To keep TUK members uptodate, we've been looking at patients with no thyroid owing to thyroid cancer removal and finding out how FT4 and FT3 can influence TSH levels in patients given T4 only. These patients have been studied at various times during their treatment so that we can follow them over a period to optimise their treatment levels.The initial results will give this forum I think a good deal of hope and I quote:
We can now clearly show that it is untrue that low FT3 does not matter as far as symptoms are concerned.
The percentage of complaints steadily rises towards lower FT4 levels.
Not everyone may be happy at the same FT3, but more are apparently unhappy when the FT3 is low. It does matter.
In other words, you cannot keep FT3 out of the story if optimum treatment is to be attained.