Hope you are all well. Or as well as can be
The result of a recent visit to my endo was to try raising my T4 to 150 (from 100) and take out the T3 (20mg). She said to do this gradually (reduce t3 by 10, increase t4 by 25 and the same again after a week).
I feel like crap. Soooooo tired, bloated and have put on 4lb (so depressed about this). I know that t3 is more instant than t4 so obviously taking this out has caused me to feel like this, I'm having to wait for the t4 to kick in!
The reason she has done this is because my TSH was suppressed, my t4 was under range and even my t3 was a bit low although within range. She wants me to go back to t4 only but a higher dose and see if this helps. She said that she has had patients who put in a bit of T3 then go back to t4 only and she has never had to see them again.
If this fails, she has given me a prescription for 2 grains of armour.
I have worked this out as 96 of t4and 18 t3. If this is a true comparison, I would slightly be under medicated and it was being under medicated on 100 t4 and 20t3 that took me to the endo for an appt in the first place.
Sooo.... My questions are...
Is armour stronger and more "direct" than Levo? ie, do you react to it better than Levo and absorb it better??
How have people felt by swapping Levo for armour? Is there a transition period whereby you feel crap for weeks then better or can it be quite quick when you feel better? The reason I ask is I own two gift shops, November and December are my busiest months and I just cannot be unwell. I HAVE to be fit!
I have heard so many good things about armour but I have to admit to feeling apprehensive about taking it and am wondering wether to just carry on with 150levo until after this period in work and start armour in January but I'm feeling crap anyway so this makes me think just blooming take the armour!!!!
The other thing that worries me is when I was on t4 only to start with, it was easy to keep track of my ranges and true to form, when I felt crap, my blood test revealed my t4 level had dropped. I often wonder where I would have got to if my levo was raised properly in the beginning instead of adding in t3. When t3 was added, my ranges shot all over the place, my t4 dropped out of range and my TSH wouldn't move, hence our attempts at now trying t4 only again but at a higher level.
I'm sorry to babble but Armour obviously contains T3, so therefore, by not feeling well enough on a T4/t3 combo, is armour really going to make me feel any better or should I just continue with the T4 only? I know it's hard to say as we are all different but would like to hear others opinions on this