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Old 09-28-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Question Lab Question

My initial TSH in May was 6.87 and I was started on 25mcg levothyroxine. No increases until July and that increase was just to take 50mcg on weekends only. My latest labs are:
TSH 2.89 range 0.34-5.60
Free T4 0.86 range 0.58-1.64 (26% if I did my math correctly)
Free T3 2.80 range 2.39-6.79 (9%---too darn low, I think)
Since these are all techinically "in normal range" and I have had new tachycardia, my doctor isn't changing my dose at this time. I am very symptomatic.
I'm going to go out on a limb and tell the truth here and hope I don't face too much criticism. I'll admit that I've increased my dose on my own to 62.5mcg. I am feeling some improvement in some symptoms. I however do not want to go hyper, especially since I already have tachycardia, occasional hand tremors and anxiety while hypo. I'm not sure if I'd recognize it if I start to go hyper. I know my T levels need to come up but I don't want to overshoot and drop out the TSH. It just seems like I have a lot of room for improvement on the actual thyroid hormone levels. I have Hashi's btw. Any advice???

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Old 09-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Re: Lab Question

Well, I would have your levels checked again, in the very least. Being hyper is not good fir the body, so know your numbers and your symptoms. But you should also consider this: do you really feel heard by your Dr? If not then perhaps you should find one that will be more willing to work with your symptoms and not just the signs.

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