Originally Posted by Questionss
...my TSH and T3 levels are fine (My TSH is about .5).
Define "fine". Just because your T3 is within the lab range doesn't mean it is where you need it to be. Even people who have T3 above the middle of the lab range sometimes benefit from adding T3 to their meds.
My questions, anyone using this protocol? pros/cons?? How did it affect you?
Lots of people are doing this.
Pros: more energy, better moods, cholesterol levels get better, other hormones seem to stabilize, when you feel better, you are more active, when you are more active, you are more likely to get stronger and lose weight if needed.
Cons: None if the dose is right. Like any other hormone therapy, too little has little or no effect and too much can cause hyperthyroidism symptoms.
Another question, I have depressiion and finally going to get help for that in a month and kinda scared of the medicine, hoping the T3 will work for that instead? do antidepressents affect thyroid meds? |
Thank you so much for any help.
Depression, though it is considered a disorder or illness in and of itself is a symptom of hypothyroidism. it makes more sense to treat the underlying cause than to treat the symptom, in my opinion.
Example: Lets say you have a headache because you have a sinus infection. Which makes more sense? Take a pain killer for the headache, or treat the sinus infection? If the doc treats only the headache, the sinus infection will linger and cause more problems. BUT, if the doc treats the headache with a pain killer if the pain is debilitating, but also treat the sinus infection, too, then you feel better and the sinus infection goes away, eliminating the source of the problem.
Likewise, treat the depression with an antidepressant if it is debilitating, but otherwise, treat the thyroid problem properly and the depression will likely lift as you heal.
It is not well studied or well documented, but some antidepressants affect T4-->T3 conversion, lowering your T3. When they do this, they may be causing as much problem as they are helping, since lower than optimal T3 levels are a KNOWN cause of depression, the very thing you would be taking the antidepressant for.
Another note: Smart psychiatrists know that T3 affects moods and check thyroid levels FIRST, then may prescribe T3 as an antidepressant in many cases.