Originally Posted by Usertech
Free T4- 1.02
Free T3- 3.15
I am a 46yr male, 5'7" , 165lbs- used to be a runner
I started 50mcg synthroid back in October 2012 for depression and generally feeling like SHtt. I was told I was Bi-polar and we tried the synthroid because the anti-depresants were not really working. The synthroid seemed to at least clear some of the foggyness and my depression has eased.
Nothing/no-one addressed my symptoms of-physical exhaustion, flu-like symptoms, anxiety through the roof, mood swings, high cholesterol
I feel almost "normal" at this time except for.....If I over exercise or stress about somthing everything comes back and I become sick. It is like a cycle.
This has been going on for years w/different doctors. This is the first time I have focused on the thyroid...Not so sure though.
Any help is welcome.
Hi user tech, firstly, it is generally better once on treatment to get blood draws in the morning before taking meds, having the meds in your system skews the results somewhat.
Also, the TSH becomes less reliable once treatment starts.
.50mcg is a starter dose and people generally find they need to work up from this but going on the frees (FT4/FT3) and aiming for mid range to above until symptoms are relieved is when you get to your optimal dose.
Have you had antibodies tested?
Your symptoms could also be in line with adrenal fatigue. Brain fog, tiredness, raised cholesterol, feeling colder than normal, hotter than normal, palpitations with normal blood pressure, sweating more, waking during the hours of 2-4 am craving salty/ sweet and so on are all signs of this.
Cortisol and DHEA are the mother hormones, when these run low you are basically overdrawn on your bodies ability to provide energy. The adrenal response is to slow down the entire system, including all hormones and thyroid. Taking thyroid meds revs up the system, forcing the adrenals into further distress as it fights to lower it again so thyroid treatment does not work so well. Having a high Reverse T3 can point to this also, though that can also be conversion issues.
Blood tests can be run on those hormones to check for this and healing the adrenals can allow the thyroid to ramp up again.
Most general doctors do not look at this unless it is chronic (no cortisol as opposed to low) so a naturopath who can run these tests and prescribe is a better option should you chose to go down this route. It is worth looking into along with testosterone as previously suggested, especially if you feel no relief from thyroid meds.
I am not saying this is the answer, only that the symptoms are similar and it was my answer when three grains of T4/T3 treatment failed to give long term relief, after a brief reprieve I ended up worse and now am working on the adrenals due to very low cortisol and DHEA. So it may be worth looking at
I hope you get some answers for your issues soon. Best of luck!