Re: Anxious about switching to Armour
Have you had your ferritin tested? Hypothyroidism leads to malabsorption issues in many of us. This can result in certian hypothyroid symptom mimics. Low ferritin results in fatigue and hairloss. Low B12 can do the same thing, but it also makes your nails brittle. Standard blood panels do not test your ferritin and B12 levels. Your MD must write them in special. The most common vitamins that can mimic hypothyroid symptoms OR amplify them are Ferritin, B12, vit D, and magnesium. These require special write in lab requests. Many MDs just over look them and assume we are getting all we need.
Your Ferritin should be higher than 70, any lower and you should supplement your iron intake.
Your B12 you want in the 50-80% range of normal, same with vit D. If they are not you should add a super B complex and vit D supplement.
Your Magnesium levels should be 40-60% of range.
Or systems thrive on equilibrium and balance. When the thyroid goes we lose or manager/overseerer. This requires a lot of tweeking to get right.
As to how much Armour and when. Keep a symptom log and tweek dosing times every two weeks. In two weeks you will know if 60 is too much for you. My Aunt B needed some T3,just not alot. She had to mix and match synthroid and Armour to optimize her meds. You may require something similar. She takes 75 mcgs of synthroid and a grain of Armour. She has no thyroid/thyroid function left to interfere with dosing adjustments. Cytomel drove her up the wall and anyone elses backside as well. It is common for artificial T3 supplementation to be harder to adjust too. Not sure why, there is just a greater tendancy for side effects. She takes her Armour at 6 am and 3 pm. Dosing after 4 pm tended to leave her wired.
If we learn by our mistakes, I am working on one hell of an education.