Get a different doctor.
Get a different doctor.
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And get a new doctor - and if your naturopath doesn't put you on Vitamin D, Selenium, Zinc and Magnesium (and probably Iodine) - find another naturopath.
You need another doctor. If your T3 is 'on the low side,' that could be the cause of any weight issues--as I know from experience. And someone who is taking Rx thyroid should have a TSH of 1.0 or below. Although in someone who is not taking Rx thyroid, a TSH of 2.1 is not usually an issue, most good thyroid doctors will treat someone who has a TSH above 2.0 and also has symptoms. That doctor will also test, and consider, T4 and T3 levels.
Your T3 should ideally be in the top 2/3 of the lab range, although I do fine if it's at least half way.
To illustrate the 'power' of T3, I have Hashimoto's, and, according to my endo, one characteristic of Hashi's is to experience 'conversion problems'--i.e., the T4 isn't converted to T3 sufficiently. The first time that happened, I was so fatigued that I could barely function--and although I had been steadily losing a pound a week, I suddenly gained 10 lbs in 2 weeks with NO change in diet or exercise. When the labs came back, my T3 had dropped below the lab range!
I have since had that happen twice more (each time, my endo increases my T3 dose), and when my T3 tanks, in order NOT to gain, I have to eat about 500 cal a day until I get my dose adjusted. It's the T3 that controls metabolism and other bodily functions.
Anyway, I'm going to take all this info to the naturopath and see what they say. In the mean time, I have ordered Thyroid Synergy through my lame doc, so that will at least support the thyroid and help with T4 to T3 conversion until I get more answers and know better what to do.
Yes, if your thyroid hormones are low, you really should not be working out strenuously at all. It further depletes the thyroid.
That's really interesting about your pituitary. They've shown that a low T3 is common in hospitalized patients are are very ill, but the hormone level returns to normal when they get well. However, you are quite right that your pituitary may have sufferent damage that prevents its signaling the thyroid to produce the level of hormone you need.
I hope you get some answers. Good thyroid doctors are not common, and I've been very lucky to find a good one (I got a tip from a family friend who is a well-known pathologist).