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Posted by: SandrAruba, Saturday, April 21, 2012, 4:30pm
A while back I posted that I had everything checked out because of being so tired all the time. Did some reading and found out that people taking T4 benefit from taking T3 as well. Regular ratio T3 - T4 is usually 1 : 10 I'm taking 200mcg T4 so 20mcg T3 should do it, but together with the doctor we decided to start slow with 5 mcg and I increase as I see fit.

Unfortunately the T3 needed to be ordered and today it finally came in. So I am starting today. I know some of you were interested in knowing how it would affect me, so I will keep you updated.

Oh another thing, my bladder infection? Gets worse when I eat chicken...  >:(
Posted by: Jane, Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:03pm; Reply: 1
Great SandrAruba!  Remember not to take it within 4 hours of your calcium. I take compounded T3 in the morning with my T4.  Looking forward to hearing how you are doing.  It will probably take several weeks to see a difference.
Posted by: SandrAruba, Sunday, April 22, 2012, 12:43am; Reply: 2
Thanks Jane, I read somewhere that dr. Arem (from the book the Thyroid Solution) says that T4 should be lowered a little bit when you start taking T3. However I noticed that my T4 was lower then usual on my last test, so I am not sure if I should.

I will just start with the T3 in the morning together with my T4 and see how it goes.
Posted by: SandrAruba, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 12:47pm; Reply: 3
Well, I don't know if it's the T3 or not, but this week I have had no problem at all falling asleep and staying asleep. I only wake up once during the night, and two night I woke up 10 minutes before the alarm went off. I am still not completely rested when the alarm goes off, but hopefully that will get better in time as well.

I sure hope this continues.
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, April 26, 2012, 4:58pm; Reply: 4
I hope this change will provide a missing link for you!  :)
Posted by: SandrAruba, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 2:23am; Reply: 5
So another update, have no problem sleeping at all. I did a few night straight for 6 to 7 hours. Last time I did that was years ago. I did not expect this as a result from the T3, but it makes sense. Sleeping better at night makes me get up better rested and then I have energy to tackle the day.

Yesterday and today I finally felt like doing work around the house and in the yard for the first time in a long while. This last year I have been doing what had to be done and then I would crash down on the couch again. The will to do things was there but my body just didn't let me. And now I finally have the energy again to do things.

I am going to continue the morning T3 for the rest of the week and then do as suggested take one in the afternoon. I do notice that in the afternoon I get a little tired, so perhaps an afternoon dose will prevent that from happening.

But all in all I am very happy, if I feel better, I am more active and I tend to eat healthier (have been slacking on my GTD lately, I admit) and more activity means more weight loss.
Posted by: SandrAruba, Monday, May 28, 2012, 1:22am; Reply: 6
Okay, one more update. I tried taking one dose in the morning and one dose around 2 in the afternoon, but that didn't work for me. I would lie awake in bed when I did that, but I do feel I need something extra because in the afternoon I get a dip in energy.

So now I take two doses (one dose = 6.25 mcg) in the morning and that works great. I sleep better, I don't have my afternoon dip, my brain is sharper, I am more alert, more awake, more active.

For anyone who is taking T4, for whatever reason, if your thyroid was removed like mine, or not working properly and you are taking T4 to support your thyroid, but you are still feeling sluggish and tired? I can highly recommend taking T3 in addition to your T4.
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