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649848 tn?1534633700

Sunday Weigh in October 15, 2023

Good morning - yeah, it's actually still morning!!  How is everyone this morning?  We have a nice cool-down in progress and it's a beautiful 66° outside with an awesome breeze.  It was a lovely morning for a brisk walk and my neighbor and I took advantage of it.  

It's been a busy week here.  I had an appointment with my primary care physician on Thursday.  That went much better than I'd thought it would.   He actually acknowledged that my thyroid hormone levels were too low and OFFERED an increase in my medication!!  Of course, I accepted gratefully since I've felt I needed an increase for some time.  He went over the blood tests that the NP ordered back in the spring and which she said were "no big deal" (eye roll).  He confirmed my thoughts that they are, in fact, a big deal.  He verified that I'm taking vitamin D for my deficiency (I am).  He acknowledged that my RBC was too low, diagnosed anemia and subsequently, suggested an iron supplement (the PA said RBC wasn't low enough to matter).  He also pointed out that I've gained 7 pounds since my last visit in the spring - I didn't really need that reminder, but at least he didn't just put it down to lack of exercise and/or too much food.  He acknowledged the low thyroid, along with medication(s) that can cause weight gain.  Along with increasing my thyroid medication, he agreed to change the medication for my neuropathy from the current medication (Duloxetine) that doesn't work to one I was on a couple of years ago that did work (Topiramate), but my neurologist at the time, wanted me off.   Topiramate also helped keep my weight in check.  Within a month of going off it in 2019, I'd gained approximately 20 lbs and of course, even more since then.  

I'd asked for follow up blood work to recheck the parameters that were out of range, but those were not ordered.  He has ordered them for my next visit, which will be in January.   It takes a few weeks for the thyroid increase to take full effect and it will also take some time for the Topiramate to start working, while I get off the Duloxetine, but I'm hopeful that this will be a turn in the right direction.

All that said, I climbed 4 lbs from last Sunday to Thursday when I saw the doctor, then dropped the 4 lbs back off, so we know that had to have been fluid.  Overall, I'm down 0.6 from last week, so I'll take that and hope it keeps going down over the next few weeks.

So that's my story.  How was your week?  I hope it was good and that you were able to meet your goal(s).  

~~Wishing everyone a wonderful, successful week~~

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Hi Barb I have lost 25 pounds with my weight loss group TOPs but it took me almost 2 years to get the weight off. I kept trying different things to lose weight.  Before I went to TOPs I lost 20 pounds by going cold turkey off sugar. All together I've lost 45 pounds. Lately my weight has been staying down by drinking plain green tea -Bigelow brand. Also I have been eating plain oatmeal, mixed with milk, with raisins and walnuts. I have also been eating Ceasar salads almost everyday. The fruits and vegetables that help me lose weight are carrots, broccoli, oranges and avocado.
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Oh, I remember you mentioned TOPs once before, didn't you?  Admittedly, getting off sugar can take off some weight, but most of us can't stay off sugar indefinitely because it's everywhere!!   You've done great losing 45 pounds

I love oatmeal and veggies you mentioned; however, I can't eat oranges as they cause severe acid reflux and I find I can't stay on the same diet for very long.  Without a variety of foods, my cravings start popping up and it's very difficult to control them.  

I'm thrilled that you've been able to lose 45 pounds - if I lost that much, I'd be about where I want to be, so maybe I'll have to give your tactics a try.  Thank you and enjoy the rest of your week.  
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Hi, yesterday I had a big breakfast before I realized it was Sunday, so didn't weigh, and then this morning I forgot and ate breakfast again. But a couple of days ago I was down a pound from last week, so let's go with that!

We've been on the lost-cat finding trail again. About two months ago, we lost a kitty and got him back, and about a week ago, one of our other cats just wasn't there after some time outside. So I've been on the search. I talked to neighbors, put a note in Nextdoor and posted a photo, and have been in touch with the local shelter. Next thing will be to make posters. It's tough, because half the people you ask tell you about the time some cat they heard of was killed by a coyote. Our cat will yowl and rip the doorframe if he can't go outside, so we do let him go, knowing the risks. Still, it's yet another sad possibility in a year of difficulties.

Barb that is such great news that you finally got with the doctor who listens to what you say and makes intelligent decisions. I can hardly wait to hear how you're feeling when the med change kicks in.  :-)

Have a great week!
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Annie you have to stop eating breakfast on weigh in day... lol  Honestly, I think you're good with taking the pound down from a couple of days prior.  That's what I'd do.

I'm sorry about the lost cat.  In some ways I love Nextdoor, but it's frustrating when people try to tell you things you already know, like coyotes... we have them here, too.  If I had a cat tearing the door  frames apart to get outside, I'd probably let it out, as well, knowing the dangers.   I do hope you find the cat, no worse for the wear.

Curious as to how your son is doing following the homecoming dance.  

Actually, I've been with this pcp for 14 yrs.  During that time, he's gone from being freaked out by my suppressed TSH, to accepting it and now, seemingly "embracing" it and being willing to increase med in spite of it.  I've had other thyroid doctors (endocrinologists) along the way but keep bringing the problem back to my pcp.  After 14 yrs, he's finally on board with what I've trying to tell him about thyroid... lol    In addition, this was actually the doctor that put me on the med (Topiramate) that worked best for neuropathy but then he referred me to a neuro who insisted that I should not be on that med, even though it worked.  As it turned out, the neuro decided I didn't need him any more and he referred me back to my pcp... so we can do what works!!  

Typically, it takes 4-6 weeks for a thyroid dosage change to kick in, but I'm hoping, small changes will come along the way...  thanks for the good wishes.  I'm so excited about feeling better.  :-)

Enjoy your week and I hope you find the kitty in good health.
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Oops, I don't know how I put in 2 of the same  responses ; )
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Hi Barb! I am so happy that you found some answers to your health problems. You're going to start feeling better soon. Getting your thyroid at the right level will help you and it will increase your energy. I took that same medication Topamax topamirate years ago. My psychiatrist had put me on it. I did lose a lot of weight. Unfortunately, I am allergic to it. It makes me have tingling hands and I feel like the floor is moving underneath my feet. I'm really happy that you got some answers from your doctor.
Well as far as my weight, I have been staying the same for the last month. I have been able to fit into smaller clothes, which is exciting for me. My sister-in-law gave me a lot of clothes. Months ago I told her I didn't want any clothes, because the clothes were too small.  But now that I have lost weight the clothes fit!
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Hi Athena

I'm so glad to hear that you have the "too small" clothes from your sister-in-law that now fit.  I know how exciting it is to fit into smaller clothes.   Do you mind telling us how much weight you've lost altogether?  You don't have tell us your weight - just how much you've lost, if you don't mind.

I'm really excited about getting my thyroid hormone increased as well as getting off the Duloxetine that "causes" weight gain and does nothing for my neuropathy and getting onto the Topiramate.  I was on Topiramate for several years and it kept my weight under control - as soon as I went off it, I gained almost 30 lbs in just a couple of months.  

I'm looking forward to feeling better.
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Hi Barb! I am so happy that you found some answers to your health problems. You're going to start feeling better soon. Getting your thyroid at the right level will help you and it will increase your energy. I took that same medication Topamax topamirate years ago. My psychiatrist had put me on it. I did lose a lot of weight. Unfortunately, I am allergic to it. It makes me have tingling hands and I feel like the floor is moving underneath my feet. I'm really happy that you got some answers from your doctor.
Well as far as my weight, I have been staying the same for the last month. I have been able to fit into smaller clothes, which is exciting for me. My sister-in-law gave me a lot of clothes. Months ago I told her I didn't want any clothes, because the clothes were too small.  But now that I have lost weight the clothes fit!
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