Originally Posted by Ramie
Hi All -
I have had hypothryoid for about ten years - over the past several years i have had probelms with weight gain and fatigue. I am only on T 3 and T4 meds. I recently heard about armour and am wondering if i should be on this instead.
Armour might be less expensive than the separate T4 and T3 meds, and that would be good reason to change, if the ratio of T3 to T4 in armour is anywhere close to what you are taking. I take Armour and a T4 med so that I get the right amounts of T3 and T4 without having to pay a premium for the more expensive Cytomel. What dose of each are you taking?
TSH 1.91 (0.40 - 4.00) |
FREE T4 0.98 (0.60 - 1.80)
FREE T 3 2.46 (1.80 - 4.20)
Judging by your TSH, you could use a dose increase, but TSH is not a really goood indicator of what you need.
Judging by the Free T4 being below the middle of the lab range, it tells me you would likely still have symptoms. I prefer to see it at 1.2 or higher, and preferably closer to 1.5.
Judging by the Free T3 being below the middle of the lab range, it tells me you would likely still have symptoms. I prefer to see it at 3.0 or higher, and preferably closer to 3.6.
GH 2.92 (0 -10) |
IGF - 1 194.0 (101 - 303)
PROLACTIN 10.30 (1.90 - 25.00)
Not sure on these, but I know that GH levels are related to well-being and that people who have levels in the upper part of the range tend to feel better and younger. Many "anti-aging" docs prescribe GH to achieve that.
IGf is a breakdown product of GH, and has some activity on its own. It is right where we woudl want it to be.
There is no lab range for the FSH, and I can't accurately interpret it without a lab range.
Prolactin is also in a good place...not too high, and not too low.
also my magnesium and calcium were in the low, low range - could these be related to my thyroid?
Yes, Magnesium deficiency is VERY common and is especially so in hypos. Calcium and Magnesium should be in balance, and apparenly yours are close to the right balbance, but just low. Get some Calcium and Magnesium and start supplementing. Remember these points' though: Calcium and Magnesium should be an a 2:1 ratio. If you take 1000mg Calcium, daily, then you need 500mg Magnesium to balance it. Also remember that taking Calcium within several hours of taking your thyroid meds will interfere with your absorbtion of thyroid hormones. Make sure you take Calcium at least 4 hours fmr when you take yout Thyroid pills, and preferabley more.