Thyroid HELP

Hello. I recently wrote a post about my theory that I may be lacking t3 as I have been feeling constantly unwell since my diagnosis of hypothyroid and thyroiditis 3 years ago. I have since then paid to see a specialist and have today been told that all 9 of my bloods including T3 levels were normal. I am completely deflated as I secretly hoped I would have a deficiency somewhere that could be treated or worked with, so as you can imagine to leave the hospital under the impression that this is how I'm going to feel for the rest of my life is heartbreaking. I begged and pleaded for the doctors to prescribe me with T3 to at least TRY which they were very reluctant to but agreed to give me a weeks worth I the end. I'm now unsure about taking it and wondered if anyone has had a similar experience or any further thoughts as I feel like giving up. Thanks x

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  • Klm1992, 'normal' simply means results are within range which is not necessarily the same as being optimal. If you post your results with ranges (figures in brackets after results) members will advise whether you are optimally medicated.

    Whoever prescribed one week's worth of T3 is extracting the urine and wasting your time. A 3 month trial of T3 would be appropriate.


    I am not a medical professional and this information is not intended to be a substitute for medical guidance from your own doctor. Please check with your personal physician before applying any of these suggestions.


    Do you have the blood test results you mentioned in your last thread 23 days ago :-) Difficult to suggest anything without them .....

  • My T3 was 4.3 so mid-range x

  • Hi KLM1992

    What was your FT4 including reference range? You mention 9 blood tests so maybe if you share this information with others you might get some helpful advice here as to where else to look?

  • You could ask for cortisol to be tested. Cortisol is needed for the cells to take up T3. NHS blood test must be done at 9am, or urine tests are available privately which apparently provide more detailed info.

    You could try an autoimmune protocol like this one:

    My daughter has been doing very well on it. I feel that balancing/removing spikes in blood sugar has been very important. Don't give up! Good luck x

  • Josiesmum is the cortisol test a fasting test? I have to undergo a 9am cortisol test soonas requested by my Endo.

  • I don't think you need to fast but please do check with your GP.

  • I have noted some are told to fast and others told not necessary!

  • Thank you. Also, Is this test carried out at the GP surgery or will I need to go to the hospital?

  • Hospital as the blood has to be collected and I understand dealt with straight away and there are bloods at set intervals so they can be taken straight to the lab for processing.

  • I didnt fast for a serum cortisol test which was done at my GP surgery but i did fast for the ACTH stimulation test which was carried out at the hospital.

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