I have tried to attach a table of all of my thyroid results below in a table so hopefully you can view the attachment - all results since my thyroid journey began. Otherwise I have summaried the last few recent ones below.
In july last year I was on 75mg Levo and my results were TSH 1.6Free T4 15.3 and Free T33.7NO INSOMNIA SLEEPING WELL - but chronic Constipation so I tried to increase my dose to 100mg thinking it would help with the constipation and then results were:-
Oct-15with a tsh of 2. The NHS wouldn't take the other free t3 and t4 myInsomnia came back and I was still constipated. I then decided to pay privately and had the below results:-
Jan-16Tsh of3.43 and Free T4 23.7and Free T3 4.6
As I was having such problems sleeping and my Free T4 was just over the range privately I made the decision to lower my dose back to 75mg which aside from the constipation I was well on as atleast I was sleeping and energy was ok in the day.
My results going back onto 75mg Levo was
Feb-16TSH1.9and I was sleeping better although when I say better I mean getting 4-5hrs a night and atleast not being awake the whole night, the other results were not taken.
BUT I have put on half a stone since dropping my dose and I hope this does not continue. It is not like me to put on weight like this.
I have taken seriphos on and off after a cortisol test taken a while ago showed my cortisol levels were three times over the range at night which I was told by a nutritionalist was causing my complete lack of sleep and I believe that has helped correct the sleep issue to some degree. Im off the seriphos now.
Anyway I decided after some great advice on this forum to introduce some T3. My feeling all along has been that my Free t3 levels no matter the dose of T4 always seem to be at the bottom of the range. I felt this was the reason for my constipation (I take magnesium (night only), Vit C and Vitmain D through out the day).
So I paid for the 5 microgram tablets (I know very expensive and a low dose). I just wanted to start very slowly and after reading a book by Dr Kenneth Blanchard on how the success with very small doses of T3 and how this matches the human physiology i.e 98%t4 2% t3 I wanted to try it first. He wrote about the success he had with small doses like 1.2 micrograms and under in slow release capsules.
Mine were not slow release capsule but basic liothyronine. Anyway with a pill cutter I actually managed to quarter the pill and took 1.2 micrograms for 10 days an hour after taking my levo in the morning (5.30am Levo) and then 6.30ish T3. I realise after the first couple of days if I took T3 with my levo I couldn't get back to sleep.
Anyway first week great, bowels actually improved and energy was good, I even noticed my mood was very upbeat. I work three days a week and have two children under 4 and I am a busy mum.
Anyway yesterday that good feeling worse off, by 1.3pm all I wanted to do was lie down which was hard with a toddler demanding my attention and felt rubbish. Also noticed that since the weekend my bowels have stopped working again, just when I thought things were improving.
My sleep is still an issue and I don't manage to nod off til about 1.30 sometimes 2 and wake up when I take my levo. I am just grateful that I sleep a bit now. The t3 hasn't helped the sleep much yet.
Anyway today woke up feeling tired again after a rubbish night sleep, decided to increase T3 to half a pill now 2.5mg.
Where do I go from here? I am confused as I never had the tiredness in the day until I started playing around with the T3. Do I go back to just my levo and try and increase to 88micrograms using the pill cutter? Although I really don't think I convert that well and that's why my bowels are bad? Or do I give it another couple of weeks at 2.5mg? Test my thyroid privately? I know I am on a small dose but going too higher frightens me a bit as I am doing this on my own?
Thanks for your help and for taking the time to read this