Need help with lab results for thyroid?

Commented on November 03, 2012
Created November 02, 2012 at 5:20 AM

Okay I am symptomatic for hypothyroid according to my doctor. I have low energy, severe weight gain, I live a fairly busy lifestyle and continue to gain without having an extremely horrible diet, my body temperature is generally normal, I have extremely dry skin, thinning hair, and lately I've notied dandruff. I'm a 26 year old female who's otherwise completely healthy as far as I know. My doctor ordered the thyroid panel and it came back with a TSH of 2.76 and T4 of 6.4 and Free T3 at 2.7

My doctor prescribed me Armour Thyroid 90mg daily. I haven't started taking it and am nervous to because I have another friend whos a MD and he said that all of these results are completely normal and within range. Which I see the ranges on the labs, but I really feel my ordering physician may be right, but then again my ordering physician is known for being kind of easy with putting people on meds. Does anyone have any intuition into these values as to if they are indeed hypo?? And would warrant the medication?? I read that the starting dose for armour thyrpid is 30mg... he started me on 90mg.. should I take the meds or am I fine?



on November 03, 2012
at 04:29 PM

Thanks for responding!! I've been nervous to take the medication but I just took the first pill today. So if I take it every day then I should have my doctor run another set of labs in a month to determine how this dose is working for me? Does 90mg sound like it's a redicilous amount for me to be on with my current TSH?? Or is it possible that this does could work perfect for me? I get nervous because my doctor has his own compounding pharmacy and I get nervous that he's just trying to make $$.



on November 02, 2012
at 07:25 PM

That is high for a starting dose, usually you start low and taper up every 4-6 weeks until you hit the sweet spot. If you feel like your heart is racing or sweaty, take less at first, you can break the pills up, or ask the pharmacy to dispense smaller pills. Even though it is technically in range I get hypo symptoms with a TSH over 2.5, and feel best when it is close to 1.

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