Re: help starting T3 !
I replied on the other message board, but wanted to post here, in case anyone else may want to read it:
It is great that you have a doc that is working with you. I know you have been worried off and on for quite some time.
Since you are sensitibe to med changes, perhaps you can persuade you rdo to start you off a bit more slowly, starting at 2.5mcg (half of a 5mcg pill ot one quarter of a 10mcg pill) once a day in the morning.
After you have been on that a week, add another 2.5mcg in the afternoon and see how you do with that. since you are on 50mcg T4, this is a good target as a starting point. If it isn't enough, after a month, add another 2.5mcg in the morning, and give it another month. chances are that you'll end up on the whole 10mcg, but easing into it ans sneaking up on the dose reduces any side effects of going too fast. Adding the whole 10mcg at once would be like almost doubling your dose and could be asking for trouble.
Healing takes time and the immediate benefits aren't the whole story and you should feel better and better over time. Don't expect immediate results, though there may be some, since most people report immediate results with T3.
T3 and T4 are two separate hormones, though they are similar and related. The T4 med you are taking has no T3 and the Cytomel has no T4 in it.
[qoute]This Dr has told me to forget about TSH and to concentrate on T3 and T4. He wants to bring my T3 up to around 6 and my T4 to around 18 plus.[/quote]
I like your doctor's thinking, but I am concerend about him wanting the T3 above range. I would hope that he will shoot for the middle of the range or just above and tweak from there if needed.
Again, it is GREAT to hear that you have a good doc working with you! I hear that's hard to find down under. :-)