Quote from MauraL:It would help if you gave some background. How and when were you diagnosed? What were your symptoms or was a problem found on routine blood work? Are you being treated by a GP, NP, or endocrinologist and for how long? What was your most recent TSH, how much Synthroid are you taking and for how long, and why do you think you need cytomel?
At the least, a doctor treating a hypo on replacement should run the FT4 with the TSH. Adding an FT3 is ideal although some insurance companies won't cover it because it's more expensive (FT4 around $30, FT3 around $175+ from what I've seen). People taking any T3 drug (Cytomel or a combo like Armour) need the FT3 run routinely, but I do know people on just T4 who check the FT3 once in a while--every third lab--but who usually monitor by TSH and FT4 alone.
No one on replacement hormone should be monitored just using the TSH. It's a fine test in itself to screen people routinely for thyroid problems, but it is not fine in itself for people receiving replacement hormone in any form.
Hi, thanks for your time. I have been taking thyroid medication since I was 16 and now I am 45. I began taking Euthroid and in the 80s I begin taking Synthroid
, instead. I have always taken .125 mg.
I moved to another state. In order to get the new doctor to prescribe Synthroid
for me, she ordered lab/blood work.. She changed/decreased the dosage from .125 to .112 because she said the THS was low. She said she did not check the T-4 or T-3.
I have very dry skin and am gaining weight. I have dark circles and bags under my eyes. I am always cold. I have low body temperature....I have all these signs of low thyroid and other symptoms, too, even though I am taking the Synthroid
The doctor says I need nothing else...Thanks.