I've been hypothyroid for 19 yrs taking Synthroid (levothyroxine) medication. Unfortunately, I can't really recall a time since then that I've felt symptom-free. Of course, also being type 1, I usually just write off my low energy and brain fogginess to low or high blood sugar. Not anymore. What got my attention was when my older sister, just recently diagnosed w/ hypothyroid, had done some research and found that treatment with thyroxine plus triiodothyronine improved the quality of life for most [hypothyroid] patients. She found web sites and books containing statements by patients being treated with a T4 only, like Synthroid, were still suffering from chronic hypo symptoms after years of treatment. But apparently there's a huge controversy over using a T3 versus T3/T4 combination and Dr.s are not taught about this sort of treatment, therefore they usually won't prescribe it. So, I've begun my journey to find out more, and discuss with my doctor switching to a T3/T4, e.g: Thyrolar, etc.
I would love to hear any comments you may have. If anyone out there is taking a T3 or combination, please let me know how it's working for you. Thank you.
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