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Old 08-20-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Overdue update on me--starting Armour!!

I had my first trip back to the endo since my first appt. in March, after my total thyroidectomy in January(was that confusing, or what!?). In March, my TSH was 5. I bumped up to Synthroid 100. In June I had a whole bunch of other labwork, so asked that doctor to check my TSH and free Ts. In June I bumped up to Synthroid 112:

TSH(.3-5.5) Free T4(.61-1.76) Total T3(85-205)

March 5.0

June 0.549 1.24 141 (not on hormones)

August 0.03

In July I switched to Unithroid 112, stomach felt less bloated and tense, but then ended up constipated and could tell I needed to bump up. So, I stayed at 112, but added in about 1/4 grain of synthetic t4/t3 I had since 2 years ago. It helped with the constipation and a little more energy. Yesterday, my np agreed to let me switch to 1 1/2 gr. Armour and see how it goes, EVEN WITH A TSH OF 0.03! I'm so glad--even though they didn't check any of the frees, he was willing to let me try it. I have six weeks, and then more labwork. Then, we'll see what a continued low TSH means for my treatment. Overall, I don't feel any different with a TSH at 5.0 or 0.03! Anyone else like that??? A couple of years ago I had a TSH at 15 and didn't feel any differnet then! I know it's the frees that really matter, but I can't imagine they stay the same all the time with such a fluctuating TSH.

So, I'm glad the low TSH didn't let my np stop from letting me try the Armour.

Even though I am still "summer intolerant", it seems the lower my TSH goes, the more even temperature bodywise I am. In other words, I just went a week with keeping my a/c at 78-80 all day(in Louisiana!), where all the other summers I would be putting it to 74-75 by 10 a.m., and then sweating in the afternoon! So, just don't understand all this mess....

I was hoping I would be able to have a fairy tale ending by now after my TT for Hashimoto's, and be able to tell everyone how I did it, but I am still having my other issue of being orthostatic intolerant. I don't think it is related to my thyroid issue, but who knows. So anyway, even without the fairy tale ending, I thought I would write ya'll my progress(or lack of it!).

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