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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Change to Compounded T3/T4

(I also remembered that I forgot to tell the doc that I got pretty bad hives 3 weeks after starting Synthroid, which lasted about a week—I didn't call because I had no idea where they came from, but figured that if it was a side effect, they'd pass—and again, not as bad, 3 weeks after increasing from 25mcg to 50mcg dose!)

Well, I got a call from a nurse at the doctor's office yesterday. Natural thyroid was a no-go, but she did change me to compounded T3/T4 at a 10mcg/40mcg dose. I'm supposed to make an appointment for 4 – 6 weeks from now for bloodwork, but I'm going to specify that I want to see the doctor, as well. It really looks to me like the full natural thyroid (Armour, for example) would be better overall, since it includes T–1 & T–2, plus calcitonin—wouldn't it be nice if my bones could stay strong?

I've also been reading a bit about Wison's Syndrome. It makes sense so far, and/but the American Thyroid Association seems dead set against it—but then, they advocate for T–4 replacement only, along with the party line of TSH being the defining factor in thyroid testing. From everything else I'm reading, that's just plain ludicrous.

Actually, it looks like my adrenals could probably use some support as well (based on my bad reaction to T4, plus symptomatically based on the "Metabolic Scorecard" so, rather than messing with the doctor on that just yet, I'm using some 1% hydrocortisone cream to see if that helps. The articles so far give doses for oral replacement, but I know that it is well-absorbed through the skin, so that's fine for now. I just need to find a place where it says what actual dose you get from the cream, so I'll know how much I need to use.

For future reference: I forgot to take my temperature before I got up, but after taking my pills and smoking a cigarette after coming downstairs, it's 96.3 (taken in the armpit, which wouldn't be altered by drinking water or drawing smoke through the mouth). It was 97.1 yesterday afternoon. Clearly low—and my "normal" has always been around 97.6 basal.

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