At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I gained so much weight after I had my son and no matter what I did I couldn’t lose a single pound. Right before I went to the doctor my hypothyroidism was so bad I was gaining around a pound everyday. I was at my heaviest and I felt hopeless. I had heard about a medication by the name of “phentermine” that was guaranteed to shed the weight off. Now phentermine is used in extremely obese people, but it can also help women with thyroid problems lose the weight that has stuck around for waaaay to long. Once we identified that my thyroid was the problem, we made a plan. We would start my thyroid medication and make sure I was on the right dose, after about a month I would get my levels checked and if everything was okay I could start my weight-loss journey. I was seriously so excited, it was a looooong month. I started “Phentermine” on October 3, 2014 weighing in at 164.3 pounds. Which was only 3 pounds from my ending pregnancy weight with my son, Ezra. The first couple days of starting the medication were a blur, my body obviously wasn’t use to it and was trying to adjust. It took me about 4 days to get adjusted enough to be okay on my own. It was making me high, my doctor said it could be the mix of my thyroid medication and the phentermine. He gave me the option to quit or try and wait it out. My weight was so important to me that I stuck it out. And it was only a day later I adjusted to it. It wasn’t easy and it was kind of embarrassing. It doesn’t happen to everyone, but my doctor said it does happen to quite a few. My journey finally started. I was so anxious I weighed myself probably twice a day trying to see just how well it was working, overkill I know. In a month I went from 164.3 to 146.7! I started having “epidodes” and mild Schizophrenia. I was in the hospital a couple times for what was described as a “seizure”. My whole body went numb and I lost feeling. If I tried to move a limb it felt like a thousand pounds. I struggled to lift it and I would start shaking and I couldn’t keep it up for very long. I could talk after about an hour into whatever it was I was having. I regained feeling in my body slowly but about 2-3 hours later. After the 2nd time in the hospital and no answers I didn’t want to go anymore. When I got the bill in the mail I had been charged for probably every drug test there was. I then knew, that I wasn’t being taken serious at all. I was spent home from the hospital with a UTI. I didn’t even go in for those symptoms. So I waited my seizures out at home, I was done with being treated as a junkie. The worst part is, even though every SINGLE test came back NEGATIVE these still made me pay for all of them. I scheduled an appointment with a neurologist to try and sort this out. A month later on the MORNING of my appointment I got a call from them saying I was too “young” to see a regular neurologist, I had to go see a Pediatric Neurologist. So up we went, to the only Pediatric Nero. at Primary Children’s Hospital. By this time it was already early January 2015, the Doctor told me he didn’t know what it was, there were a few possibilities but he didn’t know. I did ask if it was the phentermine and he told me it was not. I went back to OB-GYN and he told me the same thing, whatever it was it wasn’t the phentermine. I was so frustrated with everything I just gave up on finding answers. Before I stopped phentermine I weighed 133 pounds! That was 7 POUNDS away from my pre-pregnancy weight! Another month passed and that whole month I was seizure free, and then we found out why.. I was pregnant! The episodes started before I got pregnant so we ruled out that the pregnancy was causing them. I personally believe that my pregnancy had stopped them. I haven’t had a single seizure sense then. I was however worried that I had been taking phentermine 2 months into my pregnancy. We got a whole ton of test done which, were able to tell us the sex of the baby very early on! I was so excited but yet so scared something would come back wrong with my baby because of the phentermine. I stopped cold turkey the day I found out I was pregnant but that still left the two months I hadn’t known about. Luckily the test came back normal and the sex was a girl! I was 12 weeks when we found out and 10 weeks when I took the tests. My thyroid stayed the same the whole pregnancy, it was a very very hard pregnancy though. After I gave birth my thyroid went crazy again and I has taken forever to get it back settled down. I was breastfeeding and dealing with heavy post-partum depression. My boyfriend had gotten a new job that required a very inconvenient schedule for 6 weeks of training. He worked from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm Monday-Friday. Our baby was about a month old and being alone all the time was hard. I was prescribed anti-depressants and had to up my dose a couple times but then I started to feel better. I was on them for 6 and a half months before I decided I wanted to loose weight. Now before I started my phentermine I felt like I should google interactions with my anti-depressants and phen. The results were terrible, and I was so glad I had caught the interaction before taking the meds together which I was literally just about to do. Around 2 weeks ago I went to the doctor to finally get my thyroid settled and I got back on my original dose. And asked about the interaction just to confirm I couldn’t. I knew I wasn’t ready to stop taking my anti-depressants but I knew I would just be unhappy with myself because of the way I looked. He confirmed that the two meds together were not okay, he said he had only prescribed them together once and it had made the woman crazy. She started feeling suicidal, and eventually lost custody of her children. I also inquired about breastfeeding and phen, he didn’t have a problem prescribing the medication still. When I went in I weighed 165 pounds. Right back where we started right? I started phentermine again on March 6, 2016, I researched and researched all over the Internet about phentermine and breastfeeding, I absolutely did not want to stop breastfeeding and had already made my mind up that I would choose Breastfeeding over Phen. At my daughters 6 month check up, I was happy to find that her pediatrician okay’d phen while breastfeeding. I told him what I’d found on the internet and everything. So what I have to say to all of you, is listen to YOUR doctor, whether it’s your child’s pediatrician or your family practitioner THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING. While doing my research I freaked myself out reading things other moms posted on websites, it then dawned on it that they had no idea what they were talking about. They didn’t take phen while breastfeeding and they don’t have a bachelors degree. Surprising enough every other medical article I read that was written by a professional didn’t bash on it. So I asked, and it was answered! Breast is best and now I get to have the best of both worlds without worrying about my daughters health! She’s been doing perfect, still gaining weight, NO decreased appetite like some of those moms had said, NO “jitters” or “shaking” at ALL. I had freaked myself out of absolutely nothing. Phentermine isn’t the easiest thing to take, but to me it’s worth it. With my thyroid problem it’s pretty much once the weight is there it’s not going to go away. Not with clean eating, not with exercise, not without help. Living with hypothyroidism sucks and it’s not easy. Your thyroid does so much more than you realize, and it’s not fun. This second time I have been on Phentermine I started logging my success and symptoms and will continue along the way. I hope that my journey and experiences with phentermine are able to help better your decision on whether to start your journey or not
-With lots of love Mo.
(3/6) Starting weight: 164.6
Day 1: Aggressive long lasting high feeling like with Percocet, subsided a bit with a meal. Shaky feeling most of the day. Lots of energy. Lower 50 dose of thyroid taken. No antidepressant day 1 without.
(3/7) 162.4 : 2.2 pounds lost
Day 2: No high at all, weighed after breakfast. Heart beat seems faster. Higher 75 dose of thyroid taken. No antidepressant, day 2 without.
(3/8) 159.6 : 5 pounds lost
Day 3: No high, tummy feels upset.. Loose stool. Day 3 without antidepressants.. feeling a bit down. Went to the doctor for thyroid and antidepressants. Unable to take antidepressants due to high chances of a bad reaction between phen and the antidepressants. Sad but it will be okay, I know I wasn’t ready to come off of them though. Snappy and really short temper, I think it’s withdrawal symptoms.
(3/9) 158.9 : 5.7 pounds lost
Day 4: No high, I think we are past that. Tummy still upset, loose stool. Day 4 without antidepressants, happier today.
(3/13) 158.2: 6.4 pounds lost
Day 8: Anti depressants are almost out of system.. Very emotional and having a hard time.
(3/16) 157.8: 6.8 pounds lost
Day 11: Just got over the stomach flu, been hard to eat. Super shaky, lots of energy. Super short tempered and super emotional.
(3/22) 154.5 10.1 pounds lost!
Day 17: Wow, over the last week I have began to have SO much energy. I used to sleep in til 11-12 which is hard to do with 2 kids. But I felt unable to wake up, now I’m up before the kids sometimes! Today I was up at 8 and wasn’t tired enough to fall back asleep! I rarely find myself sleeping in til 10. I’m usually up at 9:00-9:30 daily! I’ve learned that if I don’t eat a half hour after taking the thyroid and phentermine meds I feel super sick and I’m unable to eat very much the rest of the day. I really should start being on top of eating on time.
Day 18: I feel terrible today, I didn’t eat for two hours because it was so early and cold aaaaand I was super lazy, shame on me. Eating was hard when I actually got to it. Now I’m sitting in the bath because my tummy is so upset. I’ve seriously got to remember to eat exactly 1/2 after taking the medication. Been up since 7…kinda dragging but I am going! Note; I’ve also noticed when I don’t eat, later that day it gets kinda hard to breathe. Maybe it mixed with my asthma?
(3/26) 152.3 12.3 pounds lost
Day 22: I think that .75 is too much thyroid medicine. I’m so grumpy and short tempered , it’s so annoying. I’m frustrated. Haha frustrated of being uncontrollably frustrated.
(4/3) 149.0 15.6 pounds lost
Day: 30: Wow, it’s been over a year since I’ve weighed less than 150, it feels amazing. In one month I’ve lost 15 pounds! It’s crazy and it rocks. I’ve been super emotional I’m not sure if it’s cause my body is still getting use to no anti-depressants? I have noticed that I’ve been exhibiting signs of pregnancy, nothing to do with the phen of course. But I think my birth control is hard core tricking my body into believing it’s pregnant. I just keep getting more and more pregnancy symptoms it’s so weird. I know I’m not pregnant but I guess taking a test to ease my mind would be ideal. I’ve been having heartburn, nausea, cravings, mood swings.. But, I’ve been bleeding for almost 2 months now.. it’s only spotting so I just put a liner on and by the end of the day it just has a line some days are worse than others but it’s still mild. I experienced sleep paralysis for the first time since I was pregnant with Maggie (weird I know but it only happens while I’m pregnant; both pregnancies I’ve had) it’s been so long I forgot how to control it and I freaked out and stopped breathing till I could wake myself up. I’m going to end up writing an article about it for you all to read, so many people experience it daily and don’t understand it. It’s scary but it is manageable.
Sprite has honestly become my best friend, it helps keep my stomach settled and allows me to eat normally, even if I don’t eat on time in the morning! Yay! The joys of mommy hood lol I’ve noticed that I’ve been losing weight in the most odd places! The other day I was walking and my feet kept sliding out of my shoes!(slip-on toms) I’ve always had chubbier feet and never been able to wear a lot of shoes but my feet even look skinnier! Odd right? Another place I’ve lost weight.. Not a good one. I’m Caucasian okay, us white people DO NOT I repeat DO NOT usually ever have big booties. If you do have a big booty you have been blessed. I had a tiny butt, now.. My fiancé says I might as well be sitting on my back. Lordy. What do I do?! I better get going on some squats or something lol
My boobs aren’t a problem, since I’m nursing they still have been getting bigger. I actually just went up a size. I’m now a size E, oh gosh can we like transfer some of that to the no booty I’ve got going on?
Oh nursing, it’s been going great. From everything I’ve read unprofessional/mothers thoughts.. I’ve experienced nothing like that with Maggie. No increased or decreased feedings, no jitters, no elevated pulse, and that’s all I can think of. She’s lost a couple ounces but that’s because she’s been up and starting to crawl and constantly sitting up. Which is normal.