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Old 07-25-2012, 01:49 PM   #5
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Re: New labs, 6 weeks after adding Cytomel. Erg ....

I'm posting this separately for clarity.

Just so you understand why I'm suggesting a slow and steady approach, I will share an analogy about adjusting doses that I picked up along the way.

The hypothyroid body is like a dried-up sponge. Just as the sponge cannot absorb its full capacity of water with one pour, the body cannot absorb its full needs of thyroid hormone.

If too much water (hormone) is poured onto the sponge (body), the top of the sponge (body) might absorb some of the water (hormone) but, much of it will pour off (cause hyper symptoms).

So, you wind up with a slightly wet but, still dry sponge (body that has a mixture of hyper and hypo symptoms).

If, instead, you pour on just as much water (hormone) as the sponge (body) can be expected to absorb, the sponge (body) will be able to fully absorb the water (hormone) and, eventually, the sponge (body) will be fully saturated with the right amount of water (hormone) and no overflow (hyper symptoms) along with no dry spots (hypo symptoms).

Yes, the meds titration process is painfully slow. However, any time I've seen a forum member have his/her dose titrated faster than appropriate, it always backfired and they had to start all over. Unfortunately, there are no shortcuts on the thyroid journey.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you take the direct route with the most efficient number of steps (follow established guidelines), you will get to the end of the tunnel and become free from thyroid symptoms.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010