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Old 01-15-2010, 11:20 AM   #1
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Test Results


I am on Armour thyroid and will be tested again soon. I wanted to make sure I have the right tests and understand my last results.

I feel much better but by 2:00 in the afternoon my hands and feet are freezing and I could fall asleep just about anywhere. When I do succumb to a quick nap in about 45 minutes I am a new cheeks have a pink glow and my hands and feet are warm. If I don't get a nap which is 95% of the time I stay cold and my mind is foggy, often accompanied by a strong headache which is highly unusual. Although this sounds like hypo thyroid, I am exhausted and have to drag myself out of bed each morning. Once I get going I am ok until the 2:00 time frame. I think Armour is great.....tried Synthroid or its equivalent and felt no response at all!
I have a great physician...but I think I am a little bit of a mystery to her and need to better understand my last results and make sure the new tests reflect what I really need to know to feel better.

My scores Normal Range

T4 4.6 (4.5-12-0)
TSH 0.64 (O.40 to 4.50)
T3 total 147 97-219
Free Thyroxine 0.9 0.8 -1.8
Free T3 394 230 -420

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 01-15-2010, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: Test Results

do you split your doses? and have you had yourself tested for adrenal fatigue?

Old 01-15-2010, 11:39 AM   #3
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Re: Test Results

I cannot split the dosage...........due to all the problems with Amour I use a compounding pharmacy that uses capsules.........I assumed that you cannot split them...interestingly they use a slow release pill...........

Current dosage is 90 mg SR capsule (one per day).....this is a little higher than the last test results reflect.....last summer my doctor increased the amount by 15 mg.........

Is this a typical dosage? I wonder if I took another one in the afternoon would help, but will ask her when I see her.

I have not been tested for Andrenal fatigue--any particular tests I should request.

thanks so much for your quick reply.

Old 01-15-2010, 12:13 PM   #4
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Re: Test Results

Your free T3 level is at 86% of its range which can be considered a good level for many but maybe not for you. This can go higher and help you relieve the symptoms. By the way, of all those tests, you can narrow them down to TSH, free T3 and free T4 in the future, the rest are pretty useless.

I'm not sure the slow release is doing anything for you though. It could be impeding your absorbsion of the hormones and making you lag in the afternoons and morning. I would consider switching over to Erfa or one of the other desiccated thyroid brands like Nature-throid. They will be a lot less money I imagine too and are very good.

To test for adrenal fatigue you will need a saliva cortisol test, you can order one yourself online. The fact that you seem to be benefiting, albiet not enough, from the hormones seems to indicate that AF might not be a big problem here.

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