Good to hear from you. I didn't get a T3 lab unfortunately at 4 weeks, but I'm going to get labs done again in 2 more weeks (I'll be 7 weeks at that point, although my endo. said I can do them at 6 weeks if I want to- I just might do that!). He ordered TSH, Free T4 & Total T3 for that lab. Unfortunately, Kaiser does not do free T3 (stinkers), so I'm going to pay $85 and get it done myself! Hey, it's my health, family, and well being and it matters.
As far as how I'm feeling… well, eh, not great. Surgery wise- all went really well- no complaints there. Hormones… that's another story. I'm on 100 mcg Synthroid (brand) and feel tired, headaches, down. Makes me sad. My sleep is okay- I usually sleep 4 hours, wake up, and have a hard time sleeping after. I'll sleep an extra hour or 2, but not a really solid sleep (unless I take a Benadryl!).
My endo told me that our body's stores of hormones can last up to 2 months, so it would makes sense that we start to fatigue and feel these symptoms as time goes on. He told me 6-8 weeks is when we can get a more accurate measurement of thyroid levels. He told me total T3 was good enough, but I want the free, so I'm paying. He wasn't even going to order T3 at all, but as you know, this is our life, well being & I want to get it right.
What's really frustrating is wondering if I'm on the right meds, right dose etc etc… it's hard. Oh well. Time will tell. I hope you're feeling pretty good & doing well.
Homeschooling mom to 4 wonderful boys!
Diagnosed with Graves Disease after my 4th baby- March 2012
Started on 5 mg. of methimazole daily for 7 weeks
Euthyroid at the end of those 7 weeks, but had to stop methimazole as liver enzymes were 8 times normal range.
Total Thyroidectomy- 6/15/12
Started Synthroid (brand name) 100 mcg. 2nd day after surgery for 6 weeks (TSH: 6.35 & free T4 in upper range and T3 just under mid- range).
Upped Synthroid to 112 mcg. 7/27/12
Euthyroid as of 8/10/12 on 112 mcg. Synthroid (TSH .79 and free T4 in upper range).
Edited adenure (July 21, 2012 15:26:33)