Originally Posted by djh358
Free T4 1.45 (0.05-1.54)
TSH-3rd gen. 6.40 (0.14-3.81)
Morning Cortisol 11.3 (10.4-26.4)
He increased my Levoxyl from 100mcg to 125 mcg and said my cortisol was fine. Within a week I started feeling worse and my heart was racing all the time.I called my family doctor and saw her last Monday. I convinced her to retake my tests. She also did the Free T3. These were the results:
Free T4 1.73 (0.62-1.45)
Free T3 2.4 (2.3-4.2)
TSH 1.61 (0.54-5.15)
Morning Cortisol 10 (4-22)
I'd say your instincts are right, djh. Initially your TSH was high and your FT4 didn't look bad - which would have made me wonder what you're FT3 looked like. The second set of tests show your FT4 is higher but your FT3 are low, very low. (TSH really isn't telling you much anymore since you've started treatment). But what stands out is your cortisol, it was really low in the first test, even if it is in w/in the range. AM cortisol should be the highest of the day, and if that is your highest... it's low. In the second batch it's still low.
You could be dealing with adrenal fatigue, which might explain why you felt worse once treatment began. You were most likely feeling bad because your FT4 was already OK and it became high on the levoxyl, but your FT3 is low - could be you are one of those who had a hard time converting T4 into T3 and you'd benefit from T3 and not T4 (levoxyl is synthetic T4 only)
A little research on adrenal fatigue might be in order. Dr. Rind has done some very interesting research comparing the symptoms of adrenal fatigue vs. hypothyroidism that I recommend. You should be able to find it quite easily with the information above.
I understand your disillusionment with the medical profession yet I'd be interested to hear what your doctor as to say about your latest results. I won't hold my breath though