• Hi. It’s great to see you. Welcome!

    Our forum members are people, maybe like yourself, who experience mental health difficulties or who have had them at some point in their life. Amongst our membership there is a wealth of expertise that has been developed through having to deal with mental health issues.

    We are an actively moderated forum with a team of experienced moderators. We also have a specialist safety team that works extra hard to keep the forum safe for visitors and members.

    Register now to access many more features and forums!

Anorexia vs Hypothyroidism

M

Mouse11

Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2019
Messages
15
Location
CO
So I used to struggle with anorexia 10 years ago. Since then I averaged out at a normal weight. Then I started gaining weight a year ago so I tried to eat a little healthier and exercising a little more. Now I have every symptom of hypothyroidism but my TSH was normal 4 months ago. My biggest concern is that I feel like I can’t think straight anymore, but I also have a low heart rate, feel weak, and no period. When I was anorexic in the past I never struggled with thinking like this. I’m also at a much higher weight than before. What are the odds my thyroid is off and needs checked again vs I somehow have another eating disorder? I guess I’m just struggling with how this is presenting so much differently than it did in the past.
 
M

Mary26

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 28, 2018
Messages
197
Location
USA
Are you restricting or exercising a lot?
 
M

Mouse11

Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2019
Messages
15
Location
CO
Are you restricting or exercising a lot?
I am now but nothing like previously and it’s more recent. I feel like the symptoms started before and then I started restricting in response to the weight gain but I’m honestly so confused in the head I can’t fully follow the timeline back. I never had such confusion last time.
 
C

celticlass

Well-known member
Joined
May 7, 2011
Messages
630
Location
Scotland
Well what is your Doctor saying about it?! I was diagnosed hypothyroid around 40 years old. T he run up to diagnosis was quite tough. I felt anxious, depressed, cold, croaky voice, really tired. As your metabolism slows down - if that is what is the issue - yes you may have problems with your thinking. Your blood levels may need to fall just outside the normal range before you are diagnosed, but a person can feel unwell before that point.
 
M

Mouse11

Member
Joined
Nov 30, 2019
Messages
15
Location
CO
Well what is your Doctor saying about it?! I was diagnosed hypothyroid around 40 years old. T he run up to diagnosis was quite tough. I felt anxious, depressed, cold, croaky voice, really tired. As your metabolism slows down - if that is what is the issue - yes you may have problems with your thinking. Your blood levels may need to fall just outside the normal range before you are diagnosed, but a person can feel unwell before that point.
My doctor appt is next week. I think in response to the weight gain I started restricting again and am afraid in the process I’ve reverted back to low level ED traits but nothing like before but at the same time since I’m not thinking straight I keep worrying that maybe I somehow caused this and it’s not hormonal... except my mom visited last week and she knows how I was like previously and she flat out told me she didn’t think I had an ED this time. And then she mentioned how much she weighed when she was my age which was somewhat of a trigger and pissed me off lol.
 
G

goodgollymiss

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 6, 2017
Messages
453
You may need a meal replacement shake to get all the vitamins and nutrients to your brain. There are even low sugar diabetic meal replacement drinks
 
Top