It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Thyroid Disorders Message Board

  • New Lab Report - High Reverse T3 - ????

  • Post New Thread   Closed Thread
    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Old 11-18-2005, 05:28 PM   #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date: Jun 2004
    Posts: 19
    TiggerFanatic HB User
    New Lab Report - High Reverse T3 - ????

    Dx'd w/Hashi's in June of 04. Been on different levels of levoxyl. Currently taking .0875 (or is it 87.5) daily. Last 6 months dealing w/a myriad of symptoms trying to get my hormones (total Hysterectomy 3 years ago) and thyroid levels straightened. Am waiting results of saliva test (estrogens, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol). Also had thryoid testing done and got the results today w/doctor notations. Would appreciate help with understanding the report.

    FT3 300 (230-420)
    Ft4 1.3 (0.8-1.8)
    TSH 0.66 (0.40-5.50)
    T3 Reverse 0.62 (0.18-0.51) flagged as high

    Doctor's Notes:

    High RT3 will start T3 extended 10mg/1 daily
    Levoxyl down to .075 daily

    Need to be seen in 2 months.

    Take Multivitamin if not already doing so.

    So what does this mean as to my thyroid function? And what will the T3 extended do?

    I also had my cholesterol checked w/the following numbers:

    Total 247
    HDL 42
    LDL 157
    Trigs 222
    Ratio 5.9

    I know Hypothyroidism affects the cholesterol, but not sure how.

    And finally before going in for Saliva testing my Estrogen had gone from 265 1 year ago to 40.


    Sponsors Lightbulb
    Old 11-19-2005, 06:20 AM   #2
    Join Date: Mar 2005
    Posts: 2,093
    merrillin HB User
    Re: New Lab Report - High Reverse T3 - ????

    This is just my advice.............don't let the dr lower your t4 meds just because your tsh is low. It is SUPPOSED to be supressed on t4! Your free t4 shows it does not need to be lowered and in fact you could actually stand an increase. Dr's just don't get that part at all! Once I started being dosed by the free's I had no hypo symptoms and I have had my total thyroid removed.

    Best of luck,

    Old 11-19-2005, 07:59 AM   #3
    Senior Veteran
    Join Date: Jan 2003
    Location: Missouri, USA
    Posts: 12,925
    midwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB Usermidwest1 HB User
    Re: New Lab Report - High Reverse T3 - ????

    I don't know a lot about reverse T3 and its treatment, so take this for what it's worth.

    Reverse T3 is a form of T3 that can't be used by the cells. I think what he's trying to do is boost your FT3 in order to make more available at cell level. When he added the T3 med, he slightly lowered your T4 dose to take into account the 4X potency of T3 to T4.

    I don't trust doctors easily, but I would trust that yours knows what he's doing. For one thing, he tested RT3 in the first place. Most MDs have never even heard of it, I'd wager. Second, he bothered testing your other hormones; all hormones interact with each other, so trying to achieve a proper balance is a great thing. (I don't, however, know the least little bit about what your other hormone tests mean. Sorry.)

    HypoT causes elevated LDL and triglycerides, because it interferes with the clearance of LDL from the liver and gut and with glucose metabolism. It's the second leading cause of high cholesterol after poor diet. If the elevated levels are due to the hypoT, it will be lowered after optimum treatment of the thyroid is achieved. If they are due to poor diet or lack of exercise, treatment won't help a lot. An untreated hypothyroid person can raise the level of HDL - the "good" cholesterol - by moderate exercise, however.

    Closed Thread

    Related Topics
    Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
    High reverse t 3 anyone? k2626 Thyroid Disorders 2 01-26-2010 09:46 PM
    High reverse T3 mean anything? k2626 Thyroid Disorders 16 01-10-2010 04:37 PM
    Reverse T3---Need advise on new Thyroid Lab report 40mills Thyroid Disorders 23 10-14-2008 03:22 PM
    High T3/FT3 on Latest Labs & Low FT4...Any thoughts? Luv2Travel Thyroid Disorders 2 02-05-2008 06:39 PM
    High blood pressure natural cures, enjoy all ttwarrior1 High & Low Blood Pressure 21 12-06-2006 06:38 AM
    I got my lab report in! I could use your opinion please. LynnHan Thyroid Disorders 13 12-12-2004 06:15 PM
    New to high cholesterol hjg0989 High Cholesterol 28 10-19-2004 08:23 AM
    MRi Report and doctors Visit hedycarter1 Pain Management 10 03-26-2004 09:24 PM

    Thread Tools Search this Thread
    Search this Thread:

    Advanced Search

    Posting Rules
    You may not post new threads
    You may not post replies
    You may not post attachments
    You may not edit your posts

    BB code is On
    Smilies are On
    [IMG] code is Off
    HTML code is Off
    Trackbacks are Off
    Pingbacks are Off
    Refbacks are Off

    Sign Up Today!

    Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

    I want my free account

    All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:57 PM.

    © 2020 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
    Do not copy or redistribute in any form!