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Going from Armour to Levothyroxine

Odessy733
Odessy733

My T4 dropped in my recent blood work and my Dr deemed Armour ineffective for my system. I was taking 3/4 grain of Armour and now been prescribed 100mg of the Levothyroxine. My friend who is 10 years older than I, has success with the Synthroid and has lots Of energy to get through the day. I wake up and it feels like I’m rolling a rock up hill, with brain fog, intermittent bouts of fatigue and mild organic depression caused by the struggle to get things done, which I do but not much energy left over to do much else. Has anyone gone from Armour to Levothyroxine? It seems that everyone does the opposite. Any feed back is really appreciated.

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shaws
shawsAdministrator

The problem with doctors is that they do not seem to realise that blood tests were introduced along with levothyroxine alone.

NDT contains all of the hormones a healthy gland would produce and is successful for many who are permitted to increase their dose, not due to blood tests, but due to the gradual relief of their clinical symptoms. Levo and NDT blood tests don't correlate and cannot do so.

Levothyroxine is T4 alone. It has to convert to T3 and we need to be on an optimum dose of levo but many stop when the TSH reaches somewhere in range so clinical symptoms aren't resolved but we are given 'extra' prescriptions for the symptom, i.e. pain relieve etc etc.

Many on levo do well in fact thousands do, but there's a section who do not and they are on this forum.

The aim should be is to treat the 'patient' to optimum levels which restores their hormones. Levothyroxine is inactive and is T4 alone. We have to have sufficient to bring TSH to 1 or lower and some need it suppressed and we also need a Free T4 and Free T3 in the upper part of the ranges. These two are rarely tested.

The following doctor only took an initial blood test for diagnosing. Thereafter it was all about how the patient felt on a dose and he would never prescribe levothyroxine - only NDT or T3 only for resistant patients.

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Several researchers have also shown that many recover when T3 is added to T4 but T3 has now been withdrawn in the Uk, despite the patients becoming well.

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Odessy733
Odessy733
in reply to shaws

Thank you,

What is NDT? Is that Nature Throid? All of a sudden the Nature throid was on backorder. I seemed to do great on that.

shaws
shawsAdministrator
in reply to Odessy733

NDT i.e. natural dessicated thyroid hormones covers the whole lot of those that are available, i.e. Nature Throid, Armour, etc etc. This is from TUK but I think few doctos will prescribe for patients. The BTA have made False Statements about these products.

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