I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but I have a talking thyroid.
This exceptionally chatty gland tells me a lot of things. For instance, it is very upset about having Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (a disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid). It feels very persecuted.
It tells me about its self-esteem issues.
Recently, I started taking Armour Thyroid, because the Synthroid and compounded T3 I was taking before had stopped working. (Synthroid and T3 are synthetic forms of thyroid hormone, and Armour Thyroid is one type of natural dessicated thyroid, which is derived from animal thyroid, usually pig thyroid.) Natural dessicated thyroid (NDT) is supposed to be better for many patients. It not only provides the main thyroid hormones, T4 and T3, but also provides other thyroid hormones, such as T1, T2, and calcitonin, a hormone that regulates the amount of calcium in the blood and allows calcium to be absorbed into the bones. Natural dessicated thryoid is supposed to give the body what it would have if the actual thyroid gland were functioning properly.
Unfortunately, I just had my first thyroid test after starting Armour, and my TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) was 13! WHAT?! The range only goes from zero to three, or zero to five if your doctor is old-school. My results indicated things were WAY out of whack.
My T4 and Free T3 were within the normal reference ranges, but both were on the low side. So I called my doctor’s office, and he is increasing my dosage. I also posted in a Facebook thyroid group and found someone who had to adjust her dose three times before getting it right. So I assumed it was a dosage issue.
Then my talking thyroid piped up:
Do you see what an obnoxious gland I have to deal with? Sigh.
Seriously, has anyone else had a problem like this when starting Armour or another brand of NDT? It’s really scary. I just picked up the new dose of Armour, but I worry that it won’t be enough.