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Anyone with an underactive thyroid had their gallbladder removed?

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tb Thu 25-Oct-12 17:46:33

I've had an underactive thyroid for about 12 years, and haven't managed to lose any weight. Have just spent 3 weeks in an obesity centre, and my total loss was 'nil'.

While I was there I had an x-ray and a scan, and have found out that I've got gallstones. Looking on the internet, they're more common if you have an underactive thyroid as the metabolism slowing down causes problems with digestion. There also seems to be some question that they can interfere with converstion of the inactive hormone to the active hormone.

So, anyone else having problems losing weight with an underactive thyroid and found they have gallstones, and then magically managed to lose the weight after having their gallbladder removed?

drjohnsonscat Thu 25-Oct-12 17:58:24

Yes I have under active thyroid and have had my gallbladder removed. I didn't know there was thought to be a link. Sadly removing the gb did not help with weight loss but I didn't know that was a possibility. At least I don't have that terrible pain anymore though.

It's a bugger isn't it. Have you tried eating less and moving more <sarcastic> grin

tb Thu 25-Oct-12 18:21:23

'Tis indeed a bugger, despite taking 175mcg of thyroxin and 25mcg of iodothyronine, I didn't lose an ounce, or gramme, after 3 weeks on 1600 calories a day.

Had hoped by going to the obesity clinic for 3 weeks, that I might have found some solution to the problem of finding a well-adapted treated for my thyroid problem. Still, I had my mug on the tv - not that that was any great compensation.

All they did was to say that I was over-treated (according to my blood test results) and reduce the dose. Bastards!

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