I totally agree with Sky_Eagle1.
The TSH only shows how much thyroid is in your blood, but the Free T4 shows how much USEABLE T4 is in your blood. And that is on the low side.
I would be very ill with hypothyroidism at TSH 1.1. Mine has to be suppressed way below one, but we are all different, which is exactly why tests do not prove how much thyroid YOU need.
I agree that your (useable) FreeT4 is not optimal, and the lab test does not indicate lowering your thyroid med, OR switching off Armour. At the very least it should remain the same.
My TSH is similar to yours, and my Free T3 is normal, but my Free T4 is low, so my doc upped my Armour by 30 mg yesterday, as a trial for two months.
Do you have any hypo symptoms? The doc should listen to those!
For me, my blood pressure is low to normal, my pulse was only 60, I have lost about a third of my hair, regained some of the weight I had lost, though I did not change how I eat, and I feel like death warmed over...no energy to move. I drag myself around. In my case, I have Hepatitis C, so my liver must not process the thyroid med adequately...that what my doc and I guess. And, it IS just a guess with hormonal issues.
My doc is treating my symptoms. So should yours, or sorry, you may need a new doc! Just my opinion.
Have the courage to be proactive, and say no, you don't want your Armour switched, if that is what you want.
Ask your doc to work with you and to treat according to your symptoms, rather than to just manage your med.
If your blood pressure is fine and your pulse is not over 100, you are not being adversely affected by the blood levels. ha! That will be the day when MY pulse is above 90!
You can say that since your other tests are OK, and your T4 has space to be improved that you prefer to have optimal results not merely survive.
Point out that thyroid is a hormone, so the tests don't prove what level is normal for you. Then respectfully ask if you could try an increase in the Armour, instead of a reduction.
Do you have any symptoms? You can get the checklist off the Information Archive thread, found on the
Resource Links on the top blue bar of the Thyroid Board. Just click on it, copy and print out the list, then fill it out. If you give your doc the list of the symptosm you still suffer, and talk about what one swere improved by taking thyroid, before speaking about what you would like to try, it will help.
Keep a copy of the list and get copies of all your test results.
After I say what I want, I usually ask my doc what she thinks, giving her space to be the doc.
But we come to conclusions together, then she tells me what she wants. Such as to take a supplement, or whatever.
Your compounding pharmacist (I use one too) can help with the Armour info you need. They are knowlegeable and don't need for us to be in the know.
[This message has been edited by Tree Frog (edited 09-16-2003).]
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