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Reddish skin patches around the eyes, severe weight gain. Taking armour thyroid. Need alternate medication?

Hi. I have red patches of skin around my eyes and am gaining weight at a seemingly unmanageable rate. I take armour thyroid, so I would hope that's adequate for T3 and T4 issues, which I have had in the past. I could still have low T4, but as I understand it, T4 just converts to T3 only, so if my T3 is OK, then there shouldn't really be a problem.

I'm almost 48, but my doctor doesn't think that menopause is issue for me yet.

Do you have any idea what the issue could be? Is it possible I need to add some kind of T4 booster (like synthroid)?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Hi Thanks for using HCM.

Your rapid increase in weight may be mainly due to hypothyroid state. Get check your TSH, T3 and T4 once. TSH is important to monitor your thyroid status. If it is more than normal then you need to increase your dose. At 48 some pre menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, mood swings, facial vasodilation leading to redness do occur. But weight gain due to menopause may not be the reason. So discuss with your doctor for dose adjustment. No need to take 2 thyroid drugs. One with proper dose can be good. Hope you got your answer. Take care.

Answered: Tue, 25 Jun 2013
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