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For the most part, levothyroxine is levothyroxine. Just don't change brands as each brand is absorbed differently. So stay on generic and make sure you don't switch pharmacies and that your pharmacy gets their generic l-thyroxine from the same source always.
|So my question for you experts, is how long once you get your dose of levothyroxine adjusted does it take to feel better? days? weeks? thanks!|
Let me know what your doctor says, Nichole. My endo (one of *the* cancer specialists in the country) told me that my current feelings of depression are not thyroid induced. Really? I never had one issue with this when I had a typically functioning thyroid.
I usually am on the Adrenal thread but I thought you mama's could help me sort this out. I just did a ZRT test for my adrenals and thyroid and can't understand whats going on with my thyroid (andmy adrenals, but that's another thread). Here's what my abs have been with the most current at the bottom. The far numbers on the right with the **'s next
to them are in reference to Dr. Rinds scale.
12/2006 (NO MEDS)
TSH 1.069 (Range 0.350-5.50) **-2
FT4 0.99 (Range 0.80-1.80) **-3
FT3 2.7 (Range 2.3-4.2) **-3
07/2007 (NO MEDS)
TSH 2.894 (03.50-5.50) **+3
FT3 2.4 (2.3-4.2) **-5
11/2007 (ON ADRENALS, IODORAL, MAYBE T3 MEDS BUT JUST STARTED IF SO)
TSH 2.18 (0.40-4.50) **+1
FT3 2.46 (2.30-4.20) **-5
03/2008 (ON ISOCORT, IODORAL AND T3, BUT STOPPED ADRENAL FOR 4 WEEKS
TSH 0.7 (0.5-3.0) **-4
FT4 1.0 (0.7-2.5) **-2
FT3 1.9 (2.5-6.5) **-7 TO -8
It just seems as if I am going the wrong way when I place them on Dr.
Rinds thyroid scale. PLease help!
Just in case it matters here are my adrenals and hormones:
My old labs from last July are on the left with "quotation marks around them". The new labs are to the right of the old ones and have **stars** around them. Then after
that is the ranges.
Hormone Test "6/29/2007" **3/14/2008** Units Range
Estradiol (saliva) "1.7 Ok" **1.8 Ok** pg/ml 1.3-3.3 Premenopausal
Progesterone (saliva) "63 L" **49 L** pg/ml 75-270 Premenopausal
Ratio: Pg/E2 (saliva) "37 L" **27 L** Optimal: 100-500 when E2 1.3-
Testosterone (saliva) "43 Ok" **31 Ok** pg/ml 16-55 (Age Dependent)
DHEAS (saliva) "3.7 Ok" **5.5 Ok** ng/ml 2-23 (Age Dependent)
Cortisol Morning (saliva) "3.4 L" **7.8 Ok** ng/ml 3.7-9.5
Cortisol Noon (saliva)"no old" **0.8 L** ng/ml 1.2-3.0
Cortisol Evening (saliva)"no old" **1.9 Ok** ng/ml 0.6-1.9
Cortisol Night (saliva) "0.1 L" **0.3 L** ng/ml 0.4-1.0
Free T4 (blood spot) **1.0 Ok** ng/dL 0.7-2.5
Free T3 (blood spot) **1.9 L** pg/ml 2.5-6.5
TSH (blood spot) **0.7 Ok** uU/ml 0.5-3.0
TPO (blood spot) **21 Ok** IU/ml 0-150 (70-150 borderline)
---I've been on Isocort since last August (4 in the am, 2 in the
afternoon), and T3 meds since last November. Still nursing, but
dunno if that changes things. And was taking Iodoral but stopped in
February. Also take vitamin c, magnesium, probiotics, cod liver oil, sea salt, post natal, iron sometimes, and b's.
Please let me know what you think.
(crashing the thread here for a minute)
Just got my test results back, my TSh is 5.5 -- which is a big improvement from 9.99, then 6.68 which is what it was a couple of years ago when I began treating myself naturally (without medication)... Obviously it is not completely under control and I am grateful that my doctor does *not* think that is normal range (some do!!).
Still debating the Armour, but I think I have made my peace with it.
I am wondering if the stronger my adrenals get (this is what I have been working on, that and more recently, my PCOS which is why I think my thyroid is working better now) if I could someday have an actually healthy thyroid with no medication?
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