NOT RESPONDING TO THYROXINE - REVERSE T3 IS THE CULPRIT.

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sometimes T4 BECOME MORE OF RT3 THAN T3 in stress.

THE BAD NEWS IS - infact LOT OF the T4 WE ARE TAKING might contribute in making more REVERSE T3 - AND IT IS ACTUALLY AN ANTITHYROID - AND DOES THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT T3 SHOULD DO BY ACCUPYING ITS SPACE AT CELLULAR LEVEL AND THAT WILL PREVENT THE NORMAL T3 TO DO THE FUNCTION!

READ THE ARTICLE BY MARY SHOMAN AT THYROID. ABOUT . THE SITE IS NOT LETTING ME TO POST THE LINKsad

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    I had the above problem for almost two years.  Due to a high ferritin level, I was referred to a superb blood specialist, who woke me up to the fact that my hypothyroidism was not being treated properly.  After doing considerable research, I requested Free T3 and Reverse T3 blood tests from my (now former) thyroid doctor, which had never been done for me.  After a bit of an argument, he agreed to do a T3 and RT3.  The RATIO of these two tests (T3 / RT3) was 3.8  .  In a healthy person with a healthy thyroid, this ratio should be 10 to 1 or higher.  With a FT3 test, the FT3 / RT3 ratio should be 20 to 1 or higher. 
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      Jean - My superb blood doctor took my clinical symptoms, vital signs, and ran an assortment of blood tests along with blood draws every two weeks for a couple of months.  He and his staff spent quality time with me.  My iron processing was normal, and in time, my high ferritin counts dropped to normal and have stayed there.  After the T3/RT3 test results came back, my highly credentialed endocrinologist mis-read them, so I dropped him and went to a recommended thyroid doctor (top med school, board certified in both family practice and integrative medicine, and known to be open to prescribing Armour Thyroid).  My now former endocrinologist seemed to have a passion for bone disease, but he was incompetent at treating my hypothyroidism, which admittedly was a severe case.  My new thyroid doctor put me on Armour Thyroid, and my T3 and Free T3 counts improved significantly.
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      Arn't you lucky?

      Are you in the uK? If so do share this wonderful drs contsct details so we may all receive such excellent treatment as you are so obviously rec eiving. Is he NHS or private?

      Jean

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      Jean - I am in the USA.  I got one list of thyroid doctors from the NDT group on Yahoo.  I got a second list from the Broda Barnes Foundation in Connecticut, USA.  I got a third list from a neighbor who runs a major drug store in my area.  Then, I went on the internet using web sites who rate doctors or at least list their credentials.  This all took a bit of time.  Some of the "recommended" doctors got their medical degrees in Mexico.  Others in Romania.  No thanks.  My number one ranked doctor is an endocrinologist, but she has not booked a new hypothyroid patient in three years.  But, my second-ranked doctor is a keeper.  I do not know if Yahoo NDT group has a list for the UK, or if UK web sites give patient ratings on doctors.
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