Re: Armour what might be going on
I agree with Midwest that your doctor is probably dosing you according to TSH rather than the frees. To my knowledge (and it is very limited..) most people on Armour feel good when the frees are mid-range to the upper third of the range, regardless of where the TSH is.
I am more successful with a synthyroid/cytomel combination than Armour, so I am a bit confused also, Midwest is the very best for advice about Armour so maybe she can jump back in with further explaination of my "analysis" (don't I sound official...?!) Your starting point of 11/05, the TSH was high, FT4 was about mid-range, and FT3 was at the very top of the range. As a result of these labs, you started on 1 grain. On 1/06 you took labs again, TSH went higher, FT4 and FT3 were very low in range and thus meds were increased to 2 grains. The labs on 5/06 indicated that the FT4 stayed about mid, but the FT3 at 4.4 indicates overmedication on the 2 grains and thus dropped the dosage to 1 1/2 grains.
I agree with Midwest, that according to the labs, the best dosage you have had is at 1 1/2 grains, as the FT4 is pretty close to mid-range, and FT3 almost right on at mid-range. Dropping down to 1 1/4 grains put your FT4 below mid-range again and there is no FT3 to go on. Most recently you went back to 1 1/2 grains. Hopefully you will settle there.
The big question though is HOW DO YOU FEEL at each of these dosages? You do not mention in your post what your symptoms are. Do you remember what symptoms you were having or how you felt at each of these doses? Which dosage did you feel the best? Your symptoms usually are the most important element in finding the right medication and dosage.
We are not lab reports, but human beings. It seems that the biggest critizism we have of MD's is that they dose only from the lab reports and not how we feel or what symptoms we are having. IMO, in trying to stabalize on meds., I'd go by how I feel on a dosage, and the lab reports will probably fall into line too.
Good luck to you. Keep us posted to your progress.