How can you be underactive(high TSH) and overactive (high T4) thyroid at the same time?
I got my test results back from my doc today. Oddly enough, I have a high TSH indicating hypothyroidism AND a high T4 indicating hyperthyroidsim! How can that be??? My doctor wants to send me to an endocrinologist at University Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. Does anyone have any suggestions of a good endo there that "believes in" T3 therapy and such.. or just a good endo in the state of Alabama. I would really appreciate any responses! Thanks!
Oh here are my levels and given ranges:
TSH 9.370 uIU/mL range 0.450- 4.500
T4 12.2 ug/dL range 4.5 - 12.0
T3 Uptake 28% range 24-39
Free T4 Index 3.4 range 1.2- 4.9
T3 113ng/dL range 83-200
I went to my doctor on Oct. 22nd and these are the changes in medications and tests that were run. Just thought it may be inetersting or helpful for others. I am praying these new meds will bring about a dramatic change in improving the way I feel!! Feel free to comment!
*Dr. McMinn prescribed me a compounded T3 and Cortef, Ambien CR, and the pill for the heavy metals take home test.
*I also got 12 vials of blood drawn to do a WIDE ARRAY of tests: Spectracell, MBV, Lyme disease, and various liver labs.
*Spectracell is a test that measures levels of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential micronutrients within your white blood cells. This test will give the doctor and patient a more precise measure of which specific vitamins and minerals etc that need to be supplemented.
*I've also received take home tests to test the strength of my immune system and a urine test to detect heavy metals. Presence of heavy metals can really fatigue you apparently.
*I am also going to begin taking Transfer Factor Plasmyc for the next 6 months to rid myself of the EBV (epstein bar virus a.k.a. “mono-virus”) that I have.
*Due to a high reverse T3 test, I am going to discontinue taking levoxyl and begin taking my compounded T3 (7.5 mcg- two pills- twice per day-12 hrs apart). I will monitor my temperatures and the way I feel and check in with my doctor every week so we can decide how much we need to titrate up.
*I will also begin taking Cortef twice a day- 10mg in the morning and 5 mg at noon. I am taking the Cortef to increase my cortisol levels. My saliva test results were:
6:00 to 8:00 a.m. 6 Depressed 13-24 nM
11:00 to Noon 10 Normal 5-10nM
4:00 to 5:00 p.m. 3 Normal 3-8 nM
10:00 to Midnight 7 Elevated 1-4 nM
DHEA 1 Depressed 3-10 ng/ml
*Due to my liver tenderness and an elevated bilirubin level, I am going to get a liver ultrasound.
*I am also getting a thyroid ultrasound because of nodules that were discovered on my left lobe when I was 16, and also because my last scan showed I had no right lobe. I’ll have these scans done Monday,October 26, 2009.
*I am going to continue taking Adrenal Cortex, CFS/Fibro Pack.
*I am going to increase my Probiotics/Acidophilus to 3 per day because I have 6 strains of moderate to abundant bacterial infections in my stomach: Staphylococcus spp.(moderate), Staphylococcus aureus(moderate), Enterococcus species (abundant), Alpha Hemolytic Streptococcus(abundant), Gamma Hemolytic Streptococcus(abundant), and Cornybacterium species(moderate).
*I am also going to take DHEA (25 mg) bc my levels were low (1 when the range was 3-10ng/ml) and it is supposed to be the most potent anti viral there is.
*I am also going to take Digestive Enzymes to make sure I am taking in all the nutrients and vitamins I need to and to improve digestion.
So far not much improvement. I've only been able to take 5 mg of Cortef at a time bc it makes my heart pound hard. It's only been a week though, so maybe it will start working soon!
---Anyone ever taken the transfer factor plasmyc to get rid of EBV virus?
---Anyone know how long it takes for Cortef and Compounded T3 to take effect in the body? as in me feeling better? :)
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