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skarey
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Several people here have suggested that Armour Thyroid helps with brain fog/dizziness. Anyone else here have success using it?

I've had my TSH tested and always came back normal, however many of my symptoms match thyroid disorders.

Would it hurt me to try Armour Thyroid? Where can I get it? How many do I take?

Please any comments would be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Messa
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I take armour. My mom also takes it but she doesn't have lyme. It has helped some of her hair loss.

I don't think it's done much for me. I may have slight more energy. My dr prescribed it. I only take it once a day in the morning before breakfast.

If your going to take a thyroid med then I would do armour.

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How many mg do you take a day?
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I tested normal TSH and low T3. I started taking Armour thyroid and it made me feel present again, like in my former healthy time. I take 1 gram - ie 60 mg, 2x/day.
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skarey
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Robin,
Where do you get your armour thyroid at? I know my doctor will not prescribe it because I tested normal. I would really like to give it a try, but am unsure on what dosage or where to get it.

Thanks!

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skarey, did your doctor only test TSH? if so, you need Free T3 and Free T4 tested...can't tell much by only testing TSH.
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I tested very low in my free T3 and free T4.

My thyroid medicine helps me get moving in the morning. Without it I'd probably never get out of bed! It does help me to think a little more clearly and make better decisions. Without the medicine, I'm a mess.

I still have extreme fatigue but I figure that it is probably from the infections, especially babesia.

A doctor has to order the thyroid tests for you and will RX the dose of Armour medicine based on those results. You don't want to take a dose that is too high because it can cause bad symptoms too like a racing heart, muscle pain, insomnia, jitteriness, etc.

Once you start the Armour your labs will be checked regularly to make sure that your body is responding appropriately to the medication. Then it can be adjusted up or down as needed so you get the best results.

Many PCPs are knowledgable in thyroid testing, especially the younger doctors. You may have to visit a few doctors or see some Endocrinologists that specialize in thyroid disorders to get good treatment. Sometimes it is hard to find a good knowledgable doctor. Just like it is hard to find a good Lyme doc, be persistent and patient.

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I believe I've only had my TSH tested. I am going to email my primary today with specific lab tests I want ordered. What should I ask for??
I want a full blood panel... nothing left unturned.

Suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks.

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free T4
free T3
TSH
TPO antibodies

Those are the main thyroid tests.

If there is a direct dialysis test available for the free´s, try to get them to run that one. It is not prone to interfering issues like mouse antibodies etc. But to not despair if it is not available

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It's likely your primary care doctor will be clueless and even if he runs the tests you ask for he probably won't know how to dose correctly and will prescribe you synthroid.

Integrative doctors are much better at understanding and treating thyroid issues, even when they are sub-clinical.

Check out site for lots of info:
http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/

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