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Re: cytomel in addition to levexyl

Re: cytomel in addition to levexyl

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Posted by Linda B on August 03, 2000 at 18:40:15:

In Reply to: Re: cytomel in addition to levexyl posted by Tree Frog on June 27, 2000 at 01:57:04:

I have taken T3 for 14 years. I take 25mcg, twice a day and also T4. I am sort of unique though, because I had thyroid cancer 15 years ago. No matter how much T4 they gave me, my TSH was screaming high and I was hypothyroid. It was miserable because I couldn't think clearly and I felt like a big fat stupid blob while hypothyroid. No one knew what to do with me, so I prayed and asked the Lord to help. During preparation for a total body scan, they put me on cytomel. Much to my amazement, I had energy! I could think again! I asked them to test my TSH because I felt so good! It was normal! Finally. I am a rare bird though, so my two-cents may not count for much because T4 really doesn't help me out much, but they give it to me anyway besides the T3, or Cytomel. I have so much energy that I don't want to go to bed at night and I rarely get down in the dumps because I have all this energy! That, I like! But there are some things to watch for while on T3. Be sure that you are not getting too much. They purposely make me hyperthyroid because I had Papillary Cancer, and the high thyroid dosage is supposed to keep any stray cancer cells from growing because it keeps the TSH down to the bare bones. But, because I am on too much, really, I have noticed that my heart races at times and I get somewhat short of breath. I never really figured that it was the T3. I thought it was because of my weight and because I am 41. But recently, I went for a physical and they did an EKG. My left atrium is slightly enlarged. I suspect that it is because they have made me hyperthyroid and it is becoming a strain on my heart. I have an appointment with my endocrinologist in a week to discuss lowering my dosage. Don't let that scare you, though, from T3. Just be sure to watch for signs of hyperthyroidism and get checked every year. It does sound like some changes in the heart due to hyperthyroidism are reversible, so that helps me to feel better. You will probably be more upbeat on T3. I am rarely depressed. But when I was hypothyroid, I was depressed and exhausted.
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