I have a family history of thyroid conditions; I have fluctuating TSH, FT4, FT3 bloodwork; and symptoms of hypothyroid for years, such as fatigue and sluggishness, etc.
I have read from many people that people can be hypothyroid and not be diagnostic, but symptomatic, and they improved on a trial of thyroid medicine. So, I’d like to try a trial of thyroid medicine, and see if I improve.
I understand that it is very hard to get a doctor to agree to this. **Do any of you have advice on how to get a doctor to agree to it, and to natural dessicated? I’m considering writing my GYN about this, as she was open to letting me get on Prometrium for irregularity. Would a GYN be more open to is than other types of doctors?
Any ideas of how to approach writing the letter requesting a trial?**
I do have a specialist in mind that would be open to it, but he is a long drive and costs a lot, and I have yet to try him, so I would prefer getting a regular doctor to let my try a trial.
Here’s a great article: altsupportthyroid.org/tsh/tshrefs2.php
Thank you and God bless you!
Interesting, I’ve just been evaluating my lab work from the first time I was tested years ago. My FT4 is always rock bottom, when it is supposed to be optimal in the upper third of the range. My FT3 was tested twice in all this time, and once it was in the starting upper third range, but the last time it was not. Dr. John Dommisse, MD treats hypothyroid when TSH>1.0 and FT3 and FT4 are low-normal. That’s me!! He likes to keep TSH between 0.1-1.0, but really it depends on the person and it’s best to gauge by symptoms.
My TSH has always been over 1.0 Many times it’s been over 3.0, and just so recently. Once it went high out of range into hypo zone. But, according to up-to-date docs, my TSH is hypo being over 1.0, and especially being over 3.0
I’m thinking of calling doctor offices and trying to find a doctor that will treat a narrower range. I figure that first I’ll try sending information to my GYN and a letter and trying to see if she’ll try a trial.
I’m symptomatic, everything else has been evaluated, my PCP is out of ideas, and hypothyroid runs in my family. I’m pretty sure this is what I’ve got. But in the meantime, I feel like this: :banghead:
From my research and talking to people, some find natural thyroid to help (because it has T3, T4, T1, T2) while others do better on synthetic. Many need T3 in addition to T4 treatment, and they find splitting up the doses in the day or using time-released is best because of the short half-life. A big headache for people is finding the right brand, as fillers and things affect absorption; Armour and Nature-Throid recently went through re-formulation and now people had to change meds because it was giving them awful side effects. I hope I find what’s best for me!
This condition is so terrible to diagnose and treat! So many misinformed doctors out there!
God bless you!