I am not nearly as knowledgeable about T as I am about thyroid and adrenals. I can throw out some ideas but I’d rather other people here address those issues.
Remove my vitamin test suggestions now: Still strongly suggest Reverse T3, Free T3, iron, ferritin (you can read about the hazards of low iron/ferritin at http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ferritin/ , specifically section 3). Also thyroid antibodies, I suspect you don’t have Hashi’s but it is easy enough to know for sure.
I would expect both TSH and FT4 to go down if you are taking t3-only. I believe if high RT3 is the problem, taking t3-only meds will help. However, in that case you are merely treating symptoms as opposed to fixing the root cause.[/quote]
Thank you…Armour Thyroid is a mixture of t4 and t3. My doctor wanted to prescribe Synthroid so I had to fight for the Armour but he is a good doctor and listens…
The Armour is making me feel physically tired ironically. Like I want to go to sleep. Mentally I am not sluggish…I only had like 5hrs of sleep because yesterday the Armour made me VERY anxious and I couldn’t sleep…a lot like caffeine and drugs dealing with norepinephrine do to me. Today I took it in the morning and didn’t get anxiety but now I am slightly tired.
I’ll have him test:
free t4, t3, tsh, ferritin, cortisol
He only ordered free t4 and tsh for my next labs!
Do you know if I can just check them myself or do I need to call him?[/quote]
You can ask him if they can send them straight to you… or else get a copy when you are there. I’m not sure what his policy is.
T3 has a short half-life… you may be better off with half the dose, twice per day (if you are dosing once per day).
I can’t say this for sure without more labs, but my “educated guess” is that Synthroid is the wrong call. Your FT4 level looks pretty close to optimal to me. The problem seems to lie elsewhere - I’m guessing high RT3.[/quote]
Based on my total t3, it is pretty low almost TOO LOW. So I am sure I have too little t3. What I am going to do is begin supplementing with iron. Since my next appointment is in 6 weeks I mine as well supplement now and see if this helps with my symptoms. I will continue to take some iodine…I already consume a lot of selenium and take zinc, vitamin c and b vitamins. If this doesn’t help then it is the adrenals which makes things more complicated. Taking some iron won’t kill me though so it is worth a shot for the first thing to do.