Oops, I kinda fell off the blog radar there a couple of days, busy. Lots of phone calls and appointments.
Call to the mobile dog groomer for an appointment. Call to the bucket truck peeps to repair the Christmas lights. A call to the gutter cleaners to reschedule since the date they planned to come was too windy. Each instance means leaving a message and waiting for a call back. Fortunately, with the three calls above, I am a long-standing customer so I DO get a call back. Yay.
I had to call a company to follow up on a credit I was due but never posted. That took far longer than it should but thankfully, when I sent the items back, I PRINTED out a copy of the return form and how much was due.
Now, as for the blog post headline. Yesterday I had a doctors appointment, with an endocrinologist. After so many years of struggling to lose weight, no matter which plan I tried, no matter how often I exercised, no matter what I ate or didn’t eat, no matter what at all, I never shed one single pound. The emotional toll was getting to me and I had to see if my inability to lose weight had some medical hormonal component.
It was mostly consultation appointment, not a full exam. I was interested to see what an endocrinologist did, what they could or couldn’t determine about my inability to lose weight. The conversation turned to the thyroid and he asked me a series of questions about my health, vis-a-vis under-active thyroid symptoms. Not a one do I exhibit. he felt around my neck and said he too felt I didn’t show any signs of an under active thyroid, that can slow the metabolism enough to make it near impossible for some people to lose weight.
At the end of the appointment, he convinced me to at least have blood taken to do an thyroid test but here’s what kept me leery…
Thyroid medication is something he said people take for life.
Why would I ever want to take a pill if my body works well? Even if the test does come back that I have some thyroid issue, I’d be very hard-pressed to start a daily regimen of a pill that many websites say causes more side effects than helps the metabolism by making the thyroid work better.
It has to count for something, maybe a lot, that I know how my body works. I’m never sick. I’m not tired. I’m not (overly) cranky. Okay, well, some days but hey, who isn’t?
This doctor is among the best in his field and I was in his office for almost an hour, chatting. At one point he said that there ARE people for whom weight loss doesn’t happen and if I didn’t want to take any medications, I could accept my body for what it is, since it causes me no limitations, other than my own vanity of being overweight.
I’ll wait and see about the test results. Meanwhile, I have pretty much convinced myself that I won’t take the pills. My family is in agreement too. I asked the doctor specifically that if I do take the pills and it improves my metabolism, will I lose weight? He said I might. And I might not. He said little is known about metabolism and weight. If I were to start a career over, I’d be a weight research doctor. It’s such a field filled with anxious men and women who struggle to lose pounds but who can’t. Gosh, I can’t begin to tell you how much $$$ I’ve spent – on nutritionists, on exercise equipment, on personal trainers, on primary care physicians who specialize in weight, doctor’s prescribed diets, Weight Watchers, home delivered meals, starvation, the right carbs, no carbs…you name it, I’ve tried it. All 100% unsuccessfully.
I have a long list of chores to get done today out and about, on my list yesterday but the pouring rains brought me inside instead.
I’d love your thoughts on the thyroid, the pills, on weight loss in general.
Happy Hump Day.