What was your actual Free T4 and Free T3 levels, along with their reference ranges shown on the lab report? Also if tested for Vitamin D and ferritin, please post those as well.
A number of those tests are a waste of time and money: FT3 Uptake, Total T3, Total T4, and Free T4 Index. TSH is not giving you any useful info either, but doctors cling to that test as though it indicates thyroid status.
Your FT4 and FT3 are higher than usually needed to relieve hypothyroid symptoms; however, everyone is different in the thyroid levels at which they feel normal. Other than test results what other reasons did you have for reducing med dosage? What symptoms did you have at the time?
You mentioned other symptoms that you have currently. What are those, besides the joint pains?
In spite of Omicron, you may need to test for Vitamin d if you are not currently supplementing. Also, ferritin is very important as an indicator of iron levels. Ferritin needs to be about 100 for best effect. I recommend testing for both.
It sounds like you may be still slightly hypothyroid, even with those test results. In order to get the best effect from your thyroid levels, you need Vitamin D to be above 50 ng/ml. Also, low ferritin is an indicator of low iron levels, which can cause symptoms, some of which mimic hypothyroidism. So before any other change, I suggest testing for Vitamin D, B12 and ferritin. If you will get those done and post results we will be happy to assess further.
Yes, red meat provides some iron. Happy New Year to you also.
Following is a link to a good site on iron. Scroll down to the area under "What does the test result mean?" There you can see some of the possible causes of high ferritin. Also note that you need the other iron tests to help identify cause. I am assuming you were not taking iron supplements along with all the red meat.
Before commenting on your thyroid levels I need to kno if you took your thyroid med the morning of the blood tests?
Sorry, I forgot the link. Here it is.
Then scroll down to the section, What does the test result mean?.
With your minimal symptoms it looks like your thyroid levels are good. I would not change dose. You do need to get your B12 into the upper part of its range. 1000 mcg daily should do the trick. Supplement Vitamin D as needed to get it at least 50 ng/ml.
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