I am 66 years old and have had my thyroid taken out because of a cancer nodule inside both sides.


Q: I am 66 years old and have had my thyroid taken out because of a cancer nodule inside both sides. So far, my thyroid pills have been changed 6 times. In the last 2 years I haven’t been able to lose weight. I had joined jenny Craig, herbeal magic and nutrisystem. I also walk 2 miles a day and do Pilates. I am very frustrated that I cannot lose 1 ounce no matter what I do. Please help!

A: The adjustment of the thyroid is often times a complicated process. While lab tests serve as good guides, some patients’ bodies are such that they can be still hypothyroid with "normal" test results. If you are one of those people, then losing weight will be very hard.

First, you need to ask if you still have symptoms of hypothyroid, such as dry skin, cold feeling, etc.

If you don’t, and your lab tests are normal, then at least you know that the thyroid is not the main culprit. If you do have symptoms, and the blood test is normal, then you need to talk to your doctor and ask him to adjust your dose so that your symptoms are gone, or alternatively, change to different meds.

Some people might have a very hard time losing weight if they also have metabolic syndrome. So that is another consideration.