Posted 11/1/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -8)
Judy had a couple of great ideas. I'd try those first. People do tend to have slower metabolisms as they age (even though you're still very young) so that's definitely a possibility.
The one thing I do wonder about is what they are calling "normal". I was feeling horrible & lost 40 pounds & was told I must have just been eating less. The doctors who first tested me called any TSH score under 30 normal... and I was a 28. Healthy is generally considered somewhere between 0.5 and 5.0 (some doctors narrow the range to 1.0-3.0), so I was certainly well outside the ideal range, even if I wasn't quite into the danger zone. If your TSH is over 5.0, it might be worth getting a second opinion. Since I started on Synthroid 5 months ago, my hair has started to grow back, I've gained 5 pounds already & I have a ton more energy. :) I'm so glad I lost so much of my hair because if it weren't for my dermatologist referring me to a new doctor, I would have never known that a simple pill could keep me from looking ugly & emaciated. So I'm a big fan of getting a second opinion if your TSH is somewhere between the 5-30 range.
If your TSH & hormones are fine, maybe try some basic weight loss remedies (exercise more, eat less). Remember too that alcohol has a bunch of calories -- plus it makes depression worse. If those still don't help maybe you could try to get in to a weight loss specialist to try to uncover what's going on. In any case, please don't feel very depressed about it. Trust me, depression only makes things a million times worse. There will be someone out there who can help you if you just hang on long enough.