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New Labs
Last Post 08 Aug 2014 08:39 AM by Elaine Moore. 1 Replies.
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07 Aug 2014 03:17 PM
    Hi Elaine,
    I hope you are having a great week.

    Well, it's been 5 weeks since I stopped the Methimazole. I just had labs done yesterday and would like your input. I'm feeling pretty good for the most part. I could do with my levels a little higher. I was wondering too if the "season" affects our levels. I seem to remember that in the winter months my T3 rises a bit, do the hotter months affect levels as well. Maybe that's part of my problem. I looked back to last year when I had been off meds for over a year and my levels during the summer tended to run lower...T4 averaged around 1.12 and T3 averaged about 2.6. I seem to have higher levels in the beginning and end of the year. Just wondered if the weather/heat played a role.

    Here are my labs since getting off the MMI.

    DATE, TSH, T4 (.58-1.64), T3 (2.4-6.8)

    7/9/14 4.44, .87, 2.3
    7/23/14 3.37 .98, 3.0
    8/6/14 3.08 1.0, 2.6

    My doctor seems to think these numbers are good and that I'm improving. Again, it's only been 5 weeks. Can you tell me what you think? I would like to see them a bit higher but overall I don't have any major issues or symptoms. How long does it take to level out after a "flare up" and short period on MMI like I was?

    Thanks so much Elaine. :)
    Elaine MooreUser is Offline Veteran Member Veteran Member Posts:3448
    08 Aug 2014 08:39 AM
    Hi Holli,
    We do tend to have a lower requirement for thyroid hormone in the warmer months. With your FT3 falling though you may eventually need a low dose of replacement hormone, I'd wait to see how your net labs look. The week is going well, thanks. Great vacation. Take care, elaine
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