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katrinab
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Has anyone had luck with reversing their reverse t3 levels? I had a test that showed I had very high reverse t3 after I complained of weight gain, fatigue etc prior to dx of Lyme.

I forgot about this test and my symptoms because I had so many at the time and I was trying to get a general diagnosis and prioritize.

But now that I've been in Lyme treatment I've been reading on stopthethyroidmadness.com and how to reverse the problem. T

here are diff ways to do it, and I'm not sure which is the most common and effective way of doing it.

I could take cytomel, but I'd have to get it compounded to be extended release, and I don't think my insurance would cover this. I have state health ins.

Or I could take selenium, iron, adrenal complex, iodine, armour thyroid, and some other things I forget which.

But I know fixing the thyroid could be a long process, so I do t want to dedicate two months or more to each mineral or hormone in hopes of figuring what the deficiency is

and it doesn't say anywhere on the site I don't believe of what the most common deficiency is.

It does say that taking armour thyroid could actually make the reverse t3 problem worse in the long run possibly, so I just don't know which route to take.

Id rather do cheapest, safest,most effective and common route first,

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treeinatree
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I take compounded slow release cytomel. My insurance covers it at a higher copay. Worth asking the pharmacy to run your insurance to check.

Sorry I can't say yet how long it takes for the ratio to start going down. I think more than 2 months would be needed IMO. My practitioner wants labs every two months for it and it took me 3 months to get up to the full dose. HTH.

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Robin123
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I had a low T3 level, went on Armour thyroid and felt connected to the world again! It allowed metabolism to pick up again.
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Lymeorsomething
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I think T3 only is the way to go for RT3 issues....

Check out the circadian T3 method:

http://recoveringwitht3.com/blog/background-circadian-t3-method-ct3m

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Just out of curiosity was your tsh free t3 and freet4 levels ok? I'm just asking because mine were in normal range but I'm wondering if I should get the reverse t3 tested just in case?
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Just a caution--I found that taking T3 alone was wonderful at first, but after a while I couldn't think straight. In my case, I need the T4 for proper brain function. Now take Natur-throid.
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Lymeorsomething
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You have to have the proper dosage of T3. Some people need more, some less.

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My TSH level was normal, my T3 level was low.
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Abxnomore
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katrinab T3 is high. That means she is storing T3 and not using it. That's different than the usual thyroid situation.

Perhaps, research Euthyroid Sick Syndrome.

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