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Old 02-14-2005, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question about TSH

I was wondering if a TSH level of .05 is considered too low? My Free T3 is in the lower end of the range my Free T4 is in the upper end and my endo wants to lower my dosage of levoxyl. I'm scared that lowering it might make my Free T3 even lower? Am I right to be worried?

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Old 02-14-2005, 01:58 PM   #2
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I have the same worry, T4 is actually too high, my T3 in the lower end and my TSH 0.14.
I too am worrried about teh T3 if we lower the levothyrox as my doc is alos wanting to do.
And I def don't feel hypo, do you???

Old 02-14-2005, 04:27 PM   #3
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No, I don't feel hypo at all. Maybe one of the experts here can enlighten us a bit.

Old 02-15-2005, 05:31 AM   #4
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My TSH is suppressed at .005, but my free numbers are in the top third of their ranges. Have you talked to your Doctors about adding T3 in or switching you to Armour Thyroid? I'm on a combination of Armour and Synthroid and it works great for me. The Armour keeps my T3 up and the Synthroid helps bring the T4 up without pushing the T3 over the top. Your TSH should not be what your Doctor s are looking at to get you at your optimal levels. It "shouldn't" matter what your TSH is as long as the free numbers look good, but it is hard to find a Doctor that will look at it that way. I would definitely see if I could sitch to Armour....just give it a may be just what you need. If not, see if you can talk them into adding just a little bit of cytomel to your T4 and see if that helps, but you may have to lower your your T4 just a little.

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Old 02-15-2005, 06:12 AM   #5
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Re: Question about TSH

Thanks Miper, this doctor of mine is probably not the best. His total focus is on the TSH, he could care less what the FT3 and the FT4's are. As a matter of fact he was not even going to test my FT3 I asked him to after reading the importance of that number on these boards. Basically the office's response was, "well, just add it to the prescription". I have an appt to go over my test results I just received next week. I'll see how he responds then maybe make the decision to find a new endo.

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Re: Question about TSH

My own TSH is .02, and my FTs are not high. TSH shouldn't be considered at all while in treatment, because most often it must be nearly suppressed in order to get the free hormone levels high enough.
Your high FT4 and low FT3 probably mean you aren't converting enough T4 to T3. (That makes me suspect you have a lot of lingering symptoms despite being treated.) Adding some T3 to your treatment plan could improve your FT ratio and eliminate symptoms.

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