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Old 01-17-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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effects on blood when taking liothyronine

I started taking liothyronine in nov. with the following Lab results.

TSH 1.1 Reference Range (.3 - 4.8)
Free T4 .8 Reference Range (.7-1.6)
Free T3 3.6 Reference Range (1.8- 4.2)

Test results from 1-14-2013

TSH .9 Reference Range (.3 - 4.8)
Free T4 <0.2 Reference Range (.7-1.6)
Free T3 3.9 Reference Range (1.8- 4.2)

Symptoms before start meds were dry skin, hair loss, dry mouth, fatique, low body temp, cold intolerence.

My question is why did my Free T4, drop so low I don't see the doctor to review labs for 2 weeks, but the fatigue in worse, and little to no charge in the other systems. Suggestions need are what to ask the doctors.

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:38 AM   #2
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Re: effects on blood when taking liothyronine

Welcome to the board although I(m sorry for the reason you're here.

Did your doctor start this treatment? If so, I'm sorry to say so but your doctor does not seem to know what he/she is doing. what's the dosage you're taking?

TSH .9 Reference Range (.3 - 4.8)
Free T4 <0.2 Reference Range (.7-1.6)
Free T3 3.9 Reference Range (1.8- 4.2)

This are the latest labs right?

liothyronine (T3) a fast acting thyroid hormone, treatment with T3 is not recommended. standard protocol is T4 treatment and if need be adding T3 to the regime, some need T3 but not everybody.
In your situation your first labs indicated FT4 being near bottom of the ranges, FT3 not (so there was no reason whatsoever that you needed T3, if anything you needed T4. the intake of T3 will do nothing for your FT4 level and nothing for symptoms associated with that either. yet it does results in your FT4 being even lower which is a normal consequence and makes you feel even worse.
You urgently need T4 in your system! Can you contact your doctor earlier? With an FT4 level that low you must feel terrible but next to that I've never seen a level that low and this can be potentially dangerous! (sure the T3 in your system will somehow make up for the danger but I would dare taking the risk).

 
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:20 AM   #3
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Re: effects on blood when taking liothyronine

My doctor did start treatment after the first lab work. I will be calling them today, and see what to do. My temp has been averaging 96.6 the last couple days, and I m so tired can't stay awake.

 
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Re: effects on blood when taking liothyronine

I can imagine you cannot stay awake and with those levels I really would push this as an emergency with your doctors. I don't want to scare you but really don't think this is a safe situation. How is your heartrate?
you need T4 in your system asap.

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Re: effects on blood when taking liothyronine

how are you? did you get a hold of your doctor? I hope so.


 
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