My latest results are and these were taking at 10.00 a.m. and 24 hours after my last dose of meds.
TSH - 1.10 (0.27 - 4.20)
T4 - 21.7 (12.0 - 22.0)
T3 - 3.7 (4.0 - 6.8)
Cortisol: 393 - (171 - 536)
My iron levels are good and so is my D3. I take selenium, Vit C, zinc, B complex, evening primrose oil and fish oils.
Since taking Levo some two and a half years ago, I have always had a problem with low T3.
In March my results were:
TSH - 0.55
T4 - 25.3 (same ranges) I do think these figures are as a result of a massive anxiety period and possibly high cortisol levels which would explain the low TSH and high T4.
In December last year I was on 75 mcg of Levo but increase it by half a 25mcg. I was still getting some hair loss, dry skin, coldness and constipation and this small increase resolved those problems.
However, In March I began noticing eyelash and eyebrow loss and became frightened and panicked and ended up having a massive anxiety period that went on for some time. I dropped the half 25mcg and stopped the Levo for 3 days and went back to 75mcg. I think the eyelash/eyebrow problem is stopping but am not really sure. However, my hair is now shedding. I'm not sure if it is as a result of anxiety or the drop in Levo. Eyelash/eyebrow loss, from what I've read, is a result of inadequate meds. All of this is contributing to ongoing anxiety which I am trying to deal with but it can be difficult.
Saw the Endo this morning and he cannot see any problems with the low T3 and as far as he is concerned the results are good. He did say that at this point he would rule out adding T3 and would re-consider in 2 months time but added that although he would prescribe it my GP's practice may well not as it is expensive. In any case the T3 would not address the hair loss problem (he was baffled why my eyelashes/eyebrows were shedding and also baffled by the new hair loss). He also mentioned the effect of T3 on my heart. I told him my hair loss stopped when I increased the Levo last December but he said nothing. He went on to say to "let things settle down" before seeing him again in July.
I feel as though I'm back to square one.
My question is, is it true that T3 does not address hair loss caused by low thyroid? Also what would cause my eyelashes/eyebrows to start shedding? To be quite honest I'm really disappointed that my T3 is still low and the Endo doesn't seem to think it a problem. I know this is a complicated one as I can't get my head round it but would really appreciate a response.
I would be grateful for any input that anyone can offer me.