So I posted a couple of weeks ago whilst I was waiting for another test and results. My doc had asked me to send in articles and information I'd been reading about T3. I took this as genuine interest on her part about an area she hadn't had much experience in. So I duly printed out articles and info from here and Dr Toft etc. I had my test, made sure to ask if t3 and T4 had been requested not just TSH (it hadn't but they changed it) and went yesterday for my results.
My TSH had gone from 1.53 to 4.3 (range 0.4 - 4.0) which at least makes me feel better about my brain fog, low mood and weight gain. The fun started though when she started 'explaining' to me.
First of all she said your TSH has gone up so we need to reduce your medication. I had to point out that I was ABOVE the reference range so needed a Levo INCREASE. Which she brushed of as 'oh yes that's what I meant'!
My t4 was 17.6 and I think the ref range was 14-24........they didn't do a T3 test!! She then proceeded to tell me that T4 is what your body uses and so only TSH and T4 matter. Then she said that it is the lab who decide if T3 should be tested and she can't make them do it only ask them to!
I have to have a test again in 4weeks because I've been increased to 100mcg Levo and she says she's asked for T3 but doesn't think the lab will do it!
I don't know what to make of the T4 result without the T3 but I definitely think I need to see a different doctor next time! She really had everything muddled about which thing does what, and claimed she never got my info and articles.
Eeeiuurrggh I don't know why I bother. I just hope the Levo increase works but from experience of the increases I've had so far, I'll feel better for a bit then it'll all start creeping back, hence wanting to know if I'm converting to T3 properly or if I might benefit from combined treatment!