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Old 06-14-2005, 08:13 AM   #1
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Question When T4 gets too low...

My FT4 keeps dropping (last week's blood draw had it at .9 (.9-1.8) I'll have the rest of the labs tomorrow to post)


My doc upped my Armour dose from 30 to 60mg (finally) but I don't have high hopes of it raising my T4 as I've heard Armour tends to supress T4. Maybe it's been supressing it because my dose has been so low for so long.



Anyway, back to my question. Will my symptoms become worse (because they have been latley)? What specifically does T4 do for you?

 
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

Hi Irys,
Don't be too pessimistic about Armour and T4. My FT4 was .9 (on a .8-1.8 range) before I started taking it. Last test it was 1.2, which is still below mid-range, but because my FT3 is 70% of its range, I feel good.
Armour doesn't suppress FT4 per se, but can cause a lop-sided balance of FT4 to FT3. For some people, that can be a problem. For me, though, it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference.

 
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Old 06-14-2005, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

I'd like for the increase to help my T4, I'm just concerned because it's only decreased since I've been on Armour. Before I went on Armour my FT4 was 1.2

I wish she would test FT3 - there isn't a space on the lab req where I can write it in.. (she's only testing TT3) and I think she'd realize I messed with it.

 
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

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Old 06-14-2005, 11:07 PM   #5
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

irys-
if your taking Armour you need to get your free T3 tested along with your free T4. I know on my lab sheet on the lower right hand area there is a place to write in a lab request.

 
Old 06-15-2005, 06:08 AM   #6
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

yes, I know. My doc only tests TT3 - and there's no place to write anything in, or check a box for it.

 
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

why not ask the lab when you get your blood drawn if they can do a free t3 test along with the tsh and free t4.

You can also order tests off the internet, tsh, free t3 & t4. I have done this through healthcheckusa. It is out of pocket but I think the cost was $90. I ordered the test, they sent me the form and a place to have it done, then the results were sent to my house about a week later.

 
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Re: When T4 gets too low...

I have asked - and they won't do anything that isn't written/checked off on the lab req.

I've looked at healthcheckusa before - but with me already paying anywhere from 75-170 per doctor appointment (depending if I need more supplements or not), I don't really have the extra :\

 
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