I would be grateful for other people's feedback and experiences.
For the past few months (I just turned 49), I have been having issues with sweating and poor sleep. I often wake up several times at night, drenched in sweat.
In the summer of 2016, I was on a very high dose of Thyroid-S (7 grains) but doing very well on it. Labs were:
TSH <0.01 (0.2-4.0)
FT4 0.9 (0.7-1.5)
FT3 2.9 (1.7-3.7)
A year ago, I felt slightly hyper and labs showed FT3 levels seriously out of range, so I cut back to 6 grains. In September 2017, labs were:
FT4 1.2 (0.7-1.5)
FT3 3.6 (1.7-3.7)
Since I always have labs 24 hours after taking NDT, I figured FT3 levels would be slightly out of range on the previous day as supposedly +/-20% higher on the day you take it, so I cut back to 5 grains daily where I have been since and doing OK until recently, when I started sweating again. It's not all the time, but comes and goes, and always when it's most inconvenient. I need to think about which clothes I wear, and have even been considering getting a fringe again to cover my forehead...
I have been on HRT (Estrogel day 5-25 and Utrogestan 200 mg day 15-25 of cycle, prescribed by Hertoghe doctor) for the past six years. It no longer seems to be effective, or perhaps it never was as I was no way near peri-menopause when put on it. My periods are still pretty regular, although the time between periods has varied slightly in recent months (between three and five weeks, so they are no longer like clockwork).
I wanted to hear from others on thyroid hormone replacement having gone through peri-or menopause: how did you know how to tell if symptoms such as excessive sweating were due to being overmedicated or fluctuating sex hormones? I know we require less thyroid hormone as we age, but could my needs really have changed that much in such a short period of time...? Is there a reason why HRT would all of a sudden prove to be useless?