I've been on 112 mcg. of Synthroid brand for about 5 months or so. Here are my numbers:
TSH:1.41 normal range: 0.450-4.500 uIU/mL
Free T4: 1.44 normal range: 0.82-1.77 ng/dL
Free T3: 2.2 normal range: 2.0-4.4 pg/mL
So, I don't feel terrible, but I tire more easily than I used to. I work out, but can only do about 1/2 hour (I used to do weights for 45 min. and a very hard spin class for 60 min.). My weight doesn't seem to be an issue, I don't have constipation or any of the other signs of hypo. It's good that my levels are in range, but I wonder if my T3 were higher if I'd feel better? Of course how does one accomplish that? I know I've read here that T4 only therapy seems to be the way to go and that most don't need or benefit from T3 or natural/ pig hormone. Would adding cytomel make sense or not really? Would switching to pig hormone be a good idea or not? Again, I don't feel terrible. I mean I could survive like this and do okay. But, I wonder if I could do better? Does increasing the Synthroid make sense? I've recently changed insurance, so I will be finding a new doctor. I just wanted to hear what doctors in the know think about T3 cytomel or natural- is it worth it? I worry about too much T3 and its consequences. I'm reluctant to up the Synthroid- not sure why. Thanks.
Homeschooling mom to 4 wonderful boys!
Diagnosed with Graves Disease after my 4th baby- March 2012
Started on 5 mg. of methimazole daily for 7 weeks
Euthyroid at the end of those 7 weeks, but had to stop methimazole as liver enzymes were 8 times normal range.
Total Thyroidectomy- 6/15/12
Started Synthroid (brand name) 100 mcg. 2nd day after surgery for 6 weeks (TSH: 6.35 & free T4 in upper range and T3 just under mid- range).
Upped Synthroid to 112 mcg. 7/27/12
Euthyroid as of 8/10/12 on 112 mcg. Synthroid (TSH .79 and free T4 in upper range).