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Alex T

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I'm so sorry Alex!! I know friends of mine have had health issues that took years to figure out and they felt relief when they finally received a diagnosis that made sense. Some have had to seek out a doctor who did extra bloodwork (much more than the typical panel) before they got answers.
Thank you! I'm determined we will find it & sort it. Here in the UK, getting past The Gate Keeper (your registered GP) is half the battle. Once they have actually referred you to the proper hospital team needed, you are home & dry. And it's taken over 7 years of bashing my head on my GP's desk, but i finally have the glorious referral I so desperately need :appl:
 

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I’m joining this. I want to lose about 10 lbs. My scale tells me I weigh less than I think, but my clothes and body tell me something else.

I started two days ago doing beach body on demand and I added a walking video after. I’m doing the Morning Meltdown 100 and then Leslie Sansone’s 3 mile boosted walk which incorporates some jogging parts. I found her videos on YouTube and I’ve done them off and on for years.

Also, I’m going to try and eat less carbs and probably do a modified intermittent fasting depending if I’m working or off.
Yay! Another Leslie Sansone fan! I go back to the purchasing VHS to purchasing DVDs days. Lololol. Now YouTube has such an expansive range of offerings.
 

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Yay! Another Leslie Sansone fan! I go back to the purchasing VHS to purchasing DVDs days. Lololol. Now YouTube has such an expansive range of offerings.
I love her! She does more than walking. And I like the people in her group too. I do what you do and put her on my phone while I watch TV.

If you are interested in doing jogging try Pahla B Fitness. She does a lot of walk run videos. I don’t like her as much as Leslie but she is good if you are trying to learn how to run and for a bit of a change. I did her 40 minute running speed video today where she runs the entire time and does fast running intervals in between. I haven’t run in a long time though so it was rough.
I don’t like to run outside and I like to run barefoot, so Pahla B works out perfectly for me.
 

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Progress!

8/10 was my high weight mark of 315.
8/18 was the day this thread started at 308.
This morning: 304.6

Been a slow trend down with a few pauses, but it is moving in a great direction. I weigh myself every morning so I can watch the trends rather than stress if I have a poofy day or something. Makes it easier as I can shrug and know that each individual day is less important than trend.
 

Alex T

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Progress!

8/10 was my high weight mark of 315.
8/18 was the day this thread started at 308.
This morning: 304.6

Been a slow trend down with a few pauses, but it is moving in a great direction. I weigh myself every morning so I can watch the trends rather than stress if I have a poofy day or something. Makes it easier as I can shrug and know that each individual day is less important than trend.
That's fabulous! :appl: Keep going!
 

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I really love intermittent fasting. I really felt like my weight was falling off faster and I just felt better. Good luck!!!
same. I’m a volume eater and I just found it hard to keep my meal calories within a certain constraint. Skipping one meal let me eat two larger meals and took the stress out for me trying to maintain portions.
 

Petalouda

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Thank you! I'm determined we will find it & sort it. Here in the UK, getting past The Gate Keeper (your registered GP) is half the battle. Once they have actually referred you to the proper hospital team needed, you are home & dry. And it's taken over 7 years of bashing my head on my GP's desk, but i finally have the glorious referral I so desperately need :appl:
I do hope you find answers soon! I had similar symptoms ten years ago. I knew something was definitely wrong when one day, I literally couldn’t get out of bed. I was then diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroiditis and take Armour thyroid daily for it. It’s tough experiencing the symptoms you are and I commend you for your positive and persistent attitude.
 

Alex T

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I do hope you find answers soon! I had similar symptoms ten years ago. I knew something was definitely wrong when one day, I literally couldn’t get out of bed. I was then diagnosed with Hashimotos thyroiditis and take Armour thyroid daily for it. It’s tough experiencing the symptoms you are and I commend you for your positive and persistent attitude.
Thank you, lovely. I'm so glad you managed to get your issue diagnosed efficiently & good treatment followed. Thank you for sharing - I know these things often feel very personal. Did you have hair loss at the time? I get tired, but i do a lot - my crappy GP was right about that!

I do actually have hair, but it has dropped out so significantly YET AGAIN that it actually looks like i've had a serious chop & had it thinned out. I have to be careful how I pin it up so that I keep the top in place, otherwise it shifts or the wind catches it & you can see how thin it is & how much scalp is visible. It had only started recovering from a serious scalpy shed last year, so by May it was heavy, thicker & fully sitting on my shoulders. Now it's whispy, stringy & bizarrely nowhere near my shoulders. Busy day tomorrow as I have a hair appoint in the morning to get it tidied up & the stringy bits lopped off, then the big batch of blood tests in the afternoon. Whilst I'm still waiting for the appoint for the Endocrinologist to come through, my new GP will be phoning me with initial results by the end of this week. I'm really hoping it's obvious & a straightforward fix & not overly complicated & worrying. Whatever is causing it i am generally fit & well, so fingers crossed something just needs a tweek.

I wish i was brave enough to post the pics, but i'm not. And I don't want to hijack this thread!
 

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Thank you, lovely. I'm so glad you managed to get your issue diagnosed efficiently & good treatment followed. Thank you for sharing - I know these things often feel very personal. Did you have hair loss at the time? I get tired, but i do a lot - my crappy GP was right about that!

I do actually have hair, but it has dropped out so significantly YET AGAIN that it actually looks like i've had a serious chop & had it thinned out. I have to be careful how I pin it up so that I keep the top in place, otherwise it shifts or the wind catches it & you can see how thin it is & how much scalp is visible. It had only started recovering from a serious scalpy shed last year, so by May it was heavy, thicker & fully sitting on my shoulders. Now it's whispy, stringy & bizarrely nowhere near my shoulders. Busy day tomorrow as I have a hair appoint in the morning to get it tidied up & the stringy bits lopped off, then the big batch of blood tests in the afternoon. Whilst I'm still waiting for the appoint for the Endocrinologist to come through, my new GP will be phoning me with initial results by the end of this week. I'm really hoping it's obvious & a straightforward fix & not overly complicated & worrying. Whatever is causing it i am generally fit & well, so fingers crossed something just needs a tweek.

I wish i was brave enough to post the pics, but i'm not. And I don't want to hijack this thread!
I did have hair loss and thinning. I’ve unfortunately been consistently slowly thinning since then even on meds. It was very traumatic at first for me and I became absolutely obsessed with my hair for a while.
 

Alex T

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I did have hair loss and thinning. I’ve unfortunately been consistently slowly thinning since then even on meds. It was very traumatic at first for me and I became absolutely obsessed with my hair for a while.
Oh no, that's really hard on you. Why aren't the meds allowing your hair to regrow if they are balancing out the error? Or doesn't it work like that? Forgive my ignorance, but I assumed if the meds were dosed correctly you would be symptom free :(sad
 

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Oh no, that's really hard on you. Why aren't the meds allowing your hair to regrow if they are balancing out the error? Or doesn't it work like that? Forgive my ignorance, but I assumed if the meds were dosed correctly you would be symptom free :(sad
To be honest, I’m not sure. Since mine is autoimmune based my levels are all over the place. Some days I still feel so tired. I do find taking biotin etc helps. I’ve also been under immense stress due a few family deaths plus just the general fatigue and lack of sleep that comes with having little ones the past decade and that could be a cause. I know high cortisol levels raise testosterone and that contributes to hair loss.
 

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Thank you, lovely. I'm so glad you managed to get your issue diagnosed efficiently & good treatment followed. Thank you for sharing - I know these things often feel very personal. Did you have hair loss at the time? I get tired, but i do a lot - my crappy GP was right about that!

I do actually have hair, but it has dropped out so significantly YET AGAIN that it actually looks like i've had a serious chop & had it thinned out. I have to be careful how I pin it up so that I keep the top in place, otherwise it shifts or the wind catches it & you can see how thin it is & how much scalp is visible. It had only started recovering from a serious scalpy shed last year, so by May it was heavy, thicker & fully sitting on my shoulders. Now it's whispy, stringy & bizarrely nowhere near my shoulders. Busy day tomorrow as I have a hair appoint in the morning to get it tidied up & the stringy bits lopped off, then the big batch of blood tests in the afternoon. Whilst I'm still waiting for the appoint for the Endocrinologist to come through, my new GP will be phoning me with initial results by the end of this week. I'm really hoping it's obvious & a straightforward fix & not overly complicated & worrying. Whatever is causing it i am generally fit & well, so fingers crossed something just needs a tweek.

I wish i was brave enough to post the pics, but i'm not. And I don't want to hijack this thread!
Daughter, you need to buy a tiara. You could be a conehead and no one would notice with a tiara.
 

moneymeister

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Progress!

8/10 was my high weight mark of 315.
8/18 was the day this thread started at 308.
This morning: 304.6

Been a slow trend down with a few pauses, but it is moving in a great direction. I weigh myself every morning so I can watch the trends rather than stress if I have a poofy day or something. Makes it easier as I can shrug and know that each individual day is less important than trend.
fantastic! That's really changing quickly!

@Alex T
I have hypothyroidism that has been treated since 1994. Hair grows back well enough for most people. Any change with thyroid can start a new fall of hair. It also falls when your levels are adjusted. They are adjusted very slowly over weeks to months so your system is not too shocked.
Let's hope that's it because it is an easy fix with a pill smaller than a baby aspirin.
 

Alex T

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Daughter, you need to buy a tiara. You could be a conehead and no one would notice with a tiara.
Thanks for the confidence boost, mother :lol: Might need a full on crown rather than a tiara though. Wonder if Mr T would consider getting me one made instead of a bespoke wig?? :think::lol:
 

Alex T

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fantastic! That's really changing quickly!

@Alex T
I have hypothyroidism that has been treated since 1994. Hair grows back well enough for most people. Any change with thyroid can start a new fall of hair. It also falls when your levels are adjusted. They are adjusted very slowly over weeks to months so your system is not too shocked.
Let's hope that's it because it is an easy fix with a pill smaller than a baby aspirin.
Please God let you be right :pray:
 

Alex T

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Ok, I'm going to bite the bullet since you all must be curious. First pic taken 8 years ago with my youngest, second pic last wk. And to get this back to being about weight loss, if I hadn't covered my face you'd notice how much rounder it looks now. It's all just a bit yuk :((

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Ok, I'm going to bite the bullet since you all must be curious. First pic taken 8 years ago with my youngest, second pic last wk. And to get this back to being about weight loss, if I hadn't covered my face you'd notice how much rounder it looks now. It's all just a bit yuk :((

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I do see the difference but if you didn't say anything and post the comparison, I would meet you on the street and just think how beautiful your hair is. I hope the specialist can get you answers and meds that help your body balance and hair grow back.

My weight loss specialist is part of the endocrine center. She ordered lots of blood work for super detailed thyroid levels because my symptoms are very similar to classic thyroid issues and I had a borderline high reading once. Unfortunately (fortunately?), everything came back well within healthy so they still don't have an answer for why my hair is thinning so badly.
 

Alex T

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I do see the difference but if you didn't say anything and post the comparison, I would meet you on the street and just think how beautiful your hair is. I hope the specialist can get you answers and meds that help your body balance and hair grow back.

My weight loss specialist is part of the endocrine center. She ordered lots of blood work for super detailed thyroid levels because my symptoms are very similar to classic thyroid issues and I had a borderline high reading once. Unfortunately (fortunately?), everything came back well within healthy so they still don't have an answer for why my hair is thinning so badly.
Thank you for your kind words. I agree you wouldn't notice if you didn't know about it, but to me & those who know me in real life, it's quite startling. But I still some have hair! Yay! Positivity will win through! Your situation sounds a bit stressy too, especially with them not finding a cause as such. I feel with an answer then at least you know where you stand, available cure or not. Are they doing any more tests?

I am still working my little socks off regarding my weight. I didn't exercise yesterday, though we did go out for a very wet, muddy walk for an hour which kind of counts. We had my MIL staying this weekend for the first time since Feb & this morning we went for an 8k run together at 7am. It was gloriously sunny & I felt like I'd really earned my toast!

I haven't weighed myself in a while & though my waist still feels wide, my hips are narrowing due to all the excessive miles. I'm still over hanging the top of my jeans, but they have gotten looser around the pocket areas. Weird! However, right now ANY positive change is a really good thing.
 

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Thank you for your kind words. I agree you wouldn't notice if you didn't know about it, but to me & those who know me in real life, it's quite startling. But I still some have hair! Yay! Positivity will win through! Your situation sounds a bit stressy too, especially with them not finding a cause as such. I feel with an answer then at least you know where you stand, available cure or not. Are they doing any more tests?

I am still working my little socks off regarding my weight. I didn't exercise yesterday, though we did go out for a very wet, muddy walk for an hour which kind of counts. We had my MIL staying this weekend for the first time since Feb & this morning we went for an 8k run together at 7am. It was gloriously sunny & I felt like I'd really earned my toast!

I haven't weighed myself in a while & though my waist still feels wide, my hips are narrowing due to all the excessive miles. I'm still over hanging the top of my jeans, but they have gotten looser around the pocket areas. Weird! However, right now ANY positive change is a really good thing.
Those are great changes! I'm sure the rest will follow soon! You'll be in shape and your hair will be filling in again in no time. I know it is hard seeing people who know you and can see the difference. Hang in there!

I haven't pushed for more tests this last year because I was focused on my back then getting super sick and DH getting even worse. The Drs are all convinced it is just stress or a need for biotin. If I lose weight and relax, it will all be fine... Yeah. Not a good answer. I don't know what else to push for. My test results section is long! My current plan is to lose some weight and continue on the big doses of biotin. Maybe they are right. If not, it will be easier to get taken seriously if I lose some weight and they can't just blame that.
 

Alex T

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Those are great changes! I'm sure the rest will follow soon! You'll be in shape and your hair will be filling in again in no time. I know it is hard seeing people who know you and can see the difference. Hang in there!

I haven't pushed for more tests this last year because I was focused on my back then getting super sick and DH getting even worse. The Drs are all convinced it is just stress or a need for biotin. If I lose weight and relax, it will all be fine... Yeah. Not a good answer. I don't know what else to push for. My test results section is long! My current plan is to lose some weight and continue on the big doses of biotin. Maybe they are right. If not, it will be easier to get taken seriously if I lose some weight and they can't just blame that.
I agree - weight gain can be responsible for a whole host of niggles & illness, so removing that as an excuse from their armoury is a good idea. It's a slog though, isn't it?! Once my crappy Dr told me to start using organic chemical free hair colour on my roots & then it would stop falling out. What??!! That was the BIGGEST avoidance technique I have ever heard of! I only colour my roots every 6 weeks these days, using a fill in powder in the greys in between to push the colouring further apart, and it's a very gentle oil based product.

Have done a BRUTAL HIIT session at 7am this morning, so I'm good to go. Lots of running always makes my knees & hips ache, but I've found since adding in the Joe Wicks my joins have strengthened incredibly. I am powering through heaps more exercise sessions that I would have been able to normally.
 

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Oh my goodness! Look at that darling! Best wishes for a safe surgery and fast healing for your sweet baby.
What a beauty! Hang in there and keep us posted as you are able. I know several people who had dogs need this type of surgery and every one of them was okay. Sending lots of hugs and healthy thoughts your way.
Thank you guys. Very much. I’ve been crazed the last couple of days so I haven’t been checking in. She’s doing good. They got so much stuff out of her. The rubber mat going in was super super soft but once it got into the stomach, it turned hard as a rock. Poor girl. But she’s resilient and bounces back super fast. Too fast if you ask me. She needs to take it easy but she keeps trying to jump on things and I end up yelling and it’s just chaos. :lol: But, she is having a great time wacking the other animals and our legs with her cone of shame. She’s a weirdo. She’s always loved wearing it. I lost her old one but I used to put it on her even when she wasn’t hurt because she would see it and get so excited and jump up and down before I put it on and then would go on a rampage of wacking. What a nerd.

I haven’t been able to jump on the peloton yet but been eating better. Planning on caulirice, salmon, and spring mix greens for my one meal of the day. I should also go buy some arugula. Love that stuff.

Everyone is doing such a great job!! So proud of you guys!
 

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Ok, I'm going to bite the bullet since you all must be curious. First pic taken 8 years ago with my youngest, second pic last wk. And to get this back to being about weight loss, if I hadn't covered my face you'd notice how much rounder it looks now. It's all just a bit yuk :((

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Well you may say yuck, but I say beautiful! Your hair is freaking amazing! Those curls!

Btw, don’t worry about threadjacking! Weight is such a broad topic that it kinda fits in everywhere. That sly little b****.
 

Alex T

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Thank you guys. Very much. I’ve been crazed the last couple of days so I haven’t been checking in. She’s doing good. They got so much stuff out of her. The rubber mat going in was super super soft but once it got into the stomach, it turned hard as a rock. Poor girl. But she’s resilient and bounces back super fast. Too fast if you ask me. She needs to take it easy but she keeps trying to jump on things and I end up yelling and it’s just chaos. :lol: But, she is having a great time wacking the other animals and our legs with her cone of shame. She’s a weirdo. She’s always loved wearing it. I lost her old one but I used to put it on her even when she wasn’t hurt because she would see it and get so excited and jump up and down before I put it on and then would go on a rampage of wacking. What a nerd.

I haven’t been able to jump on the peloton yet but been eating better. Planning on caulirice, salmon, and spring mix greens for my one meal of the day. I should also go buy some arugula. Love that stuff.

Everyone is doing such a great job!! So proud of you guys!
Your dog would be right at home in my house :lol: Glad she's recovering well.

And thanks re my hair. It's had a good chop & looks heaps better & fuller as a result. Bloods all done yesterday & so now we wait. And we run. And we HIIT train. And we eat fewer calories. What a bag of fun I am!
 
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