WIthout sounding like one of these people who self-diagnoses all the time..... I think I possibly have an underactive thyroid. [p] During my training last year I put on about 2 stone in weight - I attributed this to being unhappy on one placement, comfort eating and, because one of placements was a fair distance away, I was unable to go to my exercise classes. Over a year on I have not been able to lose any of this weight and have added more despite being a member of Weight Watchers since May (a diet which has always worked well in the past because I like the 'strictness' of counting points) and visiting the gym 3/4 times per week. [p] In addition to this: I have extremely dry skin on my stomach area, am exhausted all the time but then wake up in the night and can't get back to sleep for hours or wake up very early. All of these things, as I understand, are indicators of a potentially underactive thyroid. [p] I have an appointment with the Nurse next week and I am intending to mention this to her then (or my symptoms at least, rather than my self-diagnosis!) and see what she says. But I was just wondering if anyone on here has any experience of underactive thyroid? And if you don't mind sharing, how long did it take for you to be diagnosed? How have you reacted to treatment etc...? [p] Apologies for the lack of paragraphs but using Chrome Thanks in advance for any responses.