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On Armour low T4, ok T3 high TSH HELP!!

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Old 08-08-2003, 03:23 PM   #1
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Question On Armour low T4, ok T3 high TSH HELP!!

I am on 1 1/2 grains of Armour. I just went to the er last weekend because I became so dizzy I couldn't handle it.
My TSH was 4.4 and my T4 was low (I dont remember the number but I can post my labs when I get a copy of them on monday) and my T3 according to the doctor (my quack doctor) was right in the middle.
I hate the 4.4 TSH level I dont feel as good as I would like. But my question is. Why would my T4 be low and my T3 be good??? I am confused about the T4 and T3.
Also...I have been on this medicine for a little over a month now. And I thought he would have uped my dose at least 1/4 or 1/2 a grain since I am still hypo but he wants to wait and do another blood test in Oct. In the meantime I am starting college Aug 25th and I cant stand the dizzy, cold sweaty clammy feelings anymore. Is doing the right thing by waiting until oct and re checking or would it have been safe to up my dose? This is so depressing. Thanks everyone.

P.S. by the way. I told him I wanted to aim for a tsh of 2.0 and he said that it will be too hard to get it to that level because I am on armour and its harder to get the right amount of dose to keep me at 2.0 is this true??

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Old 08-08-2003, 03:40 PM   #2
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Low T4 and mid-range T3 is normal on Armour. BUT, the same is also true for people who are under-treated on any thyroid med. Your body is trying to converta s much T4 to the more active T3 as possible to keep you going.

Getting your TSH regulated is no harder on Armour than on any other thyroid med. The Hypothalamus and Pituitary still respond in the same way to the thyroid hormones that the med provides.

You might try to get another opinion or ask him to humor you. Tell him it is your body and that you will take responsibility for the risk if hwe will work with you to get TSH to 1 NOT 2, but 1.

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