I'm sorry, I didn't explain FT3 adequately. FT3 is the T3 that is available to your cells. It is not bound by protein, and therefore inactive. It is the most important indicator of your thyroid status. Finding the FT3 at which YOU are confortable is the key to feeling well.
Thank you very much! I will ask for Ft3 next time. My doctor only looks at tsh though. How do I get him to look at the others? I just changed from synthroid and cytomel to Armour at my insistance because my tsh was .35 and still I have symptoms. I have been on Armour a week and can not tell much difference. I feel like I am doomed to always feel this way!
Sometimes HYPO symptoms can be just the opposite and to have your TSH at .35, I would be watching you dont go extremely hyper especailly with changing to Armour where the amount of T3 is not specifically as controlled as Cytomel.
Sometimes I have had 'crossover' symptoms where I feel cold (Hypo) and yet have a fast heart rate (Hyper) ...only to find that I am hypo.
Get your Free T3 done as I feel you may be just a tad hyper.
Gut feeling I have.
Thank you all for your help. My doctor tests my tsh, free t4 and t3 uptake. I went to a specialist and he is the one that put me on Cytomel about a year and a half ago. I could not tell any difference. I did not like the specialist and went back to my regular MD for follow-up. After this long on Cytomel with out any improvement I asked to change to Armour. He said it would be like starting all over again to get meds right. I said I did not care because I am as far as I can go with Synthroid and Cytomel and still having symptoms. I was on 112mg of Synthroid and 5mg of Cytomel and now I am on 120 mg of Armour. That was my starting dose. I have not really had any side effects (except constipation but had that on and off before) but don't feel any better either. I did read on here that you should start slow and work your way up but my doctor did not do that. So I don't know . I go back in about three weeks for blood tests. I am going to ask for the free t3 also.
How are you doing?
I was on Synthroid 137 and cytomel and my T3 still stayed at 60. My Endo said I did not have any T3. She put me on Armour 180 to start. I felt better in 2 days. Loved that stuff! Then they changed to compound. Now I am in trouble again. My body uses the natural better than the synthroid. My T3 went to normal on the Armour. I am thinking about changing to another natural. Waiting for the Dr. to call me back. My THS was a little off last time so the Doc increased me to 210 on the Armour. We wiil see what he decides.
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