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Old 05-16-2006, 02:50 PM   #1
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The saga continues...advice appreciated

Hello everyone. Well unfortunately, my saga continues. I saw a new thyroid doctor in the begining of April. He did not run the Free T tests. He reduced my dose of Armour from 150 mg daily to 90 mg, even though my hypo symptoms continued. I did not agree with the dose change, but I decided to do it because he was the second doctor to recommend lowering it. I should have followed my instincts.

I have been feeling much worse over the last couple of weeks. I am also dealing with serious tick-borne illnesses, but when I get slammed with this extreme fatigue and brain fog I know it is thyroid related. I made an appointment with a new doctor but cannot get in until June 12th, so I asked my GP to check my thyroid. He did not run the Free Ts either. My results are below:

TSH: 1.00 (0.35-5.50)
Total T3 : 114 (60-181)
Total T4 : 7.4 (4.5-10.9)

My previous results from January 06 are:

TSH: 0.06
Free T4 1.3 (0.8-1.8)
Free T3 330 (230-420)
Total T3 169 (60-181)
Total T4 7.4 (4.5-12.5)

I have increased the Armour by 30mg which is still less than I was taking in March. I will see the new doctor June 12th and asked to be notified of any possible earlier appointment. There has got to be a decent doctor out here somewhere!

Is there any way of knowing when the increase may make a difference? I hope it does not take 4-6 weeks. Any comments on my results or situation is greatly appreciated.

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Re: The saga continues...advice appreciated

So sorry this latest thyroid guy happened to cross your path, ticker. I can see that your dose shouldn't have been reduced... unfortunately you had to learn it firsthand.

I always notice some difference within two weeks of changing a dose. I hope it will be at least that soon for you... and most of all, I hope the next guy will be more helpful. It's certainly an ongoing process to find decent medical help, isn't it?
Wishing you well.

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Midwest thank you so much for responding. Do you agree the numbers could use improvement? I hope I will feel an increase in energy soon, it is pretty much depleted and hard to function.

You are right, it is such a battle to find a decent doctor. I had to go through this first with Lyme disease and this has not been much easier. I hope the next doctor is better. Maybe I should have another one lined up just in case since it seems to take time to get an appointment!

Thanks again

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