Trademole, You do sound a bit anxious and I can understand that. There is so much hoo-ha spoken about T3, and with it not being available at present “legally” via prescription in the UK... well it does make it sound dangerous. But it’s not; not in prescribed doses, and a total of 10mcg a day, split into two doses is well within conservative range. My endo started me off on 20mcg a day in 4 split doses.
I was extremely nervous myself initially. I’m in Australia where T3 is freely available but I still felt anxious taking something that has such an immediate effect (within hours) vs T4 which takes weeks.
Two or so months down the track I’m on 2 grains NDT and 60mcg T3 which I take at 4am all in one go and then go soundly back to sleep. THAT’S how resistant my tissues are in taking up T3. ***I have ZERO medical qualifications and note that we are all different and different things work, or don’t (Eg my dosing vs marsaday ’s ... go figure).*** I just wanted you to know that my head has not blown off and both my endo and I am pleased with my progress
My experience with T3:
* Anxiety lessened over time as I adapted to the increasing dose, and I realised that T3 is not speed. It is a legal, useful hormone that my thyroid can no longer make any or enough of for my body.
* Yes, my heart-rate increased and might be still increasing, but coming off a low base of around 60 (no, I am not a marathon runner LOL ...well my Lordy you would WANT your heart-rate to increase wouldn’t you?!!
* To manage my initial anxiety, I agreed a few simple indicators of HYPERthyroidism or too much T3, to look out for with my GP (I do the “small stuff” with my GP and leave the big picture to my Endo AND have them write to each other. That way I feel confident my whole health picture is being cared for; it’s working well now. ):
** extreme diarrhoea for 3 days
** blood pressure going way high; he checks me regularly, and you can do that at the chemist too
** “buggy eyes” eyes starting to bulge, as they can do with hyper/Graves.
Although I continue to feel my body changing — like I’m coming out of deeeep hybernation — and it does feel weird, uncomfortable sometimes; I just review my checklist (okay, all good, on we go) and look to my diet, 8+ hours sleep and meditation to manage any anxiety. I’m progressing slowly but surely.
I hope this helps and I hope you feel better soon. Take care of yourself Trademole.