Hi - sorry to bother you all but I have looked through old posts regarding introducing T3 and am still confused - I guess it is different for everyone.
A kind friend just brought 8 boxes of Uni-pharma back from Greece - 30 tablets of 25mu(?) each. (Bought for £8 total!!!).
I have been taking levothyroxine for a little over three months:
First month - TSH was 6.34 (range 0.35-4.50) & T4 12.4 (range 11.00 - 23.00)
started on 50 mcg per day
Second month - no blood test but rose to 75 mcg per day
Third month - Test results were Free T4 21.6 (range 11-26), TSH 0.90 (range 0.35 - 4.50), Free T3 4.8 (range 3.1 - 6.8) Bloods slightly compromised because I forgot to omit the levo the night before. After these results I rose to 100 mcg per day
I have been taking the 100 mcg nightly for tree weeks. I am also supplementing B12, D, ferritin, folate, selenium, vitamin C, zinc & copper, Co-enzyme Q10 etc.
I feel quite good on some days but still not brilliant on others. I get a real 'crash' every day about 2 - 4p.m. My nutritionist says that I probably have adrenal problems and am hypoglycaemic which would explain that. Temperature is wildly all over the place ranging from 35 degrees to (only once) 37. Mostly stays in the 36's since I started levi.
So, on the basis of the last tests, I understand that I am probably not converting T4 to T3 really well. Therefore I want to trial the T3 but am a little bit frightened not to make any dosing mistakes.
I was thinking about dropping the levothyroxine to 50 mcg per day and starting to add the T3 at a quarter of a pill in the morning (6.25 mu) and another quarter about 2 p.m. which would be a daily amount of 12.5 to start with (I understand this equates to the equivalent of just under 40 mcg of levothyroxine so I would be slightly under dosing to start with (total with the 50 levo would be 90). I am hoping to raise to three quarters of a pill per day (18.75 mu) which would equate to 57.25 plus the 50 levo would get me to just over 100 which I am taking now. Does this sound o.k. and how quickly do you think I can raise the T3 dosage?
I know that at some point I should take another blood test but am waiting to stabilise - whilst still watching for signs of overdosage.
Thank you all so much in advance for your help!!!