Re: High TSH, 'normal' thyroid hormones.
I've been taking synthetic T4 and T3 for over 18 months now and am doing VERY well with them.
Many people with Hashi's develop problems converting the T4 (storage hormone) to T3, our active hormone.
This makes sense since Hashi's slowly destroys thyroid function. Well, 20% of conversion happens in the thyroid.
So, when people take a T4-only med such as thyroxine and are still having problems, that's a good sign they are deficient in T3.
So, rather than look at pituitary hormone TSH to evaluate thyroid function, thyroid-savvy doctors look at the actual thyroid hormone levels - FreeT4 and FreeT3.
Most healthy people have FreeT4/T3 levels in the upper half/upper third of the range so, that thyroid-savvy doctor will adjust the meds dose(s) to achieve this for the patient....and then tweak the dose(s) to address any remaining symptoms.
This is what my doctor did for me.
Just for the record, since most cases of hypothyroidism are autoimmune in nature, it's unrealistic to think that vitamins will stop the antibody destruction of the thyroid. People dealing with hypothyroidism need to replace the vital thyroid hormone not being produced in sufficient quantities to meet the body's needs.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010
Last edited by sammy64; 11-22-2011 at 11:35 AM.