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Old 08-27-2014, 02:33 PM   #1
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Low free T3 level

I'm working with a naturopath to sort out my low free T3 levels and wondered how long it may take to feel better? FYI I was on synthroid for 20 years with supposedly good TSH levels each year....it wasn't until I began seeing a naturopath that I had more detailed blood work done and lo and behold, the drug isn't doing the trick.

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Old 08-27-2014, 03:28 PM   #2
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What are you taking for T3?

Your problem was allowing your doctor to NOT test T3 during those 20 years--something that's all too common.

I'm fortunate because both of my endos have tested T4 and T3 regularly since I was diagnosed about 15 years ago. Ironically, even though my T3 was tested every 4 months at my check ups, my T3 'tanked' almost overnight, and I had no idea what was wrong.

I have Hashi's, and apparently conversion problems [T4 fails to convert to T3] are common with Hashi's. But once my endo saw the problem, he prescribed Cytomel (T3), which I take along with my Synthroid (T4). Unlike Synthroid, Cytomel is fast acting, so I had relief within 24 hours, and my T3 levels are maintained.
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Old 08-27-2014, 08:45 PM   #3
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Like Leo said, T3 meds work very quickly (within a few hours quickly). T3 is a powerful hormone though, so what takes time is slowly increasing your dose until you hit the right spot without going too high.

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