Fired my endo: I am currently taking Synthroid... - Thyroid UK

Thyroid UK
108,968 members126,551 posts

Fired my endo

Suzyjul
Suzyjul

I am currently taking Synthroid .112. These results came back and I asked to get an RX for T3 based on being at the very low end of the range.

TSH. .48 (.45-4.5)

Free T4 1.53 (.82-1.77)

Free T3 2.7 (2.0-4.4)

I was told by the nurse “He does not prescribe T3” 😮

I went to my PCP and she gave me 5mcg liothyronine.

I had been taking my synthroid at night but switched to morning at 6am with half of the T3. The other half at 3pm. Taking it in one dose in the morning gave me a slight headache so I split it based on info I read on here. After over 30 years I hope I am on the right track. I seem to notice my energy level is better. I am posting mainly to encourage others not to stop trying to feel better!! I get blood work again in a couple of weeks. Any comments or suggestions are welcomed. ✌️

9 Replies
oldestnewest
shaws
shawsAdministrator

Blood tests have always to be at the very earliest, fasting (you can drink water) and allow a gap of 24 hours between dose and test then take it afterwards. This helps keep the TSH at its highest as doctors seem to only look at the TSH and T4, when the most information is from TSH, T4, T3, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibodies.

GP should check B12, Vit D, iron, ferritin and folate.

Suzyjul
Suzyjul
in reply to shaws

I take B12 and D.

shaws
shawsAdministrator
in reply to Suzyjul

That's good.

Suzyjul
Suzyjul
in reply to shaws

I picked up my orders for my next blood work. Everything is ordered except ferritin. Is this different from the iron?

shaws
shawsAdministrator
in reply to Suzyjul

This is an explanation better than I can give :)

medichecks.com/vitamin-b12-...

B12 is a very important Pro-hormone as is Vit D so have to be optimum as do all the others minerals/vtamins.

Suzyjul
Suzyjul
in reply to shaws

Thank you!

Go for it Suzyjul...doctors can't really complain when years of their treatment have left us ill! Worth getting the vits/mins checked too as Shaw suggests and these can make a lot of difference to thyroid health.

Hidden
Hidden

Good for you thinking outside the box. I may give your method a try to see if it optimizes my meds even a little. Med times are based on each med's half life(a way to know how long and in what amounts a particular drug stays in the body.) All med literature will give you the half'life, But I believe half life times are much more variable between people that what we are led to believe. The amount of time meds continue to work before the next dose is needed can depend on so many things; how we absorb and utilize meds, our gut health and other factors. And we are all different in our absorption rates. An example is some drugs are given 2-4 times a day. Then Big Pharma comes out with a time release version marketing it as much more convenient to take. But for me, and many others I suspect, medication taken as a time release breaks down unevenly-too fast, too slow and we feel bad. I have learned I do better taking 4 pills a day instead of one large dose. I set my phone alarm and take my meds. Not that inconvenient if we feel better. Just food for thought.

Suzyjul
Suzyjul
in reply to Hidden

I use my phone alarm too! Don’t know what I would do without it.

You may also like...