I am in my late 30s, have Hashimotos, diagnosed 10 years ago, my TPO antibodies have reduced greatly after being on Armour Thyroid and small amount of Levo, my TG antibodies are now in range too, which makes me happy. My vitamin D is over 100, B12 finally 70% of range, ferritin is mid-range, folate top range, iron high in range, after many years of supplementation (I take 4000 units of vit D, Solgar methylcobalamin 1000, folate quatrefolic 400, Floravital 20 ml a day). I eat low GI food, full of wholefoods diet with plenty of protein and veggies.
My issue is lingering hypothyroid symptoms, mainly water retention and stiffness (they cause painful walking), dry hair that lost its curl recently, tiredness, trouble falling asleep, puffiness.
My recent thyroid results were on 157 mcg Armour and 19 mcg t4 were:
Tsh below 0.01
Ft4 = 66% of range
Ft3 = 81% of range
All tested 24 hrs after taking all my dose at once (I can't split my dose, I feel more underdosed if I do so). On this dose after a few weeks I had regular toilet trips, which is great, skin was not as dry, I wasn't stiff and was able to walk more.
Since I still had other new symptoms, including hypoglycemic episodes after meals and shaking, stipl trouble falling asleep and now waking up early, irritation, anger, feeling hot, so to experiment - I have increased Armour by a bit, a became even more angry, irritated, puffy, hot, waking up even more frequently at night. Decided that I need to swap synthetic Levo for Armour, that maybe synthetic Levo makes me feel sick.
It's been over 2 weeks on 165 mcg of Armour and 12.5 t4 and I feel strange, just not like myself. Teary, weak (but no hypoglycemic episodes after food), so so tired, falling asleep at night on and off, but waking up early and feeling weirdly rested, depressed and anxious and still feeling quite HOT (but not as bad hot as on higher Armour).
I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Is my FT3 too high after 24 hours from testing?
My ft4 can't be too low as it makes me feel cold, anxious etc. this is why my endo added T4 to Armour as just on 160 mcg Armour I had ft4 27%, ft3 80% and didn't feel good at all.
My endo is happy for me to fine tune this to my needs, but I am not sure how to do it.
Thank you for your help in advance!