Did they give you the ranges on your FT3, FT4 and RT3? These are specific to your lab and have to come from your lab report.
Yes - it said my TSH range should be 0.4 to 2.50 Mine 66.00
my Free T3 1.8 to 4.20 1.50
my Free T4 0.9 to 1.80 and <0.4
my RT3 9.0 to 35.0 <9.0
What do you think? Connie
The high TSH and low Free's say that you are extremely Hypothyroid
You are not supposed to be on T3 medicine only
The T4 medicine didn't work for you because you were undertreated
This is a process that can take years to reach the exact dose you need
And you will not feel well untill you reach that dose exactly
That means 50mcg/week more or less and you remain symptomatic
You might also want to ask for anti TGab and anti TPOab to see if the cause is hashimoto
You are less than two weeks away from seeing your doctor.
You are very hypothryoid. No wonder you're feeling so bad.
The dose of 25 mcg of T4 only med / day is ok to start with and you need to be taking it straight away. Your doctor can adjust meds / prescribe a different combo when she sees you.
Hang in there, it can take some time to get to feeling better but at least you will be on the way now.
I think Conitchewa was saying that she's on .25 mcg of t3 (Cytomel) twice a day now and no t4 (Synthroid). ( Is that correct, Coni.?)
I would think that she she should be on both meds, Synthroid with the addition of Cytomel twice per day. Looking at her labs, both levels are extremly low and that TSH is way to high. NO wonder she hurts all over! Maybe she didn't do well before on Synthroid alone due to being under dosed? Maybe Synthroid alone at a higher dose would do the trick and get that t3 and t4 higher in their ranges? If not, I would add the cytomel to it, but I would not take the cytomel t3 alone without t4. (my daughters doctor thought about giving her a try with this "Wilson's Temp. Syndrome." approach, (time released t3) and I said no.) I think the body is suppose to utilize that deodinization process, so we shouldn't side step it- it's there for a reason! However, if we need to assist the body with the conversion process, then by all means, adding a little t3 to the t4 can help get that t3 level up if the body cannot do it with t4 alone. Of course, she will need to discuss these options with her doctor!
What is everyone elses thoughts on this?
I agree with you magpieannie !
She might not need T3 at all !