you are having such a hard time with weight. I just
a couple of thoughts about what you are doing now, if all you are
eating is what you listed on the bb. I have heard that our metabolism
will adjust to our intake. Your intake is so low, your metabolism may
have adjusted to it. One approach is to change (increase) your meta-
bolism by excercise. It isn’t a lot of fun, but it can help. If your
dr. gives the OK, you might start building up your excercise routine.
Good luck! Barb
PS – don’t forget to eat fruit!AnonymousJanuary 20, 1997 at 11:38 amPost count: 93172
I know how alarming rapid weight loss can be as I have Crohn’s disease also and have a flare usually about twice a year – at least that has been the course for the last 20.
There are numerous high caloric drinks out there – Ensure, Sustacal, etc. I use Ensure – 350 calories in a little tiny can. Works great when you can’t tolerate solid food. It doesn’t taste that great but taste takes a back seat when you’re trying to maintain nutrients and daily caloric intake to keep from wasting away. I just keep a can going and sip on it very slowly most of the day. Since they came out with the stuff, I have been able to maintain my normal weight give or take 5 lbs. through an exacerbation. I used to drop 20 lbs without batting an eye! Weight problems whether gaining or losing is still a weight problem and can be frightening not to mention life threatening when it’s a weight loss. Hope this helps. ClaudiaAnonymousJanuary 22, 1997 at 11:02 amPost count: 93172
Hey! I have gained 65 pounds since July 1996! I thought I was the only
person who was getting fat with this disease! I know how you feel. I
am very depressed ans alone with this. Who the Hell can afford all these
new clothes?? I wish there was a magic cure. I even quit eating. No
results. My doctor won’t give my diet pills. I am even thinking about
going to the streets for a drug that will help me lose. All I can tell
you is that you just have to join an exercise club, and stick with it.
Sleeping alot doesn’t help this at all. I feel for you. I really do.
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