Starting NDT - ArmourWell, I have another story in this group (http://www.experienceproject.com/stories/Have-Hashimotos-Thyroiditis/2364841), but it's really long and I didn't want to make it longer by writing about my NDT journey.
I was on synthetic T4 for a long time, and recently got my endo to add in some T3 to see if it helped me any. She lowered my T4 to add in T3 and it made my Hashi symptoms fly all over the map like a whirlwind! I was having great days followed by 3-4 bad days. On T4 alone I was just consistently.."bla".
So I went back after about 2 weeks on the new med combo, because waiting 3 months was out of the question for me. My normal endo was out on maternity leave, so I saw one of the other Dr's at this particular practice. After some back and forth convo, I asked about taking NDT and she said she hardly sees people that feel good on it. I told her I've been dealing with this crap for about 10 years and nothing seems to work, so she Rx'd Armour for me.
I get to pick it up from the pharmacy today and I'll be taking my first dose tomorrow. I'm secretly SUPER excited because my body will be getting a combo of all the thyroid hormones it should be making anyway. Since I was on 75mcg T3 and 12.5mcg T3 - she Rx'd me 1 grain Armour once a day, which is 60 mg and equates to the rough balance of taking around 100mcg T4 and 25mcg T3 combined.
I am very hopeful that it helps with my lingering symptoms and gives me the one thing I've been chasing after for YEARS: energy!!!!
*Update 9/4/12: Today is day 4 on Armour, and I feel my brain fog lifting. I'm also sleeping better, and today especially I feel more content than I have in a while. I'm monitoring for signs of going hyper since the Dr. told me my previous combo was too high for me - she was going ba
*Update 9/7/12: OK, I didn't want to update again so soon as it's only day 7 - but WOW!!! I feel so effing amazing I can't stand it! I don't know what to do with myself. I knew a lot of people feel much better on NDT but I wasn't prepared for this. I REALLY hope this feeling stays and doesn't drop off after the "honeymoon phase" as I call it after starting new meds or upping a dosage. *fingers crossed*
*Update 11/20/12: Well, my honeymoon phase lasted about 2 weeks then every day after that I got progressively worse. I had requested to increase my dose near the end of September and was denied because my TSH was at .29 last blood test beginning of Sept. So I went almost 5 weeks with getting progressively worse and when I got blood work done my TSH was at almost 7 October 30th. So I am now on 120mg Armour and trying to dig myself out of the hole my Dr. let me fall into.