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    Melsonbubz03
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    Hi could someone help me understand what my freeT3/rT3 ratio is? My free T3 is 3.7 pg/ml and reverse T3 is 14 ng/dl. Notice they are different units and I used a hormone calculator to convert my reverse T3 to pg/ml and then used the calculator on Stop the Thyroid Madness and the answer was 2.6. But my functional medical Dr told me my ratio is 26 and that’s ok because it’s above 20. I am confused and am struggling terribly with what seems hypothyroid symptoms including: chronic fatigue, losing hair, no libido, dry skin, can’t lose weight, very depressed and anxious. Below are more values and I’d be thankful for any input. My psychiatrist believes I should be on T3 instead of naturethroid. I have been struggling a long time and this is getting dangerous for my
    Mental health.
    TSH= 2.09 uIU/mL
    Free T4= 1.17. Ng/dL
    Free T3= 3.7 pg/mL
    Reverse T3= 14 ng/dL
    Antibodies in normal range
    Ferritin= 37 ng/mL
    Leptin=23 ng/mL
    Sex hormone binding globulin 77 nmol/L
    I have PCOS with insulin resistance and endometriosis. Had a baby 2 years ago and have never been myself since. Never had thyroid ultrasound but will have in 2 weeks. Some thyroid dysfunctional history in family.
    HDL High risk and LDL medium risk. I would love to see the math if anyone is able to calculate the ratio for me. TIA.

    #4322

    siccatum
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    How much Naturethroid do you take?

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    #4324

    Melsonbubz03
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    I was on 32.5mg of naturethroid when those labs were done but after a my thyroid increased my dose to 65mg due to symptoms and I guess my numbers. I have been on 65mg for 3 weeks and initially when I increased had rough days of insomnia and severe hive break outs that have resolved. My psychiatrist said that naturethroid is 85% T4 and so he thinks that my symptoms show I need T3 and he doses more to symptoms and not just numbers. I had lots of labs done so if you need anymore values let me know. Thank you for your help

    #4325

    Melsonbubz03
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    Also I was reading some of your past topics including the article you posted about D2 polymorphisms. My mom passed from a rare neurodegenerative disease called Supranuclear Palsy. All the women in my family have had hormone imbalances and dealt with insulin resistance, anxiety, depression etc. My hypothyroidism has looked so much like cognitive dysfunction at times and I even went through a period of short term memory loss. I have a masters in speech language pathology and therefore only studied neurology in relation to TBI and brain injuries, motor speech disorders, and brain disorders disrupting communication. But I can’t help thinking my families hormonal issues and neurodegenertive disorders are related specifically inadequate treatment for hypothyroidism. Wish I had the ability to research more.

    #4326

    siccatum
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    Hive breakouts would not come from T3 and T4 hormones, but something else in the pill, believed to be inert.
    I’ve heard this before about NDT, but another brand would likely use different fillers, so I would try that.
    (Porcine allergy is probably rare but is worth a thought. )
    Acella NP Thyroid, Westroid, ERFA Thyroid, and Armour comes to mind. Of course you could try Cytomel(T3) and T4 in some combination, if hives persist. T4+T3 did not work so well for me, NDT was much better.
    I take 120mg of ERFA per day, sublingually, more give me the jitters. My TSH is suppressed, yet have no symptoms of hyper.
    Hypothyroidism is a pandemic, and as Dr. Holtorf presents, the ignorance runs very deep in the medical profession.
    Much research is available at Pubmed, where you can enlighten yourself while the doc’s are busy with their 3.5 minute / patient appointments for pill dispensing.
    A family member has MS, and has managed to keep stable for 10+ years with a strict diet. Many food allergies/intolerances she had was ignored, with dire consequences, which took a lot of experimentation and keeping of a journal to discover offending food substances. The medical profession is not geared towards research and root cause analysis, this falls on your shoulders.
    Besides food intolerances, there are many non-food chemicals in whats on the shelves in the grocery stores. No doc would ever test you for toxins. Nor anything for which there is no medical treatment. Prevention and root cause analysis is so unprofitable.

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