I have just returned from the hospital where I had a review.Basically it was to fill in a survey,answering questions about my T3 medication.
I was asked questions about my health prior to being diagnosed hypothyroid and after being prescribed T4.At what stage was I prescribed T3 etc.what difference had it made to me? Lots of information given and I was impressed by how much the registrar listened and commented on.
There is no doubt that they are trying to weigh up the cost of T3 to the NHS against the benefit of prescribing it to patients.
I was asked if I knew the cost of T3 in Greece............yes....pence......I have bought some.
He smiled. I said that I could feel a few Greek Holidays coming on!! To which he nodded in approval.I asked about the strength of Greek T3,stating that it came in 25mcg tablets and was assured it is fine.
I had to agree that the cost to the NHS is scandalous and that other sources should be found.I also questioned about Armour Thyroid,but found the jury still out on that one with regard to consistency and reliability.
However,I personally would be happy to buy that myself if pushed into a corner.
It worked well for me except that I was not confident about the possible need to increase dosage as it couldn't be done separately for T4 and T3.
He also asked about Vitamin D and said they recommend a weekly intake of 5000 mcgs as a maintenance dose.....I take 1,000mcgs a day.....that's fine.
well I think that's about it......will be keen to hear of anyone else's experience if called.
Meantime,I carry on as normal 100/75 T4 and 10mcgs T3 until I see my Endo in June.