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  • Anonymous
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      Hi Connie,
      I can tell you that you are not alone in the weight gain department.
      Jake and I have seen numerous people who gain weight when hyper instead of losing it. I am sorry I can’t answer why that is. Must be an individual thing. We have several people in our local graves support chapter that gained 20 pounds or more.
      Sorry I couldn’t be of more assistance to you.

      Regards,
      JAN

      Anonymous
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        I’ve gained about about 25-30 lbs over the last 5 years – I’ve attributed 10 lbs to “post-newlywed syndrome” and the rest to Graves’ disease. My endocrinologist hypothesized that although my thyroid was VERY hyperactive when I was diagnosed w/ Graves, my increased appetite overtook my high metabolism and allowed me to gain weight – despite the “standard” symptom of unexplained weight loss. I don’t necessarily agree with this hypothesis but in light of all of my other symptoms, I felt the weight gain was the least of my worries. I just wanted the blurred vision, nausea, dizziness, irritability, heart palp’s, heat intolerance, and insomnia alternating with extreme fatigue to go away.

        Other than the weight gain/loss issue, to some extent I had all of the other “standard” signs & symptoms listed for an overactive thyroid in the pamphlets the endocrinologist gave me…plus a few more I haven’t mentioned.

        While anti-thyroid med plus a beta blocker relieved me of some of my symptoms, I developed others (discuss this possibility with your doctor) that are on the “standard” hypothyroid signs & symptoms list that I’ve seen. So there have been many occasions that I have questioned my hyper-/hypo- status. But regular blood tests up until my second RAI treatment (a month ago) still indicated hyperthyroidism and Graves’ disease.

        I guess my point is that you’re not alone (as others have posted), that we’re all different (also repeatedly posted) and that while signs & symptoms can lead a doctor TOWARDS a diagnosis, testing (e.g., blood tests) should be done to CONFIRM/refute a diagnosis and to determine the extent of the diagnosis and progress of treatment.

        Hope this is helpful, I’ve never posted on a BB before.
        tj

        Anonymous
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          I have just been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I have the shakiness, quick pulse, can’t sleep. My doctor tells me that my thyroid gland is working overttime and producing a ton of hormone. Why then have I been gaining huge amounts of weight, I thought that was a symptom of low thyroid and high thyroid symptoms was loss of weight. Please someone explain this. Is my Dr. misdiagnosing me or what?

          Anonymous
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            are you eating more because of increased appetite?

            Anonymous
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              I, too, gained much weight after being diagnosed with Grave’s disease. At first, I thought it was the medication. I have read (many times) that some do gain weight, although most lose it. I was not a lucky one.

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