Originally Posted by FinnMaid
You want "the lowest level of the day" to get accurate results so you need to have your labs taken in the morning before you take your meds. I don't even want to know what my T3 and T4 levels are after taking meds
(they'll both be through the roof
and I take them twice a day so I get two of these spikes).
Thanks, that is helpful to know. With sinus tachycardia occurring on the Armour last summer and fall, I had to decrease armour to settle my heart. On steroid replacement for Addison's Disease, I had upped them for pleurisy/lung infection. Then to taper back to baseline steroids, I ran into terrible tachycardia. I called endo and he suggested dropping armour a bit, see if heart is better, and if taper works better. It did!
So heart is quite sensitive to the ups and downs of T3 in the day. I will continue to get readings done before meds as you suggest. If heart acts up again, I might also get a peak reading 2 or 3 hours after taking the armour.
I really think heart issue was brought about by tapering steroids, I only dropped by 1 mg. prednisone every two weeks, but maybe 1/2 mg. would have worked better, probably just tried to taper too fast..
Hindsight... always better!