Have felt I had thyroid issues for about 3 years but have always tested "normal" and couldn't get any help. Last labs are below:
T4 8.7 ( 4.5 - 12.0 )
T3 Uptake 31 ( 24 - 39 )
Free T4 2.7 ( 1.2 - 4.9 )
T3 118 ( 85 - 205 )
I have been battling systemic candida for the last 15 months that I thought was the reason for my chronic fatigue and shortness of breath. The very first sign that I had that something was wrong with my health was about 3 years ago when all of a sudden my once very healthy hair turned drastically dry, were talking brillo pad, and started falling. Two derms said thyroid but when tests came back normal they just take good vitamins!! During that time I think my TSH was close to 3 but can't remember numbers exactly.
About 6 weeks ago I talked my candida doc into letting me try some thyroid to see mainly if it would help the condition of my hair and it falling. Also, I always run a low body temperature, stays in the 97's all day, and I think that is contributing to my not being able to recover from the candida. He started me on 30 mg of Armour and temp came up right away and after a couple days chronic fatigue was lifted and I COULD BREATH!! Yippee!!! But then around the 3rd or 4th day after my dose within about 3 hrs, I would crash and temp plumett back down, fatigue and shortness of breath back. I have had to continually gradually increase the dosage to achieve the original benefits. I can tell I've hit it when, as I descibe it to my husband, the elephant gets off my chest and I can breath. I had to to finally increase to 4 grains today. Is this normal to have to increase this fast? I go back to my doc Monday and he is probably have a heart attack when he finds out how much I've been taking. I feel a little achey today so don't know if that means I overdone it a little or not.
My daughter got married June 4th and my fatigue was so bad the first part of May I told her I probably wouldn't make it but I started the thyroid meds around that time and started feeling so much better, I got to go to her shower, rehearsal dinner AND the wedding so I was thrilled needless to say.
I feel like I'm on that roller coaster I hear everyone talk about and I just don't know where to go from here. Have I increased too fast, am I on too much meds. I was a basket case this morning, bawling because I couldn't get the meds to pull me out of the fatigue and shortness of breath like they had been.
Sorry so long and I appreciate anyone that has taken the time to read this and I would appreciate any advice and anything that you think I need to talk to my doctor about Monday. My hair was also improving since starting meds but within the last week is falling again and seems to be trying to get dry again, so I'm overall very confused.