My doctor put me on Cytomel liothyronine after my fasting blood test showed low ft3. All my numbers were in the lower range and she said I probably have a problem converting t4 to t3. I have some mild hypo symptoms since April, such as, kind of more tired than usual (feeling bushed by the end of the work week - but my job is physical and I put it down to the hardish work), my eyebrows were increasingly sparse, I seemed to be unable to lose weight despite my diet and exercise routine.
Since starting t3 I feel great overall. I don’t feel hyper symptoms, my hypo symptoms are gone, I’m less depressed, I think my eyebrows are growing back. When I first started Cytomel I finally felt hungry at normal intervals throughout the day, but that has worn off and I’m back to being able to go without hunger for many hours...
The issue is that I have this strange water retention in my stomach and arms only since starting Cytomel. My clothes fit the same, I haven’t lost weight as I’d hoped but everything else has improved. Would increasing my dose decrease this strange water retention? I’m getting very frustrated by it.
I take 25 mcg Cytomel per day split into a morning dose and an afternoon dose.
TSH 0.53 (0.35-4.0)
FT4 14 (9-19)
FT3 2.3 (3.0-5.90)
My vitamin D is insufficient it’s very vey low but I can’t remember the exact number. My ferritin is on the low end of being within range.
I also might add that I’m a chronic dieter. I have always been the type to forget to eat and my calories are usually 1200-1500 per day. I’m a 39 yo female. So I sometimes wonder if I was ever truly hypo but my past blood tests always have my FT4 and ft3 in the low but in “range” with a TSH of 1.5.