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Looking to try T3

Hi All!

I've been taking Levothyroxine for about 5 years for Hashimotos and it honestly has never made me feel better than when I weren't taking it! From reading about, I've found this is not uncommon. I had asked my GP for T3 a year in and he totally dismissed it saying it was very difficult to regulate so I never asked again. Now I have seen that people will struggle to get hold of T3 at all following changes in the NHS. Anyways I'm off to Turkey and am going to try and buy some to try from a Pharmacy there. Can anyone PM some reliable sources of supply in the UK to buy privately? If it works out and makes me feel better I don't really want to travel abroad every time.

Thanks in advance!

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How do you know you need T3 ? Do you have results you could share ? Perhaps you are not taking enough T4. Nothing works well if you have low levels of B12 - Folate - Ferritin - VitD. Have you been tested ?

Important to have good foundations before you build your temple of health. 😊

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For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies. Plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Essential to test thyroid antibodies, FT3 and FT4 plus vitamins

Do you have Hashimoto's, also called autoimmune thyroid disease diagnosed by high thyroid antibodies

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do so as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies

thyroiduk.org.uk/tuk/testin...

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting and don't take Levo in the 24 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after. This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's

If you have Hashimoto's then gluten free diet likely to help or be essential

Post your most recent results and ranges and members can advise

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