Hi hoping some one can give opinion or advice who has been down this route themselves.
I have been taking Armour 1 and a half grains for 2 months now. Initially I saw a definite improvement. More energy, no brain fog and my vertigo and headaches subsided to a very liveable level. However, the past week i have worsened. I believe i need 2 grains a day now but my doctor is saying to possibly reduce the dose because he is concerned about my pulse rate (which he took at surgery after a long stressful journey to get there) which was 95bpm.
He has asked me to take my pulse 2-3 times a week and in the morning in bed it is around 70bpm and at rest at computer 81-87 bpm. He thinks i may get heart problems increasing the dose or may overdose with an increase. I am actually getting quite fit now but have not had weight loss unfortunately which i think would happen with an increase of Armour.There are other factors to include:
I have not had TSH, FT4 and FT3 blood tests since being on Armour. I am having them next week.
From previous blood tests My DHEA was low (im on DHEA 15mg pharma grade to sort this out)
Vit D was very low 17.9 (now taking D3 2000iu a day)
B12 was 547 (ref range ng/L 191-663) Doctor said nothing of this but i have read that new reference ranges would put me at the lower end of scale. Iam taking a B complex anyway given by doctor
I am also taking digestive enzymes, fish oil, zinc 30mg, magnesium malate, and GLA pure starflower oil.
What is peoples opinion on the pulse rate?
i think he is panicking to be honest as my readings at home are normal. I dont want to stop taking Armour or reduce because i was doing well and think im on the right path. When i was young i had a heart murmur but the docs said it cleared up when i was teenager and im not concerned about this now and am unsure if it makes a difference.
Thank you so much sorry for the long story really need some experienced thyroiders to help me out here!