I am addicted to T3. I was diagnosed hypothyroid in 1990, 30 years ago & for the first 28 years fared well enough on 88-micrograms of T4, although I still had symptoms of cold hands & feet after maybe the first few years & up until this very day. I had gotten a bad reaction while in Switzerland, while on vacation, in 2018 & got terrible headaches. I would wake up & go to the refrigerator & guzzle Orange Juice, maybe 8-10 ounces until the headache went away & I could then go back to sleep. After joining a Thyroid E-club, in Switzerland, & being told online that my .88 mcg of T4 for 28 straight years meant it was almost surely too low & should have been raised, I felt more like taking the T4 so I took it until I got back to the States.
Back in Florida, I final saw an endocrinologist, which I didn’t even knew what an endocrinologist was or did, as I had never asked for anything for 28 years & had never even heard of T3 much less taken any but I had noticed that I had a high level of T4 in the Free T4 column and a low level of T3 in the Free T3 column &, after researching it, figured the T4 wasn’t converting to T3. I told my endo this, even as I asked for some T3.
My endo then lowered my T4 to 50 mcg & gave me 10 mcg’s of T3. I got heart palpitations but they went away & his adding more T3 as I got the T4 raised, had been all good for almost 2 years and when he raised the T4 three months ago to 100 mcg and lowered the T3 10 mcg’s to 20 mcg’s of T3, I fared exceptionally well up until 2 months ago, when a dentist pulled 2 of my teeth (and left me with a mouthful of bone-spurs for me to pick out with a pair of tweezers) and I told my GP to lower my dose back to 75 mcg T4 (which raised the T3 back up 10 mcg’s to 30mcg’s of T3 and he did lower it back to 75, because of the sudden headaches I told him about.)
I then soon realized that it was just as bad as the 100 because the headaches never stopped and it became obvious to me, that the dentist, who had pulled my two bottom front-teeth and appeared to do a terrible job, which she had, might have caused the headaches. These headaches are very strange as I take my temperatures when they hit and the temp.’s are almost always normal (usually between 97.5-98.3 F.)
I had always wished to go back on T4, because it was just one pill & now realize because it was never raised this (also) could have been the reason why it hadn’t converted as the doctors I’d had went only by the TSH, in order to raise it and it had always been “in range.” My “addiction” to T3, which I take every 8 hours & am now being tempted to take every 6 hours, as the urge is becoming unbearable because the headaches start up every 5 or 6 hours until I take either 10 micrograms or 7.5 micrograms of T3 and even then takes up to 30 minutes or longer to go away.
Has anyone ever had any similar stories. My teeth did bleed an awful lot, I’ll say that, and that, along with the shoddy dental work, really pisses me off & I am seeing a different dentist at this same dental office however, tomorrow, 8/18, for a root canal & then, the next day 8/19 yet a different dentist for a crown, & then the next day, 8/20, I have to go for a Thyroid blood-test?