Thyroidectomy & Progesterone effects on TSH, T4 and T3
(Fresno, CA, USA)
I've had a Thyroidectomy 7 years ago. Have been stable on Synthroid until Menopause. I am now Post-Menopausal (58) and am now, after higher doses, also on a very low HRT .025 trans-dermal and 100mg oral Bio-Identical Progesterone. I am still having hypothyroid symptoms and added 12mg topical Progesterone, which seems to aggravate my o estrogen receptors. Per your recommendations I would add more progesterone however when I do so it raises my TSH to a more hypothyroid state. Has anyone experienced adding progesterone therapy and having to adjust their Thyroid medication. The issue of having to adjust Thyroid medication complicates my situation. I have read that adding progesterone should lower TSH. My experience is that it raises my TSH. There seems to be a lack of literature on Thyroidexctomy and post menopausal women and how to adjust hormones. When I increase Progesterone my TSH and T4 increase and T3 decrease. I seem to be unable to convert/process the Synthroid appropriately. When I add T3 Cytomel to compensate, i am not able to do so without a significant increase in my heart rate and adverse reactions to my adrenals.
The doctors told me I had Adrenal Fatigue, but i really suspect it is just a hormone and progesterone deficiency. I seem to be in a loop that as I increase Progesterone I become more hypothyroid. As I become more hypothyroid I am not able to compensate with higher Synthroid/Cytomel.
Any advice would help.