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Hey all,

I am at my wits-end! 15 years ago I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. I am so tired all the time that most of my day I can't concentrate on work because I'm too pre-occupied with how tired I am. Often times, I use my lunch break to nap and can't wait to get home and go to sleep. Also, despite consistently working out 3-6 times a week, working with a personal trainer, and eating 1200 calories daily, I never lose weight. In fact, I continue to gain wait and not lose any inches off my waist. I've talked with my doctor about T3 and she won't budge. Something is not right! I've tried vitamins per my doctors suggestion but hasn't alleviated symptoms. Can someone PM me reliable source for T3 without prescription? (I'm in the US)


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Have you had your FT3 tested? You really ought to.

And, if you even suspect that you have low T3, you should not be 'working out' - personal trainer or no personal trainer. How much does he know about thyroid?

You shouldn't be a on a low calorie diet, ether, because low calorie has a negative effect on conversion of T4 to T3, so your T3 goes lower, you become more hypo, and put on more weight.

Then, you go and use up what little T3 you have on exercising - which won't make you lose weight, anyway - and which you cannot easily replace - especially if you're on a low calorie diet. It's a vicious circle, and you just get more and more hypo and put on more and more weight.

The only way to break the circle is to eat more and exercise less. And, I repeat, as you are hypo, exercising and dieting isn't going to make you lose the weight, anyway. What will make you lose it is optimising your T3 levels... which brings us back to the beginning again. You really should get your FT4 and FT3 tested at the same time - privately if necessary - to see how well you are converting, and what your exact level is. :)

Oh, and what vitamins did your doctor recommend? Doctor are notorious for knowing nothing about nutrition, and prescribing/recommending the wrong things! What you should do, ideally, is get your vit D, vit B12, folate an ferritin tested, to see exactly what you need.

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Thanks for all the info! I asked my Doctor if she tests for FT3, to which she replied that she tests for FT4 and T3, but she never specified whether she was testing for FT3 (is that the same thing?) my challenge is that I do not have insurance so it is expensive to go to other doctors. I used to go to an Endocrinologist but cannot continue since I've lost my insurance.

She just recommended a multi-vitamin. I know my mother's vitamin D levels were extremely low so I got Vitamin D and a multivitamin.


In the UK, although any T3 testing is relatively rare, labs seem mostly to do either Free or Total but not both - and I think most now do Free.

You can tell at a thousand paces when you see the results! And the reference range.

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Typical doctor! No idea! A multivit is a waste of time and money for many reasons. You really should ask her to do the tests - she can if she wants to - and take what you need, not a bunch of cheap ingredients that could do more harm than good. And you shouldn't take vit D without getting tested first to see if you need it. Too much can be toxic.


Hi Green040, Try `Tirosint in monodose gel capsules, or liquid sachets, or drops thyroid

medication. Look at the Tirosint website. It`s available in US.



Thanks! I will definitely check that out!


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