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Jody1958 11-10-2013 01:51 PM

Low T3 thyroid
 
I have no natural thyroid and have been taking synthroid .175 for years. Just had blood work done, my TSH and T4 were normal (.47 and 1.5) T3 was 1.9 I am looking for an endocrinologist who is open to dessicated thyroid and/or Cytomel. In the meanwhile, have any of you dealt with this?

watcher513 11-13-2013 01:18 AM

Many of us have. However, we don't know exactly what your results mean without the lab range next to each result. Different labs use different ranges so it's not a one-fits-all thing.

Jody1958 11-14-2013 02:53 PM

Here are my numbers with ranges
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by watcher513 (Post 16681191)
Many of us have. However, we don't know exactly what your results mean without the lab range next to each result. Different labs use different ranges so it's not a one-fits-all thing.

T3= 1.9 (normal range 2.3 - 4.2)

T4= 1.5 (normal range 0.8 - 1.8)

TSH = 0.47 (normal range 0.4 - 0.5)

Here are my lab numbers. Does anyone have any advice on dealing with the low T3? I have no natural thyroid, I have been taking synthroid 175 for years. I have an appointment coming up with an endocrinologist, but I'm not sure whether he is in favor of using cytomel and/or dessicated thyroid, and that is what I want to try. I would also appreciate any tips on finding a doctor who is open to that. Thanks for any help you can offer.

Leo41 11-14-2013 05:04 PM

My T3 was like yours about 3 years ago, and my endo started me on Cytomel. I've had to increase my dosage several times, but it has saved my life!

Your T3 is critical, as it really controls your thyroid function. If your doctor won't help, my only suggestion is to ask a local pharmacist (if you have a neighborhood pharmacy, not a big chain) WHO prescribes Cytomel.

Jody1958 11-25-2013 05:38 AM

Appointment Dec 9
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Leo41 (Post 16683642)
My T3 was like yours about 3 years ago, and my endo started me on Cytomel. I've had to increase my dosage several times, but it has saved my life!

Your T3 is critical, as it really controls your thyroid function. If your doctor won't help, my only suggestion is to ask a local pharmacist (if you have a neighborhood pharmacy, not a big chain) WHO prescribes Cytomel.

I was able to get an appt with an endo who has prescribed dessicated thyroid and cytomel. My appt is December 9. Some of the reviews of her practice specifically mention that she treated low T3 successfully. So I am looking forward to that.

Leo41 11-25-2013 07:50 AM

That's great, Jody! I'm glad you've found someone who understands the T3 issue.


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