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TSH Levels

From: Stephano - 4 years 48 weeks ago

I have been diagnosed with Hypo Thyroid since 2011. I have been on 60 mg of Armour for all of these years since being diagnosed, until recently when I was given a 15 mg. increase since my levels going up. My recent TSH was 2.76, which I still feel is on the high side and I am symptomatic (losing hair, weight gain, fatigue). Is it unreasonable to request another 15 mg increase in Armour? I feel I am still under medicated.

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Is this good advice?

Armour has a lot of complaints since it reformulated a couple years ago. Apparently it is not as strong now. Try Naturethroid. There are a few others I just can't think of their names right now.

What are all your labs and ranges? FT3, FT4, RT3 are all needed to get a picture of it you are still hypo or not. My guess is you are because your TSH is so high, but again you did not post the ranges, so I cannot be sure. On NDT, TSH should be nearly zero because it is total thyroid replacement. That means that your pituitary will pick up that your body has FT3 in the blood and will not need to create TSH to signal the thyroid to make FT3.

Unfortunately, most will go by the TSH test only. They will see a low TSH and automatically think that you are HYPERthyroid, despite a plethora of HYPO symptoms. That is because they are not testing FT3 (and RT3). If they were, they could see that the FT3 is still in range. And most likely not optimal, unless at the top three quarters of the range.