Hi everyone , I wondered if you could help me with a few questions/problems I have . It was the kind and clever folk from this site who :advised me to have t3 levels taken and therefore I found I was not converting t4 to t 3 effectively . Something I would never have found out; showed me research on euthyroid (is this people whos thyroid works without drugs ) folk where it showed their t3levels are naturally constant almost through 24 hours so with this info and discussion with pharmacist I started to take t3 12 hourly hopefully to mimic a person who has a healthy thyroid .
Firstly My background is Hashimoto for 8 years . Started on thyroxine only .then years later on t3 and t4.now for last 3 years on only t3. I take 40mcg liothyronine now 12 hourly . My t3 levels are always too high ; 8 or 9. Once lately it was too low =3. It is this result of 3 and why it occurred that leads me to my first question.
My second question is regarding my symptoms whilst running on too high levels of t3 and the fact I have weeks of "flare ups " whilst in between can feel almost normal.
1. I used to take t3 at about 5 or 6 a.m then middayish then before 5pm because I was following Paul Robinson 'recovering with t3' and wanted it out of my system a bit before bedtime so I could sleep . My interpretation of his theory may be wrong I know . I presumed t3 was a quick acting energy boost like speed coke caffeine drugs . And it lost its effect after a few hours that's why could sleep . However then I found out its half life is 18 hours and 3 days or more to have non left in system . So I find this contradictory as would still be working at bed time . In fact all night. Then a kind person on here showed me research where t3 produced all night by healthy folk a.in fact slightly elevated levels seen about 4 a.m . So then I started taking tablets twice a day 20mcg each time . So my levels would be constant day and night .
I drew a graph which made me realise at any one time I have the level of t3 from the last dose I have taken and some t3 left from about 5 previous doses as they are still in blood stream .
But does anyone know if just coz half life is 18 hours is a drug still functioning all that time and beyond ?
I believed I had an almost steady amount of t3 in my blood stream at any one time from my reasoning above .but lately I thought try t3 again at 6a.m and 6pm and so covers Paul Robinson rules a bit as well as my 12 hourly theory . I had my bloods taken at my usual time about 11 a.m . That morning I did not take my 6 a.m coz I was worried re 3 hour peak
But when I had bloods done my level for first time ever on t3 was below range (3). It is always too high . So from this it would seem t3 does lose its effect quickly. That U don't get a steady level over time from the sum of the effect of all the last few doses still in your blood stream .
I had took my last dose less than 18 hours before . I think writing this it seems I am answering my own questions and at the same time raising more . So sorry if I sound stupid or wasting your time .
Moving on ....lol.
Second question , do you think there is any logic in ;although I can feel really good for a while on high t3 blood levels of 9 . That this is like taking speed or another stimulant drug . In that you may feel great but U R pushing your body too far and so U will eventually be exhausted and will flake out for a bit . I say this because out of the blue . With no change to my regime . I get all my symptoms back and am unwell for a week or weeks . Then with lots of sleep and off sick from work I recover .
Consultant said U can feel tired if too high levels as U do with too low . But she does believe on going on symptoms foremost ,
I just wonder does anyone feel getting blood levels of t3 in range as much as possible is the answer .I am worried about losing my job you see as will lose house . Otherwise I know I am lucky to have long stretches of some function .
Thank you all . And I would like to donate but to whom is best