I went out of my way to research Thyroid meds..travelled to the States for Armour and 4 months later I am REALLY depressed ie:crying every second day!And now MY HAIR IS FALLING OUT!
I am going to loose my mind,soon!
After all my research...a t4/t3 is supposed to better!My TSH is normal at 2.4 or lower,as I upped my odes to 3 grains(about 160 mgs)
I have no thyroid.
My Doctors are idiots.
I was thinking of adding some extra Elthroxine(t4) maybe 25 mcgs??
[This message has been edited by bumblebeepug (edited 10-03-2003).]
If your TSH is 2.4 then there's your problem. A person usually feels best around .5- 1.0 TSH. And that is assuming the TSH is accurate. If you have a pituitary problem your TSH reading is not necessarily correct. It also takes time before you feel better on Armour, or any other med. But I have to ask why did you come to the States to get Armour when you can get it in Canada. Its called Thyroid USP in Canada.
Hey thats a good question..why cant I get Armout/Thyrolor or any sort of natural hormone here..even when we have it?
Well,because I have been to over 10 different Doctors and ALL of them do not "feel" comfortable prescribing anyhting other than a synthetic med.
Belive me ,I have tried.
It makes no differnce as I cannot stay on Armour even though I belive it in,see the piont of it..if I am going to loose my freakin hair!!!
I have been on it 5 months..why would this be happening now.
Maybe I need more than 3 grains to get a better TSH.
Well if your TSH is not low enough you will continue to have hypo symptoms...one of which is losing hair. Also if androgen levels are too high you may loose hair.
Thyrolar is not a natural replacement. It is a synthetic combo of T3 & T4. I highly recommend against it as it is not stable; it must be refrigerated at all time including at the pharmacy which they don't always do. It does not contain calcitonin, T1 & T2 which Armour contains. Have you called or emailed the Armour company to ask them which drs in Canada prescribe their drug? Just an FYI if all else fails go to a naturopath or homeopath as they are big on taking Armour. Or at least its that way in the States. Hope you can find a good doctor soon! Best wishes!
Bumblebeepug, I had to switch to Armour to save my hair, but you need free T3 and free T4 testing to see where your levels are. I have seen many people on 240mg of Armour, so you may need more. But...it may also be that you're not converting enough of the T4 in the Armour and need to lower it a little and add T3(cytomel). Your tsh would indicate you just need more Armour, but it is not a very reliable test. There must be some drs. there that will work with Armour. Try and stay calm. It takes awhile to get the levels right. IWL
... and thinning hair is a symptom of hypo, not a side effect of taking any thyroid drug ... your hair falling out and your armour treatment were just "coincident in time" (doctor-speak!) with each other ...
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