Thyroid Q and A or Running Hot and Cold


Feeling pretty good, but running still sluggish (Read 249 times)


    Hi all, I'm new here. Here's my story... I think my thyroid had been "off" for several years, but the standard TSH never showed anything. In Spring 2008 I cleaned up my eating and started running and lost just over 60 lbs over the next two years.


    Then my weightloss came to a halt, my hair started falling out, I was exhausted all the time, couldn't get warm, had colds & illnesses I couldn't shake and finally I started gaining. I gained 20 lbs on the diet that lost me 60+ before.


    I went to my PCP and another TSH came back normal. She said no one could possibly keep a cold as long as I did, it must just be allergies.


    I didn't believe it this time and started reading. I found out TSH is a very unreliable test and only measures what your pituitary is producing, NOT what your thyroid is actually able to use. I also found out I had MANY symptoms I didn't even know could be attributed to thyroid.


    I had some labwork done myself and managed to find a specialist a couple hours from me (that I had to pay out of pocket for) that finally believed me, ran the right tests, and prescribed slow release T3.


    This brings us to my question....... I am on a dose I feel pretty good on. I've lost the 20 lbs (well, 18.5 of them), I have energy to do things even after work, I have a bunch of 2 inch hairs growing out of my head and I am warm for the first time in years.... BUT..... my running is still reaaallllyyyy sluggish. My legs just feel like lead and I get winded pretty quickly. I expected that at first (my running took quite a hit when I was feeling bad), but my endurance isn't coming back.

    Anyone else feel like this? Could it be some other vitamin deficiency or adrenal fatigue? Any ideas?

    Driver, Runner, Bestie

      Hi GME and welcome to our Group.  You will find a lot of support here and very knowledgable folks here.  My initial thought is that you need to check for anemia.  I consistently struggle with this, as well as hypo, and have most of the symptoms you described.