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What does high tsh 3rd generation level means?

What does high tsh 3rd generation level means?

Hypothyroidism: Typically it means that you have an underactive thyroid and may need replacement. ...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


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What is considered a high TSH level?

What is considered a high TSH level?

Above 4.5: In most labs, a value above 4.5 is high. However, symptoms related to low thyroid correlate much better with free T4 levels, rather than tsh. There are many people with elevated tsh, normal free t4, who feel perfectly normal (subclinical hypothyroidism). Persistently high TSH levels is indicative of a failing thyroid. ...Read more

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What is a dangerously high TSH level?

What is a dangerously high TSH level?

Hypothyroidism: The actual thyroid hormone is T4 and t3 (liothyronine). When they are low, TSH elevates, but how high is somewhat variable, and "high tsh" per se is not dangerous. A low t4/t3 (liothyronine) can be dangerous; TSH is a good marker of thyroid function, but often it is necessary to measure ft4 or t3 (liothyronine). A mild elevation of TSH (eg. 4-10) is often without any symptoms and a normal ft4. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of high TSH level?

What are the symptoms of high TSH level?

High tsh has no: Symptoms, but indicates hypothyroidis, which can cause fatigue increased sensitivity to cold constipation dry skin unexplained weight gain puffy face hoarseness muscle weakness elevated blood cholesterol level muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods thinning hair slowed heart rate depression impaired memor. ...Read more

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What can I do to lose weight if I have high TSH levels?

What can I do to lose weight if I have high TSH levels?

High TSH: Ask your doctor to correct your thyroid abnormality with medication. There is no substitute, however, for eating right and exercising. ...Read more

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My last blood results showed a high TSH levels but t3andt4 in normal range. Should I see someone regarding hypotyhroidism?

Yes: An elevated TSH indicates that your pituitary gland feels that your thyroid level is somewhat low. The fact that the T4 and T3 (liothyronine) are normal means that the problem is still mild. If you have symptoms of an underactive thyroid, treatment with thyroid hormone is indicated. If you have no symptoms, and the TSH is only mildly high, one can repeat the level in a few months and see if it has changed. ...Read more

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I have a high TSH but normal T4 levels, what does this mean?

I have a high TSH but normal T4 levels, what does this mean?

Hypothyroidism: The TSH test is10 times more sensitive for the diagnosis of hypothyroidism that the t4. The TSH is reported on a log scale so that small changes in the TSH value are caused by relatively big changes in the blood level. This is a reflection of the pituitary being extremely sensitive to change in the T3 (liothyronine) level if you have symptoms it would be wise to seek treatment. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned of a high tsh level with a normal TSH 4 level?

I assume you mean a: High TSH with a normal T-4???
That is usually indicative of very early (subclinical) hypOthyroidism (LOW thyroid)
If the gland is NORMAL size (not enlarged) your Doctor may wish to just follow this finding.
Hope this is helpful!

Dr Z ...Read more

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High TSH levels but normal T4 levels, I don't understand what this means?

High TSH levels but normal T4 levels, I don't understand what this means?

Early hypothyroidism: If the elevated TSH persists, it generally indicates early hypothyroidism, which can easily be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have high TSH 5.28 and 2 weeks down to 3.4 without meds? I'm also hypertensive and I have brugada syndrome. Why my TSH levels drop without meds?

Various possibilitie: There's always potential lab error. Morning determinations are generally most accurate. Tsh is secreted episodically and can vary from one time to the next, also, if you have had a recent bout of thyroiditis, your labs can vary over time. Did they draw any other thyroid tests like free t4?

Reheck you level in the future. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 4.53 and I had numbness on the right side of my body last week followed by imbalance due to the same, is it because of the high tsh.?

My TSH level is 4.53 and I had numbness on the right side of my body last week followed by imbalance due to the same, is it because of the high tsh.?

No: Sounds like you do have hypothyroidism but this does not cause such symptoms - you should see your doc asap for thorough eval to make sure you have not had a stroke - there are further testing that need to be done. ...Read more

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What're the lab tests to done after finding that I have high tsh level?

What're the lab tests to done after finding that I have high tsh level?

How high?: No other tests may be needed. At best free T4 level may be checked.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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33 yr M 6'2 185 pounds. High TSH levels but normal free T4, whst exactly does this mean?

33 yr M 6'2 185 pounds. High TSH levels but normal free T4, whst exactly does this mean?

Subclinical hypothyr: Hi. That is commonly seen, now that we screen so well for disorders of thyroid function. It's called subclinical hypothyroidism, meaning that with extra push from the pituitary (TSH), the remaining thyroid tissue is able to make thyroid hormone in the normal range. You should start taking thyroid hormone now, and not wait till your metabolic tank is empty. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are causes of high tsh levels? Will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

What are causes of high tsh levels? Will depression medicines cause this increase levels?

Low thyroid function: If you have a high TSH, it may be that you have hypothyroidism, which is very common & responds well to very cheap medication to correct. Low thyroid function can cause depression! So if you have thyroid hormone deficiency get treated, your depression will improve faster, even if on depression meds & the meds may not work if your thyroid hormone level is very low. See doc and get further tests. ...Read more

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How could past chemo and radiotherapy relate 20 years later with very high TSH level production?

How could past chemo and radiotherapy relate 20 years later with very high TSH level production?

You are hypothyroid.: Which may or may not be related to the previous therapy. Was the radiation to your neck? ...Read more

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Can high TSH levels or hypothyroidism cause miscarriages?

Can high TSH levels or hypothyroidism cause miscarriages?

Yes: Thyroid malfunction, especially hypothyroidism can cause miscarriage. Please see the article below for thyroid function and pregnancy.
http://www. Nytimes. Com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-hypothyroidism-expert. Html? Pagewanted=all. ...Read more

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What is the cure for someone with high TSH thyroid level?

High TSH: Hypothyroidism involves symptoms (fatigue, constipation, etc) and high tsh, low ft4. It is common to see people who basically feel well, have a normal ft4, but elevated tsh. The thyroid gland may be in the early stages of failing often from underlying hashimotos thyroiditis. You and your doctor need to decide whether to just watch/follow this, or begin treatment with levothyroxine. ...Read more

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I have a very high tsh level wbc high and anc is high. Don't know what that test is I fasted for test?

Need values: Do you have any symptoms? Why were these tests done? 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. It might have helped had you provided the actual values rather than your interpretation of "high". ...Read more

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High tsh 8.01 all other thyroid levels normal. Worried had small nodules on thyroid last year with normal thyroid levels.

High tsh 8.01 all other thyroid levels normal. Worried had small nodules on thyroid last year with normal thyroid levels.

Subclinical hypothyroidism.: An isolated elevation of the TSH in the face of other thyroid hormone levels being normal suggests a diagnosis of subclinical hypothyroidism. The most likely underlying cause is Hashimoto's thyroiditis and your blood should be checked for the presence of anti-thyroid antibodies. At a TSH level of eight or higher I would recommend treatment with thyroid hormone therapy. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for someone with high TSH thyroid level?

What's the treatment for someone with high TSH thyroid level?

Thyroid hormone.: Elevated TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) levels almost always mean that the pituitary gland is unsatisfied with the level of thryoid hormone in the blood (hypothyroidism). It is easily treated with thyroid hormone pill daily, and the TSH level returns to normal. ...Read more

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I have a high TSH level, but no symptoms of hypothyroidism? Why?

'Sub-clinical': Hello,
probably on the basis of 'subclinical hypothyroidism'. Tsh is from the pituitary.
The thyroid t3 (liothyronine) and T4 may still be in range. ...Read more

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Can a high TSH level but normal T4 cause hypothyroid symptoms or not?

Can a high TSH level but normal T4 cause hypothyroid symptoms or not?

Yes: Hypothyroidism can be primary - caused by a weak thyroid gland or secondary to other hormonal problems, like a pituitary problem. Or your thyroid can become dysfunctional secondary to high insulin, estrogen or cortisol. If you have functional hypothyroidism, this problem can go undetected by routine screening tests. More extensive testing can often reveal abonormalities. This is very common. ...Read more

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I have high TSH hormone level. The question is does marijuana will reduce or just will get it higher?

I have high TSH hormone level. The question is does marijuana will reduce or just will get it higher?

High TSH: A high TSH level is a sign that the thyroid gland is underactive and I feel that an endocrinologist or thyroidologist would be best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you. He/she would also be more able to explain any effect that marijuana would have on the test and on thyroid function. ...Read more

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Can you safely do prescription meds ALONG with nutrient supplements to treat high TSH levels? My just went from 13.63 in Jan, 9.69 in May, to 14.74.

Can you safely do prescription meds ALONG with nutrient supplements to treat high TSH levels? My just went from 13.63 in Jan, 9.69 in May, to 14.74.

Nutrient supplements: Hi. Nutrient supplements don't do ANYTHING to treat a failing thyroid gland. Spend your hard earned money on them if you want. However, if you want to treat your hypothyroidism, you will REQUIRE prescription medicine in most countries. You need to replace the missing thyroid hormone with...drumroll, you guessed it...thyroid hormone. In the US and most countries, that requires a prescription. ...Read more

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My TSH level is 9.1, what does it means? Do I have hyper or hypo thyroid? & my ESR level is 60, does this ESR level came high becoz of high TSH level?

My TSH level is 9.1, what does it means? Do I have hyper or hypo thyroid? & my ESR level is 60, does this ESR level came high becoz of high TSH level?

Need more: Information. Elevated TSH with low FT4 will mean hypothyroidism. ESR is non specific and could be elevated in multiple disorders and infections ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have high tsh, t3, (liothyronine) T4 levels?

What does it mean if I have high tsh, t3, (liothyronine) T4 levels?

HiTSH=hypo, hiT4 hype: Thyroid function is measured many ways. The TSH is your body's call for more hormone, so a high TSH suggests underactive thyroid, very low TSH overactive. The t4/t3 levels are measures of circulating hormone, so high T4 or T3 (liothyronine) suggest hyperthyroidism and vice versa. T4 levels can beaffected by hormones and so need to be interpreted carefully. For initial testing, the TSH alone best test. ...Read more

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I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels?

I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels?

TSH: TSH is the level of thyroid stimulating hormone, and if it is elevated means that you have hypothyroidism. Your physician should study other hormone levels and the gland itself by ultrasound or CT Scan to determine the cause. Bilirubin is a byproduct of hemoglobin produced by the liver. These two levels being affected may not have anything to do with your intake of fluoxetine. ...Read more

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I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels. I want to know how this can affect my.

I was taking fluoxetine from 15 to 20 years and after a blood test I have high tsh and bilirrubin levels. I want to know how this can affect my.

Does HIGH mean BAD?: Please explain to me if you believe HIGH means BAD in your case or ABNORMAL? I don't see how those 2 numbers BY THEMSELVES can have a direct connection to your taking fluoxetine. If TSH is abnormally high many other tests should be affected. You have to be careful about overestimating isolated laboratory values. More questions please write to me: www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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I'm 42 type2 diabates for 10 yrs (avg 180 sugar level), recent lab test shows high tsh:11.5 (range 0.3-4.2) but normal free t4: 19 (ref12-22), vit d 11.3

I'm 42 type2 diabates for 10 yrs (avg 180 sugar level), recent lab test shows high tsh:11.5 (range 0.3-4.2) but normal free t4: 19 (ref12-22), vit d 11.3

Lab error?: The TSH is elevated, but the free T4 is in the upper range of normal. One can have subclinical hypothyroidism where the TSH level is high, with normal free t4, though usually the free T4 is in the low range of normal. You should have the test repeated after 1 month. Your vitamin d level looks low, you should take a vit d supplement of around 2000 iu daily. ...Read more

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Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid?

Can long term use of birth control pills with estrogen cause high TSH levels / hypothyroid?

From what I can: Gather in the literature, OC's can affect the thyroid, but I'm not sure it can cause frank hypothyroidism. I would talk to an Endocrinologist about this. ...Read more

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I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. What does this mean?

I have blood test results that show low calcium levels, low PTH levels, and confirmed hypothyroidism due to high TSH. What does this mean?

Calcium PTH, Thyroid: Confirmed hypothyroidism s a clear message that the TSH is working hard to increase thyroid hormone but without success.
Treatment will have to be with thyroid hormone taken by mouth.
Unlikely, but the surgeon might want to remove your thyroid gland since it is not working properly. ...Read more

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Can a miscarriage cause missed periods, high TSH levels & infertility. Diagnosed hypo 6m afte mc. Only had 6 periods since 07/12 mc 6.18.12.

Can a miscarriage cause missed periods, high TSH levels & infertility. Diagnosed hypo 6m afte mc. Only had 6 periods since 07/12 mc 6.18.12.

Depends: A miscarriage can at time delay ovulation and cause the subsequent cycle to become irregular but it should not cause the periods to become irregular nor it has any affect on rising of the tsh. A miscarriage can indirectly affect fertility due to tubal damage or damage to the endometrial lining. Hypothyroidism however if not treated can cause irregular periods, miscarriage and infertility. ...Read more

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What can cause high TSH level after several years of Synthroid (thyroxine) for post ablative (graves) hypothroidism?

What can cause high TSH level after several years of Synthroid (thyroxine) for post ablative (graves) hypothroidism?

Usually low Thyroid: Post ablative hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland is not functioning well and thus the patient needs more thyroid hormone. A "high tsh" actually mean there is not enough thyroid in the blood, thus an increase in dosage of the synthroid (thyroxine) is needed. Go see your family doctor and he/she will make adjustments and recheck the TSH level. This is very sensitive to thyroid in the body. ...Read more

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My tsh level showing 9.1. my doc did an anti tpo check value is normal (26). also did thyroid scan, it is also normal. Doctor didn't prescribe any medicine. Bit confused what could be reason for high TSH

My tsh level showing 9.1. my doc did an anti tpo check value is normal (26). also did thyroid scan, it is also normal. Doctor didn't prescribe any medicine. Bit confused what could be reason for high TSH

Low thyroid: Although most thyroid disease is caused by an autoimmune disorder, some people's thyroid may just not be functioning well. You need to get this test repeated plus getting thyroid hormone level at the same time to make sure this was not a lab error. It may be a good idea to consult an endocrinologist as well. ...Read more