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Help understanding my thyroid issues

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Posted: 10/15/2019 4:27:10 PM
I was diagnosed with Hashimoto about 10 years back and have been on Levothyroxine for some time at varying doses.  That said, I always felt symptomatic - always cold, etc.  Six months ago, a functional medicine doctor suggest I add Eco Thyro37.  Not even sure what exactly that is but I felt much better.  However, my last labs did not make my Endodcronolgist or general physician happy at all, and so I dropped the Eco.  He also decreased  my Levothyroxine dose.

September labs had my   TSH at .07 
Free T3 was 2.3  
Free T4 was 1.82

No reverse T3 test.  I had the same lecture I received 6 months prior about this TSH level being terrible for my heart, which does scare me.  I feel fine heart wise but my husband just had a stent and near miss heart attack.  So I did agree to drop the Eco Thyrox37 and change my Levothyroxine slightly, to 88mg daily.  Before I was taking 100 meg once a week and 88 the other 6.  It has not been that long, but I feel like my symptoms are coming back.

I ate gluten free for some years and just found and switched to Wheat Belly roughly two months ago.  Love the program and feel better but not as good as I felt with the Eco and higher doses Levo. Have been following all of the program except adding the Kelp, as I understand that could be a big problem for someone with Hashi.

I have just joined the Undoctored, reading  and watchingsome of the wonderful on-line videos, I am wondering if I am in the 20% or so that has issues with T3 blockage.  

In any case, I just sent the following to my Endo.  I doubt he will agree (just a hunch), but I would like some feedback.  Is it a reasonable thing to try or ?????  

I am writing with a request to change my current levothyroxine prescription to a combination preparation, such as Naturethroid or Armour Thyroid (both prescription) that contains both the T4 and the T3 thyroid hormones.  Please let me know if this would be a problem.  I understand your concerns about my last two lab results and heart disease, which I take very seriously, but felt less symptomatic on the ecortyroid.  I can’t find in my testing where my reverse T3 was tested, but my low level of T3 might indicate this switch could be more effective and at a dose that makes you happier with my future TSH results.  I’d like to try it.  Calling in the new prescription would be appreciated.  The pharmacy on record is the same - 

Any and all feedback very welcome.  Is this worth trying?  I don’t want to end up with heart issues, but the levothyroxine doesn’t seem to be doing what I want.

Tags: levothyroxine,thyroid levels

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