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Recent Bloodwork

Hi, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's about a year ago and have been on synthroid (since march 17), cytomel (since may 17) and LDN (since October 17) My recent results look very good:

TSH: .034 (LOW)

Reference Range: 0.450-4.500 uIU/mL

Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, S: 1.35 (NORMAL)

Reference Range: 0.82-1.77 ng/dL

Triiodothyronine,Free,Serum: 4.1(NORMAL)

Reference Range: 2.0-4.4 pg/mL

My naturopathic doctor is very happy with the results and takes it as a sign the LDN is working and that I will soon need a decrease in thyroid meds. And while I feel much better, I have yet to lose a single pound or notice any physical difference yet. In fact, I weighed myself last week and was UP 3 lbs from the highest weight I've ever been. I just wanted to gain some perspective here. I had been under the impression that the weight or edema would go down once thyroid levels were optimal, but that hasn't been the case for me.

I am dairy and gluten free and am taking a number of supplements to address deficiencies (vitamin b complex, vitamin d, GLA/Omega 3s, magnesium, selenomet, digestive enzymes and GI revive)

I am up now 20 lbs and am not sure why I haven't seen any improvement there. Hoping someone could shed some light for me.

Lindsey

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How much LDN do you take?

Personally, if you feel good on your thyroid meds I wouldn't change it till you feel you need it.

I started LDN three weeks ago and I've noticed general massive improvement right away.

I did lower my thyroid meds in 3rd week because I started going hyper. Mind you I'm on t3 only.

I went from 150mcg to 100 now.

If you take t4 as well - it works as an antagonist against whatever t3 you're taking. It's hard to lose weigh with t4 due to that reaction.

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I am on 4.5 mcg of LDN. I have been on it for 5 months. I just recently got the uptick in energy and started feeling like myself again. My doses are quite low, 25mcg synthroid a day and 5mcg cytomel twice a day, my doctor just recently added the second dose of cytomel which could be why I feel better. I haven't heard of T4 working against T3. Is there anyway of improving this? I never noticed any difference from the T4 like I did with both doses of T3, so maybe I should talk to my doctor about reducing it? I just hesitate to change anything like you said.

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There you go. You answered yourself. You have energy on that dose so why change and lower?

You're on very low dose on t4 I wouldn't worry that it'll work against t3.

I'd lower if you have sings of hyper I.e fast heartbeat, heat intolerance. Other than that enjoy your new acquired energy. 😉👍

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