I was hoping someone could clear a few items up for me. Diagnosed Hashimotos in 2004. Started out on 50mcg Levothyroxine and every
so often got bumped up. In April I was
on 112mcgs and my TSH was 9.6. Free T4
and Free T3 were normal, but on the very edge of the low end of the scale. My regular doctor said that 9.6 wasn’t too
far from normal and agreed to raise my dosage to 125mcgs. I inquired about possibly switching to a
natural thyroid product and he said he would not prescribe it.
After having him tell me that 9.6 wasn’t too far from normal
(I felt like complete crap) I decided to find another doctor.
The new doctor seemed really great and knowledgeable. He prescribed me a compounded version of both
synthetic T4 and T3 (I had never had straight T3). The T4 would be 125mcgs and the T3
15mcgs. For 30 days I never really felt
much of a difference.
Once I hit the 30 day mark it was time to get new labs
done. The new doctor gave me the results
of my TSH, which had now gone up from 9.6 to 13.1 and I was obviously not
feeling any better. At that point I
asked him if we could try Armour Thyroid.
He agreed and started to get my prescription ready.
Here’s where I am really confused. I was previously on 125mcgs of T4 and 15cmgs
of T3 (prior to that 112mcgs of Levo).
My Armour Thyroid prescription was for 5 grains. Start with 3 grains for 3 days, then 4 grains
for 4 days and then stay at 5 grains. I have
been on this for almost a month and early on I felt really well, then it went
down a bit….but I still felt better than I had in a long time. I started noticing I was sweating almost uncontrollably
when doing just minimal activity. My
concentration was getting worse and I already take 40 mgs of Vyvanse almost
every day. I’m losing a little weight (5
lbs), which is good…I probably needed to lose about 15 lbs anyway.
I spoke with my doctor and I don’t think he understood what
I was trying to say. Is 5 grains what I
should be on with a TSH of 13 and previous dosage of 112mcgs of
Levothyroxine????? The conversion I see
online from levo to armour makes me think I’m overmedicated by quite a
bit. My doctor seems to be looking at
the T4 concentration only and converting from that, and not taking the fact
there is T3 into consideration.
Anyone have any thoughts on this or able to lead me down the
correct path of thinking?
Thanks in advance!