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Old 02-09-2005, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hi all. I'm trying to chase down what kind of illness I could have. I've got some odd symptoms, that over time (5-6 years) have gotten worse. Sinus issues have become chronic over the past couple of years, headaches have gotten worse. I've become fatigued, have trouble sleeping, and don't feel like I've gotten enough sleep even though I slept for 8 hours. I have the desire to do a whole bunch of things, but not the drive. The 2 main (and most troublesome symptoms) that have developed over the past month or 2 are facial numbness (not paralysis) on the left side of my face and head, and what seems like a very sudden onset of ocd-like symptoms (no history of mental illness).

I recently visited my PCP and he suggested I may have a thyroid problem (my mother has/had one as well). In another topic, someone mentioned that I should post my Free T3 and 4 results here to see if anyone had any answers.

My free T3 was 2.82 ref. range was 1.5-4.1
My free T4 was 1.50 ref range was .8-1.9

My PCP prescribed Cytomel to see if this helps. Does anyone know what the heck that is? Where should I go from here?

Thanks for any input you all can provide.

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Old 02-09-2005, 10:19 PM   #2
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Cytomel is synthetic T3. He prescribed it because your FT3 is a bit lower than what is ideal for most people. You might feel better if it were somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.3 or so.
Your FT4 is at a good level, which probably is why he didn't prescribe any T4 med.
Thyroid trouble can produce a myriad of symptoms like the ones you describe.

Your doctor sounds like a smart cookie. Most wouldn't treat your levels with thyroid hormone. Go along with him to see if it helps. If not, at least you can rule one thing out and look for other causes.

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