Sometimes those of us with auto-immune thyroid disease will test positive on the ANA panel. Low blood pressure can cause symptoms such as brain fog, faintness, lightheadedness, and feelings of lethargy. With hashi, everything is slowed down as I'm sure you know. Your thyroid panel actually looks good tho!
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It's been a long time...good to hear from you.
Your thyroid panel doesn't look too bad. Your profile is still a little "upside down"...FT4 is at about 76% of range, FT3 is at 58%. Ideally, FT3 should be the higher of the two percentages. Would your doctor consider lowering your T4 meds a bit and adding in a little Cytomel? If you dropped your T4 meds by about 20 mcg and added 5 mcg Cytomel, you might just get rid of the rest of your symptoms. Higher FT3 would increase your BP, too.
I know your doctor was reluctant to run FT3 in the past, so it seems you've made some real progress on that front (or you got a new doctor - LOL). I'm glad to hear that you're feeling so much better.
I don't know that much about vitamin D, but yours remains low, and I believe I remember some members reporting having to take 50,000 IU (or more) per week to get their levels up.
Hi there! Sorry to get back so late...I've been working crazy hours. Ugh! Hope you are doing well :-)
I stayed with the 2nd Endo, just so you know and partially because she is willing to run the Free's without a fight. She said she didn't feel comfortable adding Cytomel and lowering Synthroid because I have Mitral Valve Regurgitation...and anyone with any kind of "heart irregularities" would be taking a chance with taking Cytomel. What do you hink of that?
What do you think of the other labs I posted? Positive antibody screening? Etc, etc. I always value your opinion! Off to work again...blah! Hope you are well and thanks!
I'd forgotten about your mitral valve problem. I have an arrhythmia, so T3 is a no-no for me, too. However, when I was much newer to this and much more naive my PCP acually gave me Cytomel (only 5 mcg, although I had to talk her down from 25! yikes!). I only took it for about a month because it didn't do anything but lower my FT4 (I'd decreased T4 meds whan I added the T3). It had absolutely no effect on my tachycardia.
Definitely, work on your D. You might ask your cardio his opinion on T3. If you're otherwise young and healthy, a very small amount might be acceptable.