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Old 02-02-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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Question Need Help With Thyroid Values And Symptoms

I need some help in interpreting my symptoms and current lab results. I have been on Armour thyroid for almost 1 year. My doc had me on lgrain for several months, then she jacked it up to 2 grains, and I started having symptoms. I have been on 1 grain for 2 months now, and am still not feeling well. In fact, I felt much better on the higher dose of thyroid. The labs in the past, were taken with 4 hours of taking my Armour, so I don't know are accurate they are. Now, I feel much more fatigued, allergy symptoms galore, spotting, some weight gain and depression. Also, my hair is continuing to fall out, and my nails continue to be very brittle. I am also taking some natural progesterone cream, biest: natural estrogen, and DHEA ( all lab values are within normal range) . My current lab values after 8 hours of taking Armour : Free T3 3.2 (2.3-4.2), Free T4 1.1 ( 0.8-1.8), and TSH 1.44 (.4-5.5). One month prior to this, the values were: FT3 4.8, FT4 1.0 and TSH .40. The thyroid lab values after 3 months on Armour at 1 grain initially (after 4 hours of taking thyroid hormone) were: FT3 2.8, FT4 0.9, and TSH 0.80. It looks as though my FT4 may not be hight enough over all. What do you think? What should I do about my thyroid intake? How would you interpret the lab values and my symptoms? I would appreciate all knowledgeable viewers to reply.

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Old 02-03-2005, 05:23 AM   #2
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Re: Need Help With Thyroid Values And Symptoms

Any thyroid increase should be done gradually so that your body can adjust.Going straight from 1 g to 2 g was just too sudden an increase. Try going to 1.5 for a month or 2, then see how you feel and where your levels are. Iíve been on Armour for 18 months now and have been fluctuating between 1.5 and 2 grains.

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