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Old 07-30-2012, 02:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy Frustrated... Docs says tests normal...

Below are my thyroid tests. I have a goiter & nodules, ultra sound shows no changes, 1 biopsy that was negative. I take Armour Thyroid 90mg, 1x a day. Doctor's say these tests are normal. The last couple years I have had problems with energy, dry skin among other symptoms and I started gaining weight earlier this year. I have gained 30lbs in 5 months despite diet and exercise. I have been on the same dose for 10 years. Anybody have suggestions to overcome lingering hypothyroid symptoms or thyroid support supplements?

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 0.42
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.93
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 90

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 1.28
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.85
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 71

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) .46
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 0.97
Total T3 (87-167 ng.dL) 87

TSH (0.30-5.27 uIU/mL) 3.37
Free T4 (0.9-1.8 ng/dL) 1.06
Free T3 (2.3-4.2 pg/mL) 2.71
Thyroid Perox AutoAb (<35 IU/mL) 22

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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Re: Frustrated...Docs says tests normal....

So sorry to hear of your struggles!

It never ceases to amaze me that some doctors prescribe Armour yet don't seem to be aware of the prescribing instructions.

If you look at the treatment section on the Armour website, you will see that Armour is indicated as a pituitary TSH suppressant.

This means that people who are optimally medicated on Armour will have suppressed (below-range) TSH.

Thyroid textbooks indicate that healthy people have TSH 1.0-1.5 so, your most recent TSH level is higher than that, let alone be one that's appropriate for someone taking Armour.

I'm happy to see you're finally getting a FreeT3 test done. I don't know a single person who would feel good with your most recent level (and the same applies for your FreeT4 level).

You need a higher Armour dose.
Graves' 2007...remission 2009....hypo 2010

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Old 07-30-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Re: Frustrated...Docs says tests normal....

I feel like more medication is needed, but no one will listen. Thanks, I feel better knowing I am not going crazy. Guess, I will be searching for a new doctor that will manage Armour Thyroid. 5 doctor's in a couple years.

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