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My tsh level is 22....without medication how could I control this level through food and exercise?

My tsh level is 22....without medication how could I control this level through food and exercise?

Not so easy to do!!: High TSH indicates that your Thyroid is not producing enough hormone (Thyroxine). This can only be corrected by taking a daily pill of Thyroxine from your PCP. No amount of Diet or Exercise will influence/ or solve this problem. Let us not fight with mother nature! Go see your doctor and seek medication to correct your problem which can become serious if you do not do what I have said. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

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I have tried everything. I can't lose weight. TSH level OK. No amount of exercise can help me. Diet is healthy. Please help. I'm depressed!

I have tried everything. I can't lose weight. TSH level OK. No amount of exercise can help me. Diet is healthy. Please help. I'm depressed!

It is impossible...: It actually is impossible for a human to be unable to lose weight, because weight loss follows a fundamental law of nature. If a person takes in more calories than she needs to live on, she will gain weight. If she takes in fewer calories than she needs to live on, she will lose weight. Every human follows this natural law, so every human loses weight if she eats fewer calories than she needs. ...Read more

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Tsh 6.5 level is high?

Tsh 6.5 level is high?

YES: The normal range I our area is 0-4 to4mlu/l
it varies from area to area and lab but never from 0.5 to5.5 mlu/l. 6.5 is high. Thanks. ...Read more

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Fluctuating TSH levels?

Fluctuating TSH levels?

Depends: Are you on thyroid replacement currently? Tsh can fluctuate if you are on the wrong kind of thyroid replacement, or you are not taking it regularly, or lab misinterpretation...Work closely with your doc or see a thyroid specialist if this continues to be a problem. ...Read more

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Why were my TSH levels so high?

Why were my TSH levels so high?

Was not producing: Enough thyroid hormone- underactive

when on correct dose, it will return to normal tsh ...Read more

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What is normal range for TSH levels?

Depends on lab, but: Depends alot on the lab you use: most run roughly from 0.3 to about 5.0. But - this is important - most endocrinologists now consider anything above (roughly) 2.0-2.5 to be elevated, meaning an under-active thyroid. See your doctor for more specifics. ...Read more

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What is a normal range for TSH levels?

What is a normal range for TSH levels?

0.4–4.0 µIU/mL: However, the upper limit may be slightly too high, with several studies showing TSH above 2 may be associated with increased risk of hypothyroidism later in life. This is the normal range for adults. It is different for children. ...Read more

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Why are elevated TSH levels dangerous?

Why are elevated TSH levels dangerous?

Hypothyroidism: Elevated TSH strongly suggests that hypothyroidism is present which, if untreated, can produce numerous problems such as fatigue, weight gain, constipation and impaired thinking. Rarely the cause could be a pituitary tumor. ...Read more

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Two possible causes of high levels of TSH?

Two possible causes of high levels of TSH?

Hypothyroidism or...: Over 99% of the tine the cause is hypothyroidism, which itself has many causes, as mentioned by Dr. Kaur.
I advise everyone with hypothyroidism to ask their doctor to test them for thyroiditis, as most will have this and treatment is a bit different from plain hypothyroidism.
Another cause can be a pituitary gland tumor. Most pituitary tumors are benign. ...Read more

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What medications affect TSH levels severely?

What medications affect TSH levels severely?

Various meds: Can do this. The most common are thyroid hormone (either T4 and/or t3), lithium, amiodarone, dopamine, levodopa, bromocriptine, glucocorticoids (>0.5 mg/day dexamethasone, 100 mg/day hydrocortisone), octreotide, amphetamines, Metoclopramide >1 mg/kg, iodinated contrast media. ...Read more

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What is the usual normal range for TSH levels?

0.5 - 5.0: In general, people with no known thyroid conditions will have TSH values between 0.5 and 5.0. Each lab determines its own normal range, and the lower limit can range from 0.2 - 0.6, and the upper limit from 2.5 to 6.0. There are some doctors who feel that the upper limit of normal is too high and that treatment should be considered for anyone with symptoms and TSH over 2.5 to 3.0. ...Read more

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Wondering why were my TSH levels so different?

Recheck: Recheck it, sometimes might be lab error. ...Read more

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I was just wondering when are TSH levels the lowest?

I was just wondering when are TSH levels the lowest?

Thyroid lab tests: Tsh levels decrease as the free thyroid hormone levels in the blood increase. So if you develop an overactive thyroid gland and produce excessive thyroid hormone your TSH level will drop low. The same can occur if you are taking a thyroid hormone supplement for hypothyroidism and are taking more than what your body needs. ...Read more

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What is normal range for TSH levels to vary? 1 or 3 or. 5?

What is normal range for TSH levels to vary? 1 or 3 or. 5?

Depends: Some doctors consider 2 to be getting high. But really it is the balance of T3 (liothyronine) to reverse T3 (liothyronine) that matters. T4 is converted to both T3 (liothyronine) and rt3, and T3 (liothyronine) is like the gas while rt3 is like the brakes. Tsh does not reflect this balance and cannot be used in isolation to uncover thyroid problems. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the minimum healthy reading for TSH levels?

Can anyone tell me the minimum healthy reading for TSH levels?

TSH Level: Tsh level (thyroid stimulating hormone level) has a big range, and may vary in different laboratories
range of TSH in diagnostic laboratory services of hawaii is:
0.27----4.20
please see your physician for medical examination including thyroid status, assessment of anxiety and depression, follow up of TSH level, and for needed treatment. ...Read more

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What major problems can happen if your TSH levels are over 1000.?

What major problems can happen if your TSH levels are over 1000.?

Huh?: Question does not make sense as TSH level that high is associated with symptoms that would render you incapable of typing the question. There is more to your story. ...Read more

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My TSH levels are slightly higher than average. Should I be concerned?

My TSH levels are slightly higher than average. Should I be concerned?

Yes, becuase...: A high TSH is considered a sign of hypothyroidism, in fact many specialists feel any TSH above 3 is cause for concern. The important question is your level of thyroid hormones (esp. Free t3) ; if you have any symptoms of hypothyroidism- see http://bit. Ly/14aneey
if your levels are fine ; you have no symptoms you may not need treatment but this should be monitored as you are at risk- see comment:. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my TSH levels are 3.24hypothyroid, what do you suggest?

Normal range: Your TSH level is in the normal range. All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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What symptoms can I expect with my TSH levels being very hypo like 28 or so?

What symptoms can I expect with my TSH levels being very hypo like 28 or so?

Varies: It's really a sepectrum in terms of symptoms in the presence of high tsh. Younger children and teenagers seem to tolerate high TSH more than adults, hence why I struggle sometimes in convincing a 15 yr old girl to take her synthroid (thyroxine)! ...Read more

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What would cause TSH at 8 go down to a normal level a week and a half later withouth meds?

Error in testing: It is possible that one of the test results is in error. It would be prudent to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more

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My TSH levels are 0.344. What does this mean and are there any symptoms associated with these levels?

1 of 3 things: Hi. If your TSH is 0.344, which is just slightly below the normal range, it could be: 1) normal, no thyroid disease (the "normal range EXCLUDES 5% of normal values), 2) mildly "hot" (autonomously hyperfunctioning) nodule (s), or 3) your doctor checked it while it was heading down. Recheck in 6 weeks: Stable at 0.3 or now normal; just follow. Further down, hyperthyroid. Check free T4 & T3 (liothyronine). Thy scan ...Read more

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Dosage increased to lower TSH to a 1 or 2, its at 3.4 now. Anyone else still symptomatic with normal levels?

Yes: 1-2 is the mid normal range for TSH and is the goal many doctors treating hypothyroidism strive to get the level to. Many people will feel better with the level in this range. ...Read more

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Are there long term complications of having a TSH of 0.04? I am unhappy at this level, but this is recommended.

Thyroid cancer: If you have been treated for thyroid cancer, the goal is to suppress TSH to prevent the TSH to stimulated cancer growth. Your doctor is doing the right thing. The risk of too much thyroid hormone is osteoporosis and tachycardia. Talk to you doctor. Depending on your symptoms, there may be treatment. Perhaps a b-blocker. ...Read more

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My dr. Said my TSH levels for hypothriodism is borderline and she said some number what should I do to confirm this?

My dr. Said my TSH levels for hypothriodism is borderline and she said some number what should I do to confirm this?

Lab work: You can repeat the labs with addition of thyroid antibodies (thyroid peroxidase), and the free hormones to confirm. ...Read more

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Are there any specific foods or products that can naturally enhance ones TSH levels? Would like to avoid a low dosage of medication if I can!

Are there any specific foods or products that can naturally enhance ones TSH levels? Would like to avoid a low dosage of medication if I can!

No: There are no such foods such as that. If your TSH level is low, that means your thyroid is overproducing thyroid hormone and that could be a goiter or other thyroid disease - you definitely need that checked and treated. If your thyroid hormone is low, then your TSH would be high. In that case, you need to take some form of thyroid replacement med - there are different options for that. ...Read more

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My TSH levels have gone from normal to 15.6 in two months. I take my medication in the morning 45 min. Prior to other meds and food. What's up?

My TSH levels have gone from normal to 15.6 in two months. I take my medication in the morning 45 min. Prior to other meds and food. What's up?

Thyroid: If you are using a generic brand of thyroid meds you might want to consider a non-generic brand.

You also need to have your doctor check the thyroid levels (t4 and t3) and thyroid antibody measurement might be in order.

In the meantime you might try 1 tablet one morning and two tablets on alternative days. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (Definition)

A TSH test measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in your blood. TSH is produced by the pituitary gland and tells the thyroid gland to make and release the hormones thyroxine ...Read more