My T4 to T3 conversion is poor. This is me trying again to manage the introduction of T3. Private endo has provided me with a prescription of Thybon Henning 20mcg to cut into 5mcg pieces. One piece to be taken twice per day. I had such a difficult time last time introducing it, I decided to introduce it at 2.5mcg per day for 9 days, then upping to 5mcg per day for a week or so, before considering another increase. I took the first 5mcg yesterday. One only. Nothing particularly out of the ordinary other than my anxiety of getting myself into a pickle like last time (I think). I really do not want to repeat it. I think my muscle tone is slightly better. I think I am getting upstairs more easily. Although my other shoulder has now frozen or at least it’s now very painful and started long before this question arose and I will have to get some physio.
My question (due in no small part to my previous experience) is about T3 and the body’s need for a regular level of T3. Other posts have mentioned not messing about with the daily amount. The body likes it to be level. Clearly I am not doing that ‘yet’ with this slow introduction.
Can I continue on a slow intro? For example although I took 5mcg yesterday, can I take 2.5mcg today to try to avoid taking too much too soon? Can I alternate 2.5/5 mcgs for a few days to keep the intro slower? I see this is more common with levo but does it apply to T3 too.
I take 100mcg levo.
Last blood test results for endo were: TSH 1.88. Free T4 18.3 (12-22). T3 3.8 (3.1-6.8)
I had exactly the same problem and my private endo became so exasperated, he told me to do as I pleased, as he could not offer any more advice. All this because I was having a strong reaction from a tiny dose. With hindsight of my own disastrous beginning, I think you need to keep the same amount of T 3 each day, or your body will not know what is happening to it. The 2.5 amount sounds good, so keep on with that for a week or maybe more and then try an additional 2.5 and keep to that for another two weeks. You may find this is enough, or you may need to increase. I am very thin, hence the low dose. Stay with that and have some blood tests. These will tell you what your levels are like and you can decide from these whether to increase more.
Incidentally, I have had two frozen shoulders anf my consultant nodded when I told him I had no thyroid and said it is very common with thyroid imbalances. A member here recommended a ceramic infrared heat lamp by Beurer and I bought it immediately and used it constantly. Both shoulders began to improve very quickly and I now use it for all aches and pains. It is amazing. My consultant did not recommend physiotherapy. Hope this helps.
Thank you for getting back to me. It’s great to know what someone else has done in the same position. I am not thin but I still have a very powerful (and unwelcome) reaction to thyroid medication. I will look at the lamp you suggest. My massage guy is really good but it’s not a ‘cure’, it’s temporary relief but it’s welcome. I have bought an electric blanket which can be left on all night. That has helped much more than I expected. It’s not just the warmth it engenders but the relaxation - fab. The dosage?? Yes I made such a mess last time. Clearly (I think) not being able to get about is a ‘measure’ and I am not easily able to get about. However last time I suddenly lost all power really and experienced a racing heart. Today I literally feel it, even from yesterdays dose, in my wrists and hands making them a bit awkward. It’s early today and very grateful for your reply before I take todays meds. I am thinking I will stick with the 2.5mcgs for a bit longer. Thank you.
hi could you please post a picture of the lamp or give me the model you bought thank you 😊
The lamp is made by Beurer 300 watt. Ceramic infrared. That is all the information you need. I hope you like it. I use it for any ache or pain and would not be without it.
thank you so much I’ve had frozen shoulders now ok but have sacroiliac issues now 😫