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Old 04-19-2006, 09:06 AM   #1
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I am on 88 mcg levothyroixine - up from 75 about 1 1/2 wks ago. Not much change, if any yet.
NOW-I don't eat except a piece of bread or 1/2 orange with calcium except at night since I can't function if I do. Eat a normal dinner then I am down within an hour - can't hold my head up - fall asleep.

Current schedule:
5:30-6:00 am Levothyroxine
9:30-10:30 am -calcium
1:30 -3:30 pm -calcium
5:30-7:30 pm calcium

PROPOSED:
5:30 am calcium
9:30-10:30 am -calcium
1:30 -3:30 pm -Levothyroxine
5:30-7:30 pm calcium
OR switch the levo to 9:30 am & calcium to 1:30 pm.
Do you think this would work to make my evenings with hubby better? Or do you think just not eating at night would help. I eventually do get hungry.
Thanks for ANY comments,
Jewel
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:21 AM   #2
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

I would try your proposed idea. But it seems like it wouldn't matter to much, Seems like something is still wrong, i'm sure your talking to a doc about it. I don't have trouble with energy anymore, And i have been eat whatever when i take meds, sometimes just water though.

 
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Old 04-19-2006, 09:32 AM   #3
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

I don't think the time of day you take the Levothyroxine (since this is a "t4 only" med)will make any difference as to your falling asleep early. It sounds to me like you need T3 if your body is not converting the t4 to t3. Have you had labs recently and what are your levels? You either are undermedicated or you need to add some t3 if not converting but you will have to know your levels of both hormones to know what is happening.

Have you thought about trying Armour thyroid or one of the meds that have both hormones in it?

 
Old 04-19-2006, 09:53 AM   #4
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

Thanks adamace & Shmily!
I was hoping it might help since T3 has a short 1/2 life and MAYBE when I take the T4 there is more T3 made for some strange reason. I don't know - just grasping at straws!

Here are my thyroid labs. They do LOOK normal.

10/05 (still had thyroid)
TSH 0.397 (0.35-5.5)
FT4 1.1 (.8-1.8)
FT3 3.2 (2.3-4.2)

2/17/06 (3 wks post op)
TSH 1.5 (0.35-5.5)
FT4 1.4 (0.8-1.8) ) upper 1/3 is 1.44-1.8 -alsmost there
FT3 2.5 (2.3-4.2) upper 1/3 is 3.56-4.2

3/9/06 (6 wks post op)
TSH 1.73 (0.35-5.5) pituitary is asking for more than before - still not "high" or "low"
FT4 1.1(.8-1.8) Upper 1/3 1.44-1.8 -need more
FT3 - NOT DONE –Doc didn’t order and lab tech said would but ordered TotalT3 instead
TotalT3 .07 (.06-1.8)

I think you are correct, shmily - but the doc doesn't. Didn't you know that "armour is an OLD medicine" and "T4 does it all" - not T3! according to the last doc when I asked him about armour and cytomel. I have an appt May 9 with a new endo but just trying to survive a little better until then.

What foods inhibit or help T4 convert to T3? I know some affect the THYROID but is it the production of T4 they affect or the conversion to T3? I don't have a thyroid, so what could be affecting my T3 production?
Thanks again!
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:40 AM   #5
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

A selenium supplement might help conversion a little bit. It probably won't make a new woman out of you, but it can't hurt. If you don't take it now, and there isn't any in a multivitamin you might take, take 200 mcgs a day for a month; then cut back to 100 for maintenance.

Like the others, I don't think taking your T4 later will help anything.

 
Old 04-19-2006, 12:17 PM   #6
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

Hey midwest - what do you mean, it won't make a new woman out of me?
MY goal is have the same get-up-and-go I used to have - when I was about 25 or 30 !!!! I wish!! But I would be very happy with where I was last year.

Wish we had a "dreaming" "smilie" ........

Just trying to "hurry things up" a little - I've said it before - I'm a VERY impatient patient!!!

Oh, what about foods? I'll try the selenium, and know it is in a lot of foods, but are there other foods that HELP?

Thanks all.
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Old 04-19-2006, 12:29 PM   #7
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Re: Has anyone tried this? What do you think?

The very richest source of selenium is Brazil nuts, but fresh ones can be hard if not impossible to find this time of year.

The other food sources are pretty unreliable, because the Se content is dependent on the soil in which the food is grown. Much of the US and Canada's Se content was used up decades ago due to the use of modern agricultural practices and chemical fertilizers, which don't put back lost minerals.

If you go the supplement route, those made from Se yeast are said to be the most absorbable form.

 
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