I was thinking that TSH showed up lower with Armour than with Synthroid, but after more thinking... if you're basing it on how you feel, and you feel better when your T3/T4 are in normal range, that means your TSH usually shows up lower - right? I'm not good with the medical stuff...LOL
I was on Synthroid until about 5 years ago, when my GP tested my T3/T4 and the T3 was low, so my GP switched me to Armour. I was on that until Armour disappeared, then I had a couple months of NatureThyroid before that was gone, so it was then compounded. I've been back on Armour for 4-5 months now.
I didn't notice any symptoms at first after going from compounded to Armour, but the jump in dosage was so much (from 3gr to 5gr). I went from hypo on compounded to hyper on Armour. I think I'm confusing myself even more...
When I dropped back down to 3gr, the symptoms seemed to go away, but now it seems like they are just milder, though they are more noticeable each day. On the 5gr I was hot, sweating, shaking, jittery, hard time sleeping, waking up multiple times a night... On the 3gr, I can't sleep for long and I feel a little jumpy/anxious/irritable and revved up - everything seems really bright and clear. I'm also more nauseous, though I didn't have morning sickness the first trimester...this has just developed in the past week or so and it more of an all day thing.
The reason I went to the endo in the first place was to see how all of this connected. The PCOS/IR is hereditary as well. Me and my cousin are spitting images of my grandmother. But as I said, she didn't even want to look at it. I guess as long as it wasn't diabetes at that point, she didn't care.
About 3-4 years ago I developed monthly migraines. They gave me the standard meds, but after one dose I swore I wouldn't take it again. So the next month I took a calcium / magnesium supplement and they went away. I haven't been taking the supplement for over a year and they haven't come back.
I've tried to learn more about my thyroid issues, but end up getting confused. I guess it's a good thing I didn't want to be a doctor. LOL
ANd yes, it is worth preserving. It's nice to have a doctor who wants to work with me, not just tell me what to do. He's always willing to listen and we talk everything through. First time I've had a doc call me personally on a regular basis too. I just feel like I've been second guessing everything he's tried to do in the past 13 weeks and don't want him to get sick of me. LOL I haven't thought to look into Hashi's or Graves, it just didn't seem that the symptoms fit. But I can ask.