Hi guys, I am on NDT, currently 2.5 grains. I have confirmed I have the genetic conversion problem and I've found I only feel optimal when my free T3 is right at the top of the range. Even slightly below the top of the range causes me to be symptomatic and my hair starts dropping out again.
My last test in May was TSH 0.007, FT4 17.2 (12-22) and FT3 6.83 (3.1-6.8). I felt good.
I've been feeling a bit more depressed recently, although could be weather related. Did a test this week and my TSH is now 0.005, FT4 14.8 (12-22) and FT3 5.96 (3.1-6.8).
Given that I need my FT3 to be as high as possible, and based on the way I am feeling, coupled with these latest results, I was thinking about increasing to 3 grains every other day. The Doctor's response on medichecks was that I am at risk of osteoporosis and heart problems with such a suppressed TSH, and should decrease my medication.
My first instinct is to ignore his advice, because I know that my TSH is supposed to be suppressed when on NDT and I feel I need to get my FT3 just that little bit higher, however, I have read an article stating that any level below 0.03 puts you at risk of cardiac events and bone problems and mine is always way below that when my FT3 is optimal. sciencedaily.com/releases/2... Typically I ignore Doctors' pronouncements on this topic, but since this was a study, should I be paying more attention?
So I wonder if any of you experts have any advice? Is this a complete red herring (how can it be when this study was based on 16,426 patients)? Is it worth considering T3 only or is it just as likely to suppress my TSH to the same level as the NDT does?