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Old 03-11-2002, 11:14 AM   #1
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Thyroid 3

After I received radiation for a brain tumor in April of 2001, this past November, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.

My TSH level was 31.27 when my blood work was done (which normally is supposed to be between .32 and 5.0 as a high). My doctor prescribed Thyroid 3 (Grade 3). I've been on it now for 4 months. I've tried doing my homework online on thyroid 3 cases, but haven't found anything, really. My doctor has explained to me that although synthetic thyroid drugs are more stable in their dosage, the natural stuff is what he's seen faster results with.

Have any of you been on thyroid 3, as opposed to synthroid or other synthetic drugs?

Thanks so much, <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
Belle

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Old 03-11-2002, 12:15 PM   #2
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Re: Thyroid 3

I never heard of it.
Try asking your doctor what the brand name and the manufacturer is.

Please let us know, too.

 
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Old 03-11-2002, 12:28 PM   #3
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Re: Thyroid 3

The bottle says "Thyroid Tabs USP 3GR" Both my doctor and pharmacist call it a "natural" form of thyroid. It's desiccated hormone, derrived from animals. It has no name brand that I know of. As for the manufacturer, I'll look into that. Thanks!

...the manufacturer is Qualitest.

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Re: Thyroid 3

Ahhh.It is a generic version of Armour Thyroid. The pills you aer taking are 3 grains or 180mg each. tha tis a rather high dose to start on. In fact most people start at 15 to 30 mg a day an dwork up from there.

The fact that your doctor is open to using the natural product as opposed to the synthetis is usually a good sign.

 
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Re: Thyroid 3

That is a HUGE difference!

Do you think it's dangerous to have a dosage so high? My level of TSH was pretty high...My doctor says that in 45 years of medicine, he's never seen one over 20.

Before I started seeing him, I saw three others and they were, for lack of a better word, MORONS. I know that's terrible for me to say, but it was a simple thing that they all missed, even AFTER blood work was done.

They all said the symptoms were due to the stress of recovery. I'm the happiest, silliest person, and very thankful that my treatments for my tumor worked. Stress? The only stress I had was due to their negligence. One even had the nerve to tell my current docotor that he "thought it was all in my head". The gaul!

I feel like I'm getting some answers now, and your help is a great new outlet, Thanks guys!

 
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Re: Thyroid 3

"Dd you think it's dangerous to have a dosage so high?"

Not necessarily. It is unusual (and generally not recomended by the drug manufacturer) to start at that doseage, but not unheard of. If you have any adverse reactions, lower your dose. Many people are taking that amount. I am taking 2.5 grains plus some additional synthetic thyroid meds that total about the equivalent of 3.25 grains or so. If you need that amount, you need that amount. Your doc has been treating for a long time, obviously, and seems to know what is going on.

"My level of TSH was pretty high...My doctor says that in 45 years of medicine, he's never seen one over 20"

Higher TSH is not terribly uncommon. I have read of a few that were over 1000--on young girl had a TSH of 1400+. Once you get above the "normal range, the numbers rise exponentially. TSH doesn't correlate with symptoms very well, so it is possible that someone with a TSH of 300 might not feel as badly as one at 30, who might not feel as badly as one with a 3. I was diagnosed at 2.36. I am definitely not minimizing your symptoms or anyone elses, but that's just and example of the wide variance that can be seen in hypos.

 
Old 04-24-2002, 11:25 PM   #7
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Re: Thyroid 3

I got the results back from some recent blood tests.

I had a TSH level of .02, total T3 of 3.48 (which is much lower than it was a few months ago, so that's good.) My free T4 level was .07, so my doctor is adding .05 mg of synthroid to the 180mg of thyroid 3.

also my thyroid peroxidase antibodies were at 10 H.

What exactly does this mean? What's the normal reference range? I'll ask my docotr at my next visit, I just wondered if you all were familiar with it...

What causes these "anti-bodies" ? Is it something I can fix?

Also, I've read that thyroid antibodies can lead to infertility. Is this true, and what causes it?

Thanks so much for your help guys!
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Old 04-25-2002, 09:04 PM   #8
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Hi Belle. There's some links in our Information Archive that refer to antibodies, thyroiditis (including Hashimoto's, which is caused by antibodies), plus Selenium and Maca and how they might help.
<A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum118/HTML/000005.html</A>

Look for Lori's post of 7/28/01 and two of my posts on 2/12/02 plus one on 2/21/02.

You may also find some good stuff on <A HREF="http://www.endocrineweb.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.endocrineweb.com</A>


I've been taking Maca for several months now, and it's been great help to me in relieving my hypo and hyper symptoms (they alternate in my case). But I've not yet re-tested my antibody levels, so I don't know if they've improved. My doc (and most physicians) believes that once you have thyroid antibodies, it's for life and there's nothing that can be done. I don't agree, and I see my naturopaths on the side.

I'm not sure about your infertility question. I know that when our thyroid hormone levels are out of whack we are less likely to be fertile, but this tends to improve as we become balanced. I don't know how antibodies specifically fit into the fertility scenario, but the antibodies do cause our TSH levels to fluctuate, and I'm certain that has a big effect.

 
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