I am still feeling really tired, have no sex drive and I've been feeling really blue. My cholesterol was much higher than my doctor thought it should be given my age and weight/height (31, 146lbs, 5'4")
Total Chol 286
My sister suffers from Hypo and most likely our father does as well, so we have a family history. My doctor put me on 10mg of Lipitor for my cholesterol, but my sister said that my thyroid may still be an issue. She said that Selenium might help. I am not sure what type of dosage to start at. I have the 200mcg tablets, but I haven't started taking them. Any ideas would be welcomed. Thanks so much.
The advice about selenium is good. I take 100mcg and felt better a couple days after starting it. The 200mcg doseage is probably safe but it is several times the RDA. I buy 200mcg tablets and break them in half.
Docs are supposed to ck your thyroid before prescribing lipitor and your doc did - just didn't pay attention to you and your symptoms! Once the thyroid is taken care of usually the cholesterol does also.
TSH 2.17 (0.34-4.82) -your TSH looks fine according to AACE- however some of us feel better when it is below 2.
Free T4 0.83 (0.80-2.20) -most feel best when this is in the upper 1/3 which would be above 1.5
Free T3 3.74 (2.77-5.27) -most feel best when this is in the upper 1/3 which would be above 3.02 correction -should be 4.02
IMO with your symptoms and your labs, I think you need some thyroid meds - and a new doc.
IMO -I am not sure if selenium would help - you don't have a lot of FreeT4 left to convert! I searched around and finally found a 100 mg dose at CVS and I cut them in half for 50. I figure I get some through diet and don't want to OD on it.
"I'll make it"
Jewel TT 1/26/06 -Levothyroxine 75-88
Last edited by illmakeit; 05-05-2006 at 03:04 PM.
Reason: MIstake figuring upper 1/3 of FT3
Thyroid numbers are just that. The normal ranges are not necessarily the optimal ranges for you. A good doctor will treat you until your symptoms resolve regardless f where you numbers are. Also stay away from the Lipitor, it will kill you.
hypothyroidism can contribute to high cholesterol, and when the thyroid issue is straightened out, usually the cholesterol rights itself.
your numbers suggest you may be hypothyroid. like illmakeit said, your ft4 and tsh are questionable due to your symptoms. its not always all about the numbers when symptoms are present.
i wonder about your ft3 though - thats looking pretty good in comparison to your ft4. i'm not sure but i dont think i've seen such an unusual distinction between the two when people are hypo. i wonder what others here will think about that ----
The High cholesterol board will tell you a lot about the Lipitor. All cholesterol lowering medications are dangerous. Some people are permanently damaged by them. Most of the things that doctors tell you about cholesterol are just not true. Cholesterol is absolutely essential to your body.